Category Archives: Emerging Technologies

DRAFT Report: Building the Intelligent Campus – the Internet of Things

TL;DR: We’re seeing a perfect storm of innovation as pervasive connectivity and powerful miniaturised computing hardware means that almost anything can be a connected device. From toothbrushes to toasters, chairs to cupboards, venture capitalists are currently carrying out a world-wide experiment to see which of these use cases really add value. In this report I’ll look … Read more

The Quiet Rise of Google Cardboard

The tech everyone wanted to try out at the Jisc Digital Festival this year (digifest15) didn’t cost hundreds of pounds – instead it was an ultra low cost virtual reality headset based on the Google Cardboard design, which you simply slot your Android phone into. Google Cardboard is the successful virtual reality product you might not … Read more

Where Does the Self-Driving Car Leave the Taxi Driver?

As service users or consumers, we love that the Internet removes intermediaries. Just think: one click to buy and download a new book or album, everyone now able to “publish” their thoughts and ideas to a potentially global audience, the rise of the citizen journalist and citizen science, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, and so on. Future generations will undoubtedly … Read more

Amazon Echo, and The End of Remembering

‘Never memorize something that you can look up’ – Albert Einstein. Amazon recently announced the Echo, a personal digital assistant that you converse with – see the video below for some slightly contrived examples. What the Echo and competing technologies like Google Now really highlight for me is that we are entering an age where the act … Read more