Posts Tagged ‘ Innovation ’

Facebook and Death

A while ago I wrote two posts, one about Facebook learning to deal with Death and the second asking the question what happens to your digital self when you die ? Yes, FaceBook did come up with a solution to Memorize pages of friends who were no longer amongst us, but Facebook has now gone one Up with the concept of a sort of a virtual cemetery: a place where people could record their thoughts, memories and life lessons for their family and the public to learn from and discuss. Our Facebook pages are our living testaments. They feature some of our most important memories, the people we care about, and in some cases, our life’s work. They’re a version of our autobiographies and when we die, they can serve as a form of our obituaries.

If your friends have lost someone recently, you’ve probably seen them mourn and celebrate the person’s life online. Sometimes friends or family will create a group dedicated to the memory of that person., and people will add in the memories that they have had with them. When the family or close relatives of that person visits the page, I imagine the feeling is rich and meaningful in a way that’s different from visiting the cemetery.

Facebook’s addition of the ability to “memorialize” pages — a policy born of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was a good start. Memorializing pages turns a personal page into a memorial page. The page is only accessible to confirmed friends and sensitive information like phone numbers and status updates are removed to protect the privacy of the individual. Friends can leave messages on the page and look at the deceased person’s wall postings and photos.

If nobody goes through the process of having the page memorialized or taken down, the page lives on indefinitely and can lead to the jarring experience of seeing their photo pop up on your page with a message to “say hello” to them or add them as a friend. Facebook sets up those notifications to get infrequent users more involved so, naturally, people who have died are among those who show up most.

I suggest to utilize groups and group discussions to mourn and remember the deceased. The group pages allow anyone to join, not just people who were Facebook friends with the deceased. Groups are set up to be more of a community so it facilitates interaction among people. People can discuss specific memories, or upload photos for example.

Facebook doesn’t have specific numbers of memorialized pages or groups, but as Facebook users get older, the numbers will increase. Perhaps someday there will be more memorial pages than pages for living people.

To report a deceased person’s profile on Facebook, and turn it into a memorialized account.

For more information on creating and managing a Facebook group.

Goo.gl really pushing QR Codes

How do you know that a technology is beginning to take off ? Google does something with it, thats how. After Twitter, the importance of the length of a webpage URL needed some real looking at, because you would get only 140 characters to include the URL and your message, hence the birth of the URL Shortness. Needless to say Google thought it was a good idea and came up with a similar service called goo.gl. Its been shown below that it is indeed one of the best services available out there. That is the first piece of the jigsaw.

qrcode

QR Code is something that Google has showed interest in from getting it onto the Google maps for businesses, to now a URL shortening service which generates QR codes for the shortened code. For those of you who don’t recall, a QR (“quick response”) code is a square barcode that makes getting URLs, location coordinates, any text or contact information onto a phone fast. With a barcode scanner app installed, you just point your phone’s camera at the code to read its contents.

If you’re already using Goo.gl to shorten your URLs, simply add .qr to the end of a shortened Goo.gl URL and it’ll instantly generate a QR code for you.

Once you’ve got your shortened Goo.gl URL—like http://goo.gl/aXum, which points to Lifehacker’s home page—just append .qr like so:

http://goo.gl/aXum.qr

…and you’ve got your personal QR code. Not bad.

Note: To use Goo.gl to shorten URLs, you need to be using the Google Toolbar, or you can point your browser here . You can also check out my previous post about QR Codes here.

Apple wants us to SEE augmented reality .. cool

When I read the article in Engadget about Apple contemplating to make a pair of glasses that would well be a device to repel women. I admit it it is ugly at first sight.  This is what they have to say about it.

Essentially an iPhone dock that sits on your face like a pair of glasses, “Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display” details a headset that contains a stereo display and either a camera or a window for your phone’s camera. Also included in the patent application is a microphone, speaker, batteries, and an accelerometer for detecting the user’s head movements. Something like this would be great for augmented reality applications — and something like this would make ever getting a date that much more difficult.

At first sight it does look horrible, it is however a first step that innovation and companies are taking towards Wearable Electronics and Augmented Reality devices as a consumer electronic device.

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For people who are more interested in the technical nitty gritties you can head out here. Well I am excited about this, cos one of my most read posts of all time is actually Nokia Mixed Reality, where Nokia demoed a device that did the same; this means that you guys are also interested in this. Check out the video below again:

Well I know that this is not something that people will buy immediately, but will definitely pick up like the mobiles, or the smartphones, or at least I hope. Heres wishing luck to Apple 🙂

Nokia Phone Manufacture

It is one of those processes that require a lot of Clean environments. Putting together a mobile phone that works. I was fortunate enough to receive some of these pics through email from one of my friends who used to work at a Nokia factory. I cannot say where, however if you search around you can guess I think. When I received the pictures, I thought it might be worthwhile sharing the same on the blog for the readers who come here. So well here we go.

Nokia N95 assembly.

Adding the Battery

Finishing the cover off

Testing the Phones

Communicator

More Packaging

Putting the serial Numbers on

Fixing the smaller components

Getting the PCB and components

Loading the software

Checking the camera

Zero Baggage Allows Travelers To Fly Without Luggage

One of the biggest pains for passengers, airlines and airports alike is the baggage of people. It is unbelievable the amount of baggage that gets lost or misplaced in a single days operation. In fact this article in the telegraph puts the number at close to 2.5 Million a year. Considering the fact that all airlines have to pay an amount to people who miss or misplace baggage it is a major issue for everyone. A new startup Zero Baggage has come up with a system that allows travellers to fly without luggage.

Zero Baggage aims to change the travel experience by letting its users fly without checked luggage, borrowing items from local suppliers through the duration of their trips. Zero Baggage also has novel perks that come along with the service; users accrue carbon credits for traveling light, which can be reimbursed for various services such as a spa trip or dinner. Members of Zero Baggage can also opt to buy new items, or store personal effects at frequently visited places. The service also has a community feature, which enables travelers to connect with people at their destination. Zero Baggage will start its services in November 2010. I am really looking forward to seeing this work, should be one of those interesting technologies that may help revolutionize travel if it works, or just fail otherwise.

Here’s a video on how the service works:

You can also check out their service at : http://zerobaggage.com/index.html

Source via pfsk

Where is Innovation required in India – i.e Where is the money ?

This is a question that has been asked before and a lot of people and companies are striving to get the answer to this. India is a big country with varying socio economic sectors, each with a different requirement than the other. However the numbers is each sector would dictate what sector is the best sector for the maximum market reach or most profit.  Here are my views on where is the real market for an aspiring service or company in India.

First things first, to categorize India into sectors is very difficult. There are many factors and many conditions that dictate what the consumers need and where is the best place to work. But, largely based on the socio economic front there can be 5 distinct sectors in India.

  1. The Very Rich
  2. The Consuming Class
  3. The Climbers
  4. The Aspirants
  5. The Survivors

The first and second sectors are the ones that expect the products and services the same as that of the developed countries. For the most part, the rest of the sectors are only aspiring to achieve any sort of service that can be there. This is the real market for an aspiring new company. The majority of enterprises in the Climbers or aspirant sectors have ten or fewer employees, and are the main contributors of employment for the poor. Hence micro-entrepreneurs form the backbone of economies in these regions, and their development is crucial for socioeconomic improvement in a country like India.

The climbers / Aspirants and Survivors form the largest sector of the country. In India these sectors represent the sleeping tiger, which is the part of the country which has the most potential but still have to deal with infrastructural requirements that plague the country. There are great markets that can be worked on considering the sharp downfall of the government to provide these services to people:

POWER : For instance, for many it still is a daily struggle to get enough electricity to go about their daily lives. Those living in rural areas or in urban slums simply don’t have electricity. This could be addressed by integrating new battery technology, solar recharging, low-power technologies, or via devices that automatically utilize other ways of charging or saving power that are still being explored.

LITERACY : The UN estimates that nearly 20% of the world population is illiterate – with the vastmajority residing in developing nations. Before even basic information services like SMS can be used, more effort needs to be made into creating new user interfaces for those who can’t read, and more effort into finding the best ways of teaching literacy with mobile devices.

COMMUNITY : Rapid technological change in the world is going to inevitably create friction, as well as great opportunities. Finding ways to integrate technologies into traditional social structures in a positive way could play a huge role in community enhancement. Micro payments, encouragement for Entrepreneurship, Venture Capitalism are all venues where we could approach the community issues.
There have been certain products that have come around in the past few months to cater to these sectors. Good examples to these have been Mitti Cool, the Refrigerator aimed at the villages without electricity and made entirely of clay, and other innovations. You can check more of these inventions at http://www.jugaadu.com/.

Though it is tempting to simply assume that eventually growing economies will need many of the same things that developed nations already have, innovation and new services to help the poor and uneducated can’t stop because some parts of these sectors have crossed into what can be called “lower middle class.” For the vast majority, there are still many problems with accessing just the most basic requirements of human beings. The opportunities to improve the lives of millions of people with new services aimed at growing economies are incredible. As time goes by and new technologies become cheaper and accessible by more people, the possibilities for even greater services that truly improve the quality of life are enormous.

iSaree : Wonder why the west calls us Indians IT Nerds ??

[tweetmeme] This is really absurd, innovation and uniqueness is something and going overboard is completely another. As Indians we are amazing when it comes to understanding technology and trying to implement it into our everyday lives. I cannot really say anything else about this, but just lol.

The Hindu ran an article of a craftsman who has managed to bring Apple into the Indian Wedding scene, yes you read that right. I have the article here below, you will not believe the article.

‘Swaramadhuri’, a ‘singing silk saree’, embedded with eight micro speakers on its border has caught the fancy of many silk traders down South.

Conceptualised by P. Mohan, a small-time designer in the Dharmavaram town in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, the beautiful drape has micro speakers on its border and a small digital music player at the ‘Pallu’ which can play as many as 200 songs continuously for a stretch of four hours. Mr. Mohan has used a 2-GB memory chip to support the device on the saree.

Armed with a diploma in Fashion Design, he is said to have toiled for two months to come out with this unique design, which has piqued the interest of silk traders down South. B. Datta Shiva, the master weaver, who purchased the rights of the saree, said, “Orders are pouring from reputed showrooms from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh for supply.” “It took nearly a whole month to make one saree. Ten members of our unit continuously worked and finished it. It can play music for four hours non-stop, without disturbing others,” Mr. Shiva said.

Being strong disciples of Sri Ganapati Sachidananda Swami, the duo has included musical compositions of the Swamiji in the saree. The saree will be put up for open auction in Dharmavaram on February 14 and Mr. Shiva is expecting a good response for this design.

The enterprising designer had earlier created sarees with small LED bulbs which he called ‘lighting sarees’. He also made silk sarees using sandalwood. “There is a great demand for the sandalwood saree. We get orders from all over the South. But we are unable to meet the demand because of the time-consuming process of making the saree,” Mr. Shiva said.

The fragrance of sandalwood is said to remain permanently on the saree, as Mohan uses pure sandalwood purchased from an emporium owned by the Karnataka Government, he said.

With a whooping Rs 300 crore-market for silk sarees and dress material, Dharmavaram weavers have little doubt that Swaramadhuri will sing another successful tune.

No wonder the west stereotypes us as outsourcing, software nerds. lol. And yes its Innovative. Wonder what the brides in India wearing these saris will be listening to during the wedding ?