Friday Aug 28, 2015

Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Hub in San Jose

Some Internet of Things companies are partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense in creating an innovation hub in San Jose, Calif. to focus on military-related wearable technology.

See:

Pentagon Looks To Collaborate

Here's a quote:

 The Pentagon is teaming up 
 with private sector companies 
 like Boeing and Apple to create 
 high-tech sensory gear for a 
 variety of defense purposes, 
 in lieu of developing the 
 technology in-house.
Nice! Now, let's see if we can get better wireless signal coverage in San Jose. You wouldn't want a mechanized body armor suit to freeze-up in the middle of a test-run battle, would you? 🚀 📱 💣 😱

Monday Aug 24, 2015

Map of Internet of Things Smart Devices

In this VentureBeat article which embeds the Goldman Sachs "Map of IoT Smart Things", you can skip the first 5 over-hyped Internet of Things markets and go right to the real market potential: #6 Industrial.

See:

IoT mapped: smart things landscape

Here's a quote:

 [A] big potential market covering 
 everything from crops and livestock 
 (farming and ranching in the 
 Agriculture sub-category) to oil 
 and gas production and 
 transportation. In between, there 
 are many opportunities to add to 
 existing telemetry to power 
 continuous analytics at the 
 individual component or system 
 level and to aggregate data for 
 trend analysis, demand management, 
 and capacity planning.
The first 5 markets that the article lists (People, Vehicle, Homes, Towns, & Commerce) are just gimicky, over-hyped IoT areas that might wind up saving a few dollars here and there for some set of ill-defined segments, but it is the Industrial market (#6) where IoT technology will enable companies to _make_ more money, not just save money. And, that's an important distinction.

That's the key for IoT, is to apply IoT technology and continuous analysis to areas that will produce more products, increase efficiency, and drive more revenue, which will generate more profits. Saving money is finite. Making money is infinite. What better place than the factory floor or in the warehouse to make money off of IoT devices and data analysis. That's where the IoT money will be. Cha-ching. 💰💵💲

Monday Aug 17, 2015

Do you want fries with that? Or, some IoT data?

In the future, companies selling Internet of Things will offer data along with their core products and services, just like fast food companies sell fries with your burger.

See:

3 Ways IoT Will Change Business

Here's a quote:

 Take John Deere, for example.  For 
 decades, they’ve sold the tractors 
 that make farming on a 21st 
 century scale easier and more 
 profitable. But since 2012, 
 they’ve added data connectivity to 
 their equipment, giving farmers 
 information about which crops to 
 plant where and when, when and 
 where to plow, and even the best 
 route to take while plowing.  They 
 are essentially now in the 
 business of selling data as much 
 as they are selling tractors.
So, get ready for the revolution, where data will be the "blades" and IoT devices will be the "razors". Want fries with that? 🍟 🍔 📱

Monday Aug 10, 2015

No, no, no, that's wrong--That is _not_ the Internet of Things

Here's yet another Web article that gets IoT wrong. Once again, an article thinks that Internet of Things is just about Internet-connected devices that are remotely controlled by a smartphone app. Oy. Will these articles ever get the real value of IoT right? It's about the huge amounts of data that these connected devices will generate for their related automated actionable insights that make the Internet of Things highly valuable.

See:

Web Article Gets IoT Wrong

But, geeky cool devices catches eyeballs on the Web. So, we'll continue to see these types of hype pieces for some time... until the companies doing smartphone app controlled IoT devices start going out of business. 💨💤

Monday Jul 27, 2015

Analytics And Big Data Define Internet Of Things (IoT) Growth

IoT Growth is not about connecting devices, but instead is all about Analytics and Big Data. So says an Evans Data Corp survey of developers.

See:

Analytics Define IoT Growth

Here's a quote:

 [App] developers who are 
 actively working on the 
 Internet of Things are more 
 likely to be interested in 
 analytics and big data 
 rather than connected 
 devices, a recently 
 released report says.
Make sure to focus your IoT project on Analytics and Big Data and not on connecting a Yet-Another-IoT-Smartphone-App (YAIoTSA) to a lightbulb. That's soooo 2014! 😝

Friday Jul 24, 2015

Top IoT Sensor Design Practice: Collect & Analyze IoT Data Like a Boss

In the new field of Internet of Things, it's important to remember how to best design IoT sensor systems. One place to look (as is the case many times) is Science Fiction.

In Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, hundreds of Internet of Things probe droids are sent among different star systems to collect data to ascertain where the new Rebel Base is located. These IoT probe droids are autonomous data collecting units, with wireless connectivity back to the the home star destroyer, and use an encrypted communication protocol that even C3PO can't crack.

See:

IoT: Learn from Data

The Imperial IoT probe droids have enough onboard AI to use pattern matching, high definition cameras to detect anomalous energy generation and life signs, but it is the data scientist (in this case Darth Vader) who can collect and analyze the data coming in from all those many IoT droids (using complex data algorithms, aka the "Dark Side of the Force") to determine that the Rebel Base is indeed on the ice planet, Hoth.

That's a Best Practice of IoT. Just remember to use it for the Light Side of the Force and not the Dark Side, and you'll be all set. ⚡️ 👽 💡

Monday Jul 20, 2015

IoT Enterprise Opportunity: Controlling the High-Flow Data Spigot

More and more articles confirm that it's not the Internet of Things Smartphone connected Egg Counters and Remote Fridges that will have the biggest impact in the IoT world. Instead, it will be the ability to process and analyze the huge high-volume data flow (like water from a fire hydrant) coming from a vast array of IoT devices, that will be the money-making opportunity.

See:

IoT and the Enterprise

Here's a quote:

 Creating Value From IoT Data

 Data originating from things 
 creates a vast pool of information, 
 threatening to overwhelm 
 established resources and 
 traditional approaches to 
 information management. However, 
 the processing and analysis of 
 this data will generate much value 
 for enterprises across many 
 business functions, creating new, 
 far-reaching opportunities for 
 digital marketers.
So, stay away from those silly Smartphone apps that claim to be IoT. They are just the superficial aspects of IoT. It will be the tools and analytics software that will enable IoT to really achieve its potential. Hoo-ah! 📱📠📟💰💵

Thursday Jun 25, 2015

10 IoT Clichés: Avoid these use-cases

Here's an article at IT World Canada that lists the Top 10 Internet of Things Use Case Clichés. They are the same tired old stories unimaginative marketing types like to tell to hype IoT. Zzzzz... When you hear any of these 10 use cases, tell whoever is pitching it to move on and walk (run) the other way. Someone's thought of it already, and it. just. isn't. that. interesting. anymore.

See: 10 IoT use case clichés

Here's a quote:

 Ever since Google acquired 
 Nest, the idea of using 
 technology to remotely control 
 the temperature of rooms 
 or entire homes has been on 
 the rise.  Although Nest was 
 recently updated with software 
 with reportedly even more 
 intelligence, it may take a 
 while before adoption hits 
 the mainstream...
What is more interesting is on the data side. How will the valuable bits of data get from your sensors to your analytics software in a fast, secure way? Now, that's something more interesting for IoT and not the same tired story about putting RFIDs on cows. 📻 🐂 🐄

Monday Jun 22, 2015

Oracle's new cloud services including (ta-da!) Internet of Things Cloud Service

Oracle announced a major update on the cloud business that will be launched by year's end, including... drum-roll... Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud Service. Yay! 👏

See:

Oracle Updates Cloud Services

Here's a quote:

 "We now have a complete suite of 
 services for building applications 
 in the cloud," said Ellison, 
 promising customers can now take 
 all of their applications... and 
 put them in the Oracle cloud "with 
 the push of a button."

 Oracle unveiled more than two dozen 
 new Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) 
 and Infrastructure-as-a-Service 
 (IaaS) products... such as 
 databases, analytics, 
 Internet-of-Things, ...
I like that last one! So, as our executive chairman and CTO says, "with the push of a button", you can connect your IoT devices (sensors via gateways, embedded systems, Raspberry Pis, talking refrigerators, etc.) all to the Oracle cloud.

That's a powerful button! 👉🔴

Friday Jun 12, 2015

Somebody please port SamplerBox on Raspberry Pi 2 to a Java App

This is a pretty cool IoT hack: Joseph Ernest took a Raspberry Pi 2, added a USB DAC PCM2704 (Digital-to-Analog Converter), put it inside a box with an SD card reader and some ports, and voilà! A cool sampler box was born!

See: SampleBox on Raspberry 2

But the only problem with this project it was written in Python and cython Wah-wah-wahhhhh... :-( Sadness. Would someone _please_ port this to Java? C'mon. No one should have to suffer through Python and cython to generate beautiful music! Such a tragedy... 😁

Thursday Jun 11, 2015

Raspberry Pi is Top Banana of Single Board Computers for Internet of Things

When it comes to IoT Development, nothing can smash the Raspberry Pi which tops the list when it comes Single Board Computers for hacking Internet of Things projects.

Or, so says this survey from LinuxGizmos.com.

See:

2015 Hacker SBC Survey

Here's a quote:

 [T]he ten most popular SBCs in
 the 2015 Hacker SBC Survey were 
 the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, 
 Beaglebone Black, Raspberry Pi 
 Model B+, Odroid-C1, DragonBoard 
 410c, Odroid-XU3, Parallella, 
 Arduino TRE, Edison Kit for 
 Arduino, and Odroid-U3.
And, where, you may ask, was the $9 Chip Raspberry-Pi-Killer that was just announced weeks ago? Well, that doesn't ship until December, 2015, if (that's _if_) it ever does ship--sometimes Kickstarter projects like the $9 Chip Raspberry-Pi-Killer turn out to be duds and don't ever launch. 💫💤 Plop. We'll have to see if it will even come close to the big hit that the Raspberry Pi has been with IoT hackers.

Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Internet of Things Bubble Hype Comes from Media, not Data

Here's a Web article at The Motley Fool talking about how the "Woz" (and I feel I can call Steve Wozniak, the "Woz", not because I know him personally, but because I saw that he was once on DWTS) feels like IoT is a bit bubblicious.

But, later the Motley Fool article goes on to redeem itself by pointing out that technically a "bubble hasn't formed yet" (around IoT), since mainstream investors haven't sunk their entire 401(k) accounts into wearable sensors that detect each of your bodily functions.

See:

Steve Wozniak Believes IoT Bubble Could Burst

Here's a quote:

 A bubble hasn't formed yet...
 For a bubble to truly form, mainstream 
 investors must actively prop up the market 
 -- like the way they invested in tech 
 companies during the dot-com bubble. 
 Yet that hasn't really happened yet.

 Most of the "hype" comes from the media, 
 crowdfunding sites, and VCs. Publicly 
 traded pure-play IoT and wearable companies 
 aren't trading at huge premiums yet...
Well, that's good news, even if the media loves to be all hype-y right now about IoT. It will soon become apparent (after the hype is over) that the IoT data analytics tool vendors will make out to be the real winners in this new market. Hmmm... who could that be? 😉

Friday May 15, 2015

Internet of Things (IoT): How Positive Train Control Works

Here's a description at the L.A. Times Web site of how positive train control works using IoT techniques and Big Data.

See:

How Positive Train Control Works

Here's a quote:

 En route, the train’s position 
 and speed are tracked via GPS. 
 Signal status, broken rails, 
 curves, etc. come in from 
 wayside devices. Using these 
 data, the system tells the 
 engineer when to adjust speed.

 If the engineer doesn’t act, 
 the system takes over, adjusts 
 speed and, if necessary, brings 
 the train to a stop.
In light of the tragic train derailment in Philadelphia, it's always good to review things that can prevent this type of horrific occurrence in the future.

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

Internet of Things (IoT) Rapid Agile Prototyping (Part 1)

When working on IoT proof-of-concepts, if you're not practicing Rapid Agile Prototyping, then you're not doing it right (and probably going too slow).

Rapid Agile Prototyping for Internet of Things (IoT), means you are covering 4 basic processes all at once (while continuously building and improving each of the processes):

  • Requirements planning – Set the basic needs of the project (what does the project do).
  • User design – Plan the biggest parts (how does it do it)
  • Construction – Implement the parts knowing that it will all continue to change and evolve as you get more feedback.
  • Cutover – commit to software control management system (such as git) and deploy the current instance to let customers and users try it out (and give valuable feedback)
  • Repeat and cycle on each of the 4 processes continuously and in parallel.

Here's a link that helps how to quickly ramp up the first part for choosing hardware:

Rapid Prototyping (IoT Hardware)

IoT Rapid Agile Prototyping means you can get your product out faster than the next guy, and in the IoT world, the one who is quickest to implement, will win. 🏁

Monday Apr 06, 2015

Amazon's Hidden New IoT Service for the Home - (Sneaky)

Forget the Amazon Dash Button! Amazon has a different sneaky IoT service for the smarthome planned. Instead of the superfluous plastic button you stick next to your appliances to order more supplies from Amazon (like you would easily do from a smartphone, tablet or PC), they hid a very important announcement of the automated Dash Replenishment Service (DRS).

Amazon DRS allows appliances to reorder their supplies automatically! (No humans, just robots ordering stuff for you from Amazon). It's like having R2-D2 watching your coffee bean supply in your coffee maker, and automatically ordering more before you run out! Artoo!!! You're awesome! Bloop-bloop-beeeep!!

See:

Amazon's Brilliant New Service

Here's a quote:

 Hidden inside the recent 
 announcement of Amazon.com's 
 new Dash button -- which lets 
 your order specific products 
 with a single plastic button 
 -- was a much more important 
 move for Amazon, and one that 
 has the possibility to truly 
 change how we order consumable 
 goods from Amazon.

 It's called the Dash Replenishment 
 Service (or DRS), and its ability 
 to automatically reorder home 
 goods straight from the devices 
 that use them...
Now, that's thinking! And, it's IoT as it's meant to be... with lots of cool robots automatically doing stuff without human intervention. Within reason of course. 😉

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