A sad state of affairs

It is so frustrating to read anecdotes like this (makes me want to pull my hair out):

IMAGINE A PORTABLE, LOW-INTENSITY X-ray machine that can be wheeled between offices on a small cart. It creates images of such clarity that pediatricians, internists, and nurses can detect cracks in bones or lumps in tissue in their offices, not in a hospital. It works through a patented “nanocrystal” process, which uses night-vision technology borrowed from the military. At 10% of the cost of a conventional X-ray machine, it could save patients, their employers, and insurance companies hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Great innovation, right? Guess again. When the entrepreneur who developed the machine tried to license the technology to established health care companies, he couldn’t even get his foot in the door. Large-scale X-ray equipment suppliers wanted no part of it. Why? Because it threatened their business models.

What happened to the X-ray entrepreneur is all too common in the health care industry. Powerful institutional forces fight simpler alternatives to expensive care because those alternatives threaten their livelihoods. And those opponents to low-cost change are usually lined up three or four deep.


Thoughts on the mobile OS landscape

ComScore MobiLens just released their new report, which includes research on smartphone user adoption in the US. The big, obvious point is that Google more than doubled their share in the last 3 months.

My predictions for 2010 are:

  • RIM will continue to focus on business users but share will drop as more companies become comfortable switching to the iPhone and Android powered phones their employees want.
  • Windows 7 phone, as they recently renamed it, will keep MS from bleeding share but not much else. For those who proclaim “iPhone killer!” I’ve got one word: Zune.
  • Android’s share will double again as the open source strategy pays off with a proliferation of devices.
  • Palm will fall off the map.
  • Apple share will rise, but much more slowly than in 2009 – a CDMA iPhone on Verizon will probably drive the increase.

Cool nuero phone technology

Dartmouth CS is working on a project called NeuroPhone. From theirĀ abstract:

We propose to use neural signals to control mobile phones for hands-free, silent and effortless human-mobile interaction…. users on-the-go can simply “think” their way through all of their mobile applications.

Pretty incredible technology, demo below: