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Diabetic? Wear a contact lens !

Many of us have heard of the Google Glass. Have you heard of Google Contact Lens? Yes! One is in the making in a secret lab at MountainView California. Google and Novartis are said to be jointly working on this project.

This new gadget is like any other contact lens that you wear over your eyeballs. Additionally it has miniature electronics and a blood glucose level sensor. You wouldn’t mind a wireless radio thrown in as well, would you?

Data Takes Center Stage

Both you and I leave a big trail of data as we consume information, conduct trade, or interact with our friends on the internet.


Take the simplest example of ripping a newly purchased CD into your iTunes repository. We all know that iTunes connects to a database called gracenote. Gracenote is a central server which provides more information about the CD being ripped. Each CD has a unique signature which could be a combination of number of tracks, length of each track and the digital encoding of the leader part of the individual music tracks. Using this data from the CD, gracenote serves the title of the CD, the track name, artist names, artwork and other metadata that is relevant. Makes music ripping a piece of cake.


Now that the whole world goes to gracenote for music metadata

A Simple Mobile Application

A mobile application many a time is lot more than just the part of it that runs on the phone. We saw earlier that the central processor and memory need to be optimally utilized. This is because they are less able components compared to their counterparts on the desktop or a server. They need to work very optimally so that the battery on the mobile device needs less frequent recharge. Therefore the software that runs on the phone needs to have a much smaller memory footprint and perform only the most critical number crunching that needs to be done on the mobile phone.

This brings up the realization that the mobile application is probably something that has three parts. A front end that deals with the user interaction at the point of presence, a mobile service delivery platform (we talked about it in an earlier post) and a backend application or a suite of them providing the lions share of application functionality.

Convergence Explained - With Practical Examples

If we search for the meaning of the word Convergence using Wikipedia, we get pretty serious stuff like

Convergence can refer to previously separate technologies such as voice (and telephony features), data (and productivity applications) and video that now share resources and interact with each other, synergistically creating new efficiencies.

Sometimes formal definitions have the potential to send us in a tailspin. Here is my attempt to explain convergence with practical examples. We can write a whole book on convergence. The examples here are indicative and fundamental (not exhaustive).