29 Sep Sync Burn Fitness Band Goes Against The Watch Grain And Wins

Smart watches, fitness devices, and the consumer internet of  things (IoT) are all the rage these days.  Everyone is in on the consumer mobile IoT action including large companies like Sony (Smartwatch), Samsung (Gear),Qualcomm (Toq), Intel , Motorola (MotoActv) and smaller companies like Fitbit, Jawbone, and Pebble. I’m an avid Fitbit, Pebble and Polar user, have used Toq, MotoACTV, Pebble, and recently had […]

29 Sep Does FitBit Portend To Future Fitness Implants?

When technologists and pundits weigh in on technology trends and products, we are always quick to point out that technology needs to meld with our lives as opposed to us changing to fit the device.  In most cases that is true… but not all.  My FitBit experience was different from many I’ve had in that I […]

29 Sep Pebble Watch Is Your Classic ‘Tweener’

The Pebble watch started as a Kickstarter project  that exceeded their $100K funding goal by over $10M over a year ago in May, 2012.  The watch is currently shipping directly from Pebble and you can also buy it at Best Buy for $149.99.  Pebble supports basic peer-to-peer functionality for Android and iOS phones and sports a low res […]

26 Sep The Problem With Home Automation’s Internet Of Things (IoT)

Home automation for years has been the domain of home installers outfitting wealthy consumers with $10,000- $100,000 setups to control lights, home theater, security, air conditioning, and home audio.  After many fits and starts, more mainstream home automation appears to be growing out of that rich niche as evidenced by all the DIY (do it […]

20 Aug How FitBit Changed My Life

When technologists and pundits weigh in on technology trends and products, we are always quick to point out that technology needs to meld with our lives as opposed to us changing to fit the device.  In most cases that is true… but not all.  My FitBit experience was different from many I’ve had in that […]

16 Jul Pebble: The Nerd’s Watch

Ben Bajarin wrote a nice piece last week entitled “The Challenge of Wearable Computing”, where he talks about the challenges of wearables and offers some suggestions to developers to improve their chances for success. In this column, I want to share with you my early, personal and specific Pebble watch experience and extrapolate some of […]

27 Jun How To Intelligently Build An Internet Of Things (IoT)

One of the most hyped terms the last year has been the “internet of things”, abbreviated to “IoT”. IoT is essentially the vision that nearly everything is connected to the internet.  This includes not just smartphones, tablets and PCs, but includes clothes, cars, appliances, light bulbs, door locks, thermostats, toys, etc. Whether you buy into […]

26 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: How to Intelligently Build an Internet of Things (IoT)

OVERVIEW The Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE), Big Data, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), and related concepts are all generating an increasing amount of hype. The high tech industry is looking beyond mobility to ambience:  sensor-enabled systems of systems are transparently enriching peoples’ lives within a seamless set of intelligent environments.  One good example of […]

20 May RESEARCH PAPER: SKAA Wireless Audio Standard

Two dominant consumer wireless audio standards exist in the installed base today, Bluetooth and Apple’s Airplay.  In spite of their popularity, neither standard was developed to deliver minimal setup, high quality audio across a myriad of different products. SKAA is an alternative wireless audio standard that could challenge both Bluetooth and AirPlay. The two primary […]

18 Dec Dell and MIT Media Labs: Big Innovation requires Flexibility and Agility

Does your company have an environment of innovation? Dell’s senior vice president of corporate strategy, Dave Johnson, and MIT’s Media Lab’s Frank Moss, hosted a Super Session at Dell World last week, titled, “The importance of transformation in growing your business” which explored innovation across many vectors.   Both thought leaders distinctly made the case that the only way for an individual and […]