Five leading experts in location-based services, and I, shared a lively discussion on the current state of mobile phone location accuracy at the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley’s December, 2012 Mobile Forum: Locations & Beyond. Our 50-minute conversation focused on how to improve the accuracy of mobile phone location fixes, both indoors and out. Here are a few highlights from the panel:
Once again, it’s time to consider holiday gifts — not only what to give, but what you’d like to receive. And here’s the rub: after more than a decade during which device designers have connected almost everything to the Internet, there are still a few connected devices I’d like to see that have not been invented.
Watch Adam Medros, TripAdvisor’s VP of Global Product, discuss how they are creating compelling mobile assistance for travelers with GigaOm Pro Analyst Laurie Lamberth in a video from GigaOm’s September 2012 Mobilize Conference. Adam summarizes discusses TripAdvisor’s learnings from their early mobile apps, along with how they are working to leverage the sensors on mobile phones to provide rich, location-specific information to travelers worldwide.
The location-based shopping market is set to explode from $1 to $6+ billion in the U.S. by 2016, a compound annual growth rate of over 90%. GigaOm Pro analyst Laurie Lamberth, in a research note titled “How to Win the Location-Based Shopping War” digs into the trends, technologies and companies that are positioned to help the location shopping market achieve this predicted meteoric growth. Lamberth’s note is part of GigaOm Pro’s research anthology “Mobile Sector Analysis 2012,” released on September 19, 2012. The report is available free with a 7-day trial subscription: http://bit.ly/mobseg12GOPro.
GigaOm’s Mobilize 2012 conference, coming up next week, will be a gas! The two-day agenda is packed with technology titans including Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare, Vlad Sejnoha, CTO of Nuance and Michelle Munson, President, co-founder and CEO of Aspera. I’ll take the stage twice: on Thursday, September 20, I’ll chat with Adam Medros, TripAdvisor’s VP, Global Product about how to capitalize on the unique qualities of the mobile experience in a 20-minut fireside chat titled “Let Mobile be Mobile.” On Friday the 21st, I’ll join fellow GigaOm Pro Analyst Phil Hendrix and GigaOm’s VP Research, David Card, for an interactive session for GigaOm Pro subscribers titled “Making Mobile Shopping Pay.”
With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to get your shopping ducks in a row. Mobile shopping applications offer more deals and features than ever.: can add items to a shopping list by scanning their bar code, be alerted to nearby deals, and receive recommendations for items you might be interested in purchasing based on your preferences or items already in the shopping cart.
Metawatch, a handsome connected watch, increases the “signal to noise” ratio of daily life with at-a-glance awareness of what’s happening on your smartphone.
Connected World Magazine’s Laurie Lamberth and Peggy Smedley discuss the Metawatch, connected hearing aids, and how these devices bring ease to daily living.
The Internet of Things — what apps will drive adoption? technology enablers needed? business/social issues to remove? Watch GigaOm Pro Analyst Laurie Lamberth plus Internet of Things heavyweights Bill Geiser (Metawatch), David Rose (Vitality), Ted Ladd (WIMM Labs) and Bo Begole (Xerox PARC) chew on the future of the Internet of Things in this video from GigaOm’s Mobilize 2011 conference.
For a family driving vacation this summer — if you’re planning to defy rising gas prices — head over to Connected World Magazine for my review of the go-to car for family vacations this summer: the 2011 Ford Edge. I had the chance to drive the Edge for two weeks last winter, and found it to be packed full of driver- and family-friendly features, such as the ability to connect multiple music players via Bluetooth to the car’s entertainment system and select routes based on fuel efficiency.