Monthly Archives: September 2008

Tig tag toe Seems like a very easy way to use RFIDs.

Tikitag is an Alcatel-Lucent venture based in Antwerp, Belgium which provides a service to link the real world with the online world for consumer and business usage via easy-to-apply RFID tags. Currently still in Alpha, the beta launch is planned for launch on October 1st, with the availability of tikitag starter packages and tag packages via e-commerce.

via Core 77, via Bruce Sterling



From Disrupting Class – adapted:

I never know how little I know about something until I try to write about it

Disrupting Class: an incomplete review


Every summer I try to find some time to read books that are not strictly related to the stuff that I know and like. This year the occasion came from LBiQ (link:, the magazine of the company where I work. I volunteered to read and write a review for a new in-depth examination of Christensen’s Disruptive innovation theory, applied to current educational practices and their organizational ‘machines’, such as schools and the textbook publishing industry.

Disrupting Class - book cover

Disrupting Class - book cover

I’m sure you’ll wait to read my complete take on the book once the new LBiQ issue goes to print; what is important here is to understand what did I learn from this sort of cross-pollination?

I mean: unless you are into schools and learning theoretical issues (and these aren’t the things I breathe every day), why should you be bothered by this book? I’ve asked myself this question at least 20 times, between page 4 and page 48. Then I realized the book was important to me not because its goal of changing the USA school apparatus.
There are moments in the book when one can understand how big ideas and innovation don’t come by simply asking to your best customers; they will probably be happy with the system, and they could ask your organization for some improvement: a sustaining innovation. Disruptive innovation, on the other side, sparks by observing those who are discontent or, even better, your non-consumption area. Only when you deeply understand what the reasons of non-consumption are, will you see the gaps where innovation can be created. Therefore, user research techniques can be used for facilitating the creation of innovative solutions: primary research and a quasi-ethnographic approach can help understanding the reasons behind non-consumption, and it is able to provide a great deal of insights that will uncover new spaces for disruptive services. It’s not just tweaking and improving existing stuff; it’s a sort of paradigm shift.

things you may need 24/7

Immediate response to unexpected events may have totally different forms when moving from a London suburb to the very centre of the UK Capital. They are – however – very tightly coupled. this is what I found one month ago, while moving from Soho (picture 1) to Brixton (picture 2).

Billboard near a bus station - Brixton central square

Billboard near a bus station - Brixton central square

24h emergency glazing & boarding service

Sticker on a window glass of a cafe' in Soho - London


…from my longest holiday ever (well, at least for the past 10 years)…