This week I started ‘Chapter 6’ of my working life with a move to UCL as Professor of Connected Environments to explore the question: how can digital technologies and connected environments help augment our understanding of the built and natural world? This is an evolution of the work I was doing at the Intel Sustainable […] Read more – ‘Connected Environments’.
The goal of the ICRI Urban IoT was to deliver outstanding research recognized by industry and academia. We brought together researchers from industry and academia in an Open IP environment to research, collaborate and build systems for deployment in the field. We applied creative approaches to the use of technology in an urban context and […] Read more – ‘Intel Collaborative Research Institute’.
Scuola Grande San Giovanni, Venice. The designers have arrived at EU IoT Week. It was interesting to see that the formal launch of IoT Week started with a couple of presentations from Adam Greenfield and Usman Haque. Both speakers managed to convey the opposite story to that typically told in this forum. Adam focused on […] Read more – ‘IoT Week 2012’.
Xiaohui Yu from China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) of the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) gave a fascinating overview of IoT activity in China. The scale of their investment is well reported so it was useful to hear about the support coming via government, enterprise and research, and where those programmes are being implemented. […] Read more – ‘IoT expert mtg 5’.
I recently attended the 3rd Annual Internet of Things Europe 2011: Bridging the divide between policy and reality at the Management Centre Europe, Brussels I was invited by Rob van Kranenburg from Council and attending as a representative of the IoT Expert Group and was invited to contribute to the panel on standardisation. The event […] Read more – ‘3rd IoT European Conference’.
I had the pleasure last week of two activities taking me out the office. The first was a trip to East Barnet School to see the installation of a series of science interactives developed under Project Faraday. We were part of the team that created the blueprints for the designs so it was great to […] Read more – ‘system layers and science in schools’.
The fourth meeting in Brussels of the EC expert group on the internet of things providing another interesting day of debate around the policy needed to support a humane yet commercial internet of things. On the agenda for the meeting were: continuing the review of a martyr paper on “governance”, a discussion on privacy and […] Read more – ‘IoT Expert Group governance, privacy, m2m’.
Over the past couple of years we have done several workshops on the theme of retail of the future with collaborators such as the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and the Narrative Environment students at CSM. One of the consistent “future tech” ideas that popped out of those charettes would include some magic that allowed friendly robots […] Read more – ‘smart pop up retail’.
I was invited by Dietmar Leyk to participate in a workshop as part of the ANCB Metropolitan Technologies Programme in Berlin. The attendees were a mix of students from all over the world and experts from the fields of architecture, design, engineering and behaviourial science. Sponsored by Busch Jaeger the workshop aimed to “create an […] Read more – ‘Aedas Network Campus Berlin’.
The Urban Internet of Things workshop kicked off in the IBM Japan Hakozaki Headquarters “Solution Centre” with several presentations and demos including Arup’s Engin and Shane and Mayra presenting a well received “TenderVoice / TenderNoise: A two-faceted web-based community journalism and acoustic ecology project“. The discussion part of the event took place in the afternoon […] Read more – ‘Urban Internet of Things Tokyo’.
I presented our work on the Internet of Things at INTA34 yesterday. The theme was “Reinventing the Urban Environment” and discussion ranged from the philosophical to the practical and was interspersed with examples of work in progress (e.g. the nearby Port of Pasaia). I had great feedback on the Drivers of Change cards (again several […] Read more – ‘INTA 34 World Urban Development Congress’.
For the past couple of days I have been in Brussels at the first meeting of the Internet of Things Expert Group. Introduced by Gerald Santucci and hosted by Manuel Mateo from EC DG INFSO the meeting introduced the background to the group and actions needed going forward. The focus of the group is to […] Read more – ‘IoT Expert Group’.
Today i was at the kick off meeting for an interesting EU funded project called SmartSantander. It builds on the work of a couple of previous European projects in the “future internet” domain including Sensei which completes at the end of this year. The project overview is: “SmartSantander proposes a unique city-scale experimental research facility […] Read more – ‘SmartSantander’.
Last week I attended a small gathering at Philips Design to workshop ideas for a public lighting scheme in Eindhoven. The most important aspect of the Web of Light workshop for me was the focus on the motivation for installing any of the multitude of technology wizardry available. The question “Why?” took us beyond the […] Read more – ‘Web of Light’.
Gonzalo had a demo of his UCL / Arup CASE research at Pervasive this year and I was presenting at a workshop on “Energy Awareness and Conservation through Pervasive computing”. We had great feedback on the ambient displays with several requests for others to use the devices as communication media on their own projects. Next […] Read more – ‘Pervasive 2010 Helsinki’.
Alan Gibney was over at Arup a couple of weeks ago testing a Wireless Sensor Network design tool in number 8 Fitzroy Street that he developed during his PhD on a tool for wifi access point positioning. Using a 3D info of the building the tool allows us to figure out the best location for […] Read more – ‘ITOBO wireless sensor network design tool’.
I spent the day at Imperial College Business School as part of a Design London and Living Labs Global event to bring together the tech and public sectors to talk about connected cities and to launch the Living Labs Global report Connected Cities Handbook – “a book about opportunity and frustration” (Sasha Haselmayer) The day […] Read more – ‘The Well Connected City’.
Interesting SENSEI quarterly meeting at Telenor in Oslo. The WP5 guys spent most of the week hacking in the reception of the Radisson where wifi was good and ports were open to get the demo working for the plenary on Thursday. The pan European testbed is starting to take shape with islands of sensor networks […] Read more – ‘SENSEI breathes’.
Just back from a beautifully sunny Brighton attending dConstruct 2009. The blurb says: “dConstruct 09 brings together leading thinkers from the fields of ubiquitous computing, interface design, gaming and mobile to explore the challenges of designing for tomorrow.” Great low cost conference, sold out, great speakers, in a great venue. Below is a summary of […] Read more – ‘dConstruct 2009 Designing for Tomorrow’.
At Imperial College for a UK centric workshop on current state of the art in Ubiquitous Computing research in the UK. Most of the UK universities were represented with talks covering the Art and Design of Ubiquitous Computing, the Politics of Ubiquitous Computing (sustainability and environment issues) and the Science and Technology of Ubiquitous Computing. […] Read more – ‘Ubiquitous Computing at a Crossroads: Art, Science, Politics and Design’.
BOP – Making Sense of Space was a £1 million, two-year, multidisciplinary project, funded by the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board. It investigated how ubiquitous computing, using wireless sensor networks (WSN), could be used to create a better understanding of the creative workplace. The project ended in December last year but I am still finalising […] Read more – ‘Bop Making Sense of Space – Summary’.
We have been working heads down for the past few months on a new EC FP7 project called SENSEI. The goal of SENSEI is to provide the real-time sensor and actuator dimension of next generation network and service infrastructures. Or as the project website puts it: In order to realise the vision of Ambient Intelligence […] Read more – ‘EC FP7 SENSEI’.
Details of the Bop Creative Workplace conference are now available on the bop website. A pdf of the conference programme can be accessed directly. If you are interested in coming along contact myself. Friday 30th November 2007 Central Saint Martins Innovation University of the Arts London, Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP Read more – ‘Bop Conference – London’.
The Bop project website has been updated to include more of a public overview of what we are upto. If you have any queries about the project then please get in touch. We are past half way so it should be all downhill from here… Read more – ‘Bop project website’.
Starting to think about how to view the sensor network data at a macro level. This sample (one week) shows 20 nodes day by day. Temperature on the y axis (and colour), time on x, alpha level showing amount of light. Read more – ‘2006_1015_1021_light_temp_colour’.
This is a fully funded three year PhD studentship in collaboration with ARUP. The overall aim of the project is to explore ways in which navigation services can be personalised and made more context-aware. This studentship will provide a very exciting opportunity for a dedicated individual to advance their knowledge and skills in this cutting […] Read more – ‘PhD: Ambient and ubiquitous designs for context-aware navigation’.
just presented Bop to John Prescott – when i spoke about the reasons why we were doing it the analogy he made was to do with military strategy in the American civil war – apparantly the red coats lost a few battles due to the heat and their inability to take off their red coats […] Read more – ‘Bop presentation to John Prescott’.
Time lapse with alpha blending was showing who was looking at what in the demo session… Attended UbiComp 2006 at Newport Beach, CA. 425 people from 22 countries. 2 days of papers and posters. Opening keynote by Bruce Sterling who introduced his concept of a SPIME, an object in space and time. He proposed that […] Read more – ‘Ubi Comp 2006 summary’.
A battery less sensor node that can be used in star configuration to create mesh networks of sensors… http://www.enocean.com/indexenc6.html Main application seems to have been wireless light switches to date. Read more – ‘batteryless wsn’.
Set-up another 19 node network of Micaz motes with 6 mts310 sensor boards and 13 mts300 sensor boards. Running mts310CB code in low power mode. I initially sat all the motes together (image above) to see how close the various sensor readings were, a crude callibration test. The graph below shows that for the first […] Read more – ‘low power mode and temp variation’.
Just registered for UbiComp2006. Hoping to take the time out to pull together some writing on Ubiquitous Computing for Arup as part of our Drivers of Change. Also will be visiting the LA office to speak about wireless sensor networks and the DTI work. Read more – ‘UbiComp 2006’.
“Perpetuum’s vibration energy-harvesting microgenerator is an enabling technology that makes wireless, battery-free sensors a reality.” Forwarded by a colleague at Arup – Paul Fuller – good to see that a UK product is pitching for the holy grail of energy harvester for wireless sensor networks. Read more – ‘Perpetuum vibration energy harvester’.
A useful streamed video introducing the Crossbow WSN. Requires registering your details with Crossbow but useful to get an overview of how to set-up a WSN at a high level using their hardware / software. Read more – ‘WSN xbow presentation – how to’.
Have sent off 19 MTS300 and MTS310 back to Crossbow for rewiring (2-3 week turn around). Have installed Moteworks v2 rel B. So for time being focusing on application of MTS400 (3 off) and the A/D sensor boards…. Read more – ‘MTS310 hardware problem’.
Animated gif showing some time stamps of ad hoc routing over the duration of a 2 day trial – note changes in routing patterns – probably due to changes in battery strength and physical changes in space (people, obstructions etc). Read more – ‘Ad hoc routing’.
This is a screenshot of a 24 hour cycle of 20 motes measuring temp, light, battery, mic, accel and mag. Motes are micaz, sensor boards are MTS300 and 310’s. Gateway is an MIB510 connected via serial to USB converter. Data being captured into Postgres db on sony laptop. Code on gateway is XMeshBase as shipped […] Read more – ‘20 node 24 hours’.
The 20 node network gave some interesting trends but weird results. Not sure why there is so much fluctuation in temperature and seems a little too periodic…. lodged a request with the support desk… Read more – ‘20 nodes fluctuations’.
Finally got all 20 nodes up and running. 1 gateway and 19 nodes with either MTS300 or MTS310 sensor boards. Had it running overnight – moteview crashed a couple of times will need to try and figure out why. Need to go and review data to see how valid it looks. nice feeling to see […] Read more – ‘20 nodes’.
1 gateway and 4 sensor motes running. Having trouble deciphering code to get all sensors working. Have tried to use the XMesh samples as my base. Used the tutorial file (containing the temp only code) and expand it to include the other stuff. All the examples seem to be slightly different implementations though so figuring […] Read more – ‘5 nodes’.
Making Ubicomp Approachable – workshop at UbiComp 2006. Sounds like an interesting workshop…. Topics include: * Specific applications and scenarios for early adoption of augmented objects * Physical embodiment vs. external augmentation. * Functional vs. thought provoking/playful augmentation. * Augmenting accessories vs. tools. * Augmentation related or unrelated to the original function of the object […] Read more – ‘Interaction Design for Augmented Objects’.
took delivery of 20 motes, a mix of 20 sensor boards, internet gateway and the new moteview software. Started by following the user guide and the tutorials and got simple temp readings out. When i started to try doing my own thing I started to struggle – here are a few reminders for me: you […] Read more – ‘a few teething issues’.
Sun SPOT should be rolled out in May – looking forward to getting my hands on these. Here is an intro for information: Based on a 32 bit ARM CPU and an 11 channel 2.4GHz radio, Sun SPOT radically simplifies the process of developing wireless sensor and transducer applications. The platform enables developers to build […] Read more – ‘SunSPOTWorld – About Us, Who are we?’.
Discovery Channel Video – on the use of motes for monitoring vineyard growing conditions – had seen the articles about this but good to see a video of the environment and the packaging they are using. Read more – ‘WSN video of vineyard app’.
Paper in IEEE Computer and course info for CSE 466: Software for Embedded Systems (Wi’06) a great demo of ad hoc networks and emergent behaviour. Each mote in the network sings a bird song. If another mote near by is also singing the same song it reinforces that tune. If they all sing the same […] Read more – ‘flocks of motes’.
MoteWorks Wireless Sensor Network Platform has been launched by Crossbow – this should mean out the box configuration of wireless sensor networks (given the apps that ship with it and those that can be used as plugins…) Watch this space… will report more when I have installed and played with it. Read more – ‘WSN application’.
Crossbow – we are using this product at Arup – the Mica2, Mica2 dot and more recently the Micaz. Gateways include the MIB510 (with USB adapter) and the MIB600 ethernet gateway. Sensor boards include the MTS300 and 310’s, the MTS420 and the MDA500. We also have the Moteworks software. Whilst not strictly WSN technology (but […] Read more – ‘WSN products, people and reports’.