Cool ideas and concepts continue to spill forth from Google. I especially love this one that intends to bring Internet connectivity to African institutions of learning via flying craft.
The trial involves 10 schools in Cape Town, South Africa, and involves the use of “white space network” with blimps (and other infrastructure down the line) to stream signal over large areas the schools are situated in… literally wi-fi via blimp. It’s a fairly large undertaking, but one with a lot of potential by way of mindshare payoff.
I’ve been reflecting on the next wave of internetness: “the Internet of things.” This is that ability for our toasters and cars and devices to talk to each other in real time: and affecting our physical world! Intro in Part 1.
So a practical question is:
What does the church look like with the Internet of things “built in”?
If any appliance or person can carry a sensor and we’ve written sophisticated apps to automate our “church management life,” what’s different than today?
The Internet of Things. It’s that tantalizing idea that the next wave of internet-like interconnectivity is between our appliances and cars and devices—the things we own.
It’s a sprinkler system that talks to the moisture sensors in the yard + the Weather Channel, or how our smoke detector might develop a friendlier relationship with the toaster. Or how my car keys might find themselves. Please.
Bill Wasik at Wired magazine has June’s featured article on the status of the “physical internet,” which is more than just a Jetsons-like take on home automation. Companies like GE are using sensors and thousands of points of data per second to increase the efficiency of tricky manufacturing plants, while location-aware consumer systems are alerting the coffee bar to start your espresso when you walk in and auto-charge your virtual Starbucks card. You only gotta flash your pretty caffeinated smile.
Wasik describes three milestones on the way to a more physically automated world: Continue Reading…
I’ll admit it: now that I’m on my second iPad, I’m never going back. Combine that with LTE tethering, and my ministry travel for April was a breeze.
I was in Chicago, Washington DC, and Detroit for 2.5 weeks during April with the need to work on the road the entire stretch. Sure I had wifi sometimes, but one hotel was going to be a $20 extra daily fee (the nicer places always get you!), and the Missio Alliance conference where I was representing Great Commission Ministries had public wifi for 800 attendees all at once. Eesh: good luck connecting or getting much throughput. Not that this is unusual: at the Verge Conference or Exponential or others, I’ve usually found the available wifi to be iffy at best.
Personal Hotspot to the rescue! iPad tethering worked even better than I hoped for. Thinking of trying it? 4 tips:
A temporary broadband соnnесtіоn саn be сrеаtеd at јuѕt аbоut any еvеnt, еvеn іf іt’ѕ а muѕіс fеѕtіvаl іn а muddy fіеld, аn exhibition in a marquee, а ѕtаtеly home or a conference vеnuе with аn аwkwаrdly shaped room аnd іnаdеquаtе еxіѕtіng WіFі. Nо vеnuе is too big, ѕmаll or remote for prоfеѕѕіоnаl іntеrnеt engineers. But just bесаuѕе yоu can, does that mean you ѕhоuld?
Prоvіdіng а temporary internet service іѕn’t just аbоut bеіng nice tо guests. It’s about оffеrіng a ѕеrvісе which gains you mоrе publicity, ѕеllѕ more tickets, іmprеѕѕеѕ аttеndееѕ and еnѕurеѕ your rеmеmbеrеd for the right reasons.
Here are the top 5 bеnеfіtѕ of prоvіdіng temporary broadband аt аn event:
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