Their first approach has been to have a network of earth stations around the world that keep satellite location information and transmit it to a GPS device over a high speed network. The next level of sophistication is to give the devices the ability to predict where the satellites are going to be.
They describe how their technology has been incorporated into the latest line of Garmin GPS devices to give them an "instant on" capability.
And it doesn't stop there. Things get even more interesting in their next project, a GPS-based self learning system.
From Mobile Monday Vancouver, Nov. 3, 2008.
Along the way, Aaron shares his experience of developing for the iPhone. From Mobile Monday Vancouver, Nov. 3, 2008.
- Igor Faletski - Co-Founder of Handi Mobility
- Danny Robinson – Founder & CEO of Bootup Labs
- Ron Klopfer – Serial entrepreneur and angel investor
- Amielle Lake, CEO of Tagga
- Michael Bidu, WINBC (moderator)
Click the image below to see a two-minute summary.
Click this image to see the whole discussion.
Ron Klopfer, no stranger to the technology industry or raising capital describes the art of the perfect pitch. He makes the point that good pitching skills are important in all aspects of the business, not just for convincing investors. Richly illustrated with examples and pithy advice, Ron speaks to the importance of being clear and concise and how to master being efficient at pitching.
Click the image below to view the presentation.
The Baby Boomers are delaying retirement. Generation X is sandwiched between Baby Boomers and Millennials, waiting their turn at formal leadership. This discussion explores the uniqueness of each of the generations and how to engage them all in your organization despite their differences. From the Oct. 27, 2008 meeting of the High-Tech Communicators' Exchange.
Kathi Irvine is a principal at KLI Associates and a core consultant with Sundance Consulting Inc. The intergenerational workforce is one of her current research projects.
Well you can't, unless you adopt my modest proposal. In the meantime, enjoy your 25 hour day and enjoy your 5% reduced risk of a heart attack.
The evolution of the Internet has brought about many changes in the way we do business: marketing in particular has seen a sea change as new methods of interacting with target audiences have come to the fore. Many senior decision makers today, however, come from a traditional marketing background and are hesitant to adopt new media marketing techniques. This talk will discuss the common objections old school marketers have to new media and how you can use the basic principles of traditional marketing to educate them to the new way of doing things.
Mhairi Petrovic is Chief Marketing Orchestrator and Founder of Out-Smarts Internet Marketing - a company dedicated to working with small to medium sized businesses to maximize their Internet exposure. Passionate about social media, Mhairi blogs and podcasts regularly and puts her knowledge of the Internet to good use to develop and implement innovative Internet marketing campaigns.
Mhairi's presentation and the audience discussion were live-blogged here, a post which helpfully includes links to all the sites and tools mentioned.
Click the image below to see the presentation. Sorry for the poor video and audio quality, it was a very dark intimate room in a noisy lively setting.
John Boxall of Handi Mobility and John Lyotier of Direct Voter carried a lively discussion of how the new technologies are being deployed; how politicians are doing a lousy job of embracing the new tools at their disposal and how secure mobile technologies are going to transform not only search marketing for election campaigns but also the way we vote.
What's up with the hats? Watch this.
In addition to the informative sessions and discussions, we also selected the new face of MoMoVan for the year (a unique tradition) for the official face on the "Smile, it's Monday!" button.
Edie, owner of Edie Hats, once again provided the props (sexy, crazy, trendy hats). There was some modesty at first, but Natalie (store manager) was relentless and no one was spared from the fashion show or the ensuing photo shoot. A top 5 was chosen from the room and after much deliberation, Igor Faletski passed the mantle to Amielle Lake.
Just for fun: a mashup of YouTube videos of the opening of the Apple Store in Vancouver on May 24, 2008. The videos from several attendees were synchronized and then edited in Final Cut Pro. The video runs in real time. Yes, the yelling and screaming did go on and on and on...
Picture credit: Retrocactus (who has many other fine pictures of the event)
The original YouTube videos are here: kockgunner, jeffreykao, RunningKelton, GregEhTV, PalluxoMediaOnline, bo5is, azisman
Aaron Hilton, president and CTO of CellMap, talks about how his company is bringing a new kind of map to your cell phone. He explains why it isn't Google Maps and gives a detailed business case example.
From MoMoVan, May 5, 2008.
Click the image below to view the video (length: 12:32).
Here is a very short (about 1 minute) overview of a panel discussion reviewing highlights of the recent CTIA conference in Las Vegas.
The panelists are:
Christina Lees, Product Manager, Wavefront
Luni Lebes, Chief Architect, Medio Systems
Razmig Sarkissian, Integration Manager, Mobile Distillery
Moderator is Michael Bidu, Executive Director, WINBC
Click the image below to view. If it sounds interesting to you, you can listen to the complete audio (length 20:40) of the discussion here (Right click to download.).
Editing it down to one minute is obviously a bit of an experiment. Let me know what you think!
Michael Bidu, Executive Director of WINBC, gives a quick overview of the results of a 2007 survey of the wireless industry in British Columbia. The sector is healthy with over $1B in revenue and 6,000 employees. It has now reached a level of maturity where substantial investment is needed to fund the sales and marketing needed for the next stage of growth.
From MoMoVan, Mobile Monday in Vancouver, March 3, 2008.
Tags: momovan, wireless, funding, bc, survey
The panelists were:
Steve Hnatiuk, from Yaletown Venture Partners. Yaletown is backed by major institutional investors in Canada and the US and invests the majority of its capital in early-stage technology companies in BC. They typically invest up to $2 million in the first round in any start-up they back and up to $6M in a company across multiple rounds. Every year Yaletown sees about 300 new companies seeking funding and invests in 3 or 4.
Jenny Yang, from the Business Development Bank of Canada, a crown corporation with $500 million to invest in early stage companies, especially ones in life sciences, advanced technology, telecommunications and IT.
Earl Hong Tai, from Telefilm Canada's New Media Fund for early stage start-ups.
Riz Kheraj, from NRC/IRAP, which helps small and medium tech companies by providing financial and other support. They have $13 million in R&D funds available to BC technology companies.
Michael Bidu, Executive Director of WINBC, moderator
Listen to the audio here (Right click to download).
The session itself was (of course!) broadcast live from Roland's phone. This video is a mashup of Roland's stream, a GO-HD camera I had in the audience, and audio from a portable recorder stuck near the front of the room.
From MooseCamp at Northern Voice 2008.
Tags: nv08, northernvoice, northernvoice2008, mobile, live, video, blogging
From MoMoVan, Mobile Monday in Vancouver, March 3, 2008.
From the PhotoCamp session at Northern Voice 2008.
(A somewhat bigger version of the video is here.)
(A somewhat better quality version of the video is here.)
R.E.M. has done something innovative with their latest single, Supernatural Superserious. They posted 11 videos of the group performing the song and invited fans to mash them up into their own music videos. The results are here.
Some of the videos are pretty good. My favorite is actually only slightly connected with the concept, but especially after seeing some of the others it really grabs you (or me at least).
My own effort was just a technical exercise in synchronization. Still, it has some charm IMHO.
This is just the latest in band-encouraged fan videos, following on from a 200 contributor effort for a Shins video which was written up in Wired (which gets bonus points for a great headline).
The results are fascinating. They are best viewed in the original Blip.tv form because they get cropped on Kirk's blog.
The Flip version looks not bad at all, even though it was cropped to get a 16:9 aspect ratio. Just shows that technique wins over equipment.
Technical note: The image is a little dark because the lights were off in the room! Given that fact, the GO-HD did a pretty good job.
Technical Notes The first 45 seconds or so is audio-only, because I started the camera late. The video was recorded with an Aiptek GO-HD and the audio was recorded with a Zoom H4. This was literally the first time I had ever used the GO-HD and my camera work is pretty wonky in places as I was playing around with it!
The reason has something to do with the fact there are so many other information sources that command my attention. I wasn't able to articulate this very well at the time, and now I don't have to because Scott Karp has clarified it admirably. The crux of his argument is summed up by these questions:
Yup, that's it (almost).
What if I do all my reading on the web not so much because the way I read has changed, i.e. I’m just seeking convenience, but because the way I THINK has changed?
What if the networked nature of content on the web has changed not just how I consume information but how I process it?
What if I no longer have the patience to read a book because it’s too…. linear.
We home-schooled our three kids for many years. One of the key advantages of unstructured home-schooling over scheduled learning in a classroom is that you can take advantage of the "learning moment". There comes a time when the child asks a question or otherwise lets you know that she is receptive to hearing some information about a specific topic, right now. The amount of learning you can pack into that moment is incomparably more than what gets absorbed from a steady stream of linear information going by.
Call me ADD if you want but I prefer to think of our digital age as enabling a rich variety of learning moments. Mommy isn't around to answer my questions, but Wikipedia is. So is Twitter, Google, the electronic editions of The Vancouver Sun and The New York Times, Safari books online, my social graph, etc. etc. Sure I hop around from topic to topic and can't follow the bread crumbs back to where I started sometimes, but on the whole I am getting more out of it than by following a linear track. Much more.
I disagree with Scott on one point. I don't believe his (or my) style of thinking has changed. Human thought processes are naturally nonlinear and hyperlinked. It's just that now we have information sources that match. Physical books that are read from beginning to end don't fit.
I am six feet tall. A few months ago I weighed 190 lb, which is at the 38th percentile of American males. In other words, 62% of males my height weighed more than me. Sounds good, but there's a problem. Says who? Says WHO, that's who. The World Health Organization (WHO) has this nasty thing called the Body Mass Index (BMI) and if you are six feet tall and 190 lb you have a BMI of 25.8 and are deemed to be moderately overweight. My doctor (who is skinny) thought I was moderately overweight too.
This is the story of my journey to figure out how to lose some weight.
For no good reason, I decided I should weigh 170 and it would be all right to take two years to get there. How to do it? We all "know" that diets don't work. (Actually, we don't know much of anything. See Good Calories, Bad Calories.) There is a school of thought that if you just practice intentional eating, or mindful eating, you will eat less. A quick read of Mindless Eating (and Influence) convinced me otherwise.
The more I looked into weight control, the more skeptical I became that anyone knows anything about it. The proliferation of zillions of fad diets seemed all too understandable: diet studies are hard to do with scientific rigor, no one does them right anyway, everyone has a vested interest, etc. etc. The state of the science for all this is depressingly poor. Sigh.
Everyone seems to agree that reducing calories will result in weight loss. That doesn't mean it's true, but everyone agrees. So I decided to count calories. Being a mathematician, I was getting interested now that it was becoming a numbers game. The standard wisdom is that you need a certain number of calories to maintain your weight and if you eat 500 calories a day less than that you will lose one pound in a week. Counting calories is pretty easy because nutritional info for generic food is readily available and (thanks to Ralph Nader apparently) there are calorie counts on pretty well all packaged foods.
So I just needed to know what my maintenance calories were and then eat less than that. The maintenance level is loosely known as the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Fortunately there are many Web sites that tell you how to calculate your BMR. Unfortunately, they all give wildly different answers. But fortunately, I live in a quasi-socialist society where they think the government is supposed to help people and they have a Dial-a-Dietitian service. Forget all the confusion on the Internet, I could ask a professional for the answer!
The dietitian was very nice but was very insistent that she wasn't going to tell me what my BMR might be. Why? "Diets don't work." Well, I'm not really planning to diet exactly, just practice a little portion control perhaps. "You'd have to keep track of your calories and no one does that effectively." I can! I can! "You should try to get more exercise instead." I will, I promise, but maybe I could combine that with a little calorie monitoring? No luck, resistance was futile.
So much for theory. I decided to just experiment on myself, eat a little less, count the calories I was eating and see what happened. Well, a funny thing happened. Counting calories made me aware of how many stupid calories I was taking in. I ended up eating even less than I had planned to and my weight fell faster than I had expected it would. The best part was I didn't feel like I was dieting or starving myself. Somewhere along the way I decided that my target weight should be 162 lb because that would give me a BMI of 21, right smack in the middle of the healthy range. That number was kind of arbitrary, but I liked the idea of performing a "random act of self-discipline" (as Bill Gates supposedly described his temporary adoption of vegetarianism).
The graph above shows the results. Before my little calorie-counting episode, my weight was slowly creeping up. Afterward it went steadily down. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine at what point in the graph the change happened. Just last week, I reached my target weight. I had lost 28 pounds in about five months. Yay!
What did I learn? Lots of things, but they may well apply only to me and no one else. Calories do make a difference. Fat, not so much. My normal diet is not particularly low-fat. Nor is it particularly low-carb. And exercise? Surprisingly, it seemed to have very little impact. For the first third of the five months I was exercising much more than usual. In the middle third, I exercised much less. In the final third, I've been back to normal for me, which is on the light side of moderate. None of this made any difference to my weight. (Ha! Take that, professional dietitian!) Basically I learned that 99.9% of everything you read about dieting, exercise, calories, carbs, fat and everything else is garbage. Evidence-based medicine is a good thing. But you'll be disappointed if you think there is much of that going on in the world of nutrition.
I know what you're thinking. Will he be able to keep it off? I'm actually more concerned about something else: how do I stop losing weight? I know how to lose weight. I don't know how to maintain my weight. I know what the theory says about my BMR. I can put all the data I have collected about myself into a first-order inhomogeneous differential equation and solve that to get my BMR at any given weight level. (Parents: your kids wonder why they should study math? There's your answer.)
But according to that calculation I would need to eat 700 more calories per day to maintain my weight. Um, that would be like a 47% increase. I don't believe it. So I'll experiment some more and explode some other theories in the process no doubt.