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Schedule: Foundations sessions

By definition, the Solid space is interdisciplinary. Far beyond merely melding traditional hardware and software, successful products and platforms may incorporate sensors, radio waves, 3D printing, and novel materials and interfaces.

The Foundations track will expand your notion of the possible, and show how radically new products can spring from re-imagining existing services, processes, and machines.

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Location: Festival Pavilion
Laurie Yoler (Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
It may seem like the whole world is connected, but the revolution has only just begun. Qualcomm SVP of business development Laurie Yoler will discuss how intelligent connectivity will transform industries like education, health care, transportation, smart cities, and more. She’ll provide insights about inventing at scale, and the profound challenges — and opportunities ahead. Read more.
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Location: Festival Pavilion
Sean Carey (Helium)
The technology world is quickly moving into an era of devices being able to interact with each other. This interaction will happen in a simple, seamless, and effective way. Some people call this the Internet of Things. We call it an omnipresent internet. Read more.
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Location: Festival Pavilion
Andrew Hessel (Autodesk Inc.)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Living systems are manufacturing masters, capable of producing tremendous complexity from molecular components in a robust and reproducible way, and fully programmable with the digital code of DNA. The future of manufacturing will see a shift from making to growing the things humanity needs to thrive, both here on earth and off-world. Read more.
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Location: Festival Pavilion
Michael Matter (Sanstreak Corp), Juan Pineda (Edgertronic)
The human eye is pretty remarkable, but sometimes it can use a little help: If you want to see Jupiter’s moons, you’ll need a telescope. Protozoa in a drop of water requires a microscope. To see a light bulb shattering, you better have a high speed camera. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Janos Veres (PARC)
Janos Veres will describe how PARC has combined the techniques and materials used by printed electronics with those of multimaterial 3D printing. He will review printed electronics and discuss future directions, from smart labels and wearables, to trends and technologies that enable the printing of whole devices, complete with sensing, displays, logic and batteries. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Matt Carney (The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Robots optimized to live within the structure they build and maintain. Structures based on crystal lattices with sparse density and tuneable modulus based on the arrangement and design of the lattice faces. The elements are placed one at a time by robots that step through the structure one element at a time. That is to say the robots make one-bit motions relative to the structure. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Dan Williams (N/A)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
What's normal in apps and the web can be disastrous when implemented in software for the real world. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Joel Young (Digi International)
Average rating: *....
(1.00, 3 ratings)
Joel Young, CTO of Digi International, describes how to obtain the raw material for good insights from device data and gain full value from the rich diversity of the physical world. He presents real-world examples that show how combining a variety of information paths can lead organizations to a better understanding of their infrastructure, products and customers. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Greg Borenstein (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
For 40 years, camera resolution has improved by an order of magnitude per decade, a Moore's Law-like curve. Combined with computer vision breakthroughs and the rise of mobile computing, cameras have become the essential contemporary sensor: capable of tracking human motion, detection objects, and even taking a pulse. This session is your entrée to understanding and working in this vital new field. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
3D printed electronics extend the capabilities of materials and printing processes to integrate sensing, actuation and information processing directly into what a device is made of. To design trillions of Internet of Things devices we will not be able to use exotic machines or materials, but common materials and common machines. Thus, the key will be in the shapes and patterns those materials take Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Everyday things are becoming smarter. The problem? The things are becoming smarter, but they’re also becoming selfish and you’ve ended up as a mechanical turk inside your own software. How can we fix the Internet of Things? The things have to become not just smarter, but more co-operative, and the Internet of things needs to become anticipatory rather than reactive. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Jeremy Jaech (SNUPI Technologies)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
This talk describes a new, ultra-low-power sensor network technology called SNUPI: Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure. This technology enables long-lived sensor networks with whole-building range by using the powerline infrastructure as part of a large receiving antenna. SNUPI Technologies has commercialized this technology to enable smart home monitoring and hazard detection. Read more.
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Location: Fleet Room
Naveed Parvez (Andiamo)
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Location: Fleet Room
Ian Ferguson (Formlabs)
A presentation on the struggles of bringing the Form 1 3D printer to market from the perspective of the lead engineer on the project. I will discuss the development process from prototypes to maintaining a product post launch. The emphasis will be on using software tools combined with hardware to manufacture a more reliable, precise and capable 3D printer than possible before. Read more.
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Location: Fire House
samrat saha (BlueCity LLC)
This is an introduction into the possibilities that Bluetooth 4 has opened up in terms of sensor integration, crowd-sourcing and mobile devices. It demonstrates that not everything that is potentially useful needs to be sexy. Something as mundane as garbage pickup can be optimized to be more friendly to the environment and raise community participation using a mobile device and a brief walk by. Read more.
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Location: Fire House
Tom Metcalfe (rain cloud)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
User-experience is as important to Internet-connected objects as software and hardware. Digital technologies need to be inconspicuous; and experiences nuanced through haptic interactions with physical objects, beyond the screen. This talk will highlight the importance collaboration, traditional object design; materiality and the stories objects mediate, bring to UX with connected-objects. Read more.
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Location: Fire House
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
With the launch of Philips Hue launched, people not only got tunable whites and great color, but could also turn their lights off away from home, or as such, have the lights respond to any internet event. This session talks about the road to launch, the up- and downside of certain architecture choices and what happens when all the Hue bridges fallback to polling the Cloud platform every 2 seconds. Read more.
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Location: Fire House
Tom Wesselman (Plantronics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
This session will outline the core technologies fueling the rise of wearable tech and cover the expected impact these devices will have - in both business and consumer scenarios - when sensing environments become commonplace. Read more.
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Location: Fire House
Jeremy Faludi (UC Berkeley)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Myths abound on the environmental impacts of 3D printing: Will it really eliminate waste? Will it eliminate shipping? Will it create more problems than it solves? This talk will summarize the first comprehensive life-cycle assessment ever to compare 3D printing with traditional machining. It will dispel some myths and confirm others, ending with guidelines for how to make 3D printing greener. Read more.
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Location: Fire House
Jason Johnson (August Home Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Having thousands of preorders is exciting and validating; however, delivering a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations is a whole other story. The creator of the August Smart Lock will share stories from concept to creation. This talk will speak to some of the pros and cons of decisions made in the product development process. Read more.