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Wacom announces the Multi-Touch Bamboo Tablet September 25, 2009

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Wacom has quietly announced the launch of a new range of Bamboo Tablet devices, introducing the Multi-Touch capability with the popular Bamboo look and feel, this should prove popular.

Available in the following models:

  1. Bamboo (Pen & Touch)
  2. Bamboo Touch
  3. Bamboo Pen
  4. Bamboo Fun
  5. Bamboo Craft

There is a version now suitable for just about any popular use.

I am quite impressed with the Pen & Multi-touch aspects of the complete Bamboo offering.

Bamboo Pen & Touch

Bamboo Pen & Touch

Have a look at the use of the Multi-touch capability in a video on the Wacom site:

Multi-Touch Video

Multi-Touch Video

I’ll be watching to see the uptake, as I expect this will be popular.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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Impressive Medical Diagnostics Kiosk built on Collaboration Framework June 10, 2009

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Nathan Freeman’s “Bones” application built on some very intelligent platforms (Lotus Foundations, Sonic Touch Screens, Biometric security, and a very intuitive Eclipse interface) is well worth looking at.

Nathan demonstrates the application here:

Very interesting demonstration of mashups and considerations for the clinical environment (Security, Sterility etc)

I’d have to say it is one of the most impressive implementations of collaboration technologies in an appropriate context in quite a while.

Not surprising that it is going viral in the Lotus community…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

A New “Wave” and a “Bing” – Google & Microsoft Announcements May 29, 2009

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Two announcements today from Google and Microsoft. Google have provided a glimpse of the new Collaboration Platform that they intend to release as Open Source, named Google Wave.

GoogleWave

The Platform promises a mesh of eMail, Social Networking, Real-Time Collaboration, all the internationalisation characteristics of Google, Wikis and an Application Extensions framework.

A great article on the capabilities of Google Wave is available on Mashable.com.

I’ll be keen to see the platform. Google has a great history in innovation and this project was originated here in Australia, by the creators of Google Maps.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has announced that instead of Kumo, they will be naming their search engine “Bing”.

After getting over my initial thought that they were naming it after Chandler from “Friends”, I thought it might be worth having a look.

MSBing

With the branding of Microsoft’s Search capability bouncing from Kumo to Live Search to Bing, there is a little confusion in the market, and I would have to say I wasn’t that impressed with their initial offering when Kumo was released. But we will see…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Livescribe Smartpen – Review January 20, 2009

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I’ve come across this device before, but it has really caught my eye of late, potentially due to the great website they now have.

smartpen

The Livescribe Smartpen captures both the audio and your writing on the fly using a dot paper method that allows an infrared camera in the pen to very accurately track what you are writing/drawing.

Controls at the bottom of each page add to the features like playing back the audio (as it was captured related to what you were writing at the time).

This device would be excellent for University Students for lectures, and at Conferences.

Apparently the 2GB version of the pen can record over 200 hours of audio!

At first I thought having to use the dot paper would be a bit of a catch, but they now let you print dot paper at no more cost than your printing costs.

I do like the Livescribe journals though… You can have up to 4 on the go at any time.

livescribejournals

I noted that captured pages and the associated audio can be shared through media like Facebook, email and through the Livescribe desktop and online community.

Probably one of the better writing digitizers I have seen on the market, and it seems to be gathering interest and some excellent reviews.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Cloud Computing Article – Preview December 3, 2008

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I was asked to prepare an article on the Cloud Computing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of our industry for the Eos Solutions Newsletter this month.

Thought it wouldn’t hurt providing the readers of this Blog with a sneak preview…

I’ve also added a quick survey poll at the end of the article to see if there is much use of Cloud Computing Services at this point in time.

Cloud Computing – An evolutionary step for our Industry

The ICT industry is awash with talk about Cloud Computing, and depending on who you are talking to, you will see different perceptions about what Cloud Computing actually is, from the simplest web-hosted solutions right through to virtualised processing environments (Hypervisors) with Web-Service initiated provisioning and decommissioning.

A good example of the former is Salesforce.com. Simply put, this is a generic business solution (in this case CRM) provided via the web on a subscription basis. Salesforce.com was an early adopter of this approach and has had it’s share of problems with outages. An early identified problem with hosted services like Salesforce.com was it’s lack of persistence during an outage or inability to connect to the Web. As Broadband services become more of a Critical Infrastructure Utility, redundancy of service provision should address these concerns to at least the same level as other Telco services. Initiatives like the Australian Federal Government’s NBN (National Broadband Network), in principle, are targeted at addressing the need for this.

Amazon was an early entrant in the market for the latter example of Cloud Computing, and that is a service utility that allows the user to ‘switch’ on both processing capacity, and storage as required, like any other utility. This is also paid for as a subscription, and new metrics like Giga-Hertz Hours are used for the pricing models.

It is at this level that some of the large vendors see the potential for the future of the software (and to a certain extent, hardware) industries.

Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) allows the imaging of servers and the use of web-services to provision these images on specified virtual platforms. It currently allows a range of basic, to intermediate, to high-performance spec’ed platforms and these are priced on an hourly basis.

Using the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) a complete application environment can be provisioned from the stored images in a short period of time, used for a defined purpose and period, and then decommissioned.

The industry has already started looking at this provisioning model for providing Development Environments on-demand, and it is looking extremely promising from a cost effective perspective. Any significant development-focused organisation is constantly challenged by the lack of infrastructure (due to cost) for all the environments required by their developers. Especially for complex Enterprise type multi-system/server developments. Organisations as large as the New York Times are already using Amazon’s Compute Cloud for archival of news stories.

Major Vendors like IBM and Microsoft see this as the next evolution of the software industry. Both have introduced hosted messaging & collaboration platforms into the market in recent times. IBM’s Bluehouse (now in Beta) will be their first main thrust into this market with a complete Collaboration offering provided in the Cloud, and Microsoft’s recent announcement of Project Azure scheduled for release in late 2010, is one of their Chief Architect’s (Ray Ozzie) Major Initiatives looking at capitalising on being one of the first to market for the operating system for Hypervisors and Cloud Computing Centres across the Globe. IBM’s Virtual Enterprise is looking at a similar initiative using the WebSphere stack.

Online User Identity Management will become an issue, but some vendors are already looking at the ability to share user credentials across separate web applications. Microsoft has Live Mesh in Beta at the moment, there is Facebook Connect , MySpace Data Availability & Google Friend Connect as well. In the Enterprise, IBM has Tivoli Federated Identity Manager.

The main challenges that remain for Cloud Computing before it is likely to enjoy wide-spread adoption are the following:

  • Persistence & Availability – The ability to continue working during outages or the ability to mitigate outages.
  • Privacy and National Security Concerns – The hosting of information outside of your country’s borders does concern Public Sector organisations. The US Patriot Act for example is a concern for some countries in adopting cloud services. It is thought that Country-siloed Clouds may be able to address this.
  • Geo-Political Information Management Concerns – The Political risk a country takes on by housing information for another country.

As this type of delivery mechanism for software services evolves, we will need to address a number of other issues, including the training of developers for Cloud environments (in Universities and Vendor Training), and new privacy, ownership, IP protection and Legal issues will arise.

Is Cloud Computing a novel current trend? The investment in this approach by some of the main players in the industry (IBM have a Cloud Computing Research Centre based at MIT), Microsoft’s Chief Architect is rejigging their complete operations around the Software + Services model, suggests that this is not so.

The Blogosphere and industry analysts like Gartner globally and Longhaus here in Australia have a firm eye on this emerging disruptive technology. Gartner’s 2008 Emerging Technology Hype-Cycle gives Cloud Computing a 2-5 year timeframe to mainstream adoption.

Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype-Cycle 2008

Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype-Cycle 2008

In a recent hypothetical hosted by local industry Analyst, Longhaus, in Brisbane, it would appear that broader adoption by the Public Sector would take longer (up to 10 years) because of the information security and political concerns.

In summary, Cloud Computing is an inevitable evolutionary step for our industry, while it will likely be around 5 years before we see mainstream adoption, it is an area of the IT World that is worth keeping a watching brief upon, and some early experimentation, particularly for development environment purposes, would be well worth considering.

 

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

 

Socialtext Launches 3.0 – Serious Social Computing Technology October 6, 2008

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Socialtext released 3.0 late last week, with 2 new product offerings (Dashboard & People).

Quite an impressive product lineup now.

In particular, I like the licensing models and appliance approach presented by Socialtext, and expect this will extend to the new offering.

I’m keen to see what will be offered with the additional products here. IBM could learn a thing or two from the licensing models offered by Socialtext. Appliances make the configuration issues easier to digest by the clients.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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eReader Reviews – Plastic Logic Product demonstrated at DEMOFall08 September 9, 2008

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It is frightening how much like a magazine, electronic readers are getting.

Have a look at this reader being demonstrated at DEMOFall08.

I’ve been keeping an eye on eReaders ever since the release of Amazon’s Kindle, and feel they are getting very close to a device I could see myself using a lot.

The following video gives you a better look at the device.

It is not long now before this reader technology reaches a critical point in the development cycle and becomes a significant disruptive technology.

Watch this space…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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IE8 Beta & iNotes August 29, 2008

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Just downloaded the IE8 Beta and thought I’d run it through it’s paces.

If you have a look at the features video that Microsoft Communications runs, there are some nice features, like the following.

  1. Accelerators – Speed access to context sensitive services (Ebay, Maps, Search, Wiki, Translation etc)
  2. Webslices – Keeping track of specific content in realtime, like Ebay auctions, Blogs, RSS etc
  3. Search Suggestions – speeding search bar use
  4. One Click favourites – for faster loading
  5. InPrivate Browsing – Anonymising and removing tracking history
  6. Crash recovery
  7. Improved Security & Privacy measures

But once I started doing anything meaningful, like run up iNotes (8.0.1), and even WordPress, I found it started to get very glitchy. (Guess that is why they call it Beta).

Interestingly there is a button right next to the address bar called the “Compatibility View”, and that at least allowed me to do this post. The Hover-over for the button says… “websites designed for older browsers [read: all of them at the moment] will often look better, and problems such as out-of-place menus, images or text will be corrected”

I’ve often wondered about the thought process used by a developer when they come up with a function like this. It stuns me.

Still haven’t got iNotes working completely well, but I have some further testing.

I do have to say, that I like the Webslicing and Accelerators elements. Clearly have done their homework on useability and current browsing habits.

I found the video example used a scenario around buying your wife a diamond ring on the sly for demonstrating the “InPrivate Browsing”. Had to laugh at that one…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

TED.com Collaboration Thread Presentations August 20, 2008

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If you are a keen follower of all things happening in the Collaboration technology space… You should have a good look at TED.com.

This website provides videos from conferences under the headings of “Technology, Entertainment & Design” (Thus the TED), and they allow you to register and then “favourite” various Themes.

In particular “The Rise of Collaboration” is one worth watching. They have very informative presentations, and some interesting angles, not always seen by those of us that are immersed in the Lotus World.

I recommend having a look and registering for the updates on those themes that are of interest.

(There are some themes that have related content… eg. “What’s Next in Tech”, “Bold Predictions, Stern Warnings” & “Technology, History, & Destiny”)

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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First Post from the iPhone Applet August 19, 2008

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I have written this post to the Blog from an applet that WordPress have produced for the iPhone. Like all things Apple, it has a very useable interface. Allowing me to not only enter the Title and Body, but a simple selection method for Categories & Tags as well.

Overall, I’m quite impressed with it. Given 3G access, it means I can post to the Blog from almost anywhere.

Very Nice.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net