Every day at faberNovel's offices in Paris, New York, San Francisco and Moscow we pass around stories we think are interesting indicators of where tech is going next. Here are some of the stories getting passed around today:
Earlier this month, I wrote about the quiet rollout of Amazon Locker: Actual Amazon-branded lockers housed in 7-Elevens and other 24-hour retailers where you can have packages delivered instead of waiting around the house for the UPS guy. Amazon e-mails you a code when your package arrives, which you enter into a touchscreen to open the locker door.
The idea of Gov 2.0 - re-envisioning what's possible in government/citizen interaction and problem solving through the application of collaboration technologies - has been around since 2004. Only very recently, however, has it reached the common lexicon, with local, state, and central bodies moving beyond tentative experimentation towards core integration.
Wearable computing could lead to an overhaul of mobile phone architecture, according to a July report by GigaOM Pro, the research arm of online tech publisher GigaOM. These wearable sensors were the subject of science fiction not too many years ago. Then, the military started developing them. Now these devices are moving into fitness and wellness, said Jody Ranck, an analyst at GigaOM Pro and the report's author.