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To go from IT to IoT, build on your skills

To go from IT to IoT, build on your skills | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it

Most companies are just starting to explore Internet of things technology, so now is a good time to get your foot in the door

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Some insightful truths here,  implementing IoT and seeing the benefits does cross many organizational lines and require some skill sets that are not common. Technologists need to think like business people and understand the real world ramifications of things that seem easy to them, are never as easy in field , or with operational personnel.
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To see benefits, heath wearables must keep people engaged

Wearable devices could be key to improving health, caring for patients with chronic diseases and understanding the impact of treatments. But there's one snag: how do you get people to wear them?
For all the hype around smartwatches and fitness bands, not everyone wants to walk around with a computer strapped to their body. Studies have shown that people who buy wearables often wear them for a few months and then toss them in a drawer and forget about them.
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Interesting nuances about wearables exposed in this article. Wearables, should not embarrass you, but should help you make or engage friends. This suggests there is allot of work to do on usability and social features.

The focus should be on daily value, utilizing the persistent nudge

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Why I won’t run another startup — Medium

Why I won’t run another startup — Medium | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Lured by the lights of the startup industry, founders are the product in someone else’s show. So I’ve made five new rules for myself.
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Maybe it is a semantic difference, but he is right about the pitching and competitions. Too many are like fantasy camps, and you may meet some good people, but many of them are just seduced by the lights. Running a small business is hard work that rarely leaves time for play, and requires continual focus and refocusing on what really matters. 

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Young Steve Jobs on how to hire, manage, and lead people - MUST WATCH - YouTube

https://youtu.be/rQKis2Cfpeo
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Thinking like this is the advantage that emerging companies have. 

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IBM Bluemix - Next-Generation Cloud App Development Platform

IBM Bluemix - Next-Generation Cloud App Development Platform | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Bluemix is an open standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing apps and services.
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IBMs PaaS offerings are very interesting. You can even get access to Watson. But I really like how they allow so many different platforms to be utilized. By chief objection to amazon and Google services has been that you have to do it their way, which results in lock-in or technical debt. Definitely worth checking out...

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Nike+ FuelBand SE BLE Protocol Reversed

Nike+ FuelBand SE BLE Protocol Reversed | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
n sensitive data about the user, this is a good proof of concept on how a badly implemented BLE cus
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In case you want to hack the Fuelband, some sharp guy has done all the hard work already.

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Internet Of Things: Software platforms will become the rage in 2015 | ZDNet

Internet Of Things: Software platforms will become the rage in 2015 | ZDNet | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
When we look forward to 2015 and developments around the Internet of Things, we are predicting four key trends and implications.
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Forrester predicts that "data from IoT will force CIOs to integrate the Internet of Things into their Business Technology Agenda" 

 

But have CIOs considered the full ramifications how making IoT devices part of a cohesive the system changes business processes?  With process re-engineering and data integration, companies can combine, filter, and manage IoT data with other streams for more secure and actionable intelligence. Ask how Panometric can help.

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Marvell's Kinoma Create - the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit - LBSZone

Marvell's Kinoma Create - the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit - LBSZone | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit – gives developers a connected device prototyping platform for the modern era, because an inspiring developer experience leads to a great user experience Kinoma Create is the first prototyping platform to transform making, with a fully scriptable device and integrated color touchscreen, all enclosed in a case that makes projects mobile; […]
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Interesting device to jump start the prototype phase. 

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Chicago will begin monitoring cellphone signals to track where people are walking

Chicago will begin monitoring cellphone signals to track where people are walking | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Chicago already has a wide-reaching video surveillance network, and this summer, it's going to begin keeping track of much more using automated sensors. Through a program called Array of Things,...
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They say the nodes will anonymise the data, but it is hard to believe this will not be used for law enforcement. Having a party? The DUI task force will maybe camped out down the street before it ends.

Imagine the big data implications:Trulia downgrades your home's market value because more prepaid cell phones are appearing in your neighborhood, or the phones seen tend to use instagram more than facebook. Car insurance rates could be set by your tendency to visit crowded or younger demographic neighborhoods.

 

I'm no conspiracy theorist, and there could be some really useful applications, but this needs to be done carefully, and with technical oversight. 

 

The fact that they monitor all three protocols (cellular, wifi and bluetooth) is potentially powerful. But be careful how much credence you give the data collected. The fact that the devices can all be configured differently, can lead to wild variations in the data set. 

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The new era of mobile health tech has a big gotcha

The new era of mobile health tech has a big gotcha | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
New platforms from Samsung and Apple hold great promise, but they also feed into unrealistic hopes
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This salient observation about heath measurement devices: The American health system is not designed or motivated to utilize them.  So sure, you could build the most valuable heath monitoring gadget, but they will only be useful for the self motivated, like serious athletes. For the rest of laymen they are as likely as the a Thighmaster or Tiabo to end up a garage sale fodder. 

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How To Build Useful IoT Product: ThingsCon wrap-up

How To Build Useful IoT Product: ThingsCon wrap-up | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Should Internet of Things be fixed? How hard is it to manufacture a product? How difficult is to scale? These were the questions that the speakers and attendees of Thingscon have addressed. The org...
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Thingscon attendees were reminded: "Do things that matter. " While that mantra seems obvious, IoT does offer new possibilities when you reconsider who cares about what.  Consider how Opower improves efficiency with the nudge from knowing your neighbors maybe saving more energy than you. The sensors are simple, but connecting them makes them powerful.

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For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results

For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Despite rising demand, many devices claiming to monitor fitness and health probably overpromise and underdeliver.
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Over promising may ruin this market. About one vendor: "many of its claims appear scientifically impossible" That's why nobody was calling points calories. There will be some good devices someday, but it takes the right sensors for the right application. 

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It's now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away

It's now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Korean researchers have shown it's possible to wirelessly transmit power over a distance of 16 feet and charge up to 40 smartphones.
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This headline is grabbing, but what I wonder how many real applications need 100W transferred at 40% or less efficiency.  I've heard elsewhere that California's efficiency regulations may make 70% efficient systems like Qi illegal. 

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Toshiba Silmee W20 and Silmee W21 smartbands announced

Toshiba Silmee W20 and Silmee W21 smartbands announced | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Silmee biometric sensor
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Toshiba has perhaps one of the most interesting biometric sensors out there "Silmee", but I fear the target market will reject such an ugly device. Athletes would wear this, but probably not Grandma. 

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100 open source Big Data architecture papers for data professionals.

Big Data technology has been extremely disruptive with open source playing a dominant role in shaping its evolution. While on one hand it has been disruptive, on the other it has led to a complex ecosystem where new frameworks, libraries and tools are being released pretty much every day, creating confusion as technologists struggle and grapple with the deluge.If you are a Big Data enthusiast or a technologist ramping up (or scratching your head), it is important to spend some serious time deeply understanding the architecture of key systems to appreciate its evolution. Understanding the arch
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Here's a really thorough list of architectural ideas on Big Data. 

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Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days | ZDNet

Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days | ZDNet | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Solid-state drives are great for performance, but data security must come first.
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They don't tell you this: "in as little as a single week on the shelf." And surprisingly, enterprise rated rives fare much WORSE.  I'm sure people are putting these in laptops that may sit on the shelf for months, not realizing they may have a blank slate brick when they return. 

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For all the times people ask me which programming language to learn, this is not bad. And it throws in a LoR reference to boot... 

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Creating a see-through Arduino with an ATmega328P

Creating a see-through Arduino with an ATmega328P | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
CIT is hoping to put the ‘printed’ back into printed circuit boards. CIT Technology is a manufacturer of digitally printed flexible electronic circuits. The crew is on a mission to develop low-cost...
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GE at SXSW: tracking brainwaves during BBQ tastings and using a 12-foot smoker

GE at SXSW: tracking brainwaves during BBQ tastings and using a 12-foot smoker | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Two things define SXSW: spectacle and smoked meat. GE's managed to meld the two at its BBQ Research Center. Just up the street from the Austin Convention
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I would love to see the analysis on this. So far the brain wave sensors I've tried were very primitive. Can they actually correlate the quality of the cooking with the sensor data? Or this just a very cool thing to do @ #SXSW

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How the Internet of Things is transforming law enforcement

How the Internet of Things is transforming law enforcement | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
From connected guns to wearables for canine units, the IoT is spurring change in the law enforcement field.
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It will be interesting to see what the adoption rate and pushback from officers is when the 24 hour surveillance society comes to them. But the public seems to be behind it, and it does promise to weed out some bad apples that might wear a badge as well as clear the air in cases when the officers to act appropriately, but the public does not trust them. 

 

Sure, there are usability challenges, but there is no doubt that the tech is capable of being used in prime time. 

 

Users of this technology should endeavor to ensure that the the train of data is uncorrupted and complete. I can provide technology expertise and process design to accomplish this. 

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things The ‘Internet of Things’ will generate $14,400,000,000 of value over the next decade1. There will be 40 times more devices than peo…
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A plethora of widgets featured here. Some good ideas, some destined to be punchlines.  What differentiates them for you?

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API Reference

API Reference | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Explore the Nest API data model.
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Nest released an API today to lots of fanfare, to the point the force.com servers hosting the documentation crashed.  But the reference is up and it shows the limitations. You only get the same controls you would expect standing in your hallway with your thermostat or smoke detector. There is no historical data, and the smoke is read only. There is no access the the speech processor or display for alternative uses. It is connected, but a game changer? 

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The connected home is going mainstream faster than anybody realizes

The connected home is going mainstream faster than anybody realizes | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
In the US, at least, the "internet of things" is not the future any more, but the present. One in five adult American internet users already has a device at home that connects the physical environment to the internet, according to a Forrester Research report (paywall) out last week. As many as two-thirds would install such a device if it helps...
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Another cautionary tale: Just because you can measure something does not mean it is the right thing. Doctors have doubts about the efficacy of these devices. If they provide false security, they could do more harm than good. This is not to say they won't be useful, just keep the expectations in check and correlate real to measured behavior carefully. 

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Wearables

Wearables | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
Wearables hold possibilities for driving down costs and increasing competitiveness. What could it mean for your organization?
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Here's a well written article on using wearables in enterprise applications. My own experience in safety confirms his conclusion that as long as a wearable is perceived as unobtrusive & safe, and provides demonstrable benefits to the user, they can be very effective. Employees have refused to go on shift without my devices. What enterprise applications can you envision?

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2013 IoT Internet of Things Awards

2013 IoT Internet of Things Awards | Internet of Things, M2M | Scoop.it
A look at the year's best Internet of Things companies and products
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Awesome database of some of the coolest IoT products in 2013. To get a good handle on the plethora of ideas out there, you must read every one!

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