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?
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 …
I sat down with Jon Stewart yesterday to discuss Enchanted Objects.
Watch the extended interview here.
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
I was delighted to sit down with Greater Boston in their studio last night to demonstrate some of the extraordinary objects from the book.
“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.”
Exciting feature today in The New York Times Home & Garden section. Read it here.
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.