Mikael Eriksson Björling

About digital transformation, design, creativity and lifestyle in the Networked Society.



An interview with me at CNET

An interview with me and Stefan Hedelius by Roger Cheng was published today at CNET.
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The Networked Society and The Social Web Of Things

Back home after a great week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Tired but satisfied! Barcelona is great this part of the year with lovely weather and good business!

I spent five days at the MWC talking about Ericsson’s vision about the Networked Society and how the society is transforming. We used a large table with printed words and props to illustrate what is happening and trigger discussions.

Social Web of Things

In our vision every thing that will benefit from being connected will be connected and we expect 50B connected devices by year 2020. To illustrate that and how it could work Ericsson Research have developed the fantastic concept “The Social Web of Things”. Imagine that all your things are connected, have a relation and can talk to each other and to you just like friends in a social network.

We showed a number of use cases such as when you turn on the security system in your house the lights that still are on will ask you if they should be on or if they should turn themselves of. Or my favorite use case is when the light asks the alarm clock if it wants some assistant “I can slowly fade to make the awakening more comfortable”.

Outside Ericsson’s Hall 6 we showed the Social Web of Things concept with connected Lego Mindstorm robots that collected used coffee cups, that watered plants and sorting our the laundry for you. All this in a future near you!

Impressions from Barcelona

Fly me to the moon…
Pretty cool performance coming out from Ericsson Hall 6 at MWC 2012 inBarcelona. A beautiful sky, a clear moon, beautiful music and a great performance!

Exploring the galaxy with augmented reality

There has been a lot of talk about augmented reality in the last few years and we now see that AR apps are hitting the market. I believe augmented reality will impact the way we interact with the physical world, how we get information about the world and how we learn.

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RIP paper map, it was good knowing you

A few nights ago, I was on my way to a restaurant in Barcelona. I was using a map application on my smartphone to find my way. I walked with my phone in my hand watching the little dot tracking my movements on the map, guiding me in the right direction. Suddenly I was standing waiting…

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On the importance of connectivity

On a flight to Barcelona on a plane packed with telecommunication professionals headed for the Mobile World Congress this week, I took the chance to reflect on the lack of internet connectivity and what it means not to be connected. Read this post at:

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