Pyotr Malkin worked in DataArt in 2005 — 2006, but left the company to become the professional athlete-kayakerom. By miracle without having died in the rough small river, Malkin moved to the USA — wrote games, worked in Panasonic, and eventually came to be in one of the most confidential divisions of Google which was engaged in development of Google Glass augmented rReality glasses. Pyotr told about all the adventures in interview to Tanya Andrianova.
— Tell, than you were engaged to DataArt and how to us got? It seemed to me, you made some games?
— Well almost. I finished FTK (Faculty of an engineering cybernetics — an editor's note), Polytechnic University and first was engaged in different things. Did software for modeling of laser bonding of metals, built robots for nuclear power stations. Then my professor with whom I robots did called me to be a candidate of science. He spoke to me: "Let me teach you to the science, and that you so all life also will be a programmer". And I speak to it: "So I also want it!" On that we also left.
And I went to write computer games in different offices because paid there three times more. One of offices, by the way, was very cool, Driver Inter was called. It was based by two professors in Polytechnic University and they took children who were not able to program, but were soobrazhalisty. And as a result they at department selected one big room where students gathered and wrote games. Quality of a code was so-so, but was very cool to work.
And then at some point I was engaged in boats. Kayakingom.
We continue a series of interview with leaders industrial the practician of DataArt. Our editors Daniel Lurye and Vadim Mazin talked about medical technologies to Roman Chernyshev, the leader of medical practice. Discussed medical wearables, "smart prostheses", conservatism of the industry, Big Data in medicine and many other things.
— Who now main in the market of a medtekh — startups or corporations?
— On this question there is no simple answer. The medicine owing to inevitable conservatism very slowly adapts to new technologies. Here — the huge potential, a set of new ideas and technologies which promise to invert everything upside down and to make medicine absolutely another, but this updating will take very long time. All innovation ideas pass through several long stages — from origin in startups and academic institutions where they are rolled, but have no great influence on the industry, before understanding of potential by big players who already have resources for change of a landscape and transfer of innovations in a mainstream.
I will give an example. There was few years ago a set of startups which created solutions for a telemedicine — any platforms by means of which people could get medical advice far off. It was incredibly popular direction, however widespread introduction did not happen. Now the situation gradually changes — the industry begins to accept rules of the game. Just a month ago one of the world's largest insurance companies that we developed such project — a solution for a telemedicine addressed DataArt. Here they, with their resources, with their penetration anywhere and everywhere and serious influence on the industry, have a chance to cardinally change all developed rules. And only few years ago it it was absolutely uninteresting.
I think, in five years where now startups were proved, there will be big companies. But there will be new niches which will create and will occupy new startups. This process also moves the industry forward.
DataArt with friends from Microsoft and Canonical carried out the first annual Open Source IoT Summit in New York. Several tens leaders of the industry gathered in the Microsoft conference center on November 12 to discuss the most actual and to define the future of the industry of the Internet of things.
DeviceHive developed by DataArt, functioning on Ubuntu from Canonical and available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace became one of the main subjects of the summit. This platform allows to create in the shortest possible time easily supported IoT-solution with an unlimited number of devices, simple in development and not demanding any additional software.
DataArt together with HypoVereinsbank participated in the international 24-hour hackathon under the name "Appathon" which was taking place in the building of HVB Forum in Munich on November 6, 2015. Organized its UniCredit bank. Applications programming and solutions which will define a vector of development of banks of the future was a task of participants.
The main priority of UniCredit Group — an innovation. They encourage experiments at all levels, opened the big innovation center in Milan and are going to invest additional €1,2 billion in innovations till 2018.
DataArt successfully provides not the first year to the companies different digital products, supports and advances innovations which help to pull together banks with their clients. Five mentors from our command, including the designer, the expert in UI/UX, the developer of mobile applications, the expert in wearable gadgets and the support technician of servers, shared experience and provided technical expertize and support by the participant of a hackathon. On Appathon which passed this year, UniCredit for the first time gave full access to the API that gave to participants the chance to get access to all areas of a banking system, to be connected to a platform of bank and to create applications on its basis. Colleagues from DataArt, including, monitored smooth functioning of API.
Wearables — one more big area of work of DataArt. Today we talked to Igor Kozhurenko, the leader of the Wearable Devices direction in our company. Discussed what concerns us as consumers and developers.
— Igor, at first general question. What perspectives of wearable devices?
In the market these devices at least two-three years, the question is also still open — whether there will be they successful and mass. A similar example which occurs — history of smartphones. When they appeared in the market, there were many sceptics who spoke: why to me it is necessary, phone is necessary to call and talk. Now, after 10 – 15 years, there is practically no simple phone left. To development of services, technologies and devices there was practically a revolution in this area. It is not just phone, and completely personal device which replaces the tablet, a laptop and so on.
The same sceptics state doubts concerning "smart watch" now: why to me it is necessary if there are simple hours. All necessary is in phone, the battery of hours lives days, then they should be recharged — only the excess headache turns out … My position such: but there will pass several years — and wearables will become mass. In this area many scientific developments are conducted, the companies invest sufficient money to solve the existing problems — and first of all, it is a work duration question without recharge. If it turns out to make the accumulator with which, for example, it will not be necessary to recharge Apple Watch week, it will be break. Though at modern "IPhones" at most of work days — and all the same all use it.
We already wrote about the DataArt command on "That? Where? When?", which is eight years old. During this time based on DataArt there passed more than ten "synchronies" — and the devoted IT, and wider format. And players made significant progress: took prizes on tournaments, appeared rather highly in a world rating, and this year even represented Voronezh in the championship of Russia.
Whether you reflected sometime why we wear clothes? Hardly. And need for clothes — one of the most important for us; hardly someone from people can do absolutely without clothes. So why we do not think of such things, important for us? Probably, because the clothes are so important for us that it became an integral part of life - it is something very natural to us. And nevertheless, nevertheless it is worth thinking of clothes.
If earlier we often spoke about "smart" phones, "smart" refrigerators, TVs and vacuum cleaners, then now we even more often begin to speak about "smart" clothes — to such clothes which are integrated with modern information technologies. And it, actually, is not surprising if to consider how the clothes are important for us. Paraphrasing Ralph Lauren, the initiator of development of "smart" PoloTech t-shirts, one may say, that we too concentrated on the invention of new devices, but we forgot about what we use throughout the millennia — about clothes. And here it is possible to find the place for innovations!
The technologies allowing to create "smart" clothes in English are called "wearable techonologies" — as a rule, translate this phrase into Russian as "next-to-skin technologies". Except "smart" clothes, next-to-skin technologies allow to develop and other devices — all these devices are integrated that they can be carried with themselves. If we look at the word 'wearable', we will see that it is divided into two parts — 'wear' and 'able' and therefore we can translate it so: "with an opportunity to carry", or "suitable for carrying", or even just "wearable".
Maria Chernitskaya graduated filfak from St.Petersburg State University, studied Vladimir Nabokov's heritage, studied a nabokovedeniye in the USA and was going to write the thesis there — but quite unexpectedly began to be engaged in advertizing and marketing in the field of IT technologies, worked in DataArt as the marketing director of the newborn Mail.ru service. Now Maria — the founder, the director and the main group of companies iConText, the largest independent Internet agency in Russia.
— You finished filfak, were engaged in Nabokov?
— Yes, I studied in America and had to write PhD. I returned to St. Petersburg in the spring and was supposed that I will go in the fall to Kansas where the nabokovedeniye was very strong, but I did not come to the first spring. I was told: "You come in a year, hang out in Russia so far". For me it was the depressive fiasco. I thought what I will do here, I do not want to live here seconds. I had neither plans, nor work. I taught English at the 610th school and earned additionally in the legendary cinematology Session log at Liouba Arkus.
— And how in your life the Internet appeared?
— In Nabokov's fund I was told supposedly Masha, we should make a site. We have a friendly provider company, you to them descend, they will help you. I went, I was given the best specialist, distracted him from all affairs, and we with him for days on end did a site about Nabokov. They started Computer networks Internet service provider meanwhile, and I said to them that, it seems to me, it is necessary to arrive and syak — for them I was the person who lived in America and saw something. As a result they suggested me to become their marketing director. There was not enough money, work nervous, everything was difficult, but all that it turned out, turned out very fine.
At some point I opened for myself that in Moscow there is a Citylayn provider (one of the first large Russian Internet service providers — an editor's note) and the glossy Internet log. I dreamed to join the world of these people — and suddenly the owner of "Cityline" of Emel (Yemelyan Zakharov — the prominent Moscow gallery owner — an editor's note), called me and suggested to become their director in St. Petersburg. It was strange time — social elevators went with a huge speed, one people found others, similar on spirit, and trusted them big money and big tasks.
You for certain know that the large companies quite often use own internal software, sometimes very interesting. And here share it with the public not always and usually quite reluctantly. The good example was decided to be set on Twitter — the company shared with public of Diffy, the tool for testers.
Good news, everyone! There was a new version of a firmware DeviceHive for ESP8266. We implemented support of the most popular interfaces for connection of devices: GPIO, ADC, PWM, UART, I2C, SPI, 1-wire. Now it is possible to connect easily devices with these interfaces to our cloud service. And the most important — the possibility of wireless configuring of a firmware appeared (see a screenshot below). We will also talk today about it.
Threefold RESET, or "Went!"
During creation of IoT-devices with wireless connection it is often possible to face an unpleasant problem: it is not so easy to configure the device to the ultimate user as it seems. Such devices are usually not equipped with the screen and the keyboard therefore to set initial settings (these Wi-Fi-networks, for example) will not leave without suitable cable and specialized software. We also tried to solve this problem in the new version of a firmware.