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IBM picks for IoT trends to watch this year emphasize privacy & security

Last month Bill Chamberlin, the principal analyst for Emerging Tech Trends and Horizon Watch Community Leader for IBM Market Development (hmmm, must have an oversized biz card..) published a list of 20 IoT trends to watch this year that I think provide a pretty good checklist for evaluating what promises to be an important period in which the IoT becomes more mainstream.
It’s […]

“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, […]

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 […]

Now for Something Completely Different: launching my 2nd career, in voice-overs!

Ever since I acted with arch-spy Aldrich Ames (how’s that for a piece of trivia?) in the McLean High production of Richard III when I was in 8th grade (people couldn’t believe such a big resonant voice was coming from such a pipsqueak!), people have complimented me on my speaking voice.
More recently, my wife and […]

Seeing’s believing: the mother of all #IoT infographics is here!

Like wow!  Trevor Harwood at the go-to IoT site Postscapes has teamed up with Harbor Research to create a “little” infographic (by my calculations it is about 2 miles horizontally by 3 miles vertically!!) that tells all you need to know about the IoT (download here: I wouldn’t attempt to do a screen grab: couldn’t […]

Fie on the Polar Vortex! Are there #IoT sensors to avoid burst pipes?

The weather so far in 2014 in the US has been insane, with the “Polar Vortex” putting much of the nation in the deep freeze. One costly result? A plague of burst pipes, including my wife’s hospital, and my son’s university.
I did a quick search and couldn’t find an IoT sensor to detect bulging pipes […]

TellSpec: IoT device that can be a life-saver — and the killer app!

Whenever someone tries to dismiss the Internet of Things as a nice future vision, I love to rebut them with an example — such as the bassinettes in the Toronto Hospital for  Sick Children that allow doctors to diagnose a life-threatening infection a day before there are visible symptoms — that shows the IoT’s not […]