This Week in Context (20130927)
As usual, our Friday overview contains a quick recap of context and internet-of-things related news. This week we’re covering Google Glass finally getting some serious competition, iOS7s frequent locations, personal data and our digital identity, how your phone might know more than you actually realize, and NEST’s developer program. And of course, if you haven’t done so immediately after reading David’s review, don’t forget to order Robert Scoble & Shel Israel’s book “Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy” which is now officially available.
- Google Glass competitor gets major Intel investment
With Intel Capital investing in Recon Jet, a Google Glass competitor product, that promises on being the worlds most advanced wearable computer, the wearable computer market keeps heating up. (Roel)
- This is what it looks like when your phone tracks your every move
A quick look at iOS7’s Frequent Locations by BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel. If you own an iPhone, and want to have a look for yourself, access them through Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. If you want to know how to keep an eye on which applications access your location, or how to opt out of the location-based iAds, ZDNet has a nice iOS 7 privacy overview on The Apple Core.
- Our data is our digital identity – and we need to reclaim control
A great opinion piece from Terms & Conditions May Apply director Cullen Hoback on the state of the personal data market. In the article he explains the (american) personal data politics, and why he has made T&CMA: “The first step is awareness. That’s what my new film Terms and Conditions May Apply is about – helping people understand the relationship between how corporations use our data and how the government accesses it. Once we understand the stakes, we can understand what needs to change.“
- Your phone knows you’re typing… on your computer
Scientists have managed to record what you’re typing on a nearby keyboard up to an 80% accuracy, using only your phone’s accelerometer to ‘listen in’. This (sp)iPhone: Decoding Vibrations From Nearby Keyboards Using Mobile Phone Accelerometers might be particularly interesting to spies (or to those who don’t want to be spied upon), but also shows how your smartphone can record context on user behaviour beyond what is happening on the device itself. Even without knowing what someone is typing, this ‘user is typing’ information could be used to record that the user is still awake, or in case of an extended and steady typing streak, might indicate you are ‘in the zone’ and should not be disturbed. (via Niels)
- NEST planning a developer programme
1000-2000 kWh? 100-200 euro’s? What is the amount of energy and money that can be saved by applying context-aware features to our homes? NEST is already trying to pave the way for heating systems, by developing their “smart” thermostats, that allow you to control the heating efficiently. They just announced their developer program that will make it possible to integrate their devices with other apps and services. Imagine these devices to become truly context-aware. Heating that shuts off when you are “on a holiday”, electricity that is being turned off in the house, except for the refrigerator. Imagine your home is aware of the fact that you most probably will be leaving for work so can shut off heating 20minutes in advance, or you will be arriving home in 20 minutes after a long night out, so can heat up the living room. (Roel)
Meanwhile, at the office, we’re still hard at work at creating intelligent and interactive solutions through easy-to-implement context-aware features. We took a few moments break from that, to revamp our website and product icons. Let me introduce to you:
Jini Context Platform & Analytics Website
An extensible and secure data aggregation platform with a RESTful API for developer access to context histories as semantically-enriched data streams. The personal analytics website transparent access to that data and permissions settings.
Jini Context SDK
A wrapper around our contextualization API and easy to use sensor detections to kickstart context-aware mobile app development.
A self-writing journal that contextualizes your daily routine, and personal data management tool.