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A NEW WAY OF SEEING (Life and Tech #9)

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 This one was sent out on June 4th.

I just got back from spending two days with Innovation Endeavors at its “Curiosity Camp” in the middle of the redwoods near Santa Cruz. 

Rackspace sends me to stuff like this so that I can find new ways of doing business and bring those insights back to the company. This is Eric Schmidt’s VC firm. They are investing in innovations that are changing our world in a range of things from bio medicine, to agriculture, to machine learning.

One commonality behind everyone I met is that they don’t accept that we have to look at the world the same way that we used to. Thanks to technology, many are rethinking, well, everything about their industries. Farmers are planning on a world where they will have 50 sensors per acre of land. I heard at camp that today most farms don’t have any sensors at all. DuPont is planning on radically changing that over the next decade. Cloud computing, synthetic biology, machine learning and other technologies are shifting how we can look at the world in a big way, in industries that you might not think of.

Just look at the people I’ve met in the past week and how they are looking at their industries differently thanks to a variety of technologies:

Alexander Green of Sugar Cubes: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153324143764655/ He wanted to make a new kind of light display for nightclubs and music festivals. Built his own cubes, added LEDs, and a ton of programming and the result is beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it.

…or there is Des Power of Harman: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153317073444655 He runs a billion-dollar business selling speakers and home entertainment products with names like JBL on them. Brought 50 designers to Shenzhen, China, and started winning design awards, not to mention seeing increased sales. Why? Because innovation is about rapid iteration, and locating designers near the factories of Shenzhen shortened the time to get a new product out the door. They now do it in 22 weeks from start to finish.

Asher Levine is one of the top fashion designers in the world. You’ve seen his work on Beyonce, Wil.i.am and many other celebrities. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153324112029655&set=a.458123019654.251938.501319654&type=1 How does he look at the world differently? His mom taught him how to sew when he was six and now he stitches LEDs, sensors, and other technology into clothing for performers.

Anthony Sabbadini, founder of SCTracker, thought there was a new way to “see” supply chains. So, he built this, which shows where products are being built in real time thanks to GPS: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311873299655/
 
Janna Bastow, cofounder/CEO of Product Pad, knew there was a better way to track ideas. Her tool lets you prioritize ideas and track them from start to finish.
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Ash Eldritch, cofounder and CTO at Vital Medicals knew that wearable computers would change how surgery is done. His system lets doctors and surgeons see information right on top of their real-life patients – just picture that for a second –which gives them fewer distractions and helps them perform surgery in huge new ways. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153330329514655 Next Tuesday ODG (the glasses they use) will announce new versions that will help architects and others see the world in new ways too.

Yair Bar-on, founder of TestFairy, knew that developers needed to “see” the feedback from their beta testers in a new way. https://www.facebook.com/yairbaron/posts/10153402041011514 How? Apps delivered to beta testers (not for production) record their users so that developers can do things like go back and learn what part of the app they were using when a crash happened, or look at how a user got stuck, or examine why something didn’t display properly.

SpaceKnow lets you see satellite imagery in a new way. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153330473834655 This impacts governments and companies that want to watch specific places on the earth for, say, economic data.

Richard Titus knew there was a new way to do scheduling and payments for small small time-based businesses, so invented Prompt.ly: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153326438509655/

Yosi Taguri hated how his phone worked, so invented Yallo, which changes the dialer on Android and adds a ton of useful features, including new ways to see people calling you. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153308227484655/

Ben Larralde wanted to have a different community for Internet of Things, so he developed Hackster. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311567299655/

Pat White, CEO of Sonata, thinks Enterprise Search needed a fresh approach. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311545314655/ Cloud technology and machine learning let him look at the problem in a new way.

Can everything be reimaged thanks to technology? I believe so. Even Johnnie Walker whisky is now using IoT technology: http://www.cio.com/article/2926218/innovation/why-johnnie-walker-joined-the-internet-of-things.html

This is just the beginning. Based on what I saw at Curiosity Camp, there’s no sign of this rapid innovation slowing any time soon!  

How are you using technology to reimagine your world? Let me know!
 
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Hello Scoble, any other tip about sensors on farm? I'm inside a huge agriculture hub in Brazil, and would love to know more about how iot can improve their productivity. Sure I can Google it, but if you have some nice initiative in mind, just point it here. 
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JOKE STARTUPS

Happy Fourth of July. Instead of posting something pro USA, I figure I'll just give you a few of my newsletters. This one was sent out last week. You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 (a new one sent every Thursday).

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I still remember when I first saw Yo (I was the first outsider to talk about it in public). The full launch story is here: http://venturebeat.com/…/how-yo-became-one-of-the-most-vir…/ ).
Back when I talked about it on Facebook, I said, “this is the stupidest app I can’t remove off of my phone.” When Moshe Hogeg, Yo's founder, first showed it to me, I think he said something like, “want to see something fun?”

It was a joke back then, built to help him tell his assistant to call him. After that it got on Product Hunt, then it got funded, and today it's an app that is actually useful. It “Yo’s” me on my phone when, for instance, the stock market goes up or down by 100 points, or there is a big earthquake somewhere, or a Techcrunch article gets 200 retweets. There are hundreds of things you can add to it.

But it isn’t the only “stupid sounding” startup that I’ve seen lately.
Goodnight poop from Throwboy. Throwboy makes emoji pillows. It's a startup I saw in St. Louis, Missouri, and it's doing well. My kids love the pillows: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153390186979655

Invisible Girlfriend. This startup helps you get an invisible boyfriend or girlfriend. Huh? The company, started by Matt Homann, won a pitch contest, which back then was a joke, at a Startup Weekend event back in 2013. Then he actually built the company. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375203389655/

What about a startup that delivers beer? Steve Young made it so with Synek. I give it a first look here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375259119655/ This startup sells you a beer machine and you can buy beer to be delivered to you in packets. Sort of like Nescafe ships you coffee in little packets that you put into a machine and it makes you a latte.

Speaking of Moshe, the guy who started Yo. He has a servious startup, too. EyeIn, which launched last week, is a real time visual search engine. He spent $90 million developing it, but then this week Instagram came out with many of the same features (except EyeIn works on a bunch of services, not just Instagram). I wonder if Facebook, which owns Instagram, will let EyeIn keep using its API: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153386663559655 (Instagram) and http://www.eyein.com/

Moshe caught my attention, not because of this, or the social network he runs, Mobli, but because of Yo. Sometimes it’s the stupidest apps that are easiest to pay attention to, huh?

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Other things I saw this past week.

Today I got a tour of Microsoft Research. Mind blowing stuff. Here’s three videos I did:
1) Future of quantum computing. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391118514655/

2) Trapping mosquitoes with drones and technology. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391242619655/

3) Future of data visualization. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391247924655/

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Here Derek Johnson has a great list of tools for startups: https://www.facebook.com/Derekarjohnson/posts/10102528520881056?fref=nf

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Facebook open sources its IDE for developers: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153387654654655

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A look at the conference room of the future at Cisco.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153384320989655/ We will be using this on Tech on Deck during the Allen and Company event in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 7th-9th. Sign up for that at https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/ What is “Tech on Deck?” A virtual conference of interesting people telling me the future of various things, which is why I was visiting Microsoft Research.

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Connected cars are all the rage, but here a startup, Vin.li, shows how to connect your car with its gadget underneath your dashboard. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153384477909655/

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Aisle411 shows me the latest in indoor mapping. It can direct you right to products on shelves at grocery stores around the United States. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375322959655/

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LaunchCode is finding jobs for unemployed and underemployed people in IT: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375252974655/

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Justin Kan writes about how Magic, a new text-based delivery service, works for him: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153378037639655

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Conversation with the Unicorn Hunters behind the Extreme Tech Challenge, a great contest for startups attacking huge markets: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153386334994655/

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Visiting St. Louis' innovation district: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375137779655/

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Cool gifts from Greetabl. This startup takes a piece of paper and makes unique gift boxes from it. The future of greeting cards:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153373585354655/

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Imergy ships commercial batteries that help make power grids smarter (and enable more use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153383671129655/

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Photo tips for kids with great travel photographer (and Rackspace customer) Trey Ratcliff: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153383546654655/

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Amazon opens up its Echo APIs: https://www.facebook.com/thenextweb/posts/10153409225053523
My boss loves Echo, and writes in the comments here why: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153387374364655

I’m up in Seattle meeting with all sorts of interesting innovators and startups. Tomorrow I’m meeting with one of the best venture capitalists, Dan Levitan, in the Pacific Northwest and we’ll talk about all this and see if he has any funny startups up his sleeve.

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Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
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My third email newsletter. If you want these two weeks sooner, please subscribe (details over on LinkedIn). A new one ships every Thursday night.

Hope you are liking these! I'm on my way home to San Francisco via Paris. See ya on the other side!
Editor's note: This was first published on April 24th as an email newsletter that Robert Scoble publishes weekly. To get it two weeks sooner, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.Uber is the best known of the frictionless services. This service lets you pull out your mobile phone, order a ride, see the ride coming toward you, pay for the ride without touching anything or pulling a card or dollars out of your wallet, and even gives you a m...
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Exclusive first look at a very interesting new video camera technology. OUR STUDIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN! Thanks Rocky Barbanica!

This new camera, from Altia Systems, joins three cameras into one package for a "super wide" mode. Their first product is aimed at business conferencing rooms, but don't miss where this really is going to be important: on drones and for virtual reality.

See, I'm carrying around a 360-degree camera not for today, but next year when virtual reality headsets become far more commonplace. This camera technology will bring us video for the Oculus Rift.

Why? GoPro cameras simply aren't wide enough for those new uses. This $999 camera (which is cheap for what it does) brings us into the future where we'll use an Oculus Rift headset (or Hololens, or Valve VR, or Samsung's Gear VR, or Meta).

Thanks to the magic of video processing and some unique hardware, this takes us into the future. http://www.getpanacast.com/
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My first new post in two months. Check out my new 360-degree videos! Lots of news here. Appreciate everyone's support!
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The big debate: VR vs AR

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." About what I'm seeing as I visit innovators around the world. You can subscribe here, this one was sent out June 11th.

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Disclaimer: I love Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), both are highly interesting to me. If they aren’t interesting to you, skip the first section of this newsletter and head down to the future of the cloud section.

(I almost made this about Apple, but I couldn’t bring myself to talk about its music service. Instead I’ll send you to Bob Lefsetz, music industry analyst, who says “it’s toast:” http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2015/06/10/apple-music/That said, the new Watch OS is nice, but won’t matter to most of us until later this year when it ships).

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Last night on stage at the AWE conference in Santa Clara I was part of a raucous debate: AR vs VR.

I argued that in 2016 the world belongs to VR. But lets define terms. VR, to me, is instantiated in a modern set of products from Oculus Rift, Valve Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Merge VR, to Google Cardboard. In these products you do NOT see the real world. Or, if you do, it’s through a camera that is then mixed into a virtual image. For instance, see this demo of Occipital’s new Structure Sensor:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153351610144655/ Here a viewer wears a device that ONLY shows him virtual images, and you can’t see through it to the real world.

AR on the other hand, means that I look through screens to the real world. So, I see virtual items overlaid on the real world. I don’t believe that AR will be widely used in 2016 by consumers. For a good look at the state of the art of AR systems, watch my video where you see ODG’s latest R7 glasses. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153345275139655/ These are quite stunning, more on them in a second.

The reason consumers will largely go with VR in 2016 and not AR comes down to two things:

1. Emotional tie. When I watched people coming out of Oculus Rift demos at CES they said things like “holy shit” or “wow” as they exited. People are getting close to that kind of emotionality when they see things like ODG and Hololens, but not at the same rate. Why? Oculus is highly immersive. It gave me vertigo. In fact, one of the fears of these things is that they will give you motion sickness. But a product that can make you feel like you’re about to die because of a fall, or make you ill from motion, has an upside: you’ll tell all your friends to come over and check it out.

2. Price. ODG’s glasses are $2,700. Hololens? Don’t yet know. But even Oculus is going to be hard for consumers to swallow (a complete system is $1,500). Serious video gamers, though, are used to paying a lot for their hobby, and, since Oculus and Valve’s VR systems are going to be aimed at those people, they probably will do quite well.

3. Content. Let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier to create content for a VR system than overlay a virtual image on top of the real world and have it be compelling. I know lots of people are working at companies like Meta, ODG, Microsoft Hololens, and Magic Leap to bring a compelling use case to AR, but they just aren’t ready yet.

4. Technology expectations. Users will put up with a LOT of latency on head tracking units where they won’t put up with the same latency on AR systems. How do I know that? Meta’s CTO told me that. Getting latency down (the lag you’ll feel when you move your head around) will be a much harder technological challenge, which means the price will remain fairly high until Moore’s law flips a couple more times).

Now, that said, if you extend the timeline beyond 2016, then I agree that AR starts to be very attractive and, I assume, all the VR systems will merge into some form of AR system anyway.

Businesses will want to get into AR systems sooner, I believe. ODG is already being used by surgeons and mechanics, amongst other enterprise users, to do various tasks. Those use cases don’t mind the $2,700 price point and other limitations.

Who is winning already? Mobile-based AR, with companies like Blippar. Here I interview Blippar’s CEO, who is already seeing $80 million of annual sales.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350520704655/ In two weeks he’s turning on a new platform that will let businesses grab control of their logos and images and convert searches onto those things into customers.
 
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KVM’s creator, Benny Schnaider, tells me the future of the cloud. He’s building a new virtualization system and says our current applications aren’t designed for the cloud and he’s looking to build a system that goes beyond containers. (Three part video): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153353692624655/

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The future of network security with the founder of Observable Networks.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350170829655/ Catches people doing naughty stuff by doing endpoint modeling. Here, CTO Patrick Crowley explains what that is.

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Contextual systems and privacy debate: https://youtu.be/UGwRdb99f9s experts in the industry, Babak Hodjat, Joe Braidwood, Gary Davis, Chris Arkenberg, Vinod Sirimalle. Thanks Mario Garate Tapia for organizing this great event! The good stuff starts at about 15 minutes in.

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Future of Contextual marketing with NextUser: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350595734655/ Ecommerce sites can radically change and improve ROI with a system like NextUser's.

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New optical pen is cool: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153342268984655/

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First look at new Sphericam, 360-degree video camera coming later this year.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153341853324655/

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Do you have kids? Here is a great way to keep memories from them around in a private way: Keepy. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153333504864655/?type=2
 
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Media's Future.

Every week I send out an email newsletter. You can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

This is the newsletter that went out this week.

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Next week is the famous Allen and Company annual event in Sun Valley, Idaho for media industry magnates. You know, people with last names like Murdoch, Zuckerberg, etc. There are so many private planes in town that the local airport runs out of space.

Scott Jordan, CEO and founder of ScottEVest (the clothes I usually wear that have tons of pockets for my gadgets and batteries) has been asking me for the past few years to come up and hang out. He says the networking is incredible. Last year he met GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, while out walking his dogs.

I don’t have a problem networking, so that wasn’t interesting, but as I studied Allen and Company I found out they don’t allow most press into the lodge, where the event is held. That’s the lodge where Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post from Don Graham on the deck during Allen and Co.

So, instead of just hoping to meet one of these people at the local coffee shop, I thought, “what if I used Allen and Co. as a forcing function?”

See, back when I worked at Microsoft I helped out with some of its developer events and saw just how much work got done in the last few days before one of them. Having a deadline forced the team to pull out all the stops.

The past few months have done just that for me, as you can see by all my emails over the past 13 weeks.

But this past week was something special. Yesterday I visited Ted Schilowitz, futurist at 20th Century Fox. He has two separate labs for building and testing out the latest VR headsets from Oculus Rift and Valve (he located them on separate sides of the campus, so that they wouldn’t find out he was working with both companies).

He gave me a demo yesterday of both headsets. One had an actor that only appeared if you looked around. It shows that there’s a TON of innovation coming from media makers who will play with 360-degree cameras in a new way. Ted, by the way, is one of the founders behind the Red Camera, and is advising a ton of camera companies, too.

And it wasn’t even the best interview of the past week.

Earlier this week I visited Samir Arora who runs Mode. Formerly Glam media. It's the seventh most visited media company. Who is bigger? Well, Google, Facebook, AOL, Apple, Yahoo. Samir walked me through how a modern media company works, and how he’s been able to pay out $200 million to content producers so far (we used to call them bloggers). I put up an hour-long video series on Facebook which is getting rave reviews at: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153402001204655/

Last Friday I spent a ton of time with Dan Levitan, managing partner at Maveron. Don’t know who he is? Well, he’s invested in many of the world’s biggest consumer companies like Starbucks, Ebay, Zulily, and many others. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153393544334655/

Yes, this interview is long, but we cover a bunch of topics from whether we are in a bubble (he says we are a victim of cycles, so yes) to a bunch of new companies that he has his eyes on.
Another interesting interview I did about the future of media, is with the founder of MixPo, Charlie Tillinghast. He used to be president of MSNBC. We got a look at his technology, which helps advertisers “retarget” or have ads that build as a user goes around various websites and social networks. That’s at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153409577554655/

We’ll talk more about these next week at our “Tech on Deck” live video event, which starts Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.

Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/

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How do you prepare for a Shark Tank experience? Your traffic can go up by 5,000 percent or more. I visit ScaleArc, which has helped many companies scale their databases. Here I interview its CTO and founder to find out more.

ScaleArc: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153408879729655/ If you are building a new company, or a new technology project, this video will show you what ScaleArc does and how it helps you scale your database.

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Skype Translator. I get a deep look at how the new Skype uses Machine Learning to make rapid real-time translations possible. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153392459254655/

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The rest of these are fun.
Make your boring photos much more interesting. How? With Microsoft Hyperlapse. Here I get a look at how it works. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153393101619655/

After last week’s newsletter was written I went back to Microsoft Research to see Microsoft Sanddance, which is an amazing data visualization project that Steven Drucker is leading. If you think playing with data is boring, you haven’t met Steven or seen his demos. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153392391184655/

Virtual reality is hot, but did you know you can shoot some Zombies, thanks to VRCade, a startup in Seattle? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153392229524655/ It's a room you run around in with a virtual gun and a VR headset. You get a look at it in the above video, but if you live in Silicon Valley, you can play this yourself. $5 per play at an arcade in Milpitas.

You ever want to fly? Well here’s the best flight simulator I’ve ever had my eyes in. Watch as Flyte’s founder, Mark Allen, shows me how this multi-projector VR system works. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153391970529655/

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you.

Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!

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A look at my second email newsletter (fifth one goes out tonight). Email subscribers get these before the Internet does. Details on LinkedIn:
 NOTE: This is reprinted from my email newsletter, which was sent out on April 16th. A new newsletter from me gets sent out each Thursday night. Subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5++++++++Last week I spent a few hours with John Borthwick, founder of Betaworks, a famous startup studio in New York City (it’s the home ofDigg, Giphy, Instapaper, Dots, Blogloving, Bitly, and lots of other startups).Here I do one of my first Periscope’s (a live vi...
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Here's a look at my new email newsletter (email subscribers get it a few weeks earlier than you'll get here or on LinkedIn). The rest of my life is on https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble but the email will wrap up my videos and give you what I'm seeing and doing every week.
This is reprinted from my email newsletter. If you like this, please subscribe at:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5How can I be of service with a new technology newsletter?You are working on building your company, or maybe trying to keep up to date on technology. Me? I’m a futurist at Rackspace. Rackspace asks me to go around the world to see the latest in tech and innovation and bring that learning back to the company, so we can stay ahead of the key t...
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After two months off of posting to the Internet I am coming back tonight. Here's a little photo story from a portion of our family trip where we drove 5,000 miles through six states. All of this was automatically done by Google+. Love it!
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What's it like to lose $875,000 in a few seconds of an earthquake? Winemaker Sarah Francis tells the 200+ people who came to my birthday party over the weekend her experience.

Thanks +Jesse Stay for making this video.
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    Futurist, 2009 - present
    Go find the future and report on it. Build relationships with startups and other tech industry innovators. Rackspace is the leading managed cloud company.
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Rackspace's Futurist searches the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology. 

Introduction

As Futurist for Rackspace, the leading Managed Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people.

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If you are looking to contact me, email is best: scobleizer@gmail.com but my cell phone number is +1-425-205-1921.

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I'm a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley (my dad was an engineer at Lockheed) and since 1985 I've been building online communities. In 2000 I started my technology blog, http://scobleizer.com/, and my life has been on a rocketship ever since. In 2003-2006 I worked at Microsoft as an evangelist and one of the five guys who started Microsoft's famous Channel9 video community.

I'm now working at Rackspace as its Futurist (I go around the world to study and make media about world-changing innovators). You'll also see my videos on http://youtube.com/scobleizer but the best place to watch me now is on Facebook, on Twitter or on my blog. Our professional videos, done in studio, are on Rackspace's YouTube site.

The real-time streaming web is changing my life faster than I can imagine, and lets me keep in touch with thousands of technology and business innovators all around the world.

I'm also the father of three sons, Patrick, 21, Milan, 7, and Ryan, 5 (as of 2015). Lots of fun and they are all geeks in training too.

Anyway, visit some of my links to see more about me, especially my Wikipedia profile (I didn't edit any of it, that was done by people in the community) and feel free to drop me a line at scobleizer@gmail.com anytime you need something or want to talk about being on one of my video shows.

Oh, and, yes, I do answer my own cell phone and I do include that number on the Internet for you to use: +1-425-205-1921 and have for several years. I live in Half Moon Bay near the Ritz and would love to meet up with geeks/entrepreneurs if you are in town and I'm available.

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I shook Steve Jobs' hand.
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  • San Jose State University
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  • West Valley Community College
  • Prospect High School
  • Hyde Jr. High
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