Connected Environments
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’.
Intel Collaborative Research Institute
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’.
IoT Week 2012
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’.
IoT expert mtg 5
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’.
3rd IoT European Conference
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’.
system layers and science in schools
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’.
IoT Expert Group governance, privacy, m2m
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’.
smart pop up retail
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’.
Aedas Network Campus Berlin
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’.
Urban Internet of Things Tokyo
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’.
INTA 34 World Urban Development Congress
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’.
IoT Expert Group
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’.
Web of Light
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’.
Pervasive 2010 Helsinki
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’.
ITOBO wireless sensor network design tool
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’.
The Well Connected City
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’.
SENSEI breathes
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’.
dConstruct 2009 Designing for Tomorrow
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’.
Ubiquitous Computing at a Crossroads: Art, Science, Politics and Design
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 – Summary
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’.
Bop Conference – London
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’.
Clima2007 keynote
Spent last week at Clima2007 conference in Helskini. A podcast (with slides) of the presentation is available on the foresight podcast stream. Photos on Flickr Read more – ‘Clima2007 keynote’.
Crossbow / Microsoft .NET imote pack
Crossbow Technology announces Imote2 .Builder for Microsofts .NET Micro Framework – looks like a MS version of the sunspot kit…. Read more – ‘Crossbow / Microsoft .NET imote pack’.
Networked Embedded and Control Systems
Spoke at ICT Call 2 Information Day – Hotel Carrefour de l’Europe 110, Rue Marché aux Herbes 1000 Brussels, Presentations have been uploaded to the agenda webpage. Read more – ‘Networked Embedded and Control Systems’.
IET talk on Bop and CMIPS
Video of DW presentation at IET Wireless Sensor Networks Conference Read more – ‘IET talk on Bop and CMIPS’.
Bop project website
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’.
The second public workshop of the DTI project Arup are leading. Drop me a line if you want to attend… Read more – ‘bop_event_2’.
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’.
Crossbow MTS410 Nov 2006 G13
sample data file from crossbow network. Read more – ‘Crossbow MTS410 Nov 2006 G13’.
PhD: Ambient and ubiquitous designs for context-aware navigation
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’.
Bop presentation to John Prescott
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’.
Ubi Comp 2006 summary
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’.
batteryless wsn
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’.
low power mode and temp variation
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’.
UbiComp 2006
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’.
Intelligent Environments event | Intelligent Media Initiative
Just registered for this IMI event at RIBA in October. Speakers include Usman Haque. Read more – ‘Intelligent Environments event | Intelligent Media Initiative’.
Perpetuum vibration energy harvester
“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’.
WSN xbow presentation – how to
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’.
MTS310 hardware problem
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’.
Ad hoc routing
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’.
20 node 24 hours
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’.
20 nodes fluctuations
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’.
20 nodes
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’.
5 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’.
Interaction Design for Augmented Objects
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’.
a few teething issues
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’.
Intelligent Sensing Programme Meeting
Intelligent Sensing Programme Intelligent Sensing Programme Meeting Venue: Riverside Room, IEE (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL To see meeting handouts and delegate list contact Duncan Wilson x52794 Read more – ‘Intelligent Sensing Programme Meeting’.
SunSPOTWorld – About Us, Who are we?
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?’.
explain it to your mum
Howstuffworks “How Motes Work” – came across this great intro again… Read more – ‘explain it to your mum’.
WSN video of vineyard app
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’.
WSN blog
WSN Update – News and Information About Zigbee & Wireless Mesh Sensor Networks a handy blog to review what is going on in the world of WSN – has a US focus. Read more – ‘WSN blog’.
flocks of motes
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’.
WSN application
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’.
moteiv : wireless sensor networks : tmote sky
One to consider if you don’t want the bundled apps that come with crossbow networks. Read more – ‘moteiv : wireless sensor networks : tmote sky’.
WSN products, people and reports
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’.