“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ― Coco Chanel
I’ve always loved this quote by French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. It reminds me of the old adage – we are what we wear.
But in a GigaOm article and an InfoWorld article this week, this adage is taken to the next level. The news coverage discusses the future possibilities of us wearing sensors and transmitters to route and relay data.
For example, our clothes and accessories will dictate how our information is communicated and received. When you check into a hospital, your outfit du jour will connect with the hospital network to finalize the check-in process and provide your doctors and nurses with crucial information regarding your health. With such capabilities, hospitals would be able to track and manage the flow of incoming patients and detect who is in need of immediate attention.
To take this idea a step further, not only will our “wearables” just collect data, they will create makeshift unified networks. Perhaps instead of simply connecting devices and communicating through networks, humans will form and shape these vast networks by what we wear and the way we live.
To create such a connected human network, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) addresses will need to be issued to create a unique-to-each person system of data gathering and sharing. I’ve long been an advocate for issuing IPv6 addresses to everyone in order to create a global ID. This could be a way of updating the antiquated social security number system in our country.
In my upcoming keynote address at Cisco Live!, I’ll be discussing more about this subject. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my thoughts about what life will look like when the power of connections create an optimized wireless network system.
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It’s the end of an action-packed week at Cisco Partner Summit 2013, and if you haven’t had a chance, check out our detailed recaps of Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
Join us over the next few days as we highlight the work of our Partner Ambassadors, drill down on the key conversations from throughout Partner Summit, and hear from Cisco executives. But to close out the week, let’s get the view from the top: John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and CEO, offered his takeaways for Cisco partners during an interview with the Cisco Channels social media team.
If you’re like me, you probably remember the days when computers meant oversized monitors, loud, humming power supplies, and more cables than you knew what to do with. Thanks to Moore’s Law, those days are long gone. With devices getting less costly, smaller, and capable of more efficient computing power, people and businesses of today and tomorrow have more opportunity to connect to the Internet of Everything (IoE).
Take the Raspberry Pi, for example. This low-cost computer was developed to provide computer science learning experiences for children around the world. For $35, the device features USB ports for a keyboard and mouse and an HDMI port to hook up to a monitor. The Raspberry Pi Foundation officially launched the device in February 2012. By September, more than half a million had been sold, and thousands were being manufactured each day, making computing accessible to everyone.
But even more interesting, when the Raspberry Pi went on sale, hackers and experimenters ordered them by the handful to create special purpose applications. They dedicated a whole low-cost computer to the task and moved the computing function to the edge of the network, shifting how we solve the computing problem. So again, we now have another Moore’s Law phenomena. As computers get smaller, more energy efficient, and less expensive, it causes us to rethink where we put the computing in the network and whether it is centralized or at the edge. Moore’s Law enables this natural progression, allowing us to recentralize through the web and distribute through the cloud.
The Nest Thermostat demonstrates a great example of this. Through a combination of sensors, algorithms, machine learning, and cloud computing, Nest learns behaviors and preferences and begins to adjust the temperature up or down. It can be controlled from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and it starts to recognize your preferences, automatically adjusting faster and faster and becoming more and more efficient. You have an entire computer (thermostat) on the wall, a classic convergence of more and more things being connected.
This, in turn, changes what’s happening in the data center and the cloud, because having more entry points enables us to connect more things. Sensor technology is also being affected, becoming smaller and less expensive. Texas Instruments now makes a chip that runs an IPv6 stack for connectivity, has built-in wireless, and only costs ninety-nine cents. Moore’s Law has led to a low-powered, low-cost chip, giving us yet another opportunity to rethink and innovate the use of computing.
With these growing ubiquitous opportunities, we can connect more and learn more. As more devices are added to the network, the power and potential for what they will make possible will continue to grow exponentially. Anything you can measure will be measured. Anything you can sense will be sensed. It’s an economical model making the case to be measured for nearly no cost. This shift will help connect the 99 percent of things that are still unconnected in the world, creating real value for the IoE.
How will the amazing possibilities enabled by the IoE affect you? I’d love to know your thoughts. Send me a tweet @JimGrubb.
While Day 1 of Partner Summit was all about Cisco’s vision for the future, the partner ecosystem, and partner evolution, today the focus shifted toward technology and services. Day 2’s General Session brought to the stage Padmasree Warrior, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, and Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President, Cisco Services, to talk through Cisco’s innovation and technology, our unique value proposition for customers, and why building a robust services practice around Cisco sales is key to partner profitability.
Partner impressions are some of the most valuable feedback we have here at Cisco. Like yesterday, we took to the halls of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to get your perspectives. Here’s what you told us:
Read on for a full recap of Partner Summit Day 2. Read More »
Hello Cisco Live attendees! As your host this year, I am looking forward to seeing you at Cisco Live in Orlando, running June 23rd through June 27th. We have an incredible time planned for you and already, with record attendance, we are certain this will be the best show yet!
This year’s Cisco Live is dedicated to you – our customers – and how together we are changing the world. As we enter an era of The Internet of Everything (#IoE), the role of the network is growing and shaping the future of the ICT industry.
While it’s my first year as your host, I’m a 14 –year Cisco veteran and a huge Cisco Live fan. I’ve been attending Cisco Livefor years, and whether its Anaheim, San Diego or Orlando, this is my favorite event of the year. I know first-hand how valuable this event is for you and for the entire Cisco team. There is no better opportunity for fellow innovators and Cisco experts to meet with and learn from each other. Read More »