Tony Fadell has already pioneered the present, first by building the mobile computing group at Philips Electronics before joining Apple where he was responsible for the first 18 generations of the Apple iPod and the first three generation of the iPhone, reporting directly to Steve Jobs.
Today Fadell is pioneering smart systems as founder of Nest, whose learning thermostat exemplifies the intelligent systems which will pervade the future, with 30 percent of all electronics predicted to be devoted to them by 2015, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
Many pioneering companies are forging ahead with smart systems, but none more aggressively than Nest which offers smart thermostats that do not require manual programming, since the learn their user’s habits as well as provide wireless remote access to a home’s heating, air-conditioning and ventilation (HAV) systems from any smartphone. In his spare time, Fadell is advising several over Silicon Valley startups on how to succeed with smart mobile- and green-technologies.
Interesting assessment, but it’s not quite accurate. The technology itself is based on a couple key ingredients – natural language and a robust knowledge management platform that puts the control of the virtual assistant in the hands of the deploying company. http://spabreaksscotlandhq.com/ is a great example of that.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.