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MIT Technology Testbeds. Draft Proposal v.1.2 30 January 2003 (Firstdraft 26 August 2002) Joost Bonsen [email protected] 617.930.0415. Proposing MIT as Premier Technology Testbed.

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mit technology testbeds

MIT Technology Testbeds

Draft Proposal v.1.2

30 January 2003

(Firstdraft 26 August 2002)Joost [email protected]

proposing mit as premier technology testbed
Proposing MIT as Premier Technology Testbed
  • An orchestrated MIT-wide Initiative to attract Companies & Labs deploying latest prototypes & products in a “Tech Testbed”
  • MIT-generally & Sloan students specifically as an “Early-Adoptor Microcosm”
  • Allowing MIT faculty to do rigorous social science, observing usage patterns, adoption rates, social networks, and more
  • If not a testbed, at least new product showcase!
example technology testbed ideas
Example Technology Testbed Ideas
  • Project Mercury – Latest wireless technologies; showcase for MIT Labs
  • App Assessment – Fast feedback on new applications & usage patterns
  • Premier Digital Infospace – Next generation libraries, info databases & visualization environments
  • Evocative Architectural Innovations – Digital Glass, Organic HVAC, Ultra-Reconfigurability, Working Elevators

http://www.emperorlinux.com/acc_network.html

http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2001/06/08/xircom_review.html

http://www.handspring.com/

http://www.futurelooks.com/features/Lifestyle/Wearable_comps/page1_frame.htm

http://www-5.ibm.com/se/news/archive/images/computers/wearable-pc/wearable-pc-closseup-guy.jpg

being a tech testbed
Being a Tech Testbed
  • Deploying latest prototypes, devices, etc AND tracking actual usage patterns
  • Sourcing devices & systems from both MIT Labs and corporate partners
  • Serving as “Neutral Ground” for cross-comparison
  • Clearly useful for “Consumer InfoTech”, but not limited to it
tech testbed promises
Tech Testbed promises…
  • We see the Future First
  • Part of Comparative Market Research initiative
  • Accelerating Educational Innovation
  • Possibly part of larger effort to Observe Innovation broadly
  • Basis for MIT Cross-Campus Collaborations
  • Huge PR & Buzz for MIT & Sloan
existing efforts include
Existing Efforts Include…
  • Sloan’s Virtual Customer Initiative
  • Sloan Product Development & Marketing Classes
    • http://web.mit.edu/15.783j/www/
  • MasterCard’s RFID PaymentCard
  • GSC’s SafeRide GPS
  • MIT’s New Grad Dorm Equipment
  • Newbury Network’s Location Enabled Networking
    • http://www.newburynetworks.com/
  • iCampus-funded Xbox CycleScore
    • Harris, Harlev, & Heitzeberg
  • BCS’s Paperless Classroom
    • DEMO
early adopter microcosm
Early-Adopter Microcosm
  • Are MIT & Sloan students representative of ultimate purchasers?
  • Possibly predictive and therefore a method of advanced market research?
project mercury
Project Mercury
  • Case example of Tech Testbed idea
  • A Wireless “Project Athena”
    • Athena was a $100 Million Experiment in mid-80s
  • Campus-wide broadband wireless networking
  • Latest terminal devices
    • PDAs, padPC, wearable computers, watches
  • Tracking Social & Applications Usage
    • Location, Communication, Collaboration, Games
  • Multi-MIT Lab Collaboration
  • Social Systems Experiment
go dramatically beyond our boilerplate it infrastructure
Go Dramatically Beyond Our Boilerplate IT Infrastructure
  • We expect Laptops, Ethernet, WiFi 802.11b
  • How about ReallyWiFi 802.11a, quivers of computers, wireless power, etc?
  • Advanced applications
  • Paperless workplace

what are some example emerging devices systems
What are some example emerging devices & systems?
  • Hand-helds
  • New peripherals
  • Wireless applications

palm ipaq variants
Palm & iPaq Variants…

http://www.palm.com/products/palmm515/3Ddemo/palmm515_3D.html

http://www.compaq.com/products/handhelds/pocketpc/

wireless ipaq applications
Wireless iPAQ Applications…

http://www.golfps.com/images/ipaq.gif

http://www.digital-doc.com/C2/images/wirele4.jpg

http://www.igisa.com/grafiken/ipaq.jpg

sony clie w camera
Sony clie w/ Camera!

http://www.sonystyle.com/home/item.jsp?hierc=9684x9744x9746&itemid=34011

mit project oxygen
MIT Project Oxygen
  • http://oxygen.lcs.mit.edu/
mit media lab wearables
MIT Media Lab Wearables

http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/wearfolk-sam-big.jpg

http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/mithril/index.html

media lab smart nametags
Media Lab Smart Nametags

http://web.media.mit.edu/~fredm/projects/memetag/mtsmall.jpg

http://el.www.media.mit.edu/groups/el/papers/mres/lifelongk/Image26.gif

social net analysis facilitation
Social Net Analysis & Facilitation

Dynamic Visualization

  • Understanding social relationshiops
  • Guiding flows of information
  • Real knowledge management
  • Orchestrating Serendipity

http://www.netvis.org/

Facilitator

Room

http://whitechapel.media.mit.edu/facilitator/introduction.html

predictive microcosms
Predictive Microcosms

http://www.cothink.com/Papers/phdthesis.pdf

mit labs
MIT Labs
  • LCS / AI Project Oxygen

http://oxygen.lcs.mit.edu/

  • Media Wearable Computing

http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/

  • House ‘n’
    • http://architecture.mit.edu/house_n/
  • CMS
    • http://web.mit.edu/cms/
  • eBusiness
    • http://ebusiness.mit.edu/
  • Auto-ID
    • http://www.autoidcenter.org/main.asp

MIT Media Laboratory

company benefits
Company Benefits
  • Fast Iteration
  • Visibility
  • Comparative Market Research
potential applications
Potential Applications
  • “Where are open meeting rooms?”
  • Enhanced SloanSpace?
  • “Where’s SafeRide?”
  • Making most of Spare Moments.
  • Seamless Collaboration
  • No-Delay Resources
  • Advancing Practice of Fast Iteration
potentially interested social science innovation faculty
Potentially Interested Social Science & Innovation Faculty (?)
  • John Hauser / Sloan Marketing, Virtual Customer Initiative
  • Jonathan Cummings / Sloan Innovation, Social Network Analysis
  • Henry Jenkins / HASS Comparative Media Studies, Games-for-Learning
  • Judith Donath / Media Lab, Sociable Spaces
  • Steven Eppinger / Sloan Product Design
  • Plus all those developing technologies…
resources required
Resources Required
  • Premier Industry Collaborators
  • Linkage to Sloan Technology Services & MIT IS
  • Prototype & Pre-production equipment donations
  • Institutional Commitment
  • Alumni & Industry Oversight Board
  • Operational Funds for administration, support, and maintenance
possible sponsors
Possible Sponsors
  • I-Campus Project
    • http://swissnet.ai.mit.edu/projects/i-campus/
  • Peer Testbeds
    • Cambridge-MIT Institute
    • Singapore-MIT Alliance
  • Industry Consortia
  • Government: DARPA, NSF
    • E.g. CIPD
  • Foundations
likely alums
Likely Alums
  • Pascal Chenais – Project Canard, MessageMachines
  • Vanu Bose – Vanu Inc software radio
  • Bill Warner – Wildfire
  • Tim Rowe – Cambridge Innovations
  • Rob Poor – Ember
  • Yonald Chery – Newbury Networks
  • Matt Reynolds – ThingMagic
  • Fred Martin -- SmartTags
  • Mike Parduhn, John Muhlner, Paul Strasma, Matt Rhoden

http://www.mitwf.org/images/oct23_yc.jpg

benefits
Benefits

(a)Boosting MIT campus & student experience,

(b)Envisioning the future by experiencing it,

(c)Basis for cross campus research collaboration,

(d)Prototype testbed for inventive developers to fast iterate the next generation artifacts,

(e)Experimental anthropology via predictive microcosms,

(f)Inspiring entrepreneurial new product and venture development,

(g)Capturing intellectual property for truly novel Project-related inventions, and

(h)Great PR around this “really MIT idea”.

references
References
  • Project Athena
    • http://wwwtech.mit.edu/V119/N19/history_of_athe.19f.html
    • http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/tt/1991/feb27/24322.html
  • Research on Human Subjects
    • http://web.mit.edu/policies/14.3.html
  • Project Notebook
    • http://web.mit.edu/is/np/projects/wireless/
  • Cisco/Radiata\'s 802.11a Promises
    • http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20000728S0021
    • http://www.radiata.com/company/PDF/IEEE-802.11wp.pdf
  • Project Oxygen
    • http://oxygen.lcs.mit.edu/
  • MIT IS
    • http://web.mit.edu/is/
  • Wearable Computing
    • http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/
  • Product Innovation
    • http://web.mit.edu/cipd/
  • MIT Sloan Virtual Customer
    • http://mitsloan.mit.edu/vc/Pages/vc.html
  • MIT CMS
    • http://web.mit.edu/cms/
related initiatives
Related Initiatives
  • Showcase Sloan
  • Hall of Heroes
    • Highlighting MIT’s innovators
  • Modern Muddy
    • New lights, soundsys, etc
  • Cathedral of Creativity
    • Lobby 7 plus
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