What sparks new ideas and innovation within people?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009, by Sebastian Dwornik

Simple: the environment of course.

Humans are extremely sensitive to their environment.  Every work place we encounter for any significant time affects our lifestyle and attitude through the experiences we have in that environment.  We adapt and gradually change along with it, either for the better, or worse.

"Inspire" by ~firetongue8 Creativity, in the form of invention and innovation, requires a space where people are challenged, yet not entirely distracted, and are not afraid to be wrong.

While a complacent and stagnant work place drowns ideas and suffocates any wild thoughts that would otherwise bring colour and life to the people that crave to be heard.


Everyone is an Inventor

My first real job after graduating from college was developing boot ROM's for various network cards using x86 Assembly language.  It was the summer of 1997 and being a hacker all my adolescent life, the job was well suited and very exciting.  I even had a window cubicle.

Most importantly though were the people I worked with, and an easy-going boss that was a mentor as well.

Once a month, the entire engineering department would get together in the morning for a wild brainstorming session.  The focus was ways to improve existing products and features as well as think of new product ideas.

It was a fantastic time.  Not only did we get breakfast served, but everyone felt more important and useful in helping to grow the company with their input.   The greatest satisfaction though was when your own idea is chosen to be further developed.  A geek on such a mission is then rarely swayed and couldn't be happier.

The lesson: A work place environment should nurture and support its people to spark new ideas and be open to feedback.  Because everyone has ideas and every person in a company should not only be selling, but inventing too.


 

Future Mobile Devices are Connected, full of Sensors, and Intelligent
Sunday, February 01, 2009, by Sebastian Dwornik

HAL9000_HTC_Diamond The days of desktops and bulky hardware are diminishing.  Laptops, netbooks, and especially the mobile phone are fast becoming the predominant computing devices of choice.  This is thanks to faster and cheaper processing hardware and the growing wireless networks.

The beloved desktop PC, and others who still live inside a tower case, will not go away completely though.  Their form factor and computing power will simply be refined to more isolated spaces with a focused purpose.  Specifically for server computing, such as file serving, graphics rendering, home media control, and other high end data or calculation intensive tasks.

Mobile devices like the phone, I predict will absorb most every other technology to essentially rule all other consumer, business, and eventually general living purposes.

From communication, gaming, and presentations to image and data acquisition and control, your one-stop shop handheld mobile device will probably have things like holographic displays, projected keyboards, environmental sensing, and personal health monitoring.
 
It will also most likely replace your credit card as it will be connected to your financial system and allow you to pay for things with it.

Most interestingly though, it will contain a form of general A.I. (artificial intelligence) to aid in basic day to day decision making.  Think of it as your personal automated assistant, but with access to an entire planet’s knowledge base and with real-time information.

We definitely live in very exciting times, and with your support, I hope to be part of these great innovations to help make these future mobile devices a reality for all of us.

I welcome the mobile future.


 

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