Embedded Technology / Functional Fashion (Demo: Google Glass) & future of mobile

This talk will cover the convergence of wearable computing, functional fashion and smartphones in three chapters.

Chapter 1: How the smartphone rocked the embedded world.
In stark contrast to our August talk (Arduino and Raspberry Pi: Transforming Embedded Development), this talk will emphasize NOT building custom hardware. Today more and more embedded devices are being replaced by a smartphone app.

New MEMs devices are accelerating this trend. The next section will discuss example code, and techniques for building “embedded like” devices that leverage the sensors and antennas on the modern smartphone.

The final section of this chapter will review four use case “miss steps” - where the company designed an embedded device which should have just been a smartphone app.

Chapter 2: Functional Fashion
The next chapter will cover the wearable devices, comparing and contrasting them:

Section one : compare and contrast wearable fitness devices:
Nike+ Fuelband, Lark, Fitbit, Jawbone UP, BodyBug and raw devices Motoactv, MSP430

Section two: compare and contrast smart glasses:
Google Glass, Recon Jet and GlassUP

Section three: live demo of Google Glass:
We will have some fun playing with Glass as the audience is asked to issue commands and see the response from Glass live (this is very interesting as Glass is still in beta). We end with how to develop using the Mirror API and how to attach adb (debugger) and do native Android development on Glass.

Chapter 3: the convergence

In light of everything discussed we will decipher where the future is going. Is Google Glass a wearable device or just a smartphone on your face? We will explore the relationship of the full range of technological devices and draw some conclusions (which might be wrong but thought provoking).

Speaker:
Ash ~ [ Siamak Ashrafi ]

Ash is a Bio-Computational Specialist at a biotech working on finding new cancer bio-markers and drug targets and contributing to publications in scientific journals. He has produced elegant solutions to complex problems which resulted in several issued patents. He competes (and sometimes wins) in coding competitions using social, mobile, cloud and web technologies. He enjoys presenting this work at various events. In his spare time he attends UCSF medical and Stanford surgical seminars. He is very happy with all this, but what he would really like is to get a major sponsor in all three phases of water. Snowboarding [solid H2O], Surfing [liquid H2O] & Kiteboarding [vapor H2O].

Google+: gplus.to/biologica

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  • Norm R.

    I was unable to make the Meetup. Is there any recording available on the talk? I am very interested in learning more about this subject as it has a direct impact on the travel experience.

    September 13, 2013

    • Ron L.

      No recording, Norm, but see Ash's post here of URL to his 90 very detailed slides.

      September 13, 2013

  • Ash

    Slides (almost 90)
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ao3MCSv-njq6iLu7SNCqusfSrm23JFwClheEV_S2vas/edit?usp=sharing

    Google+: gplus.to/biologica

    Thanks for allowing me to talk. Awesome group!!!

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Debra

      Thanks Ash

      September 13, 2013

  • Srini S.

    Thanks for a phenomenal, informative talk, Ash. Looking forward to yor slides, blog and twitter address.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Jay T.

    What's the marker for those who surf Jaws or Marericks, after snowboarding, and decided to ride 50 foot waves on 5-fopt boards at 50 mph? They must have a different wiring or drive as its no small feat to even get into those situations :) wearing Glass while doing it could provide Laird or friends with a way to share the riders' viewpoint. So far I haven't seen that filmed, especially the wipeouts, which are so violent the Glass would likely not survive. Or be found. Maybe it could transmit audio & video in realtime? That's cool, Ash!

    August 8, 2013

  • Norm R.

    I cover mobile travel industry and I am looking forward to learning the latest in embedded, wearable mobile devices.

    August 8, 2013

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