The internet of things is giving our cities a brain.
Apple has it. Google has it. Microsoft fails at it. Yahoo! sometimes does and sometimes doesn’t. What I am talking about is buzz and coolness. It seems every time Apple or Google introduces a new product, the buzz is high. For example, Apple recently introduced a $350 speaker and, while the reaction was more tepid than it has been for other Apple products, no one seem to point that the emperor was looking very very naked. Yet, Microsoft keeps throwing out new products and few people seem to be very interested (no matter how Scoble tries to browbeat us into thinking of Microsoft as cool). Similarly, today, Google introduced a finance section that mimicked much of what yahoo! finance has been doing for years. It has a couple of nice AJAX-based features but, all and all, it’s not enough of an improvement to be considered like something that could potentially dominate the tech news cycle. And yet, every major tech pub or mainstream publication has covered the release. why? Trying to divine the source of coolness What Google and Apple seem to have understood is that there are ways to make oneself look cool. I’m going to try to lay…Read More
The modular by design approach is based on the simple concept of small modular components. In order to fully understand it, however, one must examine the actual components of this approach: standards, focus, flexibility, speed, communication, and stealth. I will now go into each of these concepts, providing examples for each of them but it is necessary to give a quick overview of the concepts before looking into how they apply to the approach and why you should consider adopting them. Standards When I first unveiled the modular by design concept, I didn’t think of this critical component. The idea was brought forth to me in one of the many discussions that ensued but it does make sense. A modular by design model should really be based on a common standard. The reason for this is that the basic precept of an aggregated model is lock-in through proprietary standards. The antidote to that is adoption of open standards. Focus Because modular units are small, they are generally much more focused than larger aggregated ones. However, because they are small, they must conserve energy and focus on the critical mission they want to accomplish. This forces them to get rid of…Read More