26 Jun Apple v. Google: The Gloves Come Off in the Home

With the announcement this week of Nest Labs purchase of Dropcam, along with their announcement of a new developer platform, including API’s, Google has finally given us an inkling as to where they are going with their home automation strategy. Apple revealed their plans a few weeks ago at their World Wide Developer’s Conference, when […]

24 Jun Bluetooth Smart, A Natural Fit for Home Automation

As I pointed out in my last blog, one of the major impediments in the expansion of home automation technologies is the lack of a single architecture or standard to pull it all together. Some think that that standard is here with Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. BT is already the crowned king of wireless headsets for […]

23 Jun The Elusive Chase for the Automated Home

Back in December, Patrick Moorhead wrote a piece on Revolv and his experiences with integrating it into his Home Automation (HA) system, a key piece of the ubiquitous Home Internet of Things (HIoT). Pat gave the Revolv Smart Home Hub and App a run-through by actually using it in his home and concluded that Revolv’s […]

16 May TiEcon Internet of Things (IOT) Overview Presentation

I had the honor of presenting the IoT Overview for TiEcon 2014 in Santa Clara. You can download the presentation here. You can download the paper here.   

16 May RESEARCH PAPER AND PRESENTATION: Segmenting the Internet of Things (IoT)

You can download the updated paper here. You can download the summary presentation here. Table of Contents Introduction How Does Behavior Apply to IoT? Describing IoT Market Segments IoT Market Segment Detail Monitoring Operational Life Attainment IoT Model Axis Differentiation The Elephant in the Room: Big Data Call to Action Figure 1: IoT Segmentation Figure […]

28 Apr RESEARCH PAPER: Pay Attention IT: A New Convergence is Afoot

New demands from consumers, employees, and customers are placing enormous pressure on organizations: it’s all about competitive advantage. Organizations need to be more agile, grasp opportunities as they arise, and do it all faster than ever before. As expectations around IT change, new business models and opportunities are up for grabs. To take advantage of this […]

04 Mar RESEARCH PAPER: Vidyo Disaggregates Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) to Scale Videoconferencing

Camera sensors and video-capable displays are following Moore’s Law: declining cost and increasing quality curves. Video hardware is now ubiquitous in mobile computing devices (smartphones, tablets, and notebooks). As camera module costs continue to decline, a growing range of low-cost consumer and commercial devices will be video-enabled, including many types of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) […]

03 Feb Intel SDI: One Datacenter Architecture To Rule Them All?

I attended the Open Compute Summit last week in San Jose, where industry leaders in the scale-out datacenter industry gathered to discuss and attempt to get some kind of alignment on future architectures and building blocks. By architecture, I mean the building blocks, the interconnects and the rules by which future football field size datacenters […]

18 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: CES 2014 Wearable & Fitness Tech Trends- Going Mainstream

CES has changed considerably over the past 10-15 years. As the PC is a piece but no longer the center of the universe, many new technologies touching many industries are emerging and have taken over the buzz at the show. Computerized cars, robots, drones, smart homes, and fashionable music accessories are everywhere. There were even […]

11 Dec Revolv: The Answer To Home Automation IoT Anarchy

Home automation has had its fits and starts for the last 20 years, but it appears that most of the variables are in place to ignite serious growth in this currently nascent market. As I wrote about here, there are challenges and a few different solutions in home automation. If the consumer desires a best of breed […]

10 Dec Sqord Scores with Kids: New Wearable Helps Make Activity Fun

I wrote an article on Nov. 20th about the potential of a fitness wearables targeted at kids.  Since then, I was introduced to a company named Sqord that has already built a compelling solution focused on this space.  Sqord has great concept and has taken the idea of a kids wearable activity tracker much further […]

10 Dec Fitness Wearables Provide Innovative Marketing Platform

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Wearable devices have a huge potential to create new innovative marketing platforms for the companies that sell them.  A great example of this is the fitness wearable industry.  Many might think that companies in this space see the revenue provided by these devices as huge growth opportunity especially with analysts predicting hundreds of millions of […]

06 Dec Why are Runners Fat?

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Ok, I’ll admit this is a bit of an extreme statement and it was not meant to offend anyone.  However, as a long time long-distance runner myself, I can fully attest that there are a number of runners who are not the most toned of athletes.  Even having been around many runners training for marathons who would run […]

05 Dec 24/7 Personal Training & Coaching for All

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I have written about fitness wearables and the benefit of Big Data analytics to help provide personalized coaching and advice.  This is an important step and evolution for these devices – delivering digital services and personalized recommendations.  Today, most of these insights are delivered through their connected apps and reviewed by the user post work-out […]

02 Dec Giants vs. Redskins Could Have Been Altered Through Tech

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Anyone who watched the Giants vs. Redskins Sunday night NFL football game last night knows there was a major officiating blunder at the end of the game.  Even the NFL came out today and said there was a mistake.  For those that missed it, late in the game with the Redskins trailing the Giants 24-17, […]

23 Nov Embedded Wearables: Enhancing Sports Performance

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Many companies are experimenting with wearable computing that is going beyond more traditional wearable devices like a band or smartwatch. Embedding sensors and compute into everyday apparel like shirts, shoes, and socks is the next wave. Most athletes do not want more stuff to wear so embedding in apparel athletes already wear is the next […]

20 Nov Wearables for Kids: The Next Big Thing or a Scary Thought?

This blog was written by Brian Pitstick, a 17+ year marketing executive in the Fortune 500 technology market. He is currently a guest analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy where he writes about his passion for the emerging wearables market leveraging his strong background building innovative product solutions.  Brian was recently executive director at Dell corporation, […]

20 Nov IoT to Take Fan Engagement to the Next Level

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This blog was written by Brian Pitstick, a 17+ year marketing executive in the Fortune 500 technology market. He is currently a guest analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy where he writes about his passion for the emerging wearables market leveraging his strong background building innovative product solutions.  Brian was recently executive director at Dell corporation, […]

20 Nov Vertical Market Expertise Needed for Success in Wearables

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This blog was written by Brian Pitstick, a 17+ year marketing executive in the Fortune 500 technology market. He is currently a guest analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy where he writes about his passion for the emerging wearables market leveraging his strong background building innovative product solutions.  Brian was recently executive director at Dell corporation, […]

19 Nov Nike, FitBit, Or Jawbone: Who Is Best Positioned To Win In Fitness Wearables?

I have been spending a lot of time lately researching the Internet of Things (IoT) lately as it is a hot topic for both my consulting clients and also for long-term investors. We’ve behaviorally segmented IoT into the Human IoT (HIoT) and the Industrial IoT (IIoT). One greenfield HIoT product segment that is getting a lot of attention […]