It’s Thursday afternoon, another sun drenched beautiful day in Silicon Valley. Great lunch with smart people, talking about fun stuff.
First panel up is about ubiquitous computing…
Frederick Kitson…Motorola. fourth wave, i.e. Wireless/Mobility. Convergence of Internet and mobility. 45% of the market is mobile phone. 2007 will the market will be for 1 B. new cell phones. Great slides. Motorola going for Linus based solution. Mobility has gone from toy to tool. It is always interesting to see what dynamite slides a very big company can put out when they have lots of time and money to put them together.
Stuart Butterfield of Flickr. Talking about convergence. “Convergence that this involving in a way that it is interesting”.
Scott ___________ prof at Stanford…
“The most profound technologies are those that disappear…” Mark Weisser.
Talking about prototyping. Tools that enable us to build stuff. “What are we getting out of this?” Build a prototype, get some feedback, and then build a better product.
Terry Winegard…full prof at Stanford.
How do you take the best of what people do? Design thinking coupled with analytical thinking. Really learn by doing..What program is looking at are human values, not just tools.
Scott…how should orgs move toward U..computing. (U=ubiquitous)
Kitson…test is what would the user want out of the device.
Stuart…far end of the spectrum. So many constraints in building physical product, as compared to software. Have to have the same kind of willingness to fail.
Frederick…Average college graduate 5,000 hours of reading, 10,000 hours of playing games, and 20,000 hours of watching TV.
Frederick…Thin was king, something you couldn’t leave at home. Hard to put a value on the iconic factor. Much bigger surprise. Metal product with an antenna inside, had to believe that there was a value there. Getting it right as important as signal/noise relationship.
Terry…Flickr, consumers are the ultimate producer? Will Flickr…deliver content. Sharing of your life is the high value proposition.
Stuart…YouTube is user curated stuff, content is funny, having the expertise of people making videos.
Frederick..Voice is still the most important piece. In terms of actual capabilities, next year you will see phones that will work around the globe. 80% of the world have cell phone coverage, but 30% have actual services. Connectivity part, just about solved. The experience part is the hard part.
Stuart…SMS…to Yahoo for info.
Frederick…SMS..to go-go devices.
Stuart..four way rocker is becoming ubiquitous.
Question… Will WiMax take off? What kind of services will we see?
Frederick…Devices do exist that will work with WiMax.