Blog 2017-08-29T13:43:31+00:00

Future Tech Blog


Augmented Reality will Inform, Entertain … and Empower

Augmented reality is a broad term encompassing technologies that add information to our, generally visual, experiences of the real world. Examples include: nutrition information about a product on a supermarket shelf, the identity of a person using facial recognition technology, multiple views of a sporting event, or value and location information on a property for sale.In this Future Tech interview, we speak with augmented reality pioneer, Scott O’Brien. He examines some of the current and emerging applications for augmented reality, looks at the key enabling technologies, and at recent acquisitions as global players move to gain an early lead in the field.

Cloud Services: Automating End-to-End Performance Management and Control

One of the main obstacles to enterprise cloud service adoption is the perception of lack of control. Companies want the surety of knowing where their data is, how it’s being carried around, as well as guaranteed performance. There are also a variety of clouds — Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, carrier clouds, sensor clouds, other IoT clouds and private clouds, all of which need to interconnect, with consistent performance.Serenus a Sydney-based start-up, has been awarded several patents as well as a NSW Innovation R&D grant for its work on VPNscope, a tool that takes real-time feeds to determine end-to-end network performance across cloud environments all the way to end user devices — automating on-demand capacity management, as well as calculating the performance of the individual infrastructure elements involved in the delivery of end-to-end services over a cloud network.In this Future Tech interview, we speak to Serenus Founder Ross Goodfellow, about enterprise cloud requirements, and their innovative cloud management tools.

3D Food Printers: A Next Generation Kitchen Appliance?

3D printing is set to be one of the hottest technologies of the coming decade. However, most people don’t think of food and 3D printing at the same time.Natural Machines is aiming to change that. They’ve designed a 3D food printer (Foodini) that uses real ingredients to create everything from pastas, pizzas, burgers, bread, cookies, and almost anything else that takes time and effort to assemble and shape. And, it’s an IoT device — able to pull recipes and food shapes from the Internet, as well as dialoguing with other smart kitchen devices.In this Future Tech interview, we speak to co-Founder Lynette Kucsma about what may very well be tomorrow’s must-have kitchen appliance.

Net Neutrality: Does this mean we can’t have Premium Service Offers?

Optus CEO Allen Lew kicked off a firestorm at the CommsDay Summit when he talked about offering a premium Netflix (or other video content) service with guaranteed performance. In Lew's speech he suggested that OTT video providers could pay for better end-to-end connectivity by working with telcos to ensure a better service for their customers.Lot’s of people are crying foul: saying that this would violate the principle of net neutrality, wherein network providers are obligated to treat all traffic — regardless of its origin or content type — equally. The idea is that all services offered to customers should have a level playing field in competing with one another for delivery across the Internet.

From Sci-Fi to Reality: Star Trek, Time Travel, Human Augmentation and More

For over 100 years science fiction stories have provided a fertile ground for imaging the world of tomorrow, often inspiring real world scientific research and technology innovation.Star Trek is a great example of a science fiction universe that’s had a huge influence on the world of science and technology — introducing concepts such as the communicator (mobile phone), tricorder (mobile health apps and wearables), replicator (3D printing), faster than light travel, and transporters.In the second part of our Future Tech interview with Dr Paul Halpern, noted science author and Professor of Physics, we continue our discussion on the nexus of science and sci-fi.

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