Category Archives for Low tech

Narrowband Goes Broad

Seems LoRa is really taking off. Citing data from research firm Analysys Mason, Chris Donkin writes that 85 new networks were announced as live, in a trial phase or in development in 2016 compared with 29 in 2015. While early LPWA deployments were … Continue reading

21. January 2017 by jeremy
Categories: Hardware, lora, Low tech, Networks | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moleskines Redux

Of course, I claim a lot of the credit for this decade-long trend Why Startups Love Moleskines:  “The notion that non-digital goods and ideas have become more valuable would seem to cut against the narrative of disruption-worshipping techno-utopianism coming out of … Continue reading

15. June 2015 by jeremy
Categories: Innovation, Low tech, Non-tech, Productivity | Tags: | 1 comment

A Call for Diminished Reality

(a copy of my weekly syndicated column. Podcast from the BBC here.) By Jeremy Wagstaff I was walking the infant the other day, when I saw a vision of my future.  A mother and father, out with their son and … Continue reading

29. April 2011 by jeremy
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Podcast on Diminished Reality

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on diminished reality (The Business Daily podcast is here) Loose Wireless 110427 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by jeremy
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The Missed Call: The Decade’s Zeitgeist?

By Jeremy Wagstaff (this is a longer version of an upcoming syndicated column.) When people look back at the last decade for a technology zeitgeist they may choose SMS, or the iPod, or maybe even Facebook. Me? I’d choose the … Continue reading

10. November 2010 by jeremy
Categories: Digitial Divide, Innovation, Low tech, Networks, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 comments

Afghanistan’s TV Phone Users Offer a Lesson

By Jeremy Wagstaff There’s something I notice amid all the dust, drudgery and danger of Kabul life: the cellphone TVs. No guard booth—and there are lots of them—is complete without a little cellphone sitting on its side, pumping out some … Continue reading

06. September 2010 by jeremy
Categories: Devices, Digitial Divide, Innovation, Low tech, Non-tech, Phones, Television, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 comments

The Alarm Clock is Dead, Long Live the Cellphone

Gadgets, like software and services, often end up being used in ways the creator didn’t intend. But how many companies make the most of this opportunity? Take the cellphone. More than a third of Brits use their mobile phone as … Continue reading

20. May 2008 by jeremy
Categories: Design, Low tech, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

When Technology Lets Us Down

(from tcbuzz’s flickr collection) Two recent events from the UK underlined how dangerous our dependence on technology can be. The soccer UEFA Cup final in Manchester was overshadowed by riots when one of the massive screens installed in the city … Continue reading

17. May 2008 by jeremy
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My Technology-free Lunch

At lunch today, it took me some time to realise what was different. It wasn’t just that my four lunch partners were all quite a bit older than me–15 years, at least, and I’m not as young as you think … Continue reading

07. March 2008 by jeremy
Categories: Devices, Low tech, Non-tech, Phones | Tags: , , | 1 comment

Dark Age Messengers

Maybe I’m missing something, of I’ve been taken in by those TV ads of guys walking across stepping stones made out of frogmens’ skulls, but I expect the big couriers to be somewhat snappier and higher-tech these days. Not based … Continue reading

18. February 2008 by jeremy
Categories: Low tech, Non-tech, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 comments

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