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LIFE AND TECH #37: EVERYTHING WILL BE DIGITIZED

On Sunday I visited the Periscope Summit – a four-day gathering in San Francisco for fans of this live video streaming platform. There were a ton of people there who LOVE it, which tells me you can’t ignore it.

While I was there, I saw Nick Mattingly, the founder of Switcher Studio, which lets you use multiple iPhones or iPads together to build a TV studio.

He shows it to me here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846758869655/

This $25-a-month service lets you do a lot of advanced stuff, all from iPhones. If you’re a small business and you want to build your own video studio at a low cost, this is certainly something to consider. Heck, I’m looking at using it.

Cons? Today it doesn’t support Periscope or Facebook Live. Only YouTube Live, along with a few other live streaming platforms. Hopefully that gets fixed soon, as it seems Facebook would want more “pro style” video broadcast to its users.

Speaking of video, at CES I tried a new Giroptic 360-degree video camera. I used it in the self-driving Mercedes (so it’s probably the first 360-degree video shot in that car): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846877689655

This camera costs less than $500, it’s pretty darn capable and it’s nice and small. It compares to Ricoh Theta. I think the Giroptic gives a better image, but I need to get them side by side to really know for sure. Either way, the sub-$500 camera market is seeing a lot of competition, which is why GoPro is having trouble in the stock market.

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At the end of every talk I give, I ask my audience, “how many people are freaked out by what I just showed you?” Every time, at least one third of the hands go up. It doesn’t matter where the audiences are, either. I spoke to Draper University in Silicon Valley and got the same response as I did in Dubai or Australia or other places.

One thing our industry has to do is earn trust with “freaky” kinds of data (and the data is going to keep getting freakier and freakier as we’re asked to wear sensors, drive sensors, walk through fields of sensors, etc). How do we earn that trust? Step up our game when it comes to security.

Last week Rackspace announced we were the first to encrypt Mongo DB at rest:
http://blog.rackspace.com/encryption-at-rest-storage-engines-and-disaster-recovery-with-objectrocket-mongodb/

How do you earn trust? With advanced technology that’s designed to keep your customers’ data secure and safe. Why don’t you give us a call and see if it’s appropriate for you? Or, come to Rackspace::Solve in New York on February 11th and hear about it firsthand: http://solve.rackspace.com/nyc2016.html

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Regarding freaky data, a weird drone was flying over my birthday party last Saturday. Oh, it was piloted by George Krieger, who made this scan: https://sketchfab.com/models/145e4d49059f40b8a031aa1f3dc126aa

He didn’t know it at the time, but he firmed up a trend I’ve been seeing lately: that the entire world will be turned into a point cloud of data. Just look at this video from Occipital. It gives us a tiny taste of how that digital world will look and feel once we get there with augmented reality glasses and new software that’s being developed: https://youtu.be/cEnnbCSbijo

Think it’s not close? I saw these glasses from Carl Zeiss at CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153843067839655
They looked very much like regular glasses. It was hard to tell that there was a screen in one eye.

I figure consumer AR is only three to five years away. Enterprises already have it. We’ve been covering that a lot in my newsletters from CES, but before we move on, all of this is why Shel Israel and I just announced that we’re working on a new book titled “Beyond Mobile.” I discussed it with Shel here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846437464655/

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As my son drove to my party last Friday they stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge to take some photos. When they got back to the car a bunch of their stuff was gone: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846994584655

Turns out thieves can now open your car doors if you use those new keyless entry systems. A few of my commenters posted links to how the thieves work: they extend the range of your keyless fobs through a power amplifier. Then, they pop the doors, and open and steal your stuff without having to break a window.

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At my party I spent a bit of time with singer/performer Peter Hollens. His songs on YouTube have millions of hits and backstage he was singing the praises of Petreon to me. That’s a crowdfunding site that helps creative types like him raise money from their fans. I took note and then the next day it was announced that they had raised $30 million to be able to grow faster in this role. Details on Techcrunch here:
http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/19/patreon-gains-30-million-series-b-funding-experiencing-major-growth/

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Chris Messina, who now works at Uber in customer experience, wrote a very important piece about how messengers are taking over and disrupting many businesses: https://medium.com/@chrismessina/2016-will-be-the-year-of-conversational-commerce-1586e85e3991 - .5ut8xcf33

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One significant product introduction this week was a printer that automatically orders ink from Amazon:
http://www.geekwire.com/2016/these-printers-will-order-their-own-ink-from-amazon/
I’m predicting that over the next few years, we’ll see many products order their own refills, from coffee makers to dishwashers to more.

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Here’s a dog toy that got my vote at the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider/posts/457617914436570

This robot plays a game with your pet all day long and rewards your pet with a treat for doing well. Impressive thought went into this. I think it’ll do very well, after all, who won’t spend some money on keeping their pets happy?

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.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.

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We have overhyped self-driving cars. Here's why your Uber/Lyft driving job is safe for a decade.
Truth is people like me have overhyped self-driving cars. Now that I’ve had a great look at the state of the art I’m qui…
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Whether or not the cars are safer than humans right now isn't particularly relevant. Will they be in 10 years? Almost certainly. Will they replace Uber by then? I would guess the cost issues +Robert Scoble mentions will be more problematic than the safety concerns at that point.  The tech is improving rapidly.
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Life and Tech #34: The Convenience, er, Concierge Economy Gains Steam

As I travel for Rackspace and visit new companies looking for the future, I sometimes see new trends taking place. One that has been catching my eye lately is what I call "the Convenience Economy." Some are calling it the "Concierge Economy," but I think that technology is bringing convenience to our lives in a broader way than just a concierge.

Why is the convenience economy something you should pay attention to and start using? Because these services are already appealing to many.

Next year you'll see http://www.viv.ai/-- I got a preview a few weeks ago. What is it? This startup is run by two of the visionaries who made Siri. They quit working for Apple a few years ago and built a new Internet brain that will make your life more convenient.

You'll use it to order Uber rides, flowers for your wife, find tickets to movies and much more.

Why is it different? Well, Siri can't answer questions such as, "how many people are checked in on Foursquare at the Half Moon Bay Ritz?" Why not? Because Siri is hard coded. Foursquare has an answer. Foursquare has an API. And Siri understands the question. It just isn't "hooked up," so it fails and provides a stupid answer.

Viv is going to fix a bunch of those problems, but even better, it’s going to build a profile around you, which will assist in the future and save you clicks.

Ask it to bring you a "large pepperoni pizza from Dominos," and it will know you find Dominos to be an acceptable pizza restaurant and that you like pepperoni pizza. The next time you ask for pizza it might ask you, "would you like your usual large pepperoni pizza from Dominos?" Generally, it will be right.

But Viv won't be alone in making your life more convenient.

Facebook is readying "M" - a service you talk to and that does stuff for you. Built into Facebook Messenger, this service is probably the most interesting of all the Convenience Economy offerings because of the potential scale it will hit. Let's be honest, how soon will Viv have access to almost a billion people around the world? Even if it's hugely successful, Viv will take years to get there. Facebook already has the users; it just needs to figure out how to scale the technology up (right now it's only available to a small number of people).

Why will scale be a problem for "M," though? Because at first you are talking to a human. Here Verge shows how it works: http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/26/9605526/facebook-m-hands-on-personal-assistant-ai

As humans answer questions like "can you buy my wife a dozen long-stem red roses and have them delivered tomorrow?" they have artificial intelligence systems both assisting the humans who are answering the questions as well as learning from the answers themselves. So, eventually, a technology system will do most of the answering.

Yesterday Uber announced UberEats: http://www.wired.com/2015/12/ubereats-is-ubers-first-app-thats-not-about-rides/ This service delivers food to you, and makes life more convenient. It is certainly part of the convenient economy.

What else is part of the Convenience Economy?

Operator. This service is similar to M and was developed by Uber cofounder Garrett Camp. It was just named one of the top 25 apps of the year by Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-startups-that-launched-in-2015-2015-5

Apple named it one of its top apps too, and you can try it at: https://www.operator.com/

Here are some examples of what Operator can do: http://www.businessinsider.com/operator-launches-to-public-2015-11

Magic. This service will deliver you anything: https://getmagicnow.com/

Tapingo. A mobile ordering app (only available to college students at the moment): http://www.tapingo.com/

Amazon Echo. A device that you talk to and ask for a variety of tasks. "Alexa, buy me some more toilet paper." http://www.amazon.com/echo

Dispatch. http://dispatch.pm/ Request anything on demand. Also, send a photo of something, and they will find the item for you.

Lugg. It provides moving services: http://themacro.com/articles/2015/12/interview-with-lugg-founders/

Sprig. A delivery service for healthy, organic meals: https://www.sprig.com/#/

Reserve. This assists with reservations at restaurants: https://reserve.com/

Easy Post. Offers simple shipping API: https://www.easypost.com/

MyTime. Books appointments: https://www.mytime.com/

ZeusLiving. An apartment rental market (coming soon): http://www.zeusliving.com/

Saambaa. A live event data service: http://go.saambaa.com/

So, why does this trend matter? Well, as Augmented Reality glasses start to arrive in 2016 (things like Magic Leap, which Google has invested half a billion in, or Meta, or ODG, or Microsoft Hololens) we'll want to have services that we talk to and ask to get things for us.

These services are how we'll interact with the world - how we’ll buy things and have them delivered to us.

I've only touched on a small part of this trend, too. Your sports stadiums soon will bring food to your seat (at Levi's Stadium they have 2,000 beacons and a system to already do that for you). Your airline app will assist you in airports. American Airlines app just added indoor positioning in several US airports to do just that. And on and on. Data and new business models and artificial intelligence are bringing us a whole new breed of business and it's worth paying attention to before it disrupts your business.

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It’s been a big honor having thousands of you sign up for my email newsletter this year. This will be my last newsletter of 2015, and I’ll be back in early January from the Consumer Electronics Show.

It’s been quite a year for me and Rackspace.

One question I get a lot is, “why does Rackspace ask you to see the future and basically post it on Facebook?” Well, it’s part of how we’re becoming recognized as one of the world’s great service companies. By studying the world’s most innovative companies, we not only help them gain recognition, but we can bring what we learn back to our 300,000 customers.

This year Rackspace has seen huge change. We now support a variety of Internet-based business infrastructure from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, email on a variety of systems including Microsoft Exchange, ecommerce on Magento, Intranets on Sharepoint, to high-speed cloud on OpenStack Carina, among quite a few others. And there’s more on the way in 2016.

It was also a year of major change For me personally, and this newsletter is just one example. It’s amazing to look back at the 33 other newsletters from this year. They are all on my LinkedIn account at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

Next year I’m planning a bunch of travel to see new companies, since the future is often happening in places other than Silicon Valley. I’m looking forward to seeing you on the road, and let’s meet back here January 7th from the Consumer Electronics Show.

Talking about CES, I’ve been doing some previews of cool things you can expect to see at this year’s CES. Here’s a taste:

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153750235379655/A new camera for your iPhone which brings us much better quality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153751956579655/ Depth sensor from Stereo Labs. This adds the “eyes” onto robots, self driving cars and augmented reality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153752209874655/ The technology inside WowWee’s coolest toys.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153753734094655/ PlayDxtr is making intelligent building blocks.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153754056784655/ A $15 64-bit computer. Amazingly low price for a powerful computer.

Hope you have a happy holidays with your family and friends.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.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 share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #32: The First Thanksgiving with a $5 Computer

This year has seen a lot of personal change for me and a lot of change for the tech industry. Whether it be the preparations of a ton of VR product announcements that will come at CES next year, to a bunch of real innovations in the real-time video space (Periscope and Facebook Live, being the most interesting of those). I wrote about some of my personal struggles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153728773849655

I’m thankful for so much this year, but instead of taking this newsletter into a personal bent (that’s what Facebook is for) I thought it would be good to look back on some of the technology we’ve seen this year.

First, it’s important to note that this week we lost a great tech journalist, Steve Wildstrom: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153726831174655

He and I attended the big IFA together and if you look at his Facebook wall you’ll see so many wonderful things written about him. I started reading him when he wrote for Business Week. Sending love to his family and friends at this tough time. He set a high bar for those of us who report on the industry.

This weekend I visited a major art/design factory, Million Stone, in Xiamen, China: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153725551874655/ You’ve probably walked by some of the art done by this great entrepreneurial couple in a famous hotel or retail chain. They are set up well to play a key role in the world of Magic Leap, and I explain why in that post. I’m so thankful that I got to know them and got a tour of one of China’s great cities.

On the way home, I met the VP of ride design at Disney’s new resort, which is opening next year in Shanghai. We talked ride technology:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153724045474655

This is yet another reminder of why I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to travel to places that Rackspace doesn’t have a strong business interest in.

There is so much in just the past week to be thankful for.

Whether it’s a $5 computer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153727837669655

Or a new version of Wordpress: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153724129764655 (more on that on Saturday when we put up an interesting Gillmor Gang we did with Automattic’s founder, Matt Mullenweg)

Or amazing entrepreneurs like Kash Shaikh, founder of #besomebody:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153722439184655

Or new VR headsets: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153717242119655

We all have a lot to be thankful for. The truth is, after visiting China, I see that the rate of change is only going to speed up. Why? Because the markets have gotten so much bigger -- you really need to visit China or India to see how much bigger the world’s markets have gotten in just a few short years.

Our connectivity is so much better (I wrote several times in the past week of my experiences with WeChat and other apps in China). Our world is more competitive. Noisier. I met a product manager working on self driving cars at Alibaba. She says they are behind Google and others in Silicon Valley, but the streets in China are so much more chaotic than ours that I bet they pass by Silicon Valley-developed-and-tested automotive systems pretty quickly. Unless we too move to more chaotic places.

Anyway, who isn’t thankful for a world that now has drone racing?https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153727370959655

Thank you for subscribing to and sharing this newsletter with others and for all the kind notes you have sent me since starting it earlier this year. Hope you had a great day with your loved ones if you live in the United States, and if you don’t, hope the week was as good to you as it was to me.

A few other things:

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O’Reilly details its real-time tech running on Rackspace’s Carina (makes OpenStack simpler): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJTUkLTr74

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Wired plants -- these plants are grown with circuitry inside:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153718272189655

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Happy Birthday Microsoft Windows (now 30 years old): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153717243124655 How the world has changed since the 1980s when Windows was pretty ugly.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.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 share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com/
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LIFE AND TECH #31: Redefining Luxury, Self Driving Style

Whenever my mom would pass by a Mercedes Benz, she would say to me, “someday it would be fun to own one.”

This week I visited Mercedes Benz’s Silicon Valley R&D center. I recorded several videos there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153711577834655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654

Why was I at Mercedes?

To meet the teams working on Mercedes’ autonomous driving technologies. Self-driving cars.Why is Mercedes hosting journalists and influencers to see its self-driving technologies?The unmentioned name is Elon Musk. It must grate on car makers that Tesla gets so much free press about its self-driving features. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=tesla%20self%20driving

I think at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we’re going to see a wide range of auto makers that are more open about their self-driving roadmaps. This is in part because they don’t want Tesla to take over too much of our mindshare, but also because they’re fighting to hire the best machine learning experts in the world. If they aren’t “cool” to work for, they will have no chance when it comes to competing with Google and Apple.

In several of the presentations at Mercedes, they made the point that Tesla, and others in the market, are not true autonomous driving cars.

With these technologies, your hands must remain on the steering wheel, both for legal reasons and because the technology just isn’t good enough to plug in an address and let you go to sleep.They took me in an S500 that was outfitted with several cameras, several radar sensors and two LIDAR sensors in the front bumper (see the link above for links to videos of all that).

We drove around town with the car doing the driving for about 10 minutes. It works. Roughly. Twice the driver had to take control because it didn’t quite get things right. To be expected, this is an early stage for this kind of thing. It is clearly still in development mode and Mercedes is training the system to recognize more and more things. Earlier this year, Google gave a talk at TED and showed off the state of their self-driving technology. It looks like they do have a lead, but not a major one.

Since most people keep their cars for seven years or longer, and since it takes six years to plan out new cars, particularly ones that need new sensors built into grills and windshields, having even a two-year lead might not be all that significant.

As we drove along you could see the car recognize trees, signs, stop lights, pedestrians and obviously, other vehicles on the road, along with lane markings.

The technology seems like it’s three to six years away from being “Mercedes Quality.” Which gets me to where customer expectations are going. At one point the design team said that they, along with other auto makers, are going to redefine luxury.

They let me drive around a $140,000 car to experience the current state of the art in luxury automobiles. It had a heads up display and a screen that let passengers watch TV (but it didn’t let the driver see the video content). As I turned, the seat automatically “hugged” the opposite side of my body so that I wouldn’t slide as I took a turn too fast.Really great stuff, but in the future we won’t judge luxury by whether or not our car has features like that. We’ll judge it based on how easy it is to use self-driving features.

Will we be able to just get in and say, “take me to church?”David Pakman says no, the auto industry won’t create the future: https://medium.com/backchannel/the-auto-industry-won-t-create-the-future-ba1867c9f0d7

I sense he’s both right and wrong.

The teams at Mercedes pointed out that they are going to call upon their history as an auto maker to make people feel comfortable with this new technology. But they have a lot of work to do, even to make me feel comfortable. At several points during the drive it went too slow, wasn’t properly centered in the lane (something Tesla owners complain about) or didn’t feel “human” in its driving.

Mercedes also says that they have an advantage: there are dozens of sensors on the car that they already use to keep drivers safe. At one point we talked about how brakes change their behavior automatically if you move quickly off of full power to full braking. It knows that reaction only happens in a panic stop, so it assists you by making braking easier. It also does several other things before you even get to that point, to warn you if traffic is building up in front of you.

To rub in David’s point, Google Maps has recently gotten better at traffic: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153715330009655 Can Mercedes get there? To do so it’ll have to get over its German fear of collecting too much private information, or else it’ll just have to partner with Google or others. The problem is that Google keeps asking Mercedes for its sensor data, which demonstrates just how deep the car wars in Silicon Valley already are.Redefining luxury? Soon luxury will be “which product knows the most about me?”

Who is in the power spot? Viv.ai, started by the former Siri team from Apple. That thing could be plugged into Mercedes for voice support, and it could handle the tricky private contextual data (Mercedes is working on a contextual car too, which will know your favorite places to go, but it won’t even be close to the depth of knowledge that Viv.ai will collect about you).

By 2020 we are going to have true self-driving cars that are pretty good. By 2025 they will be mass market, and will be improved to handle more conditions (the first self-driving cars probably will only work in good weather conditions). Luxury? Which car will serve us best? For that they will need to collect a LOT more data about us than they currently are. Which makes Apple’s stance on privacy pretty interesting indeed!

How will auto makers collect that data without freaking us out? The design team at Mercedes says that’s what they are putting a ton of research and development into.Anyway, what an interesting visit to the R&D center of one of the most important companies in the world.

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How do you get young people into programming? Let you control Docker containers from Minecraft, of course: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153712554749655

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Google released an interesting virtualization technology this week. If you hit a link that points to a mobile app you don’t already have installed on your smartphone, it will offer you the option to “stream” the app instead: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153713781544655 Rackspace’s Carina system lets O’Reilly Media do something similar, too. Virtualization tech is getting so fast now that it lets us bring new capabilities to users and these are two great examples.

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Microsoft announced a ton of news for Visual Studio: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714076949655 That includes open sourcing Visual Studio Code. You might not remember, but I got my start in the industry working at Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal, which covered early versions of Visual Studio, so I still have lots of friends at Microsoft improving this great developer tool.

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Earlier this year I visited Lily, which makes a drone that will follow you, with my 360-degree camera. It’s a real Silicon Valley garage-started startup! https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153709677719655/ Since I recorded this video they have hired 30 people and moved out of the garage.

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I also visited Light.co and did a live Facebook broadcast. This is the startup that’s building a camera that will compete with DSLRs with 16 lenses. It does computational photography and was created by the guy who built LTE. You meet him, and get really in depth about this new camera: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153714303224655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654&type=3

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Now even your dog will have an IoT-based food dish: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153710879599655

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I sit down with social pioneer Ross Mayfield to get a look at his PingPad, a consumer collaboration service, and talk about the collaboration space (you know, where Yammer and Slack are): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153711549184655/ Interesting conversation.

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Parrot invited me to their press conference to see their $550 drone. This is the best one on the market for everyday people: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153711770964655/ I recorded the press conference.While at that press conference, I got a look at the Headplay headset that lets you see your drone in first person view. The headset looks dorky, but it was light and the screen was huge. It’s not very expensive, either, at $250, which shows how much mobile R&D on screens affects all sorts of products: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153711875249655

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Analysts IvyWorldwide named me top among 25 influencers in tech to watch in 2016: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714346004655

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As jobs get disrupted by technology, often the best paying jobs are in technology itself. Here’s one awesome article about a group of coal miners who learned to code: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714556729655

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Soon you will eat technology. This article shows a tiny pill that monitors vital signs from deep inside your body: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714745809655

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If you thought Google Glass was gone forever, Everysight is yet another example that you’re wrong. Wearable computers are coming back, and in the next five years they’ll be huge. My coworkers keep telling me I got Google Glass wrong. Nope, I didn’t. Just wait: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153715315889655 I was just too early.

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Finally, the banking system is hard to disrupt, due to significant barriers to entry, but these folks at Australian Tyro Payments are doing their best to disrupt payments. They talk to me about how hard it is to get a banking license and where they’re making banking easier: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153708666419655/

Even better? They’re a Rackspace customer.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.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 share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com
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This is the beginnings of the book Shel Israel and I are working on, titled "Beyond Mobile" that's coming later this year. If you have something that fits, or want to sponsor the book/be part of it, please email me at scobleizer@gmail.com
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This is a reprint of my email newsletter from last week (a new email newletter is sent out every Thursday night). You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

I’m kicking off my first newsletter of the year from CES 2016, where thousands of companies from around the world are showing off their latest and greatest products.

We’re only about halfway through the weeklong event, but here’s what you should take away from this massive show, which has more than 150,000 attendees in Las Vegas every year:

** Cars are now quickly moving to self driving technologies that have deep implications on a whole raft of things, from manufacturing to new kinds of cameras.
** Augmented Reality glasses made a HUGE leap in quality this past year. They’re still not ready for consumers, but it’s time to start using these in your business.
** Virtual Reality is here and it's not going away. If you’re in the media business, it’s time to put big money into building content. There are a ton of new 360-degree cameras to enable just that.
** IoT and Bluetooth connectivity keeps spreading to everything, which enables not just new products, but new business models as well.
** Home automation is finally becoming easier, thanks to new products like Amazon’s Echo or startups like Seven Hugs, which has a new remote that changes depending on what device you’re aiming at.

What can you take away from CES for your business? Well, for me it’s more of an expectation that all products will be smart, connected and easier to use. Amazon Echo is a great example of that. You just talk to it and it talks back. “Alexa, play the Beatles.” “Alexa tell me the news.”

Further off, you see that augmented reality is going to be huge. Already companies like Caterpillar are using it to conduct training for its mechanics, but this year the screens got a lot smaller and sharper, so you’re seeing them being used in more projects.

This year, for consumers, though, is when they will discover VR. The line to get to the Oculus booth was more than an hour long yesterday and today we’ll be getting a private run through with the HTC/Valve Vive. Yesterday I ordered my Oculus headset, which cost me $599 (and then you’ll need a high-end gaming PC to run it too).

Here’s a look at the best I’ve seen come out of CES over the past week:

I talk with Gary Shapiro for 20 minutes, he runs CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153813159579655/

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Kopin shows off smart eyewear that has very small screens and the best audio capabilities I’ve seen:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153817407904655/

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ODG shows me its augmented reality glasses, which have a wider field of view than previous versions:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153812695049655/

Infinity AR showed me its AR glasses, which have two video cameras that do depth sensing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815469519655/

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I get a look at Amazon Echo, from a developer’s point of view: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153811243564655/

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16 sensors let Withings new thermometer make it easy to take readings: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813704444655

There were a ton of Bluetooth-connected smart devices like this. Here’s another, a smart pregnancy test:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816500399655

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Nvidia had a couple of important announcements, the first is its new Maxwell GPU: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814154184655

The second is a powerful box that will enable better self-driving features:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814155259655

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Here announced new maps that are optimized for self-driving cars: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815589979655

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Magic announced a new “super human” assistant that runs $100 an hour: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815790494655

This will be a trend this year, as a variety of messengers add new ways to get help.

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Parrott has a new fixed-wing drone that flies 50 mph: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813706109655

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Nikon hit at GoPro with a 360-degree sports action video camera: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815578719655

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Vuze showed me a new $700 3D 360-degree video camera coming in August. This is a breakthrough because the rig I used last year cost $5,500 and doesn’t do 3D: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815108339655/

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Avegant Glyph started shipping its new headset, which lets you work or watch a movie in privacy. I have one and the screens are very sharp. I’ll be using it while traveling so people next to me on a plane can’t see what I’m doing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816224824655

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Google’s Tango depth sensing technology started to be demonstrated and here’s a great primer on what that is:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812527579655

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Lots of car news came out of CES, here’s some:

GM and Lyft announce a partnership: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812496129655

GM invested half a billion in Lyft, and is working on self driving technologies.

Volkswagen announced a bunch of stuff including an electric van prototype: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816507339655

Chevy Bolt, the $30,000 200 mile range electric car: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816510114655

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Intel shows off a drone that can navigate itself: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816517564655

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Finally, something fun. The Mix Fader is a Bluetooth-connected tool for those of you who want to be a DJ:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815360724655/

But what’s it really like to see a ton of companies at CES? In this 40 minute video you meet dozens of companies at the Pepcom Digital Experience event (a press event where hundreds of companies are in a room, all showing their latest): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153816146624655/

This was the first CES I could broadcast live on Facebook. Others were doing Periscope. People around the world loved watching as I went from booth to booth to get pitched on everything from a smart plant pot to digital locks.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.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 share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/
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LIFE AND TECH #33: Getting Pitched on Startups

This morning I spoke to business students at the University of California and one of them asked me, “what was your favorite pitch?”

Of course I remember my winners.

Things like seeing Instagram, Siri or Flipboard early on. I also remembered all the crappy ones. I told the student, “if you pitch something in a crowded market, you put me to sleep, so you better have a few reasons why I should wake up.”

In other words, if you pitch me yet another phone, you better explain why I should care. After all, I’ve already decided on my phone and so have most of my readers. If I’m going to tell my readers about a new phone, it better have something that makes it interesting (like if it has a bunch of new sensors).

Earlier this week I asked you to pitch me your startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153733047854655

More than 400 pitches rolled in. Here’s my top ten:

1. Sara Sakowitz - Blue Moon Box: a monthly science kit subscription service for kids. This engages kids through fun science projects they can do on their kitchen tables. Every box contains all the materials you need to complete each experiment.

2. Aik Arutunian - On-Demand Engine: a modular platform for building on-demand Uber-like apps easy and fast, for businesses across the board.

3. Chhai Thach - Go Reception: an office automation management system that helps enterprises manage visitors registration, room booking, event ticketing and contractor management. It's being used at Rackspace Australia.

4. Kirill Zubovsky - Receipt Donkey: Save and track your business receipts with Dropbox.

5. David Burrows - GetLaundri.com: launched in Dallas, TX. App-based pick-up and delivery service for employees, households and hotel guests for dry cleaning, laundry and shoe service. All returned in 24 hours. Also, free pick-up of clothing for donation to one of three participating area charities. It's growing 250% each month.

6. Michal Wendrowski - Rublon: cloud-based security software that helps companies protect their data and control employee logins with two-factor authentication via email, SMS and mobile app (2,000+ deployments worldwide, SaaS).

7. Lane Campbell and Mark Graves - MyIRE.com: a platform that is changing the way medical and scientific research is conducted. Democratizing the process with a soon to be publicly released platform that's currently being used in phase three and phase four clinical trials.

8. Yol Sot - StartupBlink.com: an interactive global startup ecosystem map which has tens of thousands of registered startups and other related entities such as co-working spaces, accelerators, startup organizations, tech reporters and much more.

9. Randy Creighton - StoAmigo: cloud file management and storage that unifies users’ storage devices and makes the files accessible from one UI. From the UI you can access your PC, Mac, online storage, NAS device and Android-powered smartphone or tablet. All with nothing uploaded to the cloud.

10. Nitish Kannan - Circlepluspay.com: allows anyone in 23 countries to accept credit cards, bitcoin and invoice globally. Free app with no hardware. Think square without dongles and it works around the world.

Some lessons about pitches:

1. The best are short. Think about it, did you really need to know much more about Uber than, “way better than taxis?” No.

2. A great pitch hits real pain.

3. To win contests, like this one, you pretty much have to be for everyone. But I did find a new app for parents with autistic kids by doing this (https://www.facebook.com/birdhouseforautism/), so it’s worth trying, no matter how narrow your company is.

4. A great pitch has a URL or a call to action, or, preferably both. “Download Uber athttp://www.uber.com.”

5. A great pitch has some social proof: “used by Starbucks in all of its stores.”

6. It tells us what makes the company different.

7. It uses clear English with a minimum of jargon.

8. In a few words, it makes us CARE about the product or company.

9. It uses as few words as possible. If hyperbole is used, you can reduce the number of words. “Uber is better than taxis” is better than “Uber is the leading service that’s better than taxis.”

10. Startups done by kids win. Renata Kotscho Velloso ·http://www.healthymission.us is a startup created by my 11 year-old daughter that uses Instagram to help kids enjoy eating right.

Here are some other things I’ve done or collected over the past week:

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I visited a new kind of startup, which doesn’t even have a good market yet (they make games for VR headsets) to see how they might pitch me.

That pitch, by the founders of Temple Gate Games is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153738588954655/ (I filmed it live, so my readers could ask questions as they talked about their company).

You’ll learn a lot about the VR industry and also see their frustrations as they try to explain a new UI that people don’t have context for yet.

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First Round Capital released its report on startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740564459655 Interesting read about results from a study of 500 entrepreneurs.

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VTech got hacked and its customer data was shared on the Internet. In this case, it was data that belonged to children. Look at this analysis of how the hack went down, and you’ll see a bunch of really basic mistakes. Like not upgrading servers. This stuff makes me livid because if you use a cloud computing company that invests ANYTHING into security this wouldn’t happen. First rule of security is to do the basics: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153735461409655

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Apple open-sourced its Swift programming language: https://github.com/blog/2089-apple-open-sources-swift-on-github

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Symmetry Labs makes lights for stages behind musical performers (among other places you need digital art). I visit them and get a look at these very cool cubes: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153737003354655/

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I got a video of a fun robot that teaches kids to code at the Big Ideas Festival, an innovation conference for educators: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153742609259655/

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Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (which makes Wordpress) came on the Gillmor Gang to talk to me about the new version of Wordpress and how the publishing industry is evolving: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153732960449655

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Eclipse comes out with a browser-based IDE. Damn is that a controversial topic, evidenced by the comments here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153737260454655

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Ello changed things around, continues being for “artsy fartsy” types:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153738284494655

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New Django ships: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153739027534655

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Why Metabase picked Clojure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740489104655

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Amazon showed off new drones: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153734819024655

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Facebook is now adding live video for non celebrities: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153742071064655 (I’ve been using this feature for a while, but until now it was only for a small group of people).

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.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 share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/
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+Richard Frost Scoble has 7 and a quarter million followers here. But as you can see from this post, his low engagement on G+ is resulting in less engagement from followers.

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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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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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