Uber hasn’t only taken up market space from many competitors, but also taken up  mind space of lot of entrepreneurs. Lots of startup enthusiasts are encouraged to think in terms of uber solution for problem x. The sharing economy model boosted by uber and on demand services as revealed by uber might change the way we live. (You could check out few articles in Quora like Which startups are focusing on uber for x? and in tech crunch like On demand mobility) Probably, assuming that people might lead simplistic lives, concept of ownership might change creating something like on demand ownership of an experience. Previously you had to own a car or a vehicle to take you from one place to another, if not , make a call to taxi provider. Now at the touch of a button, you are provided with CAAS, car as a service. The consumer of service is not bothered with maintenance of service, as service provider would have to deal that. The consumer is just owner of that experience temporally. So we will start having on demand service provider and on demand service consumer. Just like in the world of APIs, we have API service provider and API service consumer and end-user unaware/ oblivious  of the underlying interactions between different APIs, so too the owner of a particular experience being oblivious of underlying intermediate interactions between service providers and service consumers. And all this happening on demand, with sharing economy model. For example, a customer owns a riding experience temporally, oblivious of who exactly provides cabs, how are they maintained, how the drivers are recruited etc, but each of these endpoints become a service consumer- service provider merger and this enables on demand  experience for the end-user, the person who has booked the ride. So in this specific case, we have cab rentals as a service, cab maintenance as a service, driver recruitment as a service and the mashup of these service provision- consumption provide a riding experience for the end user seamlessly.

On demand services like the following might change our concept of ownership, like not binding ourselves to owned commodities, but more towards experiences, becoming more free, more open. So much so that concept of ownership would slowly migrate to concept of experiencing. Just for example, sharing economy and on demand like airbnb providing an experience of a stay in a place. On demand learning enabled by MOOCs. On demand food availability etc.

Assuming about following possibility ( powered by uber for transportation) (might be a detour from on demand service consumption and more towards mobility in service provision), not able to attach a business model, but something like a food truck as shown in the movie, ‘The Chef’:
Chefs could probably navigate in an area powered by uber food trucks, customers aware of what chef is going to cook, would just subscribe to this service and the count could reach a maximum based on availability to consumers nearer to the route taken by the truck, ultimately the special menu item is served hot at the door, unlike food delivery as seen nowadays. Extending food truck to other possibilities like learning music : the musical expert goes on uber creative truck, would stop by the musical instrument enthusiast and teach him few lessons ( this could apply to learning languages, technology etc).



Revolar – addons for wearable personal tech

Originally shared idea in ideatrr.com
Revolar – addons for wearable personal tech
Just saw a product on wearable personal tech – http://www.revolar.com/

Reading about the product’s intro, got a thought like the following:-

A statement taken from Revolar’s website:

If you are ever in danger, simply press the button on your Revolar device and an Emergency Alert message with your location information will be sent to your loved ones.

Sharing some set of ideas below:-

a) Notify to trusted volunteer service organization (unaware of practicality though):-

If there is a (trusted) volunteering service organization , containing people who volunteer for help, then, based on geo-location of the person in trouble, the nearest top 15 – 20 people from that volunteer network could be notified, including the loved ones.
This could allow for speedy action for helping person.

For example, people in volunteering service organization could turn on their location when they are on listening mode, in the sense that they are ready/ hopefully making themselves free for volunteer help. Once a notification comes to their phone, the volunteers could take an action and provide help.

b) Nowadays, lot of posts in facebook like ‘person missing’

Thinking about how to solve this problem, we can try the following:

Define an area, sort of region, could possibly use google maps here. Let this area be like a trusted region for a person, defining that the person would navigate around this region. Once the device comes to know that person is moving out of this region, then the device would send alerts/ make notification calls to the loved ones, and like how Ola does for a cab ride, allowing to track the ride, the lovedones could possibly track the device location in realtime and reach the person.

Probably, using innovation from iot (Internet of Things) and in fusion with wearabletech , we could provide above two solutions.

JDK Required: ‘tools.jar’ seems to be not in IDEA classpath

While downloading IDE is easy, but getting it up running might not seem so. This might be the case for many who might try with Intellij IDEA or Android Studio on their linux boxes (for example: OpenSUSE or Fedora).

One familiar error statement would be the following:

While starting up Intellij IDE,

JDK Required: ‘tools.jar’ seems to be not in IDEA classpath. Please ensure JAVA_HOME points to JDK rather than JRE.

While starting up Android Studio IDE,

JDK Required: ‘tools.jar’ seems to be not in Android Studio classpath. Please ensure JAVA_HOME points to JDK rather than JRE.

How to reach above situation?

You might see the error statement. How to fix it?

I am taking an example of Fedora workstation. The installables get downloaded in rpm file format. (I had followed steps mentioned in this awesome link ).

  • What is missing is JDK, So, go ahead and download one which fits for your system 64 bit or 32 bit rpm file. (You can google: ‘JDK 7 downloads’ you can choose jdk 7 or jdk 8 whichever you want )
  • Install rpm using Software (Fedora’s default Software manager, similar to YAST Software Manager on openSUSE)
  • Check the directory name of jdk installed: rpm -q jdk
  • Go to /usr/java/ . This will contain jdk’s which are installed.
  • Go to /usr/java/jdk/1.8.0_51 (assuming you have downloaded jdk1.8). This is the path for your JDK.
  • Copy this path now (/usr/java/jdk/1.8.0_51)
  • Open up a terminal and do: vi .bash_profile OR vi .bashrc (these contain the bash shell profile settings/configuration settings, where we are going to configure JAVA_HOME variable)
  • Add a line: export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_51
  • Save the file (Esc –> :wq)
  • Open up another terminal.
  • Navigate to your IDE path (cd intellijFolder/bin/) and execute (./idea.sh)
  • Now hopefully the IDE will start working properly and you can start coding 🙂

JDK Required JDK Required

Fedora 22: Wireless Connection Issues Solved

Downloaded Fedora 22 ISO image from ( Get Fedora )
Used Rufus to write Fedora 22 ISO onto USB ( Rufus – Create bootable USB drives )
Installed Fedora 22. Looks awesome.
But had issues with setting up WIFI.
Googled how to fix, found two cool links, followed:

(Install BroadCom Wifi Driver on Fedora 21)

Had executed below commands given in link above and then rebooted system

  1. lspci | grep -i broadcom
  2. sudo yum install kmod-wl akmods akmod-wl kernel-devel

(11 Things to do after installing Fedora 22)

Above link helped me setup :

1) Fedy – to install APPS and TWEAKS
2) RPMFusion – assuming its similar to PACMAN repo for opensuse

Cool things about Fedora 22:-

Gives mobile-like experience in the sense of notifications, for example: if a command is issued in terminal and you have switched to browser, when command is completed, it shows a notification saying that command is completed.

Even the desktop UI is similar in the sense of showing/displaying list of applications.

Fedora 22 Workstation Fedora 22