Wearables versus there-ables.
What if we’ve got it all wrong?
What if we’re not actually supposed to wear all sorts of technology on our bodies and on our clothes? What if we didn’t have to / weren’t meant to carry our technology with us as we moved around town?
What if the technology was actually already in the room when we got there? Maybe that’s the kind of Internet-of-things that will be more sustainable and will win long-term.
We already have early indications that this is a product category that is succeeding and sees more engagement long-term than the types we carry around. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve personally experienced or heard anecdotes about the typical wearable drop-off: you stop using a device or service after four to six weeks of breaking-in. On the other hand, the most successful types of hardware I’ve seen recently are Nest Thermostat and Withings Wi-Fi Scale, both of which you plug in and use, perhaps not multiple times a day, but every once in a while for many days and years to come.
It’s true that both tap into something that we were doing for years as opposed to having us learn about and track something new. (The Nest tracks temperature; the Withings, weight). But there are other smart devices that are around the corner that fit my proposal too: a bed that tracks you and vibrates to wake you up gently; a smart toilet or shower that tracks your body’s physiology, diet and illnesses; a smart kitchen that…well, you get the picture.
That’s not to say that wearables have no place in our future – perhaps the way they should evolve is to become really cheap, incredibly dumb single-feature sensors that actually need another layer like our phone or like a pairing with a there-able device.
Wearables know it’s us because we exclusively wear them and sync them with our phones. That’s the authentication: our phones and the identity handoff that resides in that exchange.
There-ables infer identity based on how you interact with them. There-ables know it’s us because, well, they are smarter: Nest knows our heat signature. Withings knows our body composition.
There-ables have fewer power restrictions; they’re often just plugged right into the power grid and, therefore, don’t need to have batteries charged everyday.
Meanwhile, by being battery powered, wearables can be smaller, cheaper and more abundant all over your body. Perhaps wearables can become like the zippers in our clothing: cheap enough and standardized enough to be in basically every piece of clothing we have on. Or perhaps wearables will take the form of the “smart pill” we keep hearing about: you take it and the results are later calculated by your futuristic toilet and zoomed to the cloud for review.
Here’s a final thought in this argument: that we may not want to carry more than one device with us when we move around. Currently, that is our phone. Yes, it’s a whole bunch of other things too (wallet, keys, …) but, more than likely, these things will all just continue to collapse into one thing: our phone.
And then maybe, besides our phones, the best technology is one that’s already present where we are going.
At the same time, remember that the New York you loved five years ago is gone, and the New York you re-learn to love right now will be gone soon too, and part of love means accepting change. This is one of the hardest lessons New York has taught me, but I’m grateful for it. — From this beautiful piece: What To Do If You’re Falling Out of Love With New York City.
Seriously too cool for the tub. #evef (at Furst Continental Congress)
Satoshi Nakamoto's Identity -
I feel very torn writing this blog post, and thought hard about deleting it a couple times. But, in the end, I’ll just put it out in the ether… because this blog is little more than me thinking out loud, and this is what I’m been thinking about for most of the day.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s (Creator of…
Today was my last day at Foursquare.
I remember very clearly my first day at Foursquare, August 3rd, 2010. We were 25 people and growing so fast we didn’t yet have office space that fit all of us, so I sat in the Village Voice’s office on the 3rd floor of 36 Coop in overflow seating with a few other Foursquare colleagues. We were in seats that used to be occupied by the Voice’s local sales team but now was a large bank of empty cubes. The irony of joining a company that was out to reinvent local while sitting in the now-defunct sales office of a dying print newspaper was not lost on any of us.
Fast forward three and a half years and Foursquare has 175 employees and over 45 million people in our community. More than 5 billion checkins have happened at over 60 million places across the globe, from New York to North Korea to the North Pole to the International Space Station. And Foursquare is quite literally at the center of changing how we engage with our phones and the broader world around us. I’m so grateful and thankful to Dennis and Evan and the entire Foursquare team for taking a shot on me and then giving me the chance to make an impact on such an awesome product with such a talented group of people. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
But six weeks ago just as I was starting to think about what could be my next chapter, I met Abe and the team at Shake and started to hear their vision for a mobile-first tool that makes legal agreements understandable, cheap and accessibleI was immediately intrigued. For small businesses and individuals, finding a lawyer for the types of casual transactions that are increasingly commonplace — hiring a freelancer or contractor, keeping something confidential, loaning money, a bill of sale for a rather large purchase — is so expensive, annoying and time consuming that we don’t even bother. Instead we shake hands with someone, we cross our fingers and we hope for the best. But we shouldn’t have to take that risk. There should be a way to very easily enter into a legally binding agreement which both parties understand and are protected by and doesn’t cost anyone very much, if anything. And it should only take a few seconds to do. And that’s *exactly* what Shake does and why I think the company is on to something very big.
Just like Square democratized payments for the vendor at your local flea market, Shake is going to democratize agreements for your friend who’s a freelance photographer and your neighbor who bought that rad used bike sight unseen from the web. If you haven’t seen it, go watch Mike Monteiro’s F*ck You Pay Me rallying cry of a presentation to the freelance community and you’ll get a sense for how real this problem is for a significant part of our creative and digital workforce. And when you consider how quickly the P2P/Sharing Economy has been growing and how many people it will touch in the coming years, well that’s when I got really excited and decided I wanted to be a part of this thing.
So as of Monday, I’ll be officially joining the Shake team to run Business Development and help get Shake’s tools in front of as many people and small businesses as possible. It’s going to be a big challenge, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s going to be very rewarding. I can’t wait.
If you work in the tech industry then your daily conversations are littered with tech terms. You’ll probably have at least a vague idea of what these mean, but if you’re not in a technical role it’s sometimes hard to put these concepts and buzzwords in precise context.
In this post I’ll briefly explain ten basic terms that engineers use every day. Whatever your role in the tech industry, you’ll benefit from knowing exactly what these mean.
Brevity will require me to leave many important details out. If you’d like me to elaborate further, or if there are other concepts you’d like explained, let me know! I’ll be happy to write another post in this vein in the future.
40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World -
Point Google Maps to a remote part of the desert in Niger and you’ll see this:
The backstory behind it will blow your mind:
Let’s face it, with Game of Thrones, Homeland, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire all on hiatus, you’re gonna need a reason to mindlessly stare at your TV. And that reason should be Fantasy Bachelor.
It’s arguably the most enjoyable TV experiences I have all year. And it’s simple, because I do all the work. Here’s what you do:
1. Get a group of friends together. Five teams are ideal but not necessary. Read my Fantasy Bachelor Rules so you know how points are earned and lost. In general, the longer your contestants stay on the show, the more points you earn. Plus there’s a ton of fun bonus points and penalties along the way. You want to draft ladies who are going the distance. Stack your team with those who collect roses and kisses, but don’t cause (too much) drama.
2. Watch the Season Premier on ABC.com before Monday January 14. That’s technically the second episode, but the start of the Fantasy Season.
3. Take copious notes on who’s crazy and who’s bat shit crazy.
4. Hold your draft before Jan 14. I prefer Google Hangouts but email works fine. Then download GroupMe and set up a group to live chat with friends while watching. The jokes are endless - and this season looks like a real doozy.
5. Copy the previous Rules and Scoring Sheet as your own - so you can draft your teams and copy over my scores each week. I’ll post scores typically by Wednesday night. Feel free to modify any of the rules. But if you do, you’re on your own for scoring.
That’s it. Have any feedback? Please drop it in the comments section below. Or find me on Twitter @jonathancrowley #FantasyBachelor
Happy Rose Collecting!
This is awesome. Get on it.
Jauntsetter of the Week -
Honored to be this week’s Jauntsetter of the Week, on one of my favorite travel sites for New Yorkers.
5 years ago to the day, we got married here. Stopped by to crash but settled for this pic. cc @somecallmekate (at Angel Orensanz Foundation)
so much to be thankful for today, but nothing more than this little nugget of happiness. #evef (at Namskaket Beach)