2011 September Latest Research in Wearable Technology: Video Demos and Abstracts Some of the latest research applications in wearable and ubiquitous technology were submitted and presented at EMBC’s UnConference this year. All entries submitted a project abstract and many have included a short demo video illustrating the research and technology in action. Loser Generated Content: From Participation to Exploitation In this article  some of the critical aspects of Web 2.0 are mapped in relation to labor and the production of user generated content. For many years the Internet was considered an apt technology for subversion of capitalism by the Italian post–Marxists. What we have witnessed, however, is that the Internet functions as a double–edged sword; the infrastructure does foster democracy, participation, joy, creativity and sometimes creates zones of piracy. But, at the same time, it has become evident how this same infrastructure also enables companies easily to piggyback on user generated content.
Electric Imp Takes the ‘Internet of Things’ Mainstream From Fellow Geek: Today a new startup came out of stealth mode. Called Electric Imp, they have developed a line of products designed to connect anything and everything together. and they might finally take the internet of things into the mainstream. Electric Imp sells a series of small microcomputers that resemble SD cards. In them is a Wifi antennae and a processor. You plug them into other circuits that Electric Imp also sells, which do various things.
Interactivity is Evil! A critical investigation of Web 2.0 Central to Web 2.0 is the requirement for interactive systems to enable the participation of users in production and social interaction. Consequently, in order to critically explore the Web 2.0 phenomenon it is important to explore the relationship of interactivity to social power. This study firstly characterises interactivity in these media using Barry’s (2001) framework differentiating interactivity from disciplining technologies as defined by Foucault. Contrary to Barry’s model though, the analysis goes on to explore how interactivity may indeed function as a disciplining technology within the framework of a neoliberal political economy.
wifi FlyportPro: The ultimate module for IoT/M2M (WI-FI,GPRS,LAN) The IoT (Internet of Things) market is growing fast and manufacturers are rushing to meet the challenge, putting pressure on research and development teams. New products are expected to reach market quickly and at low price points in order to keep up with the competition. “It’s a new era, where service is king. Android Valarm offers an affordable remote sensor and monitoring solution for Android devices Los Angeles-based startup Valarm has packed powerful data collection capabilities into its Android app in order to help consumers and commercial users create custom remote monitoring solutions for less. The app’s not exactly something you’d buy on a whim, though, as the standard app costs $9.98 on Google Play. A classic version of the app that works on older Android devices (before version 3.1) is available for $2.98, but it lacks support for external USB sensors.
Open-Source Hardware Association! Open-source hardware has seen a number of exciting development over the past few years: the open hardware summit, the open-source hardware definition, an open-source hardware logo, and, of course, lots of great new open-source hardware products. Many of the people behind these efforts have been working together to establish an lasting framework for the promotion of open-source hardware and the coordination of these kinds of community initiatives. I’m very happy to share the news that this initiative has found a home in the newly-announced Open-Source Hardware Association (OSHWA). The association was set up and the initial board members selected by a working group which also included myself, Tom Igoe, and Massimo Banzi (of Arduino); Ayah Bdeir, co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, founder of littlebits, and instigator of many of the above community initiatives; and many others (listed in the OSHWA FAQ). Read more about the Open-Source Hardware Association here.
Sensors Use Building's Electrical Wiring as Antenna Wireless sensors scattered throughout a building can monitor everything from humidity and temperature to air quality and light levels. This seems like a good idea–until you consider the hassle and cost of replacing the sensors’ batteries every couple of years. The problem is that most wireless sensors transmit data in a way that drains battery power. 2010 December A Special Issue for Sensor Networks and Applications A network more powerful than the Internet, while perhaps inconceivable right now, is just one of many potentially life-changing applications for wireless sensor networks (WSN) highlighted in a special November update issue about Sensor Networks and Applications in Proceedings of the IEEE, the world’s most highly-cited general interest journal in electrical engineering and computer science since 1913. “Sensor network research has grown dramatically in the seven years since Proceedings of the IEEE first published a special research issue on ‘Sensor Networks and Applications’ in August, 2003,” explains Neal Patwari, guest editor for the Sensor Networks and Applications edition. Sensor network research of the past decade is enabling a new tier of the Internet to emerge. The paper demonstrates that it is possible to take the recent developments of low-power wireless networking and incorporate them into IP-based network architecture.
Web 2.0: An argument against convergence Contents Introduction — Yahoo! and the dangers of convergenceWeb 2.0 — What does it mean?Convergence — Where Web 2.0 sitsThe history of data services — The origins of Web 2.0?Web 2.0 as an argument against convergence Introduction — Yahoo! and the dangers of convergence The recent announcement by Microsoft of a bid to acquire Yahoo! WiFi Sensor Network I have been slowly building the infrastructure needed for Otter Creek Research Station, my long term amateur science project. The basic concept is to have a variety of atmospheric condition sensors continuously recording data and made available on a web site. The sensor platform will be located some distance from the house so there is a need to communicate the data back to the home network. JTE v3n1 - Technological Impacts and Determinism in Technology Education: Alternate Metaphors from Social Constructivism Volume 3, Number 1 Fall 1991 Technological Impacts and Determinism in Technology Education: Alternate Metaphors from Social Constructivism John R. Pannabecker In technology education, teaching about technology and society has usually been em- bedded in the notion of technological impacts on society. References to the impacts of technology on society are pervasive in the literature of technology education.
TinyOS A Decade of TinyOS Development OSDI 2012 has an interesting paper on the evolution of TinyOS over the past 10+ years. It looks at both technical and social decisions that contributed to the success of TinyOS. The paper also looks back and evaluates what worked, what didn’t, and why. It’s rare to see papers at technical conferences talking about the non-technical aspects of large software development projects, so should be an interesting read. You can find the paper here.