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28.Oct.14

Selfies 2.0

monalisaducklips (1)Meet Nixie, a finalist prototype on Intel’s “Make it wearable” contest. Nixie is nothing more than a drone, with a camera attached.. sounds familiar right?; what makes this little guy so special are the wings that support the rotors can actually bend around your wrist and you can wear it as a bracelet. Now that’s cool!

recently wrote about how you can be uber innovative with the things you have around you; I believe these guys did exactly that, and took it to the a huge next level; now you can be literally the center of your own reality show with this little gadget buzzing like a fly and recording every minute of your day; simply impressive; just the thought of GoPro’s response or attempt on this; makes the business side of this story mouthwatering.

Now, let’s take it to yet another level; suppose you now develop a smart app on your phone that the drone can ping to find your location; let’s say something as simple as pairing it with your built-in Bluetooth signal; now; there is a unique identification, pairing and more importantly, video and audio streaming up to about 30 feet for real amazing perspectives; like I said, your own little reality show. Take this to other uses, How about to follow felons who wear tracking devices?, embedding a chip on the clothes they wear to make the private and secure pairing possible.

On the dark side; well, many people may use this for recording their own “private” shows; hey, don’t complain if it ends up on some tabloid; I’m pretty sure it’ll have some fine print written somewhere.

Wearables dominated 2014’s CES event in Las Vegas, NV.; the speed at which late model smartwatches and smart bracelets are being upgraded threatens to outpace established smartphone and tablet markets according to a research made by Visiongain; they calculate that the global wearable technology market will attain a value of $5.26 billion in 2014 alone.

In a white paper written by HIS in 2013, they mentioned that the future of wearable technology will center around Social and infotainment quickly followed by health, wellness and medical applications; I think they were spot on.

So, there you have it; not really a reason to keep taking selfies, but a reason to pay attention to what surrounds us as humans and the possibilities for an interconnected scenario.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: SELFIES 2.0

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Yvan Hernandez AUTHOR:
Yvan Hernandez has been with Sogeti Chicago for the last 3 ½ years. Started as Manager Consultant specializing in SharePoint and .Net and quickly became an SME for SharePoint leading the SharePoint community of practice for the next 2 years. Yvan was promoted to Senior Manager in December 2012 and currently leads the Business Applications practice. Within Sogeti USA, Yvan actively participates as SME within the Microsoft Alliance Group for Yammer after securing partnership level by obtaining his Power-User, Administrator and Community Manager certifications in 2013 and with the Business Critical SharePoint (BCSP) group; he is also a member of the National SharePoint leadership group.

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238803-internet-refrigerator-in-actionIn case you haven’t noticed, the Internet is currently in the middle of a personality cross-road right now. However there is no need to panic; it’s not that it will disappear any time soon or will be used any less, it’s the way it is being used that is changing faster than you may think.

In a recent article published on Quartz titled “Why most people aren’t downloading apps anymore” the author makes a very compelling analysis on the number of apps downloaded per month. It seems that long gone are the days when the iPhone was seen as innovative through its applications, and yet on the recently released iPhone 6 one of the key features is Apple Pay (which is a combination of an app and the Internet of Things). Certainly the app model has tons of advantages and I’m a big fan of it, but do we really need 10 different iterations of Angry Birds in our device?

Another interesting factor that the article picks up on is the number of times that these apps have been launched and for how long people are using the app (session duration). In my opinion the results are mind-blowing and I would be very curious to see the age, gender and operating system segregation of this data. Social apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on are launched on average 25.1 times in a month as these apps are are used every single day. Interestingly however is that the length of each session is only 2.5 minutes.

People are using their mobile devices more than desktops or laptops, not because of the apps available on the device, but for the freedom and the instant gratification of being always-on connection. Ultimately, it’s the Internet of Things that seems to be the bridge for this gap – creating this personality dilemma and revolution on the Internet. The Internet of Things is opening a whole new world of information access and is crossing the gray line between virtual and reality making it easier for us to adapt to things we use, and used to interact with before on specific slots of time and space.

Lately there is a big trend of wearable devices which comes in all shapes and colours to blend your individual personality and style. These devices can track your heart rate, location, distance, etc. all through a device being linked to an app on your smartphone – it’s only a matter of time before technology will take another degree of separation. For example when your child gets home, the door will notify you, your wireless internet camera will allow to chat with them, and a device embedded as a chip on your kids clothes will tell you if he or she is hungry. The device will then tell you what he/she ate at school and enable communication with your refrigerator to suggest what food to take based on the inventory recorded by the refrigerator. Oh, by the way, all this information is also being fed to local grocery retailers so the next time you actually log on the Internet these entities will push advertisement back at you based on the data collected from your needs and day-to-day activities. All of this will still travel over the Internet, but it’ll be pushed from one side to the other and presented to you in a completely different way as you traditionally know it today.

What you see and do today is not necessarily a coincidence, chances are that it is the result of data collected about you and your behaviours; many of them are useful and sometimes they make your life a bit better and easier. Some others may be not as useful and be rather annoying or even dangerous; but something is for sure: the  change in digital transformation, the integration and the innovation of technology is tremendous.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog:  INTERNET’S PERSONALITY DILEMMA

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Yvan Hernandez AUTHOR:
Yvan Hernandez has been with Sogeti Chicago for the last 3 ½ years. Started as Manager Consultant specializing in SharePoint and .Net and quickly became an SME for SharePoint leading the SharePoint community of practice for the next 2 years. Yvan was promoted to Senior Manager in December 2012 and currently leads the Business Applications practice. Within Sogeti USA, Yvan actively participates as SME within the Microsoft Alliance Group for Yammer after securing partnership level by obtaining his Power-User, Administrator and Community Manager certifications in 2013 and with the Business Critical SharePoint (BCSP) group; he is also a member of the National SharePoint leadership group.

Posted in: Behaviour Driven Development, Big data, Business Intelligence, communication, Innovation, mobile applications, mobile testing, Open Innovation, Technology Outlook, Virtualisation, Wearable technology      
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zink-1In August 2007 after purchasing a laptop for my dad, I came across a marketing flyer while unwrapping the packaging which read this catchy subject “Join the IdeaStorm website and help us to craft a new wave of products” (www.ideastorm.com).

I then submitted an idea to the company which stated “Bluetooth has demonstrated to be a reliable and fast way to transmit data through Bluetooth enabled printers, why not make a photo/laser printer with a built-in Bluetooth adapter? Less cables, less weight for shipping, less space for packing and ability to share the printer without having a network (and a print server) setup.”

3 years later I received this reply from the website “Your ideas and comments help to not only shape our future as a company, but also ensure that our customers have a voice in the developments in the products they are passionate about. The idea you submitted was implemented by the Dell Team.” This idea was the inkless Wasabi printer and I got nothing other than a “thank you” letter and a pen made of recycled wood as a token of appreciation for my idea (my wife still gets upset for that!)

Innovation therefore comes in many shapes and forms, some innovative products or technologies are a total break-through in space and others are so revolutionary that it changes how we think, behave and operate with others – Facebook is a great example of this. Many other innovations are spin-offs of current innovative areas, like adding 2+2 to get 4; the pieces are right there screaming at us, willing to get utilised, exploited to create new innovative opportunities. I like to bring in here an example of the taxi company “Uber” which utilises the social power of Facebook in which clients have the opportunity to post their experiences, and also let drivers post about clients as well. This innovative idea takes advantage of Smartphones, GPS technology and direct communication between clients and drivers and  therefore adds a business model that simply works perfectly.

We can actually see a pattern through innovation: Technology, Need, Application (usage or benefit) and I guess something like that went through my mind that evening in 2007, I just took current under-utilised technologies, like Bluetooth and saw a need (wireless printing, open connectivity, easy to use), spotted it’s benefits/ applications and put myself in the shoes of the actual end-user to to understand how others will benefit from it.

Overall therefore, depending on your line of work whether you are a visionary or innovator you must always be looking around you aiming to solve a current issue, need, desire.

Sometimes it is frustrating if you do not to have the full knowledge or time to actually implement it but perhaps that’s a discussion for another day on “Why you can’t do all alone”; and is no less fascinating that adding 2+2 to get 4.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: INNOVATION ON A DIME – PUTTING ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER

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Yvan Hernandez AUTHOR:
Yvan Hernandez has been with Sogeti Chicago for the last 3 ½ years. Started as Manager Consultant specializing in SharePoint and .Net and quickly became an SME for SharePoint leading the SharePoint community of practice for the next 2 years. Yvan was promoted to Senior Manager in December 2012 and currently leads the Business Applications practice. Within Sogeti USA, Yvan actively participates as SME within the Microsoft Alliance Group for Yammer after securing partnership level by obtaining his Power-User, Administrator and Community Manager certifications in 2013 and with the Business Critical SharePoint (BCSP) group; he is also a member of the National SharePoint leadership group.

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