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Blurring the Line Between Cars and Consumer Electronics

This post is in response to a Jul 25, 2013 article by Susan Kuchinskas entitled “Blurring the Line Between Cars and Consumer Electronics” published in the online magazine “Telematics Update”. Contrary to what Ms. Kuchinskas says in her opening sentence (“The consumer electronics industry has trained consumers to crave novelty, selection and personalization – and consumers will pay a...

When Will Cars Work More Like Phones? First You’ve Got to Get Mad!

Insomnia got to me tonight, so I wandered into the kitchen to eat cereal and read an excellent FastCompany article entitled “Fill ‘Er Up With Apps: Why Our Cars Need to Work More Like Our Phones” by Farhad Manjoo. While reading, I felt like Rip Van Winkle, having fallen asleep in 1999 when I was with IBM and working on in-vehicle apps and waking up 14 years later to learn the world of in-vehicle...

A Travel App That Could Save the Life of Someone You Love

As a long time bicyclist (“cyclist”) and motorcyclist (“biker” here in the US), there is an app I would like to see built ~ one that protects us two-wheelers from car and truck drivers (four-wheelers) who are unaccustomed to looking for us, and who therefore accidentally kill us. In 2011, in the United States, 38,000 cyclists were injured and 677 killed by motorists.[1]  Far worse are the...

Kiosk Bloodshed: What Mobile Can Learn From the Cyclops of the 1990’s

If you were around then, you remember seeing them. Lonely kiosks, gathering dust, cast aside in the corner of a hotel lobby or government office, their one dead eye staring out dark and lifeless. The once mighty cyclops of the computing world, what IBM believed would be THE way the public gained access to electronic goods and services — rendered a corpse — and a grim reminder of what fate will...

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