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Smart Aging: Kanega watch for seniors Kickstarter campaign ends today

“Independence with Dignity” is the motto for Jean Anne Booth’s Kanega Watch, which is in the last day of its Kickstarter campaign.
I’m not crazy about it, but in general I like what you see, and hope you get on board.  It addresses three major concerns for the elderly:

falls
medication reminders
wandering.

I met the woman behind it at a […]

“Enchanted Objects” — adding delight to the IoT formula

For good reason, most discussions of opportunities with the Internet of Things focus on the potential to improve businesses’ operating efficiency or creating new revenue streams.
But what if the IoT could also bring out the hidden 6-yr. old in each of us? What if it could allow us to invent — enchanted objects?
That’s the premise […]

Another Personal IoT Story: my next car will have auto braking

Sorry to burden you with another personal Internet of Things story, especially since this one’s nowhere near as nice as how smart sockets made peace in my house!
For the second time in less than a month, I was hit by a deer at night on Rt. 27 in Medfield, MA. If you know our area, […]

The IoT Gets Real: My Own Experience

Sometimes, when we focus on the truly dramatic things that will be possible when the Internet of Things is fully implemented, such as fully automated smart homes or the end of traffic jams, it may divert attention from how the IoT is already making a tangible difference in our daily lives even with only early-stage devices and apps, […]

IoT: What Can You Do That You Couldn’t? Heavy Construction

Not sure why, but I’m particularly fascinated by how the IoT can transform parts of the economy that have been around for more than 100 years, such as the way the Union Pacific uses it to reduce derailments — and worse.
One of those tradition-bound industries where the IoT Essential Truth “What Can You Do Now That […]

My take on the IoT at CES

Here I am languishing in bitterly-cold Massachusetts, while all the cool kids are playing with toys at CES!  I’ll try to get over it and give you my impressions of the Internet of Things new product introductions, as filtered through the lens of my IoT Essential Truths:

Perhaps the most important development is Samsung’s whole-hearted embrace of […]

Saving Lives With the Internet of Things: school lockdowns

Continuing with the meme of this morning’s post, that the real test of the IoT will be if it allows us to do something that we couldn’t do before, how about saving children’s lives as a good example of a new paradigm courtesy of the IoT?
I don’t believe in the NRA’s bizarre position that the […]

Get your vote in for best IoT products of 2013!

(sorry: WordPress and I didn’t agree on the formatting for this entry, and WordPress wins!)
Postscapes‘ annual Best of the IoT contest wraps up on the 30th, so don’t miss your chance to vote for last year’s best IoT products!  You owe it to yourself to check out all the nominees: it will give a good […]

Calculating Internet of Things ROI — important tool

Just came across this video while researching how to calculate ROI on Internet of Things investments for the e-book I’m writing, and felt compelled to share it.

That’s because it may be hard to calculate ROI fully and accurately for IoT investments if you aren’t thinking in terms of what my friend/patron Eric Bonabeau always pounds […]