As auto manufacturers and content providers wrestle with the dynamics of smartphone tethering and the integration of infotainment systems into the head-unit, Apple, once again has come to the market with a potential game changer.
Ask the average consumer what cloud computing is and chances are they’ll have little idea of what you’re talking about.
The public cloud today is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it comes with amazing benefits: low entry cost, flexibility and it can scale to levels unimaginable to the traditional data centre. On the other, there’s the not insignificant issue of data privacy.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Samsung Thought Leadership Discussion on ‘The Business of Wearable Technology’ – organised by Samsung of course – in London. The event brought together key industry representatives, analysts and journalists, and I must admit we had a very fruitful debate on the future of wearables.
A year or so ago I wrote a blog about Qualcomm’s $10 million X Prize, a competition to replicate the Star Trek Tricorder (used by Leonard McCoy as a miracle body scanner in the original Star Trek series, remember). Whether Scanadu, set up in 2011 to compete for the prize will win or not, only time will tell, however it is impressive in both what it delivers and in what it has achieved in terms of funding.
I have recently been rereading Paul Johnson’s magnificent opus The Birth of the Modern. For the uninitiated, the book provides an analysis, breath-taking in its scope and depth, of the key political, cultural and technological events of the 1815-1830 period at both the national and international level. While Johnson is exploring the economies of the Southern United States during this period, he highlights the impact that high-velocity gearing in cotton mills had on the price of cotton cloth, which “by the early 1860s… was less than 1 per cent of its price even in 1784”. According to Johnson, “there is no instance in world history of the price of a product in potentially universal demand coming down so fast”.
The latest report by Digital Health seed fund Rock Health on, well, funding in the Digital Health area shows that there remains an ample appetite for investment in mHealth projects, and plenty of projects to back.