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Four short links: 16 April 2013

Email Triage, Pulse Detection, Big Building Data, and Raspberryduino Ardpi

  1. Triage — iPhone app to quickly triage your email in your downtime. See also the backstory. Awesome UI.
  2. Webcam Pulse Detector — I was wondering how long it would take someone to do the Eulerian video magnification in real code. Now I’m wondering how long it will take the patent-inspired takedown…
  3. How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the FutureThe team now collects 500 million data transactions every 24 hours, and the smart buildings software presents engineers with prioritized lists of misbehaving equipment. Algorithms can balance out the cost of a fix in terms of money and energy being wasted with other factors such as how much impact fixing it will have on employees who work in that building. Because of that kind of analysis, a lower-cost problem in a research lab with critical operations may rank higher priority-wise than a higher-cost fix that directly affects few. Almost half of the issues the system identifies can be corrected in under a minute, Smith says.
  4. UDOO (Kickstarter) — mini PC that could run either Android or Linux, with an Arduino-compatible board embedded. Like faster Raspberry Pi but with Arduino Due-compatible I/O.
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  • Ed M

    The article “How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future” is extremely fascinating. I do find it a little ironic that when the team went to gather data they found a variety of systems using a variety of data formats. So instead of replacing all the systems (at the cost of many $$$s) they wrote common language software to allow all the various data to be pulled in. It would be great if Microsoft open-sourced this work although I would understand if they chose to commercialize it instead.

    My second thought on this work looks into my ongoing analysis and opinion on where Microsoft is heading and the future of Microsoft. In my opinion Microsoft is heading down a similar path as the old IBM. The question is whether or not it fades away or can reinvent itself like IBM has done. There are a lot of parallels here including the parallel of IBM’s “Smarter Planet” consultancy and products with this work by Microsoft. Stuff to think about…