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Mobile Apps and the Internet of Things

January 16, 2012

The gist: mobile apps are driving demand for smarter hardware.  People are wanting closer relationships with the world around around them.  This naturally includes tighter integration with hardware devices and greater control over how we use them.

Just as the Internet fueled demand for engaging online, mobile apps are fueling the desire to interact with hardware.  Mobile is inherently interesting due to its persistent connectivity and accessibility.  It speaks to the heart of value creation.  Always on, always available.

Many people are probably aware of the gist I pointed out above. But, if we take a closer look at what is happening we can see that embedded software is becoming smarter and more social.  Hardware communicates with other hardware.  This is the “Internet of Things” and man does it have large implications.

How big? Well, here is a quick overview of what the Internet of Things looks like (courtesy of Ericsson).

Source: Ericsson AB, “Infrastructure Innovation – Can the Challenge be met?“, Sept 2010

Let’s look at a few examples emerging in 2012.

Evidence #1: Tri Cascade

At the 2012 CES show there were a couple of products that caught my eye.  One such product is from Tri Cascade, based in Newport Beach, CA. Tri Cascade has developed “smart” power outlets that use embedded software that communicates real-time power consumption information.  Using their line of products, you can build a smart home energy system that uses a mobile app for management.  Check out this video demo courtesy of PSFK:

http://www.facebook.com/v/10151147980325532

Evidence #2: Samsung

Another interesting application comes from Samsung and their new front-loading washer with integrated Wi-Fi. This washing machine comes with an iPhone app for you to manage remotely.

These are just two examples that I’ve come across recently. I will document the implication of how mobile disrupts industries and business process in the coming weeks.

These are exciting times to be a mobile developer and an honor to be a part of it.

You can find me on Twitter, teaching mobile development with Appcelerator, or working on these type of things at Semantic Press.

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iOS Resolution Table

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Javascript Information Visualization (JIT) for Titanium Mobile

September 4, 2011

The JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit provides web standard based tools to create interactive data visualizations for the Web.  I’m porting this to a commonJS module for Titanium Mobile. Right now it’s a data explorer app for internal development at Semantic Press.

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Market: SourceBooks (publisher) spends $3 – $7k on each iPhone app…

February 23, 2010
“Sourcebooks spends $3-$7K on each iPhone app, and does all development in-house (except coding).”via twitter.com/iforland (http://bit.ly/cuUMRM

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KiwiTech Mobile Apps for eBook Publishers

February 19, 2010
KiwiTech.comKiwiTech is a mobile app services firm and was established in January 2009 in Washington DC by the founders of Aptara (formerly TechBooks)

We are now starting up our offices in Noida (Sector 4) and are working with a variety of European clients, including Spanish publishers. Our services include developing mobile (iPhone) apps for our clients.

KiwiTech develops cutting edge e-book readers for various mobile platforms. We have two distinct e-readers, the existing “Classique Reader” and the upcoming “Quantum Reader”.

“The Quantum Reader will change the way people read books by making the experience more enjoyable and convenient for them,” said Anita Gupta, President of KiwiTech.  “Also, Quantum single book apps are discoverable on the iPhone plus allow the ability for publishers to enhance their content with multimedia elements.”

KiwiTech also announced that it collaborated with publisher W.W. Norton & Company to release “The Blind Side” as Quantum’s first customized single ebook application.

Gupta said Quantum represents a critical innovation for KiwiTech, because it uses the ePub format to display text on smartphones.

Quantum allows users to:

  • Use a skimming feature to skip to a specific page number within an ebook
  • Adjust the font size to customize the reading experience
  • Annotate the text
  • Use multiple bookmarks within an ebook
  • Search for words or phrases
  • Use a backlit feature to enable better visibility for night reading

The firm collaborates with content providers to distribute premium content for three markets — consumers, associations, and schools – on various smartphone platforms.  KiwiTech also works with industry leaders to provide app development services.  KiwiTech currently has over 80 apps now available on different platforms (including the iPhone™ and BlackBerry Storm™) and has top 20 apps in several countries and in different languages.

Source: Cervantes.es, Press Release (PDF)

Anita Gupta

anita@kiwitechcorp.com

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Building an iPhone app for conference attendees? Take a look at the NBC Olympics iPhone app for inspiration

February 15, 2010

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Are there any conference mobile apps out there?

Maybe I need to develop an app for conferences… hmm..

Here’s the inspiration:

The NBC Olympics iPhone app is a well thought out application that combines schedule information, news, highlights, scores and has social integration with push notification.  With all the features packed in, you can easily see how this app can complement your Winter Olympic experience.   It’s also good example of what I view as a powerful mobile conference app… one that complements your experience and helps you navigate the maze of options. (more…)