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Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet

On September 28, 2011 in New York City, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed a new line of Kindles. The most important was the Fire, a one pound tablet with a seven inch screen that sells for $199. It has no speaker or microphone but has a special browser called Silk that allows users to easily download content off Amazon’s cloud. It would be an interesting device for people who already have a cheap cell phone. It uses WiFi so you don’t need an expensive monthly data plan. It would be even cheaper if you never bought any content from Amazon but surfed for free content instead. Oh, you can download Android apps. That should make Google happy.

Despite all of this, I still don’t want one. I don’t want an Apple iPad either. I want a cheaper and faster network to run any device on.

Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

October 8, 2010 CTIA WCA LBS

On October 8, 2010 in San Francisco at Moscone West, WCA hosted a session at CTIA Enterprise & Applicationsâ„¢ entitled “What’s Hot About LBS?” Philip E. Hendrix of immr and GigaOM moderated panelists Lawrence Coburn of Double Dutch, Laura Diaz of Verizon Wireless, Ian Heidt of Qualcomm, Larry Magid of CBS, Eghosa Omoigui an independent venture capitalist, Sanjaya Krishna of KPMG, and Rob Reed of MomentFeed.

It is not clear what the next big app in Location Based Systems (LBS) will be. To add value to a customer experience it must enhance an existing behavior. Geotagging a picture might add value to a social network. The sensors are not yet accurate enough to track customers inside shopping areas to bring up ads in an augmented reality (AR).  Retailers can learn enough about clusters of customers to literally follow the herd and have products or services in their path. They want customers on Facebook and in their stores at the same time and only LBS can offer that.

I see privacy becoming a premium. The more money you have, the more invisible you can be. Despite the hype most people want their privacy and will want it back after it is violated. Most people will not have the time or be able to pay for opting out of LBS. If customers see no value in it, no business model can profit from it. It will take more than a coupon to get people adopt a service after a story about someone who does not want to be found is harmed. I think the next killer app will be to turn LBS off.

As for the larger CTIA event, attendance was light today. AT&T, Ericsson, Ford, Motorola and Samsung dominated the exhibition floor. A few Apple iPads were on display with the Samsung Galaxy. I saw Tony Sklar and and Ria Nielsen of bnetTV.com and other media interviewing new startups.

I wanted to mention Ford because it concerned me. Before there can be more mobile services in cars we will need auto-piloted vehicles. Hands-free operation phone does not mean the driver is paying full attention to the road.

There was an Android Bootcamp with experts like Kyle Sandler wearing green Android caps. I regret not covering a panel with mobile expert Joe Jasin, Stoyan Kenderov of Intuit, Rishi Mallik of Qik and Vidya Ravella of doubleTwist. At least I got a picture of them with David Cao of SVC Wireless.

There were also people protesting on the street outside about the dangers of cell phones. CTIA is counter-demonstrating by moving next year’s event to San Diego.

One thing I saw and wonder if anyone else at the event noticed it too. I saw many people on the street carrying more than one mobile device. Many had a phone and separate MP3 player. A few had a simple phone and were surfing WiFi with an iPad.

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

May 4, 2010 WCA Smart Grid

On May 4, 2010 in Palo Alto at PARC, the WCA Smart Grid SIG presented  “Home Energy Management in the Smart Grid World” Vito Longo of Transmission & Distribution World moderated panelists John Lin of Control4 Energy Systems, Ted Reguly of SDG&E, Matthew Smith of Silver Spring Networks and Jennifer Urban of UC Berkeley School of Law.

Most consumers show little interest in changing their energy use behavior, but that has changed in areas where the introduction of smart meters have seen higher utility bills. With the introduction of default Time-Of-Use (TOU) billing systems by 2016, consumers will have to cut their energy use in peak times to cut costs. To deal with that, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that utilities must give consumers access to their energy usage data by 2012. Home Energy Management (HEM) devices, systems, and services are becoming available so consumers can start cutting costs now.

The panel discussed how power monitors, switches, controllers, displays, and Home Area Network (HAN) devices interact with each other, with service provider web portals, and with the Home Energy Gateway to the AMI infrastructure. The current standards are Homeplug, WiFi or Zigbee. Things may change with the newer Smart Energy Profile 2.0 providing a less complicated and more secure interface that will be easier to upgrade.

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.