Updates

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TELL ME is planning Live Demonstrations in EU

The Consortium is preparing a public campaign of demonstrations in several EU countries; workshops are planned in next six months. They will involve dozens of Companies (mainly SMEs) with their Blue Collar Workers and operation managers of the manufacturing sector. Live Demonstrators are being set up allowing hands-on experience to all participants to show facts and practice of Technology Enhanced Learning. Interviews and questionnaires will be used to gather participants’ feedback. For dates and venues of workshops, stay tuned on project website: http://www.tellme-ip.eu/home and follow us on: https://twitter.com/TELLME_EU

TELL ME success story - furniture manufacturing

The project reports a success story at AIDIMA; a video describing the use and benefits of the Tell Me platform deployed - in this case - in the furniture manufacturing sector is available at the project website: http://www.tellme-ip.eu/home and at the project YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcL44w7Ifkr0RJxToP6xJsw

New Case Study for the Dojo-based UI of TELL ME front-end components (web & mobile)

TELL ME goes mobile and extends the pervasiveness of learning-by-doing and training-on-the-job. More details and information on Dojo's blog at http://dojotoolkit.org/blog/case-study-softeco-sismat-tell-me-project-2.

TELL ME brings more effective learning methods to manufacturers and blue collar workers

The project, started in Nov. 2012, is now providing the practical results of the three users pilots chosen to demonstrate the usefulness and effectiveness of the new methodology proposed. Based on this experience, a second round of wider demonstrations is planned during the third year of the project. Find more news in the "TELL ME Project" poster just released here: http://www.tellme-ip.eu/library/tellme-poster

TELL ME Platform Architecture

The platform of the system ( please find in: http://www.tellme-ip.eu/library/tellme-poster ) is designed with a multi modal mobile User Interface with Augmented Reality experience and a special engine; thus the Blue Collar Workers are enabled to deal with training-on-the-job by using ad-hoc mixes of learning methods and learning contents.

TELL ME second year Review

As EC funded project, Tell Me ( http://www.tellme-ip.eu/ ) underwent the second year Review, where the results of the research and the first stage of experiences with the pilots were reported. Findings and more information will be disclosed at soon

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

http://gartnernews.com/gartners-top-10-strategic-technology-trends-for-2015/ Merging the Real World and the Virtual World: 1. Computing Everywhere 2. The Internet of Things 3. 3D Printing Intelligence Everywhere: 4. Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics 5. Context-Rich Systems 6. Smart Machines The New IT Reality Emerges 7. Cloud/Client Computing 8. Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure 9. Web-Scale IT 10. Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection

Third newsletter of TELL ME project available, with the results of the pilots experience

The newsletter is available here: http://repository.tellme-ip.eu/public-material/newsletter/tell-me-newsletter-issue-3/ The pilot results of the experimental phase performed at AgustaWestland are presented, together with the scientific achievements of the other pilots at AIDIMA (woodworking) and PROFITEX (textile industry). The newsletter addresses an example of specific Augmented Reality application (ARg!, by the Partner VTT), and insights of technical results such as the user interafce for Blue Collar Workers by the Partner Softeco.

Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

European apprenticeships from an American point of view. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/10/why-germany-is-so-much-better-at-training-its-workers/381550/?single_page=true

Google Glasses (again?)...are they now mature for training@job?

GE avionics is using Google Glasses to train maintenance technicians: http://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/can-google-glass-revolutionise-manufacturing/#sthash.eZdj0eoI Are they now "usable" also @shopfloor?

Breakthrough Factories

MIT Technology Review: "Manufacturing’s pivotal role in nurturing innovation is being recognized from China to California. Where—and how—is it being done best?" http://www.technologyreview.com/businessreport/breakthrough-factories/

TELL ME Newsletter - July 2014

Find here the latest news and progress of the TELL ME project, see at: http://goo.gl/ox47q3

TELL ME at IoT Week 2014

TELL ME project participated at the Internet of Things annual conference. A speech was held within the workshop "IoT for Manufaturing Enterprises" (see http://repository.tellme-ip.eu/events/tell-me-at-iot-week-2014), dealing with the benefits coming from the synergies of IoT and TEL methodologies and applications. The targeted audience was highly qualified in technical matters related to these disruptive development areas. Please find on project website ( http://www.tellme-ip.eu/events ) the list of the forthcoming events relevant to TELL ME.

Hands-on with Baxter, the factory robot of the future

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/06/hands-on-with-baxter-the-factory-robot-of-the-future/

Contiki: an Open Source OS for the Internet of Things

http://www.wired.com/2014/06/contiki/ (Note: KTH is separate from but has many connections to the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, which is involved in a lot of interesting work concerning the Internet of Things.)

Oculus Rift with eye-tracking at the Augmented Reality World Expo

"Outside the Augmented Reality World Expo last week, Ars met with SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a German company that has been building eye-tracking systems since 1991. Christian Villwock, director of Eye and Gaze Tracking Systems business for SMI, was keen to show us a demo of his company’s latest project—hacking eye-tracking technology into a DK1 Oculus Rift." http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/06/why-eye-tracking-could-make-vr-displays-like-the-oculus-rift-consumer-ready/

The Internet of Things

MIT Technology Review business report on the Internet of Things: http://www.technologyreview.com/businessreport/the-internet-of-things/

A More Beautiful Question

Interview with Warren Berger, author of the recently published book "A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas". "In a world of rapid change, answers quickly become outdated or obsolete. But great questioning leads you to new and better answers. Questioning is important for a number of reasons. It’s a critical starting point of problem-solving and innovation—whether we’re talking about business or social issues. Thoughtful inquiry can help us begin to see and understand the challenges around us more clearly. Questions also spark the imagination. And we’re now learning that questions (versus declarations) can help us motivate ourselves—while engaging the interest and support of others. Learning how to act on our questions can lead us toward solutions and creative breakthroughs. Einstein understood this; so do the people running Google and lots of other innovative endeavors." http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/08/warren-berger-tells-how-to-ask-a-beautiful-question.html

Rise of the Milkbots

"Robots allow the cows to set their own hours, lining up for automated milking five or six times a day — turning the predawn and late-afternoon sessions around which dairy farmers long built their lives into a thing of the past." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/nyregion/with-farm-robotics-the-cows-decide-when-its-milking-time.html

TELL ME Case study on Dojo Toolkit Blog (http://dojotoolkit.org/blog/)

The large companies that use Dojo are widely known. This series features lesser known users of Dojo, and their stories. This time, Stefano Bianchi from Softeco Sismat, an ICT Italian company that participates in the TELL ME project, an European Commission-funded research initiative to improve training in small and medium-sized manufacturing environments, explains how Dojo Toolkit was used to develop the UI prototype.

Robots and labour markets

From the Economist's special report on robots. "Small and medium-sized companies are between 20 and 200 times less likely to use robots than large ones in similar sectors, according to a study carried out by Metra Martech, a consultancy, for the IFR. They could thus become an important market if someone were to offer them the right robots, which would open up new sectors of the economy to the productivity gains that can come with automation. Such robots would still do routine tasks but would be able to switch from one set of tasks to another as required, perhaps every few weeks, perhaps a couple of times a day. They would therefore be heavily dependent on their human fellow workers to set them up and get them going." http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21599525-job-destruction-robots-could-outweigh-creation-mighty-contest

Facebook and virtual reality

"Google’s vision of the future involves complementing the real world seen through its specs with a visual feed from its search engine and other services. Facebook’s is of people immersed in lifelike digital worlds." http://www.economist.com/news/business/21599816-social-network-makes-another-expensive-bet-future-game-goggles

Oculus Joins Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101319050523971?stream_ref=1 "But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home. This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures." (Mark Zuckerberg) How can we match Facebook's vision for Oculus with TELL ME? See also: http://www.oculusvr.com/blog/oculus-joins-facebook/

Android coming to wearables

"Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches." http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/sharing-whats-up-our-sleeve-android.html

25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday

"It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives" http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/09/25-years-web-tim-berners-lee

Volkswagen: Big Data Doesn’t Have to Mean Big Brother

"Given the vast amounts of data that will be collected by the cars of the future, strict protections are needed to prevent government intrusion, the chairman of Volkswagen Group said on Sunday." http://recode.net/2014/03/09/volkwsagen-big-data-doesnt-have-to-mean-big-brother/

Digital Life in 2025

"This report is part of an effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project in association with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to look at the future of the Internet, the Web, and other digital activities. This is the first of eight reports based on a canvassing of hundreds of experts about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, the “Internet of things,” and net neutrality. In this case we asked experts to make their own predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025. We will also explore some of the economic change driven by the spectacular progress that made digital tools faster and cheaper." http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/11/digital-life-in-2025/

Rise of the replicants

"Blue-collar workers beware: Baxter is after your job": "The arrival of robots such as Baxter threatens to upend a long-held belief about work: that many types of low-skilled manual work are simply too hard to automate and will remain the preserve of humans." http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/dc895d54-a2bf-11e3-9685-00144feab7de.html

Google Glass Still Needs a Killer App

Wearable devices won’t take off without useful apps. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/525156/google-glass-still-needs-a-killer-app/

What can we do with data collected with FitBit like devices?

Let the workers monitor their own performances? Make the company aware about what happens in the workplace? I see several different applications for identifying training gaps or assessing TELL ME impact

TELL ME your recipe?

The hospital environment, where nurses need to be constantly trained and encouraged to share tacit knowledge is not so far from the manufacturing workplace...

How Airbus Is Debugging the A350

http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/183915-how-airbus-is-debugging-the-a350

AR Interoperability Demo

OGC, Layar, Metaio and Wikitude invite Mobile World Congress attendees to AR Interoperability Demo http://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/1960

Beyond the Internet of Things

http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/beyond-the-internet-of-things-the-amazing-tech-that-s-coming-next-1222471

Internet of Things: "More 1876 than 1995"

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/02/more-1876-than-1995.html “Everyone will be affected by this collision of hardware and software, by the merging of the virtual and real,” he says. “It’s really a watershed moment in technology and culture. We’re at one of those tipping points of history again, where everything shifts to a different reality. That’s what the 1876 exposition was all about. It’s one thing to read about the exposition’s Corliss engine, but it would’ve been a wholly different experience to stand in that exhibit hall and see, feel, and hear its 1,400 horsepower at work, driving thousands of machines. It is that sensory experience that we intend to capture with [O’Reilly’s upcoming Internet-of-Things-related conference] Solid. When people look back in 150 years, we think they could well say, ‘This is when they got it. This is when they understood.’”

Google Glass worn by Virgin Atlantic staff

http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/02/10/google-glass-worn-virgin-atlantic-staff-help-passengers-check-londons-heathrow-airport/

Social Physics

A new TELL ME relevant book: “Social Physics” is filled with rich findings about what makes people tick. Using millions of data points measured over a long period of time in real settings, which Mr Pentland calls “living laboratories”, the author has monitored human behaviour on an unprecedented scale. Through it, for example, he has discovered that people change how they behave in measurable ways when they fall ill. http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21595883-how-re-engineer-world-measure-man-0 Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science. By Alex Pentland. January 30, 2014. Penguin Press. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594205655

IEEE xAPI Study Group Kickoff

IEEE xAPI Study Group, looking into the potential of standardizing Experience API https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c9clilt77hk7keumepa4339t9os

M-health: Health and appiness

Relating our work in manufacturing to health care: Portable blood-pressure monitors have been around for a while. But the idea of linking a tiny, wearable one to a smartphone and a software app is an example of how entrepreneurs are harnessing wireless technology to create innovative services. By letting doctors and carers monitor patients remotely, and by making it simpler to collect vast amounts of data on the effectiveness of treatments, the mobile-health industry, or m-health as it has become known, aims to drive down costs while improving results for patients. http://www.economist.com/news/business/21595461-those-pouring-money-health-related-mobile-gadgets-and-apps-believe-they-can-work

Google buys artificial-intelligence startup DeepMind

Although AI has been through cycles of hype and disappointment before, big technology companies have recently been scrambling to hire experts in the field, in the hope of building machines that can learn even more sophisticated tasks. http://www.economist.com/news/business/21595462-google-buys-british-artificial-intelligence-startup-dont-be-evil-genius

Wolfram Connected Devices Project

Its goal: to "work with device manufacturers and the technical community to provide a definitive, curated, source of systematic knowledge about connected devices" http://blog.wolfram.com/2014/01/06/launching-the-wolfram-connected-devices-project/

Pebble Steel

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/01/the-pebble-steel-review-wearables-2-0-arrive/

Look at how your business is moving before training - and encourage workers to enlarge horizon and interests

An interesting case of great amount of money lost because a company was not able to anticipate change of its business and encouraged innovation in the wrong field. This convinced me that a careful analysis of where business objectives are moving is absolutely necessary before planning (long/medium term) training activities in your company. A flexible methodology (likeTELL ME eMeMO? ;-)) is necessary to enable steering this process. And to have innovation, it is important to to encourage workers to look at problems/solutions in nearby fields and embrace heterogeneity in working teams (again, TELL ME social learning can support!)

Apple's vision

Today is the Mac's 30th birthday (so I'm a couple of weeks older than the Mac!), but whatever happened to the Knowledge Navigator? http://youtu.be/9bjve67p33E