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Why Robots Are Better Than Humans At Testing Human User Experiences

Why Robots Are Better Than Humans At Testing Human User Experiences | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Device-testing robots type, draw and play games on the gadgets they’re testing.
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The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research

The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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The best prognostication so far on IoT, where it is going and who is going to be using it - Definitely a worthwhile read

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The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things

The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Will digital technology be positive for workers and jobs? Amid today’s public debate about the consequences of artificial intelligence and advanced..
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In short, the outcome economy has arrived, where partnerships between companies and their respective workers inspire more bespoke and varied solutions for customers. Small wonder, then, that 86 percent of the 1,400 business leaders we polled think the industrial Internet of things will be a net creator of jobs.

There is already evidence that workforce transformation is happening. A Maryland steel company used automation and robotics coupled with analytics, which led to more knowledge-intensive work. The result? A safer, more engaging work experience alongside higher productivity and quality. By making digital investments, the steel company was able to significantly increase hourly pay and experienced growing demand that led to an increase in hires.

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Ford To Focus On Connectivity And Autonomous Cars At New Silicon Valley Research Center

Ford To Focus On Connectivity And Autonomous Cars At New Silicon Valley Research Center | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The experiments are part of the Smart Mobility Plan Ford unveiled at CES earlier this month. Intended to advance the company in what it considers to be key areas of technology, it will encompass 25 "global mobility experiments" conducted around the world. This is supposed to help the Blue Oval put a fully-autonomous car on sale in the near future,
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We also see this as significant effort on the part of Ford to team up and tie into semiconductor industry, definitely a good idea.  - The experiments planned for the new Research and Innovation Center are part of the Smart Mobility Plan Ford unveiled at CES earlier this month. Intended to advance the company in what it considers to be key areas of technology, it will encompass 25 "global mobility experiments" conducted around the world. This is supposed to help the Blue Oval put a fully-autonomous car on sale in the near future,  

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How the CIA made Google : Inside the secret network..

How the CIA made Google : Inside the secret network.. | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet — part 1

Via Constantin Ionel Milos / Milos Constantin
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INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

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3 reasons why the Internet of Things (still) doesn’t make sense

3 reasons why the Internet of Things (still) doesn’t make sense | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The productivity gains are outweighed by cost and security concerns.
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Washington Post's really spot on analysis on the IoT - There are three big issues that need to be resolved before we can realistically talk about the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things won’t work unless prices come down, the interoperability issues gets resolved and people figure out all the security and privacy issues.

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Google cooks up a food-truck model to sell Project Ara smartphones

Google cooks up a food-truck model to sell Project Ara smartphones | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The first Project Ara trucks will be deployed in Puerto Rico
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Users will be able to design and assemble their smartphones in under five minutes at the mobile trucks, The idea was inspired by Lego, and Google is relying partly on external developers to make antennas, batteries, cameras and other components. If a camera or antenna stops functioning, the module can be swapped out, eliminating the need to buy a new phone. 


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How Mobile Tech is Revolutionizing Patient Health Management

How Mobile Tech is Revolutionizing Patient Health Management | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Advances in mobile technology have given way to the healthcare industry taking big strides to provide patients with safer and more efficient services.

Via Alex Butler, Pekka Puhakka
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Part of the large appeal and value apps hold for physicians is the way they easily integrate into their daily to-dos: info is delivered as and when needed, after a few taps. - Not to mention what the technology does for patients.  - Most well-known medical apps provide a level of flexibility which makes them an ideal choice no matter what smartphone device physicians are using. 

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The Internet of Things gets its own congressional caucus

The Internet of Things gets its own congressional caucus | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is headed to Washington, D.C.
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Now we should be concerned when congressional reps start getting involved in the IoT

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Hands-on with Intel’s new mini-desktops: Faster, smaller, more expandable

Hands-on with Intel’s new mini-desktops: Faster, smaller, more expandable | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
New NUCs start launching this month and serve as a showcase for Broadwell-U.
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NUC's (Next Unit Computing) with upgrades.  NUCs exist somewhere between classic DIY computer-building projects and ready-made systems from OEMs. Intel supplies a motherboard inside of a box, and you get to pick what RAM and SSD you want to use and install them yourself. Intel will be refreshing all of its high- to mid-end NUCs in the next few months, and these boxes will serve both as systems for people who want a small but fairly capable PC and as a showcase for the new features in Broadwell-U. 

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These IoT networks are 'unapologetically slow'

These IoT networks are 'unapologetically slow' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Low-power WANs are far-reaching, highly efficient and achingly slow
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LPWANs solve the problem of how to reach large numbers of connected devices without having to saddle them with relatively large and energy-hungry cellular radios. Those devices, such as sensors, smart meters and location trackers, may have to stay on for months or years but don’t have room for bulky batteries.


“I expect that the overall IoT networking space will remain very confused for several years, and at least 10 different networking technologies will gain significant traction for IoT applications,” Gartner analyst Nick Jones said via email. Long-range IoT networks are even more immature than other parts of that unsettled industry, he wrote. “I see the market in what you might call a land-grab phase. Everyone is trying to get ahead to establish their presence.”

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5 Key Car Technology Trends

5 Key Car Technology Trends | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Automakers make their presence felt at the tech show.
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Intelligent analysis - my favorite was Nvidia's announcement of the X1. X1 processor provides the horsepower for Nvidia's new Drive PX Auto-Pilot Car Computer , which can take data from any sensor and crunch it using "deep neural learning" to recognize a wide range of objects: street signs, pedestrians, cyclists and even differentiate between types of vehicles. Over time Drive PX can learn about the driving environment instead of having to be programmed to recognize specific objects, like existing driver assistance systems.
The system can also recognize traffic lights and road signs and even empty parking spots before a driver does. Think of Nvidia's Drive PX as a co-pilot that sees all but says nothing to help avoid accidents, and a technology that will help pave the way for fully autonomous cars.

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Consumers Loving Mobile Apps, Especially When it Comes to Shopping

Consumers Loving Mobile Apps, Especially When it Comes to Shopping | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The mobile app shopping sector saw big growth in 2014. Not only are consumers using apps more, they're extremely hungry for e-commerce apps. On the flip side of usage, mobile gaming apps appear to be maturing.
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So far these are the winners for consumers, helping them make decisions

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Razer launches Android TV micro-console

Razer launches Android TV micro-console | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
USA TODAY's Mike Snider interviews Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and talks about the Forge TV, a high-performance Android TV micro-console that brings Android games from the Google Play store and hard-core PC gaming to the living room.
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Interesting video with CEO of Razer. one cool thing I noted was an OSVR which is an open source software and hardware for virtual reality, that's a first that will likely kick in the teeth of those who are seeking to have their own IP protected software for Virtual Reality.  

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Unmanned Drones May Have a Major Impact on US Food Supply and Lower Prices

Unmanned Drones May Have a Major Impact on US Food Supply and Lower Prices | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
We are all quite accustomed to hearing about drones in the context of military and police activities. Drones or technically unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are a type of aircraft without a human pilot and have indeed been traditionally deployed for military and special operations. Recently, however, drones have been used in a growing number of […]
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Drones have been used in a growing number of civil applications beyond policing such as the inspection of power lines, disaster relief, oil, gas and mineral exploration, scientific research and other such activities. It seems then that the use of drones to revolutionize our agriculture industry is only a natural extension. - the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Interations predicts that the use of drones for agricultural purposes may one day account for 80% of all commercial drone use.

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Google Wireless Service Aims to Switch Between Carriers, Sources Say

Google Wireless Service Aims to Switch Between Carriers, Sources Say | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Google Inc.’s upcoming wireless service would aim to end subscribers’ reliance on a single carrier, instead giving them the ability to pick the best signal from a variety of sources, people familiar with the plan said.
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The move challenges the wireless industry’s prevailing model in which service is supplied via exclusive agreements with individual carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. While the approach has helped carriers amass the steady income needed to support massive investments in their networks, critics say it leads to higher prices and sometimes worse service. 

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Reimagining Business With the Industrial Internet of Things

Reimagining Business With the Industrial Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
It could add more than $10 trillion to the global economy by 2030.
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So far, businesses have made progress in applying the Industrial IoT to reduce operational expenses, boost productivity or improve worker safety. Drones, for example, are being used to monitor remote pipelines, and intelligent drilling equipment can improve productivity in mines. Although these applications are valuable, they are reminiscent of the early days of the Internet, when the new technology was limited primarily to speeding up work processes. As with the Internet, however, there is more growth, innovation and value that can be derived with smart IIoT applications.

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IBM Reveals Proof of Concept for Blockchain-Powered Internet of Things

IBM Reveals Proof of Concept for Blockchain-Powered Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
IBM has debuted ADEPT, the distributed, blockchain-powered Internet of Things proof of concept designed in partnership with Samsung.
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According to the draft paper, blockchains deployed within the ADEPT system would serve as a ledger of existence for billions of devices that would autonomously broadcast transactions between peers in a three-tier system of peer devices and architecture. By using an implementation of the bitcoin protocol, ADEPT could serve as a bridge between many devices at low cost. - IBM and Samsung chose three protocols – BitTorrent (file sharing), Ethereum (smart contracts) and TeleHash (peer-to-peer messaging) – to underpin the ADEPT concept.

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Talking virtual traffic lights could trim commute by 40%

Talking virtual traffic lights could trim commute by 40% | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Traffic lights that are projected onto your windshield and change color according to the actual road conditions rather than a preset pattern could cut commute
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It actually involves vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. The cars will periodically announce their location, direction, speed, and other metrics to those nearby, as well as a general set of traffic management rules, intersections could be dynamically managed. Rather than necessarily require actual lights at the junction, the customized instructions might be projected onto the windshield or shown on some sort of dashboard display. 

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10 Mobile Predictions For 2015 - Forbes

10 Mobile Predictions For 2015 - Forbes | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Several weeks ago, I posted several of my prediction for 2014 as a research note in the Lopez Research syndicated service  (see below). This was before the bevy of announcements at CES.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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My favorite of Maribel's analysis #3 Contextual services emerge and flop. The combination of mobile, sensor data and new analytics provide a foundation to deliver contextual services. Market leaders will use these tools to deliver the right information, on the right device at the right moment. Lopez Research calls these new contextual services Right-time Experiences because they provide information and services when they’re most useful. However technology availability doesn’t ensure success. Contextual services require linking various information sources together in near real time to deliver specific information and services. Meanwhile, most companies operate in application and process silos. Mobile-enabling an application doesn’t equate to changing a process or breaking down information silos. Hence, contextual services can’t be created until companies address larger process issues. - this last part is why is why I like this one of her predictions.

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Wearable technology was the biggest let down : CES 2015

Wearable technology was the biggest let down : CES 2015 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Every year Rachel Arthur, a technology and fashion writer, makes a pilgrimage to Las Vegas in the hope that the technology industry will have finally produced some stunning wearables to show off at CES. Why is she perennially disappointed?
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Despite the hype, these gizmos disappointingly failed to deliver for another year. Designs are still clunky and basic functionality of most attempts remain unchanged. In short, what we've got is a series of "me too" devices – items that match in both what they look like and do. Yes there are a handful of designs certainly more geared towards women than in 2014, which is perhaps the most positive takeaway from all this, but even those aren't overly worth shouting about.

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Fire chiefs see benefits of wearable tech with their own eyes

Fire chiefs see benefits of wearable tech with their own eyes | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
WEARABLE technology could change the decades-old practice of gauging the colour of smoke and relying on third-hand information to fight fires and save lives.

Via Anne Bartlett-Bragg
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Saw this Use Case some time back, a wearable camera is only part of the entire system they would need, but this is the beginning of the Use Case as they see it so far

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A quasi-wearable - strapping a video camera to a helmet - but conceptually a great idea! Now just imagine if they were using Google Glass... 

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WeMo Beefs Up Smart Home Lineup With Four New Sensors

WeMo Beefs Up Smart Home Lineup With Four New Sensors | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Right now, piecing together a smart home, your very own domicile outfitted to perfectly fit your life, is a confusing cobweb of wireless standards, compatibility, and brands—lots and lots of brands.

Via @zbutcher, Pekka Puhakka
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WeMo's philosophy isn't radically different from other stalwart smart home competition, primarily Samsung's own home automation arm SmartThings. Similar to what SmartThings introduced with its massively successful Kickstarter in 2012, WeMo offers a similar piecemeal approach to giving your house or apartment, whether brand new or decades old, a few more IQ points. WeMo already offers bunches and bunches of smart switches and plugs that can let you control sprinklers, lights, televisions, or whatever through WeMo's free app. These four new sensors improve WeMo's currently limited smarts to offer awareness of not only what's going on in your home but also the people who are living in it

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This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons'

This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, you'll awake in the morning to the sound of your alarm, and the hidden sensors in the room will know you're getting up.
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An interesting and not too far fetched vision of the future 

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Four things to know about the Gogoro electric scooter

Four things to know about the Gogoro electric scooter | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Gogoro made an impact at CES this year, with their electric scooter concept taking shape. But what is Gogoro? Is it a simple plug-in scooter you’ll be able to
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Firms are selling the “Internet of Things” hard at this year’s CES. But are consumers buying it?

Firms are selling the “Internet of Things” hard at this year’s CES. But are consumers buying it? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Short summary of story
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For the majority of average consumers, the answer right now is “no, thank you.” In a new survey by Nielsen’s Affinnova group, just over 40 percent of U.S. adults said that the smart products they’ve seen so far seem like gimmicks, and 59 percent said they need real value to spend money on a smart product, not just novelty.

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The innovative, the odd and the ugly | CES

The innovative, the odd and the ugly | CES | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
[UPDATED] From the incredible to incredibly odd, CES showcases them all.
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