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Ambivalence about Drones

August 29, 2014

My brother-in-law, Ed, is a firefighter in Manhattan and a lieutenant in the NYPD. He’s a gem of a guy who puts himself and the crew he leads in harm’s way to save lives everyday. He told me recently that when he needs eyes-in-the-sky over a fire, “the chief has to drive to the ass-end of Brooklyn to get in a police chopper.” It can take twenty-five minutes or more to get a critical point of view. No one could argue that a fire drone, deployed from a ladder truck to help Ed and his crew do their job and reduce risk, is a great use of an un-manned aerial vehicle. It’s a classic case of an appropriate use of new technology.

Why are we so freaked by drones?drone-aircraft
The source of our particular reaction to drones comes from the fact that their omnipresence threatens our own dominance. Sprinkling cameras around our shopping malls, traffic overpasses, and city stoplights somehow seems more benign than floating them around the sky with the ability to be anywhere at anytime. Think about bees and hornets—our unease around them is due to their mobility and their ability to overwhelm us with swarms. Hitchcock’s creepiest movie “The Birds” played on the vulnerability we feel towards a threat from above. Drones seem to trigger that same emotional reaction. read more …

Appearance on The Daily Show

August 27, 2014

Yesterday I was on the Daily Show to discuss Enchanted Objects. My wife and have watched and loved the show forever, so meeting Jon Stewart is little like meeting Santa Claus.

Watch the extended interview here.

Talks@Google Featuring Enchanted Objects

August 26, 2014

“Today, I’m going to try to convince you that these black slabs, which are doing so well for Google, may not be the future of how we interact with the internet in five or ten years.”

More examples of connected things

August 21, 2014

The objects that make up the Internet of Things continues to explode. Even mainstream industry analysts are cataloging the growth. Note how many of these devices are coming from larger, traditional companies.

Chatting with Arik Korman about Enchanted Objects

August 8, 2014

Seattle Podcaster and radio host Arik Korman chats with David about the proliferation of enchanted objects.

“The things that we think of as phone apps will start leaking out into furniture, into chairs, into wearables. You’re already seeing this with a lot of internet of things objects like wristbands, buttons, pins, and other things that tend to track information and then deliver it back to people.”

Fox and Friends Segment on Enchanted Objects

August 5, 2014

I was up extra early this morning to join the crew at Fox and Friends and demo the Ambient Devices Umbrella, SunSprite light sensor, RestDevices Mimo onesie, Narrative life-logging clip, Jawbone bracelet, and Vitality GlowCap. Four minutes was too short for a discussion, but it was exciting to put the national spotlight on some of these extraordinary objects.

Enchanted Objects on WGBH Greater Boston

August 1, 2014

I was delighted to sit down with Greater Boston in their studio last night to demonstrate some of the extraordinary objects from the book.

Featured in MIT Spectrum

July 26, 2014

Excited to see the book and the recent New York Times article featured in the MIT Spectrum.

“Technology doesn’t just create new things, like smartphones, Rose argues—it imbues old ones with the ability to ease or enrich small aspects of everyday life.”

Read it here.

Enchanted Objects in The New York Times

July 17, 2014

Exciting feature today in The New York Times Home & Garden section. Read it here.

Enchanted Objects Pubs Next Week

July 9, 2014
I’m delighted to announce the publication of Enchanted Objects: design, human desire, and the internet of things.
Cover design
The book hits shelves on Tuesday, July 15, and I will be making the rounds across the U.S. over the next few weeks, speaking at a variety of events. I would love to see you at one of them:

  • July 15 @ Bolt with other IoT makers in Boston, MA 
  • July 17 @ Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA
  • July 22 @ Keplers Books and Magazines in Menlo Park, CA
  • July 24 @ University Book Store in Seattle, WA
  • July 31 @ Google in Boston, MA

There are some additional event details on the Enchanted Objects Facebook page.

In the meantime, you can whet your IoT appetite with this advanced copy of the Enchanted Objects prologue.