Peter Skillman Design

All you need is love: a design perspective on connected cars | NEXT Berlin

A day in Berlin connecting love, location and design to the challenge of connected cars…

Designing the Connected Car: Peter Skillman at SxSW - HERE Three Sixty

My 2006 Talk at Ted in Monterey.  3 minutes on the “genius of kindergarteners” seen thru the experience of the Spaghetti Challenge.  Sat right between Al Gore and Burt Rutan.

Pretty cool.

Paul Wex Films with HERE 3D data…He’s a very creative film maker who works his short cuts and transition nicely.  See his other work including “Cuba” for some excellent approaches for close crop and focus.

Our new version of its HERE Drive+ and HERE Drive apps for Windows Phone 8. The update offers improvements to the way traffic information is displayed and used in the app, provides a way to view a route overview of turn-by-turn instructions when commencing a navigation session, and adds a new “find my car” feature. 

In previous versions of HERE Drive, traffic information was only displayed and used in the My Commute section (aimed at optimising journey times for pre-defined daily routes). In the new version, traffic information is displayed in all map views, including navigation mode. Traffic conditions are also taken into account when estimating arrival times.

As with HERE Maps, traffic information is displayed as an overlay on the map, with lines colour coded according to the severity of the traffic (green = clear, yellow = moderate congestion, and red = heavy congestion). This allows you to see, at a glance, traffic conditions on both the road ahead and surrounding roads.

Traffic information is updated in real time automatically, without any need for user intervention. In navigation mode, estimated arrival times are adjusted accordingly, with information about the impact of traffic (e.g. arrival time include 4 mins traffic delay). 

Nokia 108.  Amazing what you can do for $29.  A relatively simple evolution of the old S30 platform we nailed…

The Nokia 108

Following on from the success of the Nokia 105, the Nokia 108 brings an abundance of features, including a VGA camera, at a low price point that is affordable to millions of people worldwide who are ready to buy their first camera phone, retailing for only USD $29.

“We continue to connect millions of people, including those for whom mobile phone ownership was previously out of reach,” said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.

“There remains a huge segment of the global population that has yet to own a camera phone. For the next billion people and beyond, we aim to bring new mobile experiences to ever-lower price points, and the Nokia 108 and Nokia 108 Dual SIM are great examples of this commitment.”

Considering the low cost of the Nokia 108, it’s also ideal for people who require an additional phone, either as a backup, or just as a companion in a situation when you don’t want to use a smartphone. For example, while on a night out, playing sports, on vacation, or when you just want to disconnect from the online world for a while.

The Nokia 108 comes with a VGA camera, which is supported by a microSD card (sold separately) that’s capable of capturing photos and video.

With the inclusion of Nokia’s Slam technology, you can share those photos and videos, as well as other content, quickly and easily between devices using Bluetooth. Just opt to share via Slam on your phone, pair the devices and off it goes to the recipient, where they’ll simply need to accept. Slam is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled phones, including Android and Windows Phone 8.

Equipped with 1.8-inch colour screen, FM radio, MP3 player, and support for up to a 32GB  microSD card, the Nokia 108 is a perfect low-cost entertainment phone.

In terms of battery life, you can expect to see a standby time of up to 31 days for the single SIM version and up to 25 days’ standby for the dual SIM variant. Both have a talk time of up to 13.8 hours. Additionally, for music fans, the Nokia 108 has a music playback time of 40.8 hours.

While at Stanford:  In 1992 I designed and machined this fly Reel as part of my first year design project.  It was a challenge machining this (from solid bar stock) because I had to grind a number of my own lathe tools, program a big Maastura CNC mill for the foot, do a full set of ME30 cad layouts and make sure all the tolerances made sense.  The idea was to move the moment of inertia forward and also provide a lever to control the drag with one hand.  Ultimately, the user need wasn’t compelling enough on the lever but the double exposed spool rim was a nice innovation. 

I caught a number of trout with it and concluded it was really solid, then hooked a 6lb salmon with my dad in Canada.  It was there I leaned about applied mechanics as this fish completely disassembled the reel in action.  My dad was falling out of his waders laughing as I essentially had to hand line the fish.  Lesson learned:  Make your user and product tests severe…Learn and iterate before you launch.

Berkeley bought the design from me (a nice success) but ultimately decided not to produce it…too visually risky at the time.

It won the Gold Award for Student work in ID magazine for 1992.