The challenges of using personal technologies as tools Tools serve three kinds of purposes: physical (a hammer), social (correspondence, laws) or psychological (alcohol, a book). I am, of course, using the term “tool” rather broadly, to refer to any of the things we have developed to serve certain purposes. Looking at each of these categories, […]

How smart devices collect and use data about you every day Embedded devices – those with computers embedded in them, such as digital watches, TVs, smartphones and, of course, personal computers – are prevalent in today’s world. They come in many forms, from simple digital controllers on microphones and fridges to more complicated home alarms, […]

Maturation and innovation of technology Watches were invented around the 16th century. Initially, the concept underwent lots of experimentation with design, mechanics and aesthetic. Over time, after sufficient iteration and variation, certain designs were converged upon and became the mainstream notion of the watch. After all, a watch that runs out of battery quickly is […]