Blog archives

Telehaptic Drone Control (Feel the Force)

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As a part of our ongoing explorations of remote controlling things, we recently played around a bit with remote controlled drones and haptic augmented reality. It turned into a nice prototype as well as a showcase for something that future network technologies like 5G will enable. We demonstrated the whole thing at the Mobile World Congress 2016, even Read more ]

IKEA Fiction (smart everyday for the many people)

IKEAdesignfiction_spread_home Just a quick note and pointer towards this IKEA Design Fiction catalogue, a project that we have participated in at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre at Stockholm University, where Ericsson is one of the partners.

The IKEA Design Fiction catalogue is a collection of visualized scenarios that asks a number of open questions about possible futures that could be enabled by emerging [ Read more ]

Upcoming talks: IxDA Oslo and Smartgridkonferansen

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Just a heads-up and pointers to a couple of upcoming talks by Joakim. The first is in Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday September 2 and will be about how design can be used actively and strategically in technology research and development. The event is hosted by IxDA Oslo (the event is open to the public, Read more ]

Moral compasses and parallel universes — a few thoughts about technology and ethics

smilescale_16-9 Should public safety trump civil liberty? Will cities (or our lives for that matter) become better if we make them more efficient? Does it matter if common technologies are indecipherable to most people? Is it always a given that the data generated by people’s use of products and services belongs to the ones providing those products and services?

These kinds of [ Read more ]

5G as a Material — getting our heads around the systemic properties of future mobile networks

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The notion that something new equals progression is profoundly embedded in our commercial culture. Improved is almost a synonym for new and we characterise a new version of just about anything as better, especially if it involves any kind of technology. In mobile wireless network systems ‘improved’ often means more; more speed, more capacity, more responsiveness, more frequencies etc., and unless technical [ Read more ]

Wanted: Creative explorist of the Networked Society (Archived)

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[Please note that this blogpost no longer apply] This blogpost is an ad. A rare occasion; we have an open position! We are looking for a person that can strengthen our ability to explore and visualize how our society will evolve in relation to ICT and how Ericsson as a company can seek opportunities moving forward. We are looking for you that have a curious and [ Read more ]

Taking the idea for a walk

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It has been a bit quiet here at the blog for a while, but, you know, blog-silence often means lot’s of things happening underneath the surface. This subsurface bustle — let’s just call it The Perpetual Corporate Reorganisation phenomenon — has resulted in a new “home”. We are now part of a newly established department in Ericsson’s research organisation called “Management and Operation [ Read more ]

Navigation by elevator

The seventh edition of the operating system for my mobile phone of choice was just released. I’m noting, subjectively, that the most new-ish thing is not the aesthetic scheme, not the new features nor the new easy-to-access functions — it’s the three dimensional navigation. Nope, not the parallax effect or the semitranslucent panels, but the way the interface takes [ Read more ]

What does ‘cloud’ mean? – drafting a narrative framework for better cloud-understanding

The last few years we have worked with a number of projects that in one way or another have involved ‘cloud’-something, and it has become increasingly clear to us that the term ‘cloud’ has become so inflated that it is almost useless in any kind of critical or creative discussion. It’s what usually happens with buzzwordified marketing concepts.

Maybe ‘the cloud’ [ Read more ]

Journalist-bots, data and connected everything.

As a part of exploring how our research-platform for interconnected objects (see “the Social Web of Things“) could enable new user experience concepts, we looked into what we could do with the log of data generated by the connected gadgets, sensors and services. This data is both used to maintain an updated snapshot of the current [ Read more ]