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Graphene + magnetic field creates exotic new quantum electronic states | KurzweilAI

Graphene + magnetic field creates exotic new quantum electronic states | KurzweilAI | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
On a piece of graphene (the dark horizontal surface with a hexagonal pattern of carbon atoms), in a strong magnetic field, electrons can move only along the
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Important if in the Semiconductor R&D space, read on

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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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"Every 'thing' can and will become a consumer electronics product": A period of innovation for Internet of Things

"Every 'thing' can and will become a consumer electronics product": A period of innovation for Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things has been much-hyped trend promising Jetson-style home automation, but the reality of internet-connected gadgets is already upon us with devices that 'talk' to each other.
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A lot of people talk about these grand things like turning your air conditioning on before you come home and the internet on the fridge. Those things aren’t really that useful, they are very gimmicky, novel." - and IoT devices “are a lot harder to control so the management of the ecosystem is crucial,” 


Besides the last item we see of significant importance, we actually see the networked home to be more about managing the consumables, monitoring, and maintenance aspects of your home, those are real Jobs-To-Be-Done. Anything outside of that is likely only for those souls who are too lazy to get off the couch to turn the lights or ceiling fan on, or off. 

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Targeted Enormous Tablet for Game Night with Your Kid's

Targeted Enormous Tablet for Game Night with Your Kid's | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

Targeted The Big Tab is aiming to replace video game consoles and TVs for kids' entertainment

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Aiming to replace the physical game board, and perhaps other devices like Xbox, possibly bringing back family game night.  Instead of your kids isolating themselves in their room playing a video game on their own or with online friends, the intent is to expand gaming into not only more socially but also portends to include the family as a whole.  The device, also lets parents track their kids’ usage patterns, could appeal to adults looking to guide their children toward more productive forms of entertainment. And has the potential to move children away from the "boob tube effect” as it is designed more as "an interactive device.”   We think over time that quite a few parents will very likely gravitate to this kind of purchase for their kids and their families. It could serve multiple agendas of playing and entertainment along with family bonding. The old adage of "families that play together, stay together" may even come back in vogue.

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Is Sapphire the Answer to the Scratched iPhone?

Is Sapphire the Answer to the Scratched iPhone? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Apple is betting $700 million that sapphire, a harder and more expensive material, can replace glass and better protect the newest iPhone. WSJ's Daisuke Wakabayashi joins the News Hub with Sara Murray.
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11% failure rate for scratched smartphone screen albeit a spendy solution for the problem, Apple's solution is going to cost them $700M, expect an increase in iPhone price as result

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Mobile Technology Helps Police capture Couple accused of abusing children

Mobile Technology Helps Police capture Couple accused of abusing children | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Janet and Ramon Barreto, accused of severe abuse of children they adopted abroad, were arrested Wednesday, ending a five-year search. Janet Barreto was the only woman on the US Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted list.
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The Barretos were using false identification and were uncooperative at the time of arrest, but a mobile fingerprinting system enabled authorities to confirm Ramon Barreto’s identity, and Janet’s identity was confirmed at the jail.


Our point about IoT, wearable and other technology designs: Design a tool to assist in the process of specific people/demographic to do their jobs that present a challenge to them without the technology to help.  Pay attention to their lives, processes and challenges, in this case police officers and apprehending criminals

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Intel’s 14nm Core M detailed: Broadwell delivers huge performance, dramatic power reduction

Intel’s 14nm Core M detailed: Broadwell delivers huge performance, dramatic power reduction | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Intel is unloading a great deal of information on Broadwell Y today, including data on its process technology. If the chip performs as advertised, it's going to excel.
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Intel, rearchitected nearly everything about the Core M in order to hit its aggressive power and performance targets. The memory controller, L1/L2 caches, I/O, PCI Express interface, and even the chip’s packaging have all been overhauled. They argue it can deliver a greater-than 2x TDP improvement, 50% smaller packaging, a 25% physically smaller board, and a 60% reduction in SoC idle.   The overall competitive position between ARM and Intel architectures is complicated by OS, software, and form factor considerations — the two architectures have yet to go head-to-head in the way most analysts expected back in 2011.

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INTERNET OF CARING THINGS

INTERNET OF CARING THINGS | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Why consumers will embrace connected objects with a clear mission: to actively care for them.
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Good analysis / worthwhile read on the value to consumers on the Internet of Things, which needs to be focused on what people care about for it to be applicable to the mass market  

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Automated Mini-Factories Will Bring Back Custom-Fit Clothes - Motherboard

Automated Mini-Factories Will Bring Back Custom-Fit Clothes - Motherboard | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Automated Mini-Factories Will Bring Back Custom-Fit Clothes Motherboard Over at Cal Poly Pomona university, they're building automated micro-factories that can spin out a virtual order in just 30 minutes, and are small enough to fit in the back of...
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Great Use Case for automated manufacturing and 3D-printed clothing.  Technology has the potential to break the current, broken apparel manufacturing model: overproduction, outsourced cheap labor, waste and pollution.


One idea is to make clothing on demand, from designs customized by consumers online. Over at Cal Poly Pomona university, they're building automated micro-factories that can spin out a virtual order in just 30 minutes, and are small enough to fit in the back of a retail store.  


See video on the process

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AMD A10-7800 Review

AMD A10-7800 Review | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
When it comes to battling Intel at the low end, AMD has several weapons at its disposal but has slowly been ramping up the performance of its APUs. In particular, 2D performance and IPC have seen noticeable boosts over ...
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Tech Heads Review - Low End Competition between AMD and Intel on APU's (Accelerated processing unit is a computer's main processing unit that includes additional processing capability designed to accelerate one or more types of computations outside of a central processing unit (CPU) is heating up - Intel originally challenged by releasing it's Pentium G3258, which combined with an Asus H81 motherboard, can be overclocked to 4.6GHz+ for less than £100 for board and CPU. Add in an R7-series GPU - similar to that under the hood of the A10, and you'll have change from £170.  AMD's cost for their solution are close to Intel's.  Since costs are pretty equivalent we figure that Intel is betting that it's brand will win against AMD in the APU space

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LittleBits CEO states CloudBit as the future for Smart devices

LittleBits CEO states CloudBit as the future for Smart devices | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The electronic library that LittleBits has is probably one of the unique electronic libraries of the world. You will certainly be able to find each and everythi
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Very Interesting premise CloudBit is basically a connector that connects you to smart devices. It can connect you to the internet or at the same time allow you to connect two devices in such a way that was probably never possible. It can easily be stated that CloudBit brings in a sense of intelligence into devices that were not considered smart at all.

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The Internet of Things will Change the Face of Supply Chain Management, but it will require a Revolution in Analytics First - Logistics Viewpoints: A Blog for Logistics, Supply Chain, and 3PL Execu...

The Internet of Things will Change the Face of Supply Chain Management, but it will require a Revolution in Analytics First - Logistics Viewpoints: A Blog for Logistics, Supply Chain, and 3PL Execu... | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things (IoT) will make our operations more efficient by combining smart sensors, cameras, software, databases/business intelligence, and the Internet (primarily in the form of private clouds) together in diverse ways. IoT is already evident in several places across the supply chain, but pundits are predicting that it will become so deeply part …
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Business Intelligence, the Industrial Internet of Things will shift emphasis to:

  • A Real-time Focus – BI has traditionally focused on the analysis of historical data. “Data analysis may occur as soon as it is captured, while the data is still ‘in-flight.’” Complex event processing engines become a core technology for analyzing multiple data streams simultaneously and generating alerts and alarms. Higher level predictive and prescriptive analytics will create larger frameworks that will allow diverse events to be correlated, quickly interpreted, and then acted upon in a timely manner.
  • A Rethinking of Data Storage Practices – The vast majority of IoT data will have only fleeting value. But companies need to think through this carefully and determine what data should be stored to help drive continuous improvement and what data can be almost instantly disposed of.
  • Business cases for determining the ROI of IoT Analytics – the business cases for IoT analytics will be very different than that of traditional BI.

“Collecting, storing and analyzing IoT data requires different processes, skills and technologies.” Acquiring those technologies and ‘growing’ the associated talent will become a key task for companies that want to use IoT to take their supply chain programs to the next level.

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Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm Workers

Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm Workers | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
At the turn of the last century, nearly half of the American workforce was dedicated to agriculture. Industrial inventions like the steel plow had made farming easier, but it was still grueling labor performed by men, women, and work animals.
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You might notice the robot is still pretty deliberate. The robots speed was slowed by researchers to avoid damage to the system and test its central functionality. But picking speed is ultimately the key to making the robot economical. Researchers estimate that a 6 second pick will be profitable when one robot costs less than 195,000 Euro (presumably they';re not there yet) and lasts five years. - And there are other tech developments in the agricultural front - read on
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LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.
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it is unclear how the nascent technology would make handsets or televisions more useful. LG said its technology would make large TVs portable and it is up to the TV makers how they expand the use of the technology. 

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Google testing delivery-by-drone down under

Google testing delivery-by-drone down under | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Page and Brin to Bezos: Can your 'copters do this rope trick?
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Australia was chosen as a test location because local legislation makes trials of such craft rather easier than is possible in the USA. Amazon.com has written to US authorities asking them to help it keep the company's Prime Air program stateside by relaxing regulations. Google seems to have just hopped on a plane, rather than asking for permission. Google is also asking around for “partners who can help us bring this technology to the world safely.”

 - Flight paths for drones high enough above ground without obstructing law enforcement or getting in the way of flight paths of other aircraft is going to be one challenge.  Potentially some kind of "smart" sensing to avoid problems is going to be necessary

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California Wine Country Quake losses in the Billions - Possible Solutions for the Future?

California Wine Country Quake losses in the Billions - Possible Solutions for the Future? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - A strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's Napa Valley wine country from their beds on Sunday caused insured property damage likely in the hundreds of millions of
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Unfortunate loss for the Wine Country perhaps there are some solutions to help address future quake challenges - by example "TRIZ And Taguchi Methods At A Winery & Vineyard"

(http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/1999/02/b/default.asp) - the solutions suggested are for barrel storage and grape trellis'. The analysis, done back in 1998, perhaps some other vintners could use a similar approach to help protect against the next quake. 

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AT&T Gigabit Service to Land on Google's Turf

AT&T Gigabit Service to Land on Google's Turf | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
AT&T is bringing its GigaPower Internet service to Apple's hometown and a few miles from Google's doorstep in a race to wire the nation with ultrafast fiber optic cables.
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The latest competitive move by AT&T to counter Google Fiber, The service, dubbed GigaPower, promises Internet speeds of up to one gigabit a second, or about 100 times faster than those found in many U.S. homes. Multiple cities named, but its still early days in the Fiber Wars, but it is interesting to watch. 

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Quirky Products

Quirky Products | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Shop for the world's best products, invented by real people like you.
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The best we've seen from any firm that designs and builds cool products, see here.  We do admit a bias for process centric, time leveraged approaches in product development (Quirky's is 3-4 months from concept approval to shelf). Nice! 

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Plan Your Move from Windows 7 Now, Gartner Says

Plan Your Move from Windows 7 Now, Gartner Says | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Don't worry folks, MSFT isn't stopping support until Jan 2020, Plenty of time before the rest of your system(s) craters because of excess files and memory overloads, CPU cache becomes inundated during load up, parts burn out, etc.. before they stop support.  You'll likely want to think about transitioning off of Windows 7 for other reasons

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New Internet speed record blows away Google Fiber

New Internet speed record blows away Google Fiber | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Bell Labs set a new broadband Internet speed record over a landline that could change the need for Internet providers to bring fiber to the home.
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With speeds of 10 gigabits per second, Bell Labs' technology proved to be 1,000X faster than traditional broadband speeds. It is even 10X faster than Google Fiber, which offers the fastest broadband available to consumers.  Bell Labs says that XG-FAST can provide up to 10 gigabits per second over a distance of up to 30 meters. Don't expect it soon, ti was done in a lab, In the real world, there are plenty of factors that can reduce Internet speeds traveling over copper lines, including the thickness of the cable, signals picked up by other nearby cables and the length of the wire. 

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IoT Use Case - The Importance of Level Sensors for the Addition of Hops in the Beer Brewing Industry

IoT Use Case - The Importance of Level Sensors for the Addition of Hops in the Beer Brewing Industry | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A key step in beer brewing is adding hops to the malt-based liquor. The Hops are used for flavoring the beer and making it more or less bitter.
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This is the point of the industrial version of the IoT; utilize continuous Process Improvement Professionals to find the issues and technology companies to create solutions to address the issues they find. in this example Use case of applying Sensors in the manufacturing process for the brewing of beer.  

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Broadcom Introduces Multi-Standard Wireless Charging SoC for Smartphones | Broadcom

Broadcom Introduces Multi-Standard Wireless Charging SoC for Smartphones | Broadcom | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
#ProudMum! MT @logandonaldson: @Broadcomm: system-on-a-chip wireless charging standard. @madsewins's where it at ! http://t.co/86isHQyRV2
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"Demand for wireless charging is set to explode over the next five years," said Ryan Sanderson, IHS Technology Associate Director, Power Supply & Storage Components.  "IHS forecasts the number of devices shipped annually that are enabled to charge wirelessly to increase to over $50 million in 2014 and accelerate to $900 million in 2018.  This is projected to drive a combined market for wireless power receivers and transmitters worth $8.5 billion in 2018."

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A Quest for Smartphone-Controlled Coffee

A Quest for Smartphone-Controlled Coffee | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Your coffeemaker might actually know when you're rolling out of bed. Is this real life?
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More than just an evaluation of smartphone controlled coffee, but a 1st taste test evaluation of installing and dealing with a smarthome.   The writer does a great job analyzing many of the costs and issues with building out the infrastructure of a smart home, let alone getting a coffee maker to brew when you want it to without leaving the confines of your bed. -


We are pretty sure there aren't any real  value-added benefits from smart devices until OEM's start paying attention to the processes we use in our homes, which is where the benefit will be, not in kitchen kitsch like being able to turn something on or off with my smartphone.

 

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The Internet Of Things Will Radically Change Your Big Data Strategy

The Internet Of Things Will Radically Change Your Big Data Strategy | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Companies are jumping on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon and for good reasons. McKinsey Global Institute reports that the IoT business will deliver $6.2 trillion of revenue by 2025. Many people wonder if companies are ready for this explosion of data generated for IoT. As with any new technology, security is [...]
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The point that all of the OEM's in IoT are Missing:  Processing all of the data from the IoT is an exercise in big data that boils down to 3 major steps: data ingestion (harvesting data), data storage, and analytics. -- Experts estimate that over half of all big data projects fail and most of those failures are due to projects never getting past the data ingestion phase.-- Even if enterprises manage to make it past the data ingestion phase, the data storage phase presents another set of challenges. In this area, companies must learn new technologies like Hadoop, Map Reduce, etc. and be able to provision enough disk, network, and compute capacity to keep up with the influx of new data. There is a major skills shortage in the area which creates a serious challenge in the do-it-yourself (DIY) model.  

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Transform Manufacturing with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is revolutionizing manufacturing. Intel provides the foundation for intelligent factories with silicon that scales from factory floor ...
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This suggestion by Intel sounds good but for firms to buy into the idea internal advocates / external consultants will need to show manufacturers how the technology will actually achieve profitability - practitioner's of Lean, Six Sigma, TRIZ, -- all of them system analysis methods - otherwise it will come across as a technology push versus a pull from the market....just saying

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A Crash Course in Transistors, Processors and Moore's Law

A Crash Course in Transistors, Processors and Moore's Law | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Do you sometimes wonder what the hell people a talking about when the discuss transistors, processors, binary or Moore's Law? Or have friends that need a simple introduction to the topics? Then this is the video for you.
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Samsung Ending its Plasma TV Line

Samsung Ending its Plasma TV Line | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
You can add another nail to the coffin to the plasma TV format with the latest announcement from Samsung.
When the HDTV movement began, it was a choice between plasma and LCD displays.
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When the HDTV movement began, it was a choice between plasma and LCD displays. While the plasma sets were generally considered to have the better picture quality, they were not as cheap as their LCD brethren, and many people opted for the more cost effective format in their upgrade to the HD generation.  - Panasonic had already pulled the plug on plasma, but recently Samsung joined in as well saying that this would be the last year it would release plasma sets.

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