I bought a Slingbox years ago when we lived in Paris. I wanted to watch football games. And it sort of sometimes almost kinda worked. It stuttered and stalled but I could watch a few games.
Today I wanted to watch the Seahawks game. We get some sort of basic cable as part of out internet package but it’s not compatible with our French TV.
So we plugged the Slingbox in, bought the iPad app ($15 seemed expensive, but since the Hawks won….) and voila. It worked.
Too often we forget how close to magic this stuff is.
Hard to believe I have been using Tumblr for three years now.
And nice idea for engagement Tumblr team, reminding me via email.
Back to LoseIt this week. Weight hasn’t gone anywhere but I feel a bit leaner and that’s what really counts.
Slacked last week recording things.
The other key this week: no diet cheat day. I may fall of the paleo wagon but I won’t plan any stops along the way.
Still texting while driving? What it’s going to take to make us stop
They weren’t police, but when Beth Ebel and her team of investigators walked up and down intersections in six major counties this year, peering into car windows to count how many drivers were using their phones, some drivers dropped them. Hid them…
Seems like a safety feature a car company + mobile device company could use: don’t bother me feature when blue tooth is enabled in the car. I’d buy that.
Even better: any text that comes in gets a simple “driving, will reply later – automatic response” message.
I completed “911 Firefighter”.
For Time: 14:33
50 slam balls 30#
50 push press 95#
50 box jumps 24"
Sorry, the Future of Computing Is Not on Your Wrist
As Matt Buchanan notes, wristwatches have always been passive display devices — you glance at them to see what time it is, but (unless you’re setting an alarm or using a stopwatch function) you rarely have to do anything to it to make a watch work. Passivity is also how fitness bands like the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuelband work. With certain models, you can look down to see how far along you are in your exercise goals, but to do any actual configuration or tracking, you have to connect them to a device with a larger screen.
It remains a mistake to think of these devices as watches. As I’ve said before, these things are going to be even less analogous to a wristwatch than the iPhone was to a telephone.
That said, I do agree about the importance of passivity with these devices. That’s one reason I think the Galaxy Gear is going to be DOA. They’re just thinking of it as a smartphone with a smaller screen — one which still requires being tethered to another smartphone to be useful in any way.
The future of wearable computing is hotly debated. It seems clear that our current mobile devices (phones) will play a role, maybe the central computer on board for instance. But peripherals are key.
And these peripherals won’t be ugly add ons. History has shown us that people will wear silly, ridiculous things for a while as a fashion statement. But they won’t survive the long haul. So what things have stuck around?
The watch is one. Wrists are easy and people have been wearing bracelets forever. It won’t be a watch of course. It is more likely a simple data collector (movement, heart rate, temperature, etc.) with some simple feedback mechanisms. Pebble is heading this way, rumors are the iWatch will too.
I’m skeptical about glasses. Yes, people wear them. But when given the choice with something like LASIK people dropped glasses as quickly as they could because glasses are a pain. They get wet, they get bumped off, they get scratched.
Intriguing will be ear buds. People wear head phones all the time now. This is to shut people out, but with a little work these could be more inclusive too. They could pick up the signals that Jawbone, Fuelband, or Shine do. There are systems today which provide motivation from the smart phone “hey, run faster” but I could imagine a pairing of ear buds telling me at a cocktail party “his name is John, he’s a programmer, you met him six weeks ago at a startup conference”. Modern hearing aids are almost invisible. A little smarts, probably anchored in the smartphone we are all carrying anyway, and voila, the agent technology we have heard about for years.
When Good Isn’t Good Enough: What Email And iPods Teach Us About Microsoft’s Lumia Bust
BY AARON SHAPIRO, fastcompany.com
In the math of new products, the value equation must add up. And incrementalism doesn’t win.
This week’s Nokia acquisition announcement by Microsoft raises an interesting question that I believe all business leaders would do well to lea…
This tells a lot of the story but misses an important fact: many people don’t switch because the future cost is higher. When the next amazing/cool/fun/wow app comes out how long until I get it on this platform? Will I get the new hotness at all?
This is a real problem for Microsoft. I like that the article talks about wearable computing (the future, the phone is just one part of it) but is Microsoft even in that game?
I’ll note that Microsoft had a smart watch back in the early 2000s. It stunk, it wasn’t super easy to use, it had a lot of things wrong. But like so many other things Microsoft did early (tablets, AI, phones) the company didn’t have the courage to keep improving it. But I see Pebbles now and think that Microsoft had a 10 year head start in this race and squandered it.