Archive for the 'Internet of things' Category

Innovation Tools. The most successful techniques to innovate cheaply and effectively. Evan Shellshear.

English: Open Innovation Model of the book

Innovation Tools. The most successful techniques to innovate cheaply and effectively.  Evan Shellshear.  2016.   Very current and well researched, this is a valuable book on Innovation tools from a thoughtful Aussie. Also there are numerous tools and guides on his website innovationtoolsbook.com.  The author has really wrapped up the bulk of innovation trends and momentum in this recent book. His case studies are bang on and directly applicable.  I suggest this is the book for any organization thinking and working on whole scale innovation.

The Maker Movement Manifesto. Rules for innovation in the new world of crafters, hackers, and tinkerers. Mark Hatch.

Hackers & Painters book cover

The Maker Movement Manifesto. Rules for innovation in the new world of crafters, hackers, and tinkerers. Mark Hatch.2014. ISBN 9780071821124.  A terrific book that addresses many questions I had about the coming together of the Internet of things and the activities of the creatives among us. If you desire to build an innovative city, culture this is the book for you.  The book makes a compelling argument for opening up the silos of  equipment, machinery and expertise that our institutions are so protective of.  If you want to learn the basics of spot welding in an hour, why can’t you. This brings to learning the minimum viable product idea from software design.  If you wanted to actually “make ‘ something, where would you go now? This is more than software, this is real stuff.  Very readable, compelling and mind opening I recommend this book to parents, youth, educators, librarians, creatives, tinkerers, and just about anyone in this wealthy society of ours. Good for a four hour plane ride.  Hey if this is where Chris Anderson ( Makers, Long Tail)  wants to spend his time, why not you?

Makers. The new industrial revolution. Chris Anderson.

Chris Anderson during his presentation, The Ec...

Makers. The new industrial revolution. Chris Anderson. 2012. ISBN 9780307720979.  Another great analysis of an industry by Chris Anderson ( Wired) , This is the Internet of things – bits to atoms.  On top of his interest , Anderson has played with various parts of this ecosystem, CAD, CNC machines, 3D printers etc.  So what he has built is a book that gives a very good grounding to the rest of us on the future of manufacturing.  He is a good writer and pens a well put together book – so do not be surprised if you read this in one sitting. It is important to remember that no matter how big the Internet gets, the world of things is almost 10x its size.  I recommend this to all geeks (Along with Cory Doctorows fiction tale, Maker)  who still want to make a difference. Take it along for  your next coast to coast flight.