But it is not enough to add certain additional technologies or redress existing products with a more sophisticated covering. If we really want to contribute to a better urban development, it will be necessary to design these products taking labs to the streets and meet the people that are expected to interact with them. There we will find non-technological design variables that will be decisive in ensuring the products are useful.
IBM today awarded nearly $1 million in Smarter Planet grants to 11 organizations around the world. The IBM Centennial Grants are both monetary and in-kind awards up to US$100,000 each and fund innovative projects in areas such as healthcare, energy and food safety.
I know its already passed but I saw this on the BBC website, posted today and thought it was so relevant to our project it had to be blogged…
Few people in the UK now have a clear view of the night sky because of light pollution. The fight is on to reclaim the stars, but what are the possible solutions?
Look at the sky at night and what do you see? Not much most probably. Even in the countryside the stars are becoming much harder to spot, with the sky glow caused by light pollution now visible for up to 50 miles (80km)…. (Continued here)
“The world is changing fast -- maybe faster than we ever thought. And within five years, science fiction is going to turn into non-fiction. We'll be able to read each other's minds, forget all our passwords, and create all our own homes' energy.”