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Google's Scott Jenson Has a Thing for the IoT

Google UX strategist to demo "Physical Web" at Google I/O

I spoke the other day with Scott Jenson, a UX strategy and design exec at Google. He's been doing user-interface design for 25 years, and was the first member of the System Software Human Interface Group at Apple in the late 80s.

Today he has a prototype called the "Physical Web" that he plans to demonstrate at the upcoming Google I/O in San Francisco.

This thingy for the IoT "extends the web into physical devices, so you can walk up and use any smart device without installing an application," he told me.

He said it could use Bluetooth - "but certainly not just Bluetooth" - to communicate at close range. He also noted it would have a wide range of usage, from stores of all types to museums - and (my words) wherever and whatever else one's imagination might take them.

I'm fixated on that idea of "without installing an application."

"There's no app for that" is the new "there's an app for that," perhaps.

I won't be at Google I/O, but will follow this story and see how it evolves between now and our @thingsexpo event in Santa Clara November 4-6.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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