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Iskander Smit - Issue #59

A short look into the last week at #LABSinfonl (260 since start). A nice mix of things, like collecti
Iskander Smit - Issue #59
By Iskander Smit • Issue #59 • View online
A short look into the last week at #LABSinfonl (260 since start). A nice mix of things, like collecting some of the final stamps of Stampions. For those who missed, the challenge of 2016 stopped on 1st of December. We have a winner and we are now looking into the plans for the coming year.
A running project is TaSST. We made a prototype of this tactile sleeves that facilitate touch on a distance. The BIT Students are now making an iteration of the software that use some algorithmic cleaning and calibrating of the data. Next step to develop next level machine learning, one of the focus points of LABS for the coming year.
We will also go on with ThingsCon in the new year with organising the Salons. The first one is planned at January 27 and is themed around the new role of fashion in our social behavior. We will have the meetup parallel with the Amsterdam International Fashionweek that is held in that same weekend. We will announce program and location later this week, but RSVP is possible of course at our Meetup-page.

The news of week 260
So what keeps us busy in the first week of 2017? An anniversary that changed all of our lives more than we ever would have expected. And I am sure Apple and Steve Jobs did not expect the huge impact too. It remains nice to rewatch the keynote, and think how many people complain on the details (from Flash to copy-paste) and missed the fundamental shifting impact…
Also of course the week of CES. The trend of last year of cars becoming a huge part of the products shown proves that everything now is software… And this year IoT in everything was certainly a trend, however I have to say that IoT as default not is there. Too many bad products with an app still around… 
The biggest breakthrough was Alexa. And speech as mean of interaction on a whole. Why now? Alexa is on the market for two years or so? It is a pivotal moment when new players come to the market. Also -just like the iPhone architecture- it only really flies if you create a platform for others. And I think the maturing of AI is important to make it possible to have relevant conversations.
Old players, new players
And some predictions
Be prepared...
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Iskander Smit

I am working @Infonl as innovation director and leading @LABSinfonl, also blogger @targetisnew, co-organising @ThingsConAMS & Behavior Design AMS meetup #bdams
Visiting professor TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering (Connected Everyday Lab) @pact_tudelft

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