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Iskander Smit - Issue #64

Week 276 of LABS. Of course the most impact last weeks had the trip to Shenzhen. I never was in the m
Iskander Smit - Issue #64
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Week 276 of LABS. Of course the most impact last weeks had the trip to Shenzhen. I never was in the mainland of China and Shenzhen has a special vibe as center of electronics so to say. And now also of connected things. We went with a group of designers, makers and researchers for five days of visiting companies from phone-casing factories to Tencent, to maker spaces and hardware accelerators. And the famous markets where you can buy all components you are looking for. We kept track of our experiences via a Tumblr and you can expect more reporting the coming time.
I was in Delft quite often last weeks. Because a day a week as visiting professor starting up the project, and next to that Sietse finalised his graduation project last week. He did a good presentation and showed a solid design and research project. With an 8.5 as end-score a great result. We will see where the concept of the connected barbecue will go next. I don’t think this is the end.
The students mobile development had their midterm presentation and made a nice first demo of the Google Progressive Web App. The students from the minor intelligent environments also delivered a protoype of the haptic feedback device for sporting people (esp bootcamping people). It is the starting point for the research they are going to conduct.
We had sessions on the OPZuid project Smart Systems, on specific overarching themes. It is good to explore these interactions with the different companies.
And going through the news of last week…:

Instagram is the new Facebook, ruling the world?
Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook’s Next Facebook - The New York Times
Look to Zuck’s F8, Not Trump’s 100 Days, to See the Shape of the Future | WIRED
Time for some responsibility
Hundreds of Apps Can Listen for Marketing ‘Beacons’ You Can’t Hear | WIRED
Alexa Takes the Stand: Listening Devices Raise Privacy Issues | Time.com
The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
And next up: robotics and the brain
How DIY became a driving force of China’s robot revolution
Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright
The Myth of a Superhuman AI
And haptics and blockchain of course
Ultrahaptics raises $23 million for its invisible ‘touchless interfaces’
Germany’s Energy Giant Launches 100s of Ethereum Based Electric Cars Charging Stations
Left-overs...
Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch has reportedly been a giant mess
Introducing Echo Look - Hands-Free Camera and Style Assistant
Take another look in China...
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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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