Julie Larson-Green, executive VP of Microsoft's devices and studios, discusses how hardware and software services are coming together. Microsoft's first interactions of voice and gesture...was an idea way before its time. At the time they didn't have proper processors or connectivity, but it was fun to think through how it was evolving over time.
Jim Buczkowski, director of electrical and electronics systems at Ford's Research and Innovation Center, says Ford is about creating great experiences. The first thing you're supposed to focus on is driving, so dealing with driver distraction is important, and then giving them the ability to focus on the road. So the challenge is finding the right kind of human/machine interface.
Mike Bell points out that to realize this concept of distributed sensing, we can't have islands of data....we have to have interactivity. Otherwise consumers will have devices that don't interact. So the idea is to have devices that are better together.
Bell: There's a camp that says all devices should be personal. But the data set itself, even if devices are on the same network, there needs to be standards for device discovery and data discovery. There are some services on the market that are good at device and protocol discovery. We have to be better at defining what that data looks like.
Vu: I can't even remember when I couldn't make phone call from my car, or send email on the go. But it was only 15 years ago. I'm interested in what other similar killer use cases will be; which ones will be uncovered over the next few years.
Another audience question: With all the apps out there, bandwidth is getting hard to come by, there's dead spots. Have you thought about bandwidth sharing? How can you guys figure out some kind of topology that helps share available bandwidth? So those that need it get it, and those that don't can give it up?
Bell: I'd argue that current market for data plans assume you don't do that. The pricing models are based on people not using some of the data they pay for. The carriers wouldn't be happy about it, he says.