Mikael Eriksson Björling

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



Systemet och miljön

Wind, en prisbelönt kortfilm om hur levande system påverkas av sin miljö och hur det måste ändras när miljön ändras. Arbetslivet (ett levande system) påverkas i högsta grad av sin miljö (samhällsstruktur, marknad, ekonomi, etc.) Detta är en utmaning för de flesta när vi nu lämnar industrialismens miljö till det uppkopplade samhällets miljö.

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5 really cool Lego Mindstorm machines

It’s pretty amazing how advanced stuff you can develop with Lego Mindstorm. These are five robot favorites!

Cool machine that folding a paper plane and launches it

Amazing record-breaking Lego ball contraptiont

This cool Lego Rubik’s cube solver you can build with a single set Mindstorms NXT 2.0

Of Monster and Men Little Talks played on guitar by Lego Mindstorms EV3

Lego NXT balancing Segway style two wheel robot

B2B Online Summit på Rival

Det har publicerats videor från konferensen B2B Online Summit som hölls på Rival i början av februari.

Klicka på denna länk om ni vill se fler videor från konferensen >>>

ATEA Boot Camp 2013

BootCamp24 maj var jag och talade på ATEA Boot Camp i Tylösand. Kul och inspirerande!

Här är en intervju med mig på plats i ATEA:s studio.

Mikael Eriksson Björling, expert consumer behavior, Ericsson from Atea Sverige on Vimeo.

Learning and education are in a time of transformation. The research I been involved in shows that students and progressive teachers, empowered by technology, are the catalysts to fundamental change. ICT is literally breaking down the walls of the classroom, and we have to start looking upon learning as something that takes place everywhere, all the time. Going toward the Networked Society, ICT will be increasingly important to lifelong learning.

Have a look at the Future of Learning and Education report and watch the thought provoking Future of Learning film released by Ericsson

Is bigger always better? Evolving TV and video-consumption habits

The way we watch TV is evolving continuously. About 10 years ago, it was all about the size of your TV screen at home. While the bigger the better still applies in the living room, in the past two or three years, mobile broadband  and the cloud have enabled TV content to be viewed on smaller devices such as the smartphone or tablet.

The question is, can you really enjoy the content in the same way on such a tiny screen? Apparently. The latest TV and video ConsumerLab report found that mobile devices are an important part of the TV experience, with 67 percent using tablets, smartphones or laptops for their everyday TV viewing.

For me, however, I think it depends on what you watch. If you’re watching a news snippet or reacting to TV on social-media sites, it’s great.  If your commute allows you to get a whole episode of your favorite show in, I think it’s OK too. But if you have to watch snippets of your favorite show over the course of several days, it can completely destroy the viewing experience.

Read the full post at the Networked Society blog >>>

About Flash and the web

Flash has probably seen its heydays and facing hard times due to a number of reasons. But let’s wait with that and instead looking back what Flash use to be.

Macromedia Flash which was the name between 1996 and 2005 before Adobe acquired Macromedia was a revolution for the web and for designers. Flash came when internet was a few year old and the bulk of web pages contained just simple text and a few images. Don’t remember? Take a look at the film:

In the early nineties I was studying at the University College of Arts Craft and Design and I still remember the day I saw a Flash animation for the first time. I was amazed by the moving images, interactivity and sound. Remember at this time most people did not have internet at home and if they had, it probably was a dialup 32 Kbit or 64 Kbit modem connection. Always on was not invented get.

So what happened along the road? There have been many debates about Flash’s pros and cons since the launch in 1996. Jacob Nielsen was criticizing Flash heavily back in the days and I agree there is usbility problems building websites using Flash. Personally have never preferred Flash when building full web sites. The strength of Flash has been more on interactive storytelling such as in interactive films, games campaign sites etc. Take a look at this example from HBO about voyeurism from 2007:

Obviously the HBO site is heavy, it contain lots of moving images, still images, sounds and scripts. Pingdom presented some stats on their blog last week comparing Gif, Jpeg, PNG, HTML, JS, CSS and Flash files average size per individual downloaded object, concluding and complaining the Flash files are far more heavier then rest of the file formats. Hmm. That is really to compare apples and pears. The Flash file does a little bit more than the other files.

So why does Flash facing hard times? One reason is of course that Apple don’t support Flash in iOS another is the new HTML5 standard with all new possibilities of building rich, dynamic and animated web sites without Flash. HTML5 with all API’s, JavaScript, CSS3, WebRTC and so on, will probably be the main building blocks in modern website and service design. But regardless what technology or format that will win there will be a need for an authoring tool similar to Flash. Maybe it will be Adobe Edge maybe something else.

Where do the wired world ends and the wild world starts?

Following Bear 71 is a 20 minutes interactive documentary that let you follow Bear 71 movement in Banff National Park. There are 15 remote-sensing cameras, infrared counters barbed wire snags to collect her hair. Scroll over the cameras placed on the map to see the wildlife and the impact roads and railways have on them, and if you use the web camera you can look out for other users. The documentary features Mia Kirshner, Radiohead and Atlas Sound and the whole feeling of this documentary is more like and Radiohead experimental video. >>>

The future school in the Networked Society

In this video, I talk about how new technologies are revolutionizing education.

Watch the video at the Networked Society Blog >>>

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