• Taser, the company synonymous with (usually) less-than-lethal equipment for law enforcement is campaigning hard to achieve similar market dominance in the production, sale and use of body cameras. Given their decades of experience selling into a heavily bureaucratic space they are well-positioned to do just that. This could mean that how much transparency, security and trawling goes on with the data collected by body cameras will be immensely influenced by the tools and features that a single company decides to develop or support. 


Designing Space:

  • This apartment complex offers tech-laden "wellness" packages for an extra $125 to $ 225 per month that tune lighting by time, intensity and color to improve sleep quality, along with aromatherapy and other somewhat dubious solutions for whatever day to day weariness ails you. While we're skeptical about the benefits claimed, it shows how low cost sensors and presumptive connectivity of devices are adding new "must have" layers to domestic infrastructure. LeCorbusier, with his conception of homes as machines for living, would probably be on board with some of these mechanistic attempts to tweak and tune our personal biorhythms. 
  • Rising rents means getting by with less space, so MIT spin out Ori is preparing to roll out a 21st century take on the Murphy bed - a sort of centralized furniture column that stretches, unfolds and contorts to suit the miscellaneous modes of living and working. 




More next week.