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Check out the conversation that Joi and I had a couple weeks ago about Solid and the way he's approaching manufacturing at the Media Lab!
 
"Manufacturing, Design, Hardware, and the Code that makes sense of it all",  +Joichi Ito & +Jon Bruner 

Joi Ito, +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  Media Lab director  talks with Jon Bruner, Editor-at-large. Co-chair of O'Reilly Solid about things like Agile A/B Testing for Hardware, the modular approach to manufacturing and innovation, and the idea that the current user interface for portable devices is really very narrow, and could be much more than the eye and finger that it currently is.

#industrialinternet   #internetofthings   #Wearables   #OReilly   #OReillySolid  
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Free report from  #OReillySolid: ‘Building a Solid World’ by +Mike Loukides and myself http://oreil.ly/MzBAuk. #Hardware   #IoT   #Manufacturing  
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Solid begins! Our conference schedule is public and tickets are available. +O'Reilly Solid  #OReillySolid   #IoT   #Hardware  
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+Tim O'Reilly's thoughts on Android in cars...
 
Google Teams Up with GM, Honda and Audi to Bring Android to Cars

I'm intrigued but a bit skeptical about the newly announced initiative for an "Open Automotive Alliance" to bring Android to automobiles.  While I love the idea, there are two reasons I am reserving judgment:

1. The insatiable desire of vendors to "differentiate" on a standard platform, without thinking about what kinds of differentiation leads to real customer value.

2. The failure to understand that in today's world, it's not just about the software, but about data and services.

This point is brought home to me every day by my Tesla Model S. While I love the car, I'm incredibly disappointed by its implementation of Google Maps (for which I paid an additional $3000 or so for the "high tech package," without which navigation is disabled). The map display is awesome, especially the second turn-by-turn screen behind the steering wheel, and the directions are Google's.  But where does the traffic data come from?  Surely not from Google.  Any time I suspect there is traffic, I have to pull out my phone and use Google maps before I start, because Tesla's time estimates to destination are pathetically wrong.  Whatever data services they are using (or not using) to provide traffic estimates are completely useless.

In short, I hope that automakers don't add bells and whistles to differentiate themselves, while neglecting core services that customers really depend on.
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Good thoughts, +Tim O'Reilly -- I'd take the 'consumer first' (rather than 'expanding capabilities' approach) a step further and say that automakers should be putting people in general first. The lead to follow here is Volvo's, with their goal of 'no people killed by Volvos by 2020.' The technology will follow the goal.

Secondly, there's the question of product lifecycles: we replace our electronics every year or two, and our cars once a decade (ballpark medians). There's a reason that the navigation screen on a 2004 Prius looks incredibly dated, while the rest of the car looks mid-life. Of course, this may be one of the automakers' goals: to get the consumer to think of the car as another piece of consumer electronics.

For now, I'll stick with Velcro on the dashboard next to the radio; it's been seamlessly upgraded through four generations (and eight devices) of phones in our family.
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Our latest podcast, on news that interacts with the physical world
 
Podcast: news that reaches beyond the screen
Finding ways to make media interact with the physical world

Reporters, editors and designers are looking for new ways to interact with readers and with the physical world–drawing data in through sensors and expressing it through new immersive formats.

In this episode, +Jon Bruner and +Jenn Webb talk with +Mark Trammell , +Rebekah Monson +Robert Hernandez 
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A few (free) tickets remain! Join us Wednesday night for Solid: Local San Francisco.
 
Are you attending Solid: Local this Wednesday? Join +Jon Bruner +Renee DiResta +Brady Forrest +Star Simpson +Lemnos Labs and +Highway1 at 6 pm in San Francisco for a sneak preview of  #OReillySolid  and the next revolution in computing http://oreil.ly/1nBjRQQ
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The barriers between Software and the physical world are falling.
- +Jon Bruner 

Register for the O'Reilly Solid Conference http://oreil.ly/1fne0rw 

Something big is happening at the intersection of software and hardware. O'Reilly Solid brings together the people and businesses accelerating the growth of a software-enhanced, networked physical world.

#Internetofthings   #IndustrialInternet   #OReillySolid   #Solid   #OReilly  
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Check out Solid: Local, our new mini-program in Boston. It's free and open to the public, and features a few speakers from our big Solid conference in San Francisco.

Via +O'Reilly Solid 
 
Boston-area folks, please join use for our  first Solid Local on February 6 at IDEO in Cambridge! We'll gather to share ideas and collaborate around our work in the programmable world.

Hosts:
Jon Bruner - Solid Conference Chair, O'Reilly Media
David Cranor - Solid Local Chair
Colin Raney - Managing Director, IDEO

Speakers / Agenda
Rod Brooks (Rethink Robotics) -  Personal Robotics
Arthur Petron (Biomechatronics, MIT Media Lab) -  Integration of hardware/software in the context of human augmentation
SolidForge - Carbon fiber 3D printing
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The median Twitter account has just one follower. Twitter is great, but I suspect it's less subversive to existing social order than people think.
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+Jon Bruner +Robert Wallis - 'median follower count' is a nice headline tease to get someone to read but I think your article is more nuanced than the line gives it credit for. Several things to address here, mostly for the benefit of Robert Wallis:

1) I've always said that a social network's number of registered users should always be taken with a pinch of salt and in the context of account creation. It is meaningless to say 'Twitter has x number of registered users' or 'Whatsapp has y number of registered users' without context or without discussing active user base and what activity entails. 

2) Of those active users, there seem to be decent following sizes - ie in this measure of activity this is where conversation takes place.

3) Addressing the article here - activity on Twitter is to me not just about Tweeting. Yes, Robert, it is a conversation medium. It is also an opportunity to read and curate and - anecdote alert I know a lot of people who have no following to speak of, absolutely no 'activity' on Twitter but use it to keep up-to-date with news. E.g. my younger sister who was not at all active on Twitter but who was able to tell me about the London riots before I heard it on the news because she read about it on Twitter. That is of course not the kind of activity that's measurable by anybody off of the platform but I suspect it's something quite valuable to Twitter. 
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New podcast episode! This one with Chris Anderson, Nick Pinkston, Jie Qi, and Renee DiResta about new tools that make it easy to build things, and what they mean for the spread of innovation.
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