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Human social connection protocol

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Reading about Bump Technologies reminded me of being at a Red Herring internet conference some ten years ago.

human social connection protocol

I was at the conference on behalf of Palm, demo-ing products and meeting what I thought were useful contacts along the way. Half of the attendees already had Palm devices so half the time instead of exchanging cards there was a curious ritual akin to courtship displays you would see on a wildlife programme where two people would hold their devices in front of each other and move them closer or apart until their contact details had been exchanged.

This was all done over IrDA. A specification designed to allow the transfer of data over an infra-red beam similar to a TV remote control.

This was the high point of Palm’s position of power in devices. The Compaq IPAQ did a little to combat Palm’s position but the big problem was that the world moved on. Flawed smartphones based on the Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems replaced the PDA as the personal information management weapon-of-choice.

Despite the rise of common standards like the vCard, SyncML and Bluetooth exchanging contacts between devices was like the different tongues created at the fall of Babel. Throw in the flakey address book application in Symbian which takes out the operating system when you go over a 1,000 contacts and corrupted address databases which inevitably came out of syncing with an Exchange server.

Exchanging contact details regressed with ‘let’s connect on LinkedIn’ or ‘Facebook me’, easy when you are Ged Carroll. Not so easy when you are John Smith or Jane Lee.

Bump apparently negotiates a similar data transfer based on data sent through about the collision of phones, once the devices are ‘bumped’ into each other like two glasses of whiskey. The collisions are time stamps and have complementary forces and directions. A combination of this data provides pretty secure authentication. Secure enough for mobile payments as well as exchanging contact details.

But what I find most interesting the potential cultural and sociological aspects that might come out of Bump Technologies technology. The ‘chink’ of phones may user in a new ritual just as important as the way we give and receive business cards now. Will this ritual be adapted for local cultures in the same way that may Asian cultures give and receive business cards with both hands?

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I like: Nobumasa Takahashi – Tenbeni, Osaka, Godairiki limited edition print for Gamma Proforma

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Gamma Proforma print, originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.

Tenbeni, Osaka, Godairiki is a fantastic trip through images of Japanese culture: ancient and modern. It has been drawn by Japanese artist Nobumasa Takahashi and is part of a limited edition set of prints that Gamma Proforma are publishing throughout the year for just 15 quid.

You can see more over at Takahashi-san’s website and get a print while you can over at Gamma Proforma.

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Links of the day

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Microsoft takes H.264 stand in Web video debate | Deep Tech – CNET News

Tokyo fishermen update seafood e-commerce site from their boats – Boing Boing – not surprising given that the Japanese invented JIT and lean manufacturing processes that they would extend it when the technology came available to their fishing industry

Did HP buy Palm just for the patents? | Pinsent Masons LLP – this makes more sense than the conference call announcing the acquisition in terms of the valuable though I think HP is in mobile computing for the long haul

Thoughts on Flash – this is more of the thoughtful communications that Apple should be, but don’t do

Healthcare Engagement Strategy seminar

Webicina.Com • Practicing medicine in the web 2.0 Era – Lifehacker for doctors

”Child Pornography Is Great,” Anti-Pirates Say | TorrentFreak

Make Your Own 3G Router « bunnie’s blog – great idea

fifty 5 :: an adam j. schokora production » Blog Archive » china youth marketing piece, “the breakdown of tribal borders” ::

FT.com / Comment / Analysis – China: Futuristic yet fruitful – interesting overview of the Shanghai expo

European shoppers still focused on price – Warc – not feeling as if they are out of the rough economic times yet

Database builder faces web-scraping lawsuit | Pinsent Masons LLP – what does this mean for things like comparison shopping sites?

copyrightcode.eu – European experts provide guidance on what future European copyright law should look like

Michael Geist – Study Finds Fair Use Industry Worth Trillions

trst.me – PageRank for Twitter – handy ready reckoner on the reputation of a twitter user

It’s gut check time for Europe – The Curious Capitalist – TIME.com – given David Millibrand’s uncertain defence of the UK’s credit rating on BBC Radio 4 Today programme earlier this week, it would make sense to add the UK to this list

Unstoppable. – interesting collection of bike stuff by Taeyoung Kim

EETimes.com – ESC keynoter Kaku beams audience back to the future – Moore’s Law tops out at 2020 due to heat and electron leakage