Stop Looking At Your Phones – A Lesson From The Britishes

The Britishes must resist the urge to spend breakfast starting at their (im)mobile devices.

From TechEd to TechEat: Cooking as Programming

cookingWhile at Microsoft TechEd 2014 – please read and share my personal Sessions Top 25 blog post – my wife and I ran into this huge Bullipedia Lab logo in the Carrer de México, just near our hotel. Number 17 is the The Bullipedia Lab HQ, where 80 researchers, chefs and other professionals are working on Ferran Adrià’s epic online culinary encyclopedia. The goals of Mr. Adrià’s HackingBullipedia contest, launched in unison with Spanish telecom giant Telefónica, include improving the design, creativity and technology involved in creating the Bullipedia. [Read more…]

Context, Cards and Notification Design

At the beginning of the year I wrote a blogpost titled “Contextual is the new Mobile” in which I wrote that contextual based interaction with devices is key to making the future of mobile work. The new mobile requires devices, services and information to be embedded (integrated into the environment), personalized (tailored to your needs), adaptive (change in response to you) and anticipatory (anticipating a users intentions without conscious mediation).

This idea fits into a broader shift in the way we interact with the web. It is increasingly less about pages and destinations, and more about personalized experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content from different sources. A development based on the diversity of screens in all shapes and sizes and widespread access to data from all kinds of sources through APIs and SDKs.

The notification is the interface
Dubbed the notification as the interface (1 & 2), this design framework is being build today. In IOS8 the notification center aims to be the most important screen on your iPhone with interactive notifications.


They’re not just simple announcements or calls to action anymore. They are actions in and of themselves. Android has similar functionality. Emerging platforms like Android Wear and Apple Watch are confirming these trends towards notifications being both content and action.

Some argue that the “that the idea of having a screen full of icons, representing independent apps, that need to be opened to experience them, is making less and less sense. The idea that these apps sit in the background, pushing content into a central experience, is making more and more sense.” I could not agree more. [Read more…]

StockCity for Oculus Rift

Fidelity Labs, the R&D think-tank inside Fidelity Investments, created StockCity for Oculus Rift®, a tool that combines virtual reality with data visualization to transform an investor’s stock portfolio into a city that conveys information about stocks without a single number or percentage. Investors can access it either with Oculus Rift, or simply on the web.

Robots: You May Wear Them In Your Clothes

“In a small lab at Purdue University in Indiana, a new kind of robot is being developed. Rebecca Kramer is a scientist creating soft robots that will integrate directly into our clothing to monitor and assist our movement. Her research could some day lead to a revolution in what we wear, from rehabilitative clothing to military performance enhancers, to everyday athletic gear.”

Siri versus Cortona

Don’t text at the table: Pass the salt

Mass Personalization 2025 = Internet of Things + Mobile & Wearable Computing + Big Data Analytics + Intelligent Robots

Mass PersonalizationFrom Mass Production to Mass Personalization
Since the earliest artisans offered items for sale, customization and price have been two important product characteristics to the consumer. So it is today, but with a few twists. Toward the end of the 18th century, the French military made the breakthrough of using interchangeable parts for cannons and muskets.

By the middle of the 19th century, many more products were being made from interchangeable parts. This paradigm shift caused consumers to become comfortable with buying standard products that were easier and cheaper to repair. Mass production became king because it allowed complex products like automobiles to be made cheaply enough that average people could afford them. The general trend of standard designs competing on price and customized products being offered for a premium continued until about two decades ago.

The recent shift towards Mass Customization was forecasted in 1987. This ability to deliver products customized to each consumer’s specifications at near mass production prices is the Holy Grail of retailing. Giving customers the opportunity to have a product any time they want it, anywhere they want it, any way they want it resonates extremely well with consumers. The number of mass customized products is steadily growing as are personalized services, and this is what we call Mass Personalization.

By 2025, retailers must be capable of supporting a highly diverse set of order and distribution channels in keeping with mass customized products and delivery methods. Customers will want to order with their phones, mobile devices and computers, as well as through traditional retail outlets, kiosks and perhaps as-yet-unimagined channels. Delivery modes will be just as diverse from time-definite, long-lead-time delivery to next-day delivery, same-day delivery and even same-hour delivery.  [Read more…]

Hidden Message In iPhone iOS 8

Money Is Broken; Its Future Is Not