FS Fives: Monday, June 13

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today (watch it live from 6pm here and follow Wired’s blog here) one of its former executives, Jean-Louis Gassée, has wisely chosen not to join in the speculation of what might be announced. Instead, he has cast his shrewd eye over the future of the company’s – currently – most important product, the iPhone. “The iPhone go-go years are probably behind us,” he writes, “We’re not likely to see 46% year-to-year growth again, but the iPhone will surely not go thighlhe way of the iPod. Apple’s ‘pocket computer’ is more likely to follow the trajectory of the Macintosh: It will continue to take a significant but slowly growing share of the market, while pocketing a large share of the profits.”

An app that combines statistical modelling, behavioural psychology, self-tracking, and computer science has been developed by scientists at St Andrews University to help people quit smoking. “We are keen to discover what features in the environment trigger smoking events and relapse,” said Dr Robert Schick. “We know from work with animals that environment plays an important role in behaviour. Someone can get over physiological cravings in about a week, but neurological pathways that can lead to someone starting to smoke again can be triggered long after that.” The project is funded by the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance, NHS Fife research and development, and the University’s Impact Acceleration Account fund.

Digital technologies trade body ScotlandIS has drafted in cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy to appear at its annual developers’ conference. The cyclist, Britain’s most successful Olympian, will be the special guest at the ScotSoft dinner, being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 6 October alongside the annual young software engineer of the year awards. ScotSoft will bring together more than 1,000 chief executives, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors, with its developers’ conference running for a full day to cope with demand.

Edinburgh-based hologram company Holixica is featured in a TechRadar feature exploring the possibility of the technology being incorporated into mobile phones. “Forget FaceTime – why not say hello with a hologram? Imagine making a holo-call on your phone, with a 3D image of the caller appearing to leap out at you from the phone screen,” it says. Holixica is creating true 3D holographic displays for use in medical imaging, scientific analysis, engineering design and architecture. “A 3D moving image takes a lot of data, but in principle 5G phone networks should be able to handle the data rate, especially if it is compressed,” says founder Javid Khan.

And finally…”You need a charismatic leader and a product visionary to make a life packed with the Internet of Things a reality.” Om Malik in The New Yorker on why Tony Fadell flew the Nest.