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									          MIT
Technology
 Testbeds
  Draft Proposal v.1.2
     30 January 2003
       (Firstdraft 26 August 2002)




       Joost Bonsen
  jpbonsen@alum.mit.edu
       617.930.0415
     Proposing MIT as
 Premier Technology Testbed
• An orchestrated MIT-wide Initiative to attract
  Companies & Labs deploying latest
  prototypes & products in a “Tech Testbed”
• MIT-generally & Sloan students specifically
  as an “Early-Adoptor Microcosm”
• Allowing MIT faculty to do rigorous social
  science, observing usage patterns, adoption
  rates, social networks, and more
• If not a testbed, at least new product
  showcase!
     Proposing Action Over Time
Research      Marketing, Media
              projects, Modeling
              Adiction & Adoption

Education     Shift Existing Class,
              Paperless 2.0, New
              Seminar, Lead
              Faculty Performers

Extra-        Marketing Club,
              MediaTech, Visiting
curriculars   Student Exposure,
              Influence Admissions

Infra-        Muddy Renovations,      Hall of Heroes,
              SloanBar                Testbed-enabled
structure                             Classroom

Support       Location-based WiFi
              access



              This Semester           This Year         2-3 Years   3-5 Years
      Example Technology
         Testbed Ideas
• Project Mercury – Latest wireless
  technologies; showcase for MIT Labs
• App Assessment – Fast feedback on
  new applications & usage patterns
• Premier Digital Infospace – Next
  generation libraries, info databases &
  visualization environments
• Evocative Architectural Innovations
  – Digital Glass, Organic HVAC, Ultra-
  Reconfigurability, Working Elevators
                             http://www.emperorlinux.com/acc_network.html
                      http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2001/06/08/xircom_review.html
                                            http://www.handspring.com/
               http://www.futurelooks.com/features/Lifestyle/Wearable_comps/page1_frame.htm
       http://www-5.ibm.com/se/news/archive/images/computers/wearable-pc/wearable-pc-closseup-guy.jpg
        Being a Tech Testbed
• Deploying latest prototypes, devices, etc AND
  tracking actual usage patterns
• Sourcing devices & systems from both MIT Labs
  and corporate partners
• Serving as “Neutral Ground” for cross-comparison

• Clearly useful for “Consumer InfoTech”, but not
  limited to it
    Tech Testbed promises…
• We see the Future First
• Part of Comparative Market Research
  initiative
• Accelerating Educational Innovation
• Possibly part of larger effort to Observe
  Innovation broadly
• Basis for MIT Cross-Campus Collaborations
• Huge PR & Buzz for MIT & Sloan
       Existing Efforts Include…
• Sloan’s Virtual Customer Initiative
• Sloan Product Development & Marketing Classes
    – http://web.mit.edu/15.783j/www/
•   MasterCard’s RFID PaymentCard
•   GSC’s SafeRide GPS
•   MIT’s New Grad Dorm Equipment
•   Newbury Network’s Location Enabled Networking
    – http://www.newburynetworks.com/
• iCampus-funded Xbox CycleScore
    – Harris, Harlev, & Heitzeberg
• BCS’s Paperless Classroom
    – DEMO
   Early-Adopter Microcosm
• Are MIT & Sloan students
  representative of ultimate purchasers?
• Possibly predictive and therefore a
  method of advanced market research?
         Project Mercury
• Case example of Tech Testbed idea
• A Wireless “Project Athena”
  – Athena was a $100 Million Experiment in mid-80s
• Campus-wide broadband wireless networking

• Latest terminal devices
  – PDAs, padPC, wearable computers, watches
• Tracking Social & Applications Usage
  – Location, Communication, Collaboration, Games


• Multi-MIT Lab Collaboration
• Social Systems Experiment
 Go Dramatically Beyond Our
 Boilerplate IT Infrastructure
• We expect Laptops, Ethernet, WiFi
  802.11b
• How about ReallyWiFi 802.11a, quivers
  of computers, wireless power, etc?
• Advanced applications
• Paperless workplace
  …
  What are some example
emerging devices & systems?
• Hand-helds
• New peripherals
• Wireless applications
  …
                  Palm & iPaq Variants…

http://www.palm.com/products/palmm515/3Ddemo/palmm515_3D.html




                http://www.compaq.com/products/handhelds/pocketpc/
        Wireless iPAQ Applications…




http://www.golfps.com/images/ipaq.gif




                                        http://www.digital-doc.com/C2/images/wirele4.jpg


                                                                                           http://www.igisa.com/grafiken/ipaq.jpg
             Sony clie w/ Camera!




http://www.sonystyle.com/home/item.jsp?hierc=9684x9744x9746&itemid=34011
  What are MIT Labs &
companies working on that
   could be deployed?
MIT Project Oxygen




 http://oxygen.lcs.mit.edu/
MIT Media Lab Wearables




                                http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/wearfolk-sam-big.jpg




http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/mithril/index.html
           Media Lab Smart Nametags




                                                                          http://web.media.mit.edu/~fredm/projects/memetag/mtsmall.jpg




http://el.www.media.mit.edu/groups/el/papers/mres/lifelongk/Image26.gif
http://www.microopticalcorp.com/
Social Net Analysis & Facilitation
       Dynamic Visualization


• Understanding social
  relationshiops
• Guiding flows of
  information                               http://www.netvis.org/

• Real knowledge
  management
• Orchestrating        Facilitator
  Serendipity             Room

                               http://whitechapel.media.mit.edu/facilitator/introduction.html
Predictive Microcosms




    http://www.cothink.com/Papers/phdthesis.pdf
   • LCS / AI Project Oxygen
       http://oxygen.lcs.mit.edu/
   • Media Wearable Computing               MIT Labs
       http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/
   • House ‘n’
       – http://architecture.mit.edu/house_n/
   • CMS
       – http://web.mit.edu/cms/
   • eBusiness
       – http://ebusiness.mit.edu/
   • Auto-ID
       – http://www.autoidcenter.org/main.asp
       …

MIT Media Laboratory
       Company Benefits
• Fast Iteration
• Visibility
• Comparative Market Research
        Potential Applications
•   “Where are open meeting rooms?”
•   Enhanced SloanSpace?
•   “Where’s SafeRide?”
•   Making most of Spare Moments.
•   Seamless Collaboration
•   No-Delay Resources
•   Advancing Practice of Fast Iteration
  Potentially Interested Social
Science & Innovation Faculty (?)
 • John Hauser / Sloan Marketing, Virtual
   Customer Initiative
 • Jonathan Cummings / Sloan Innovation,
   Social Network Analysis
 • Henry Jenkins / HASS Comparative Media
   Studies, Games-for-Learning
 • Judith Donath / Media Lab, Sociable Spaces
 • Steven Eppinger / Sloan Product Design

 • Plus all those developing technologies…
          Resources Required
•   Premier Industry Collaborators
•   Linkage to Sloan Technology Services & MIT IS
•   Prototype & Pre-production equipment donations
•   Institutional Commitment
•   Alumni & Industry Oversight Board
•   Operational Funds for administration, support,
    and maintenance
         Possible Sponsors
• I-Campus Project
  – http://swissnet.ai.mit.edu/projects/i-campus/
• Peer Testbeds
  – Cambridge-MIT Institute
  – Singapore-MIT Alliance
• Industry Consortia
• Government: DARPA, NSF
  – E.g. CIPD
• Foundations
             Likely Alums
• Pascal Chenais – Project Canard,
  MessageMachines
• Vanu Bose – Vanu Inc software radio
• Bill Warner – Wildfire
• Tim Rowe – Cambridge Innovations
• Rob Poor – Ember
• Yonald Chery – Newbury Networks
• Matt Reynolds – ThingMagic
• Fred Martin -- SmartTags           http://www.mitwf.org/images/oct23_yc.jpg



• Mike Parduhn, John Muhlner, Paul Strasma,
  Matt Rhoden
 Shouldn’t MIT be the
Premier Tech Testbed?
                     Benefits
(a)   Boosting MIT campus & student experience,
(b)   Envisioning the future by experiencing it,
(c)   Basis for cross campus research collaboration,
(d)   Prototype testbed for inventive developers to fast
             iterate the next generation artifacts,
(e)   Experimental anthropology via predictive
             microcosms,
(f)   Inspiring entrepreneurial new product and
             venture development,
(g)   Capturing intellectual property for truly novel
             Project-related inventions, and
(h)   Great PR around this “really MIT idea”.
•   Project Athena                References
     – http://wwwtech.mit.edu/V119/N19/history_of_athe.19f.html
     – http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/tt/1991/feb27/24322.html
•   Research on Human Subjects
     – http://web.mit.edu/policies/14.3.html
•   Project Notebook
     – http://web.mit.edu/is/np/projects/wireless/
•   Cisco/Radiata's 802.11a Promises
     – http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20000728S0021
     – http://www.radiata.com/company/PDF/IEEE-802.11wp.pdf
•   Project Oxygen
     – http://oxygen.lcs.mit.edu/
•   MIT IS
     – http://web.mit.edu/is/
•   Wearable Computing
     – http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/
•   Product Innovation
     – http://web.mit.edu/cipd/
•   MIT Sloan Virtual Customer
     – http://mitsloan.mit.edu/vc/Pages/vc.html
•   MIT CMS
     – http://web.mit.edu/cms/
         Related Initiatives
• Showcase Sloan
• Hall of Heroes
  – Highlighting MIT’s innovators
• Modern Muddy
  – New lights, soundsys, etc
• Cathedral of Creativity
  – Lobby 7 plus

								
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