Posts Tagged ‘outernet’

Searching with Google goggles is one example of how the Internet gets more and more extended by the Outernet (not this one ;-)) and how the digital life connects with the real life.

Various recently published articles (e.g. pressrelations) also describe the latest activities on new apps and devices supporting human beings to find information in real time.

This always reminds me of the move “Minority Report” from 2002, which is a science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick (1956).

Now, today’s technology allows us to get exactly what we dreamt of years ago. Look:

or this one related more to the Outernet.

And of course, as the release of new apps and devices will become faster and faster also our life will be affected by it faster.

BUT how will people deal with all this new technology stuff?

What about those groups of people, who are not too much into technology or IT at all?

It is not only the report created in 2006 by the Communications Consumer Panel shedding some light on older people or people, who do not have regular interaction with technology.

I’ll stop here as this post could go in different directions …

However, the main message is said: Life becomes faster and more integrated with everything!

Outernet – What is it!?

Posted: 8. December 2009 in observation
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Somehow related to Internet, but still not yet defined entirely; at least it seems there is still no common understanding on what “a Outernet” is.

Screening the net – or better the internet to be correct – does only show up a very few findings on definitions or use cases.

In summary, the Outernet is an extension of the Internet and brings the Internet into our real life.


The Urban Dictionary defines the Outernet as external reality, unlike the Internet which is the internal reality.

The Outernet as an extension allows users of it to:

  • Browse in real life to get data about user’s surroundings (e.g. Wikitude)
  • Take any device to access the Internet where ever you are, e.g.  mobile, computer, watch, net book, on wall screens, magazines
  • Integrate any information from the Internet into real life and vice versa, e.g. make a picture and get further information about it or get information on the next restaurant from the Internet and get your meal in real life
  • Consider surroundings actively in communications via Internet
  • Share messages, pics, voice streams, etc. to others in real time
  • Communicate with others over the net were ever you and they are

Babylon has provided a definition for Outernet as well, which links also to the terms “Matrix” and “the Net”.

Systems of computer networks that are not bundled on the Internet but nevertheless can be accessed to the Internet through gateways that translate outernet protocols into Internet protocols. The worldwide system of gateways is called the "Matrix" or "the Net".

Both, the Internet and the Outernet would make the Net”.

Nils Müller from Trend One also shares his view on the Outernet and highlights the current developments in Asia, Europe and the US.

Interesting to see is view on Shy-Tec, Print+ and printable loudspeakers … watch out:

Considering the speed of new apps and devices allowing us to bring the Internet to real life, there will be huge impact on us in the coming month and years.

I am confident that discussions about the Outernet will rise suddenly soon.