Internet of Things & Industrial Internet

Bob van Luijt


Bob van Luijt
Bob van Luijt, creative technologist and designer, Kubrickology

Bob van Luijt is a creator. He designs, coins and invents ideas that have not yet been realized. Sitting still is not an option; opportunities for innovation and improvement are waiting around every corner, whether it’s about technology, music, film, sound, art, games, strategy or aesthetics.

This demonstrates Bob’s courage to think big. His curiosity is immense. Breaking through existing frameworks is an important motive for all his projects. He prefers to think outside conventional boxes that obstruct talent development. Bob is an innovative gourmand, who learned throughout the years that being a creator, in whatever kind of way, is a life vision and life goal. Knowing that means a lot to him and enriches his personal and professional endeavors.

He gives inspiring lectures at big multinationals. Develops future ideas for written media. Designs strategies and technology solutions for corporations. Makes plants interact. As a bass guitarist, he jams with world famous jazz musicians. And pays them in bitcoins. Challenge is the key word. Climbing yet another, unexplored step each time.

Bob is highly interested in open source. Interaction and transparency are key in developing a project, invention or concept. This asynchronous dynamic leads to revealing designs and ways of thinking. Every step between A and B provides a potentially new path.

Improvising is what Bob does as a musician- at the same time, his spontaneity and creativity are fundamental to all of his ideas. With this forward way of thinking, and his futuristic ideas, he is constantly alert to new developments (if he doesn’t come up with it himself). Or, in his own words: “I want to be an inventor of principles.”

Host: IoT & Digitalisation seminar

Bird’s Eye View on Google and IoT

In the early ’80s the home entertainment industry rivalled over the Laserdisc and the VHS. For those in the industry the answer was easy, the Laserdisc was far superior over the VHS tapes. Looking back on history however, it is clear that the VHS served customers so much better simply because it fitted what people needed at the time.
Today, at the dawn of a ubiquitous world, we can see a similar rivalry in the field of connected devices. Both collectives and organisations are trying to figure out how they can get a piece of the pie. Should it be a custom proprietary communications platform, a custom cloud solution? Or should it be an open source alternative that one could adopt and contribute too?

The Weave protocol is a solution following the latter form. Weave, on top of Brillo or stand alone, is a completely open communications protocol that one can use to connect devices in a smart and handy way. Because of choices such as XMPP and mDNS, which clearly point out well thought through User Experience Design, Google offers a full end-to-end answer to this question. Because of these clever decisions it also opens the door for new business models for individuals, collectives and enterprises.

In this talk, I want to share my thoughts on why I think that Weave might be the solution to this major question everybody in the business of ubiquitous faces. I want to show how it works, why it works and how Google seems to follow their own model of supporting a platform so well, that people want to sign up for their free cloud based solution and share their data without introducing any proprietary obstacles