OnHub – Google

Meet OnHub, a new router from Google that’s built for all the ways you Wi-Fi.

Google is getting further into the hardware business with OnHub, but it makes perfect sense given their moves towards more robust Internet-of-Things support. Of course, it also means they could theoretically monitor all traffic moving through the router.


Source: OnHub – Google

The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like Bitcoin

Once metadata gets incorporated into a Nakamoto blockchain, it enjoys all the benefits of the peer-to-peer network that curates it. The entries are accessible to anyone on earth who has a computer and an Internet connection. In order to destroy them, you would have to access every computer on the network (and someday, perhaps, even a constellation of satellites). They are impossible to change, and thus impossible to censor. And they carry with them both a time stamp and cryptographic proof of who created them.

Source: The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like Bitcoin – IEEE Spectrum

This magic exoskeleton for industrial workers is the future

Cohen wrote in a recent investors’ note sent to Ars that Ekso Bionics is “at the forefront of pioneering the field of human robotic exoskeleton to augment human strength, endurance and mobility.””We believe the Company’s vast experience, commercial offerings, research & development, partnerships and collaborations, and product developments position it well to be a current and future leader for exoskeletal related technologies and their various applications for society going forward,” he added

Source: This magic exoskeleton for industrial workers is the future—we know, we wore one | Ars Technica

Perpetual Beta, Signing Off

On December 28th I received notice from George M. Eberhart, the Editor for American Libraries Direct, that my contract with American Libraries for Perpetual Beta is not being renewed. As of December 31st, my involvement with this experiment in blogging will end.

Perpetual Beta was, to my knowledge, the first American Libraries blog written by a non-staff member. It was originally conceived of by myself and Sean Fitzpatrick as a way of highlighting edgy, interesting tech that pushed the boundaries of what might be considered “library technology.” I tried very hard to curate the content that it linked to in such a way that it might help illustrate where libraries have opportunities in technology that might not be completely obvious. I hope that some of you out there in libraryland found it useful, and got some measure of value out of the two years that I’ve been writing and curating Perpetual Beta.

The content that exists here on Perpetual Beta will continue to live here, so don’t worry about links breaking just yet. And while American Libraries may use this site or the Perpetual Beta name for other projects, if you’re looking for my stuff…well, here’s a short list of where you can still find my writing:

Pattern Recognition: http://www.jasongriffey.net/wp
ALA TechSource: http://www.alatechsource.org/blogger/16
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/griffey
Google+: https://plus.google.com/110359014984825004385/posts

I’m still deciding what I will do with the sort of content that I curated for Perpetual Beta. I may create a new site for it, or I may continue to use my Tumblr blog (http://perpetualbeta.tumblr.com/) to collect this sort of thing. Whatever I choose to do, if you’re interested in what I’ve done here at Perpetual Beta over the last two years, keep an eye on the above and I’ll announce it as soon as possible.

Thank you to everyone for reading, and thanks to American Libraries for keeping it going this long. If you can, drop a note here in the comments…I’d love to know if this has been valuable to you.

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past…” – Thomas Jefferson

Really smart writing about 3D printing from one of the sharpest guys on the ‘net, Anil Dash. I agree with all but one of these suggestions: the one about bundling consumables into the cost of the device. A far better solution (and more likely one, long term) is self-recycling of raw materials. A house in the near future will have in it a machine that will mechanically disassemble your waste into useful blocks that can be then re-used for the creation of new things. 

3D Printing, Teleporters and Wishes