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Why Ring, Not Amazon Echo, Is The Killer IoT Product.
“to engage listeners in their home you appeal to i) the instinct for self preservation ii) sex iii) the family instinct or iv) all of the three together if you can manage”
internetofthings  SmartHome  Alexa  Ring  opportunity  forecast  Hackernoon  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Top 10 Tech Predictions for 2017 | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
Predicting the future is more art than science, yet it’s always an interesting exercise to engage in as a new year comes upon us. So with the close of what was a difficult, though interesting year in the technology business, here’s a look at my predictions for the top 10 tech developments of 2017.
tech  forecast  trends  virtualreality  augmentedreality  mobileapps  selfdrivingvehicles  smarthome  AmazonEcho  Alexa  internetofthings  virtualassistant  chatbots  author:BobODonnell  Techpinions  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Ericsson Mobility Report – Ericsson
This edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report continues to forecast IoT connections, presenting our findings on a time-to-content study for popular websites, the increased use of live video streaming, as well as a special focus on IoT and its transformational potential. 
mobile  telecoms  internetofthings  onlinevideo  mobilevideo  4G  5G  penetration  global  VoiceoverLTE  mobileinternet  research  statistics  Ericsson  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
A collision of Chinese manufacturing, globalization, and consumer ignorance could ruin the internet for everyone — Quartz
Consumers, meanwhile, don’t buy cameras because they’re secure, they buy them for special features like waterproofing, sharp image resolution, or a Minion-shaped casing. Manufacturers like Xiongmai could fix the security issues, said Boland, but instead “spend as little money as possible on security, in order to make as much margin as possible.”
internetofthings  security  hacking  CCTV  Xiongmai  review  critique  Quartz  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage — Krebs on Security
A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion today for a large number of Web sites was launched with the help of hacked “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders, new data suggests.

Earlier today cyber criminals began training their attack cannons on Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company that provides critical technology services to some of the Internet’s top destinations. The attack began creating problems for Internet users reaching an array of sites, including Twitter, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, Spotify and Netflix.
DDoS  security  internetofthings  Dyn  hacking  Mirai  KrebsonSecurity  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Echo, interfaces and friction — Benedict Evans
First, sometimes we're unbundling not just components but apps, and especially pieces of apps. We take an input or an output from an app on a phone and move it to a new context. So where a GoPro is an alternative to the smartphone camera, an Amazon Echo is taking a piece of the Amazon app and putting it next to you as you do the laundry. In doing so, it changes the context but also changes the friction. You could put down the laundry, find your phone, tap on the Amazon app and search for Tide, but then you’re doing the computer’s work for it - you’re going through a bunch of intermediate steps that have nothing to do with your need. Using Alexa, you effectively have a deep link directly to the task you want, with none of the friction or busywork of getting there. 

Next, and again removing friction, we’re removing or changing how we use power switches, buttons and batteries. You don’t turn an Echo or Google Home on or off, nor AirPods, a ChromeCast or an Apple Watch. Most of these devices don’t have a power switch, and if they do you don’t normally use it. You don’t have to do anything to wake them up. They’re always just there, present and waiting for you. You say ‘Hey Google’, or you look at your Apple Watch, or you put the AirPods in your ear, and that’s it. You don’t have to tell them you want them. (Part of this is 'ambient computing', but that doesn't capture a watch or earphones very well.)
internetofthings  virtualassistant  chatbots  AmazonEcho  Alexa  friction  review  BenedictEvans  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Who Makes the IoT Things Under Attack? — Krebs on Security
As KrebsOnSecurity observed over the weekend, the source code that powers the “Internet of Things” (IoT) botnet responsible for launching the historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against KrebsOnSecurity last month has been publicly released. Here’s a look at which devices are being targeted by this malware.

The malware, dubbed “Mirai,” spreads to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the Internet for IoT systems protected by factory default usernames and passwords. Many readers have asked for more information about which devices and hardware makers were being targeted. As it happens, this is fairly easy to tell just from looking at the list of usernames and passwords included in the Mirai source code.
internetofthings  security  Mirai  hacking  review  KrebsonSecurity  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Why the silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for the ‘Net | Ars Technica
For the better part of a day, KrebsOnSecurity, arguably the world's most intrepid source of security news, has been silenced, presumably by a handful of individuals who didn't like a recent series of exposés reporter Brian Krebs wrote. The incident, and the record-breaking data assault that brought it on, open a troubling new chapter in the short history of the Internet.

The crippling distributed denial-of-service attacks started shortly after Krebs published stories stemming from the hack of a DDoS-for-hire service known as vDOS. The first article analyzed leaked data that identified some of the previously anonymous people closely tied to vDOS. It documented how they took in more than $600,000 in two years by knocking other sites offline. A few days later, Krebs ran a follow-up piece detailing the arrests of two men who allegedly ran the service. A third post in the series is here.

On Thursday morning, exactly two weeks after Krebs published his first post, he reported that a sustained attack was bombarding his site with as much as 620 gigabits per second of junk data. That staggering amount of data is among the biggest ever recorded. Krebs was able to stay online thanks to the generosity of Akamai, a network provider that supplied DDoS mitigation services to him for free. The attack showed no signs of waning as the day wore on. Some indications suggest it may have grown stronger. At 4 pm, Akamai gave Krebs two hours' notice that it would no longer assume the considerable cost of defending KrebsOnSecurity. Krebs opted to shut down the site to prevent collateral damage hitting his service provider and its customers.
KerbsonSecurity  security  DDoS  denialofservice  hacking  internetofthings  review  ArsTechnica  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Why On Earth Is Google Building A New Operating System From Scratch? | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Last week, a group of Googlers did something strange: They quietly revealed a new operating system that theoretically competes with Google's own Android OS.

Dubbed Fuchsia, the open-source OS-in-progress could run on everything from lightweight, single-purpose devices (think ATMs and GPS units) all the way up to desktop computers. But unlike Android, Fuchsia isn't based on Linux, nor is it derived from any of the other software that underpins nearly all personal computing and communications today. Instead, it's an attempt to start from scratch.
Fuschia  operatingsystem  Google  launch  internetofthings  review  FastCompany  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Councils not on track for smart city delivery
New research, commissioned by street lighting experts Lucy Zodion and conducted by independent research agency, DJS Research, has highlighted the risk that many local governments are lacking the budget, leadership and capability to progress smart initiatives and connected technology in cities across the UK.

The research reveals that smart cities are not deemed a strategic priority for the majority of councils in the UK, and identifies barriers to delivery that are stifling progress in many local authorities. Without a clear roadmap to delivery from Government and a coherent, cost-effective approach, the UK risks lagging behind other countries with an inconsistent and delayed roll-out of smart cities.

187 councils from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were contacted as part of the research. A significant gap was identified between those councils leading the way on smart cities and those not yet engaged: over 80% had little to no involvement with smart cities and few had named smart city leads or teams managing smart implementation. The findings indicate that the UK risks a three-tiered approach to smart cities delivery, with those early-adopters who have secured funding striving ahead, leaving those without resources unable to make progress, and many more still yet to grasp the potential benefits available.
smartcities  cities  internetofthings  review  penetration  critique  research  UK  NewElectronics  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
The Internet of Things Could Keep Dirty Coal Plants in Business
Linking up renewable power sources over the Internet makes them more useful but can also keep old coal plants running.
coal  energy  optimisation  internetofthings  digitisation  innovation  review  climatechange  TechnologyReview  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
The Mobile Economy 2015
The mobile industry continues to scale rapidly, with a total of 3.6 billion unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2014. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription—up from just one in five 10 years ago. An additional one billion subscribers are predicted by 2020, taking the global penetration rate to approximately 60%. There were 7.1 billion global SIM connections at the end of 2014, and a further 243 million machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.
telecoms  mobile  statistics  penetration  mobileinternet  2G  3G  4G  LTE  smartphones  featurephones  traffic  music  profitability  revenues  investment  employment  economy  inclusion  mobilebanking  unbanked  internetofthings  mobilecommerce  identity  security  growth  global  region  Africa  Asia  Europe  LatinAmerica  MiddleEast  NorthAmerica  GSMA  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism • The Register
Smart meter makers are battling to keep Seattle's power grid designs under wraps – claiming that if the details are made public, they could be exploited by hackers to plunge the US city into darkness.

Sysadmin-activist Phil Mocek requested documents from the city on its smart meter system under the Freedom of Information Act, only to be menaced by a lawsuit claiming the release of files describing the network would pose a major security risk.

Attorneys representing contractors Landis & Gyr Technology and Sensus Inc have filed a restraining order [PDF] seeking to prevent Mocek from getting hold of blueprints for a network of smart meters they proposed to the Seattle City Light power utility.

At the heart of the matter are the unredacted proposals submitted by the smart meter suppliers, which Mocek tried to obtain from city officials using freedom-of-information laws. Mocek had asked for the documents as part of an investigation into Seattle's use of smart meters to monitor energy use within private residences. He isn't happy that the technology is "shrouded in secrecy," and is upset at the "complete lack of public justification of the expense" of installing the meters.
smartmeters  utilities  electricity  internetofthings  terrorism  Seattle  USA  TheRegister  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
10 Reasons Why InsurTech Is Going to Be Important | Let's Talk Payments
Technology spending in the global insurance industry is estimated to be around $189 billion. By 2019, the spending industry is expected to reach $205 billion. The IT spending ratio of insurance companies as a percentage of premiums has not changed to a great extent. Insurance companies currently spend about 3.8% of their direct written premium on information technology. The average spending by insurance companies has comparatively reduced in the last four years. There are around 700–800 InsurTech firms globally which are addressing the requirements of the $4.5-trillion insurance industry but the state of InsurTech is at a stage of infancy. New exciting business models to take over the insurance industry such as microinsurance and pay-as-you-go insurance have emerged. What will truly change the nature of the industry is the shift from complex, long-term insurance products to the fractions of insurance for a particular moment, time and miles count. The new opportunities are tied to mobile devices and time-efficiency. 
insurtech  insurance  opportunity  innovation  loyalty  dataanalytics  bigdata  blockchain  peertopeer  benchmarking  wearablecomputing  internetofthings  payperuse  security  fraud  API  review  LetsTalkPayments  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Here's how Google Home could be Amazon Echo's worst nightmare | The Verge
Google has some obvious advantages, mostly because it's Google: a company that has been indexing the web and everything you do on it for more than a decade. There's no guarantee its new device will be a hit — anybody remember the Nexus Q? — but there are good reasons to think it can at least offer Amazon some real competition.
GoogleHome  smarthome  virtualassistant  internetofthings  comparison  Alexa  AmazonEcho  review  forecast  TheVerge  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
SAPVoice: What Will Insurance Look Like In The Networked Economy? - Forbes
If anyone plans to write a book about the insurance industry, they should probably hold off for a bit. What has been true about the insurance industry for 300 years will have changed completely five years from now.

A survey by SAP and the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed a telling statistic. 67% of insurance companies think that their survival depends on the ability to simplify, streamline, and improve the buyer experience. 

I’d take it one step further than that: It’s not just about better interactions with customers, it’s about adding value to customers’ lives.
insurance  insurtech  customerservice  opportunity  internetofthings  SAP  Forbes  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Post-Capitalism: Rise of the Collaborative Commons — Basic income — Medium
The productive efficiencies and disruptive capacities of new technologies will increasingly drive the marginal cost of producing goods and services towards near zero. As traditional markets are circumvented, a new economic paradigm will progressively emerge that is built upon decentralized collaborative networks.
An Internet of Things infrastructure will propel aggregate energy efficiency from 14 percent to 40 percent across society. An Energy Internet will empower prosumers to harvest, store and exchange clean and renewable energy across a distributed smart-grid. 3D printing will decentralize the manufacturing process, opening the means of production to anyone and everyone, while generating immense gains in productivity and efficiency. Blockchain applications will eliminate the need for third-party trust and allow for the decentralization of everything from currency and finance, to legal agreements, licensing, social media, data storage, voting and governance.
With the development of advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, big data analysis, and advanced analytics and algorithms, human wage labor and the economic productive activities of the capitalist era will increasingly be handed off to intelligent technologies.
As capitalist markets and wage labor becomes less relevant, an economy built upon new principles and social values will progressively emerge: decentralized networks will take the place of markets; access to an abundance of shareable goods and services will reduce the significance of ownership and private property; open-source innovation, transparency and collaborative co-creation will replace the pursuit of competitive self-interest and autonomy; a commitment to sustainable development and a reintegration with the Earth’s biosphere will redress rampant materialism and overconsumption; and the re-discovery of our empathic nature will drive our pursuit for community engagement and social belonging in a rising Collaborative Commons.
The foundations of this economy will rest upon the principles of democracy, equality, diversity, transparency, universal access and sustainability.
If there is an underlying theme to the emerging paradigm, it is the decentralization of everything.
collaborativeeconomy  smartgrid  internetofthings  3dprinting  decentralisation  cooperative  guaranteedbasicincome  creativecommons  blockchain  capitalism  critique  author:ChristopherJDew  Medium  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
30,000 Foot Look at InsurTech | Daily Fintech
This mental framework, which I regularly use to classify every InsurTech initiative—whether it’s a start-up, a solution provided by established providers or a direct initiative by an insurance company—is based on the following macro-activities:
Awareness: Activities that generate awareness in the client—whether person or firm—regarding the need to be insured and other marketing aspects of the specific brand/offer;
Choice: about an insurance value proposition, which, in turn, are divided into two main groups:
Aggregators, who are characterized by the comparison of a large number of different solutions;
Underwriters, who are innovating the way to construct the offer for the specific client, irrespective of the act to compare different offers.
Sales/Purchase: Focuses on innovative ways in which the act of selling can be improved, including collection of premiums;
Use of the insurance product: clarifies three very distinct steps of the insurance value chain: policy handling, service delivery—which is acquiring an ever-growing significance within the insurance value proposition—and claims management;
Recommendation: Part of the customer journey which is becoming a key element in the customer’s experience with a product in many sectors;
The Internet of Things (IoT), we can include in this category of activities—transversal to the activities described above—all the hardware and software solutions representing the enablers of the connected insurance (the motor insurance telematics is the most consolidated use case);
Peer-to-peer (P2P): Initiatives that, in the last few years, have started to bring peer to peer logic to the insurance environment, in a manner similar to the old mutual insurance.
insurtech  insurance  fintech  opportunity  review  sales  market  marketing  internetofthings  recommendation  peertopeer  DailyFintech  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Intel CEO: We're cutting jobs to focus on growth
Intel is the latest legacy tech company to announce a restructuring plan that includes laying off a significant number of employees.

The company announced Tuesday it will cut 12,000 jobs, roughly 11 percent of its workforce, by 2017. Shares of Intel were up more than 1.25 percent Wednesday.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told "Squawk on the Street" on Wednesday that while the decision was difficult, the company came up with the 12,000 number by making choices about how it planned to focus on profitability and growth.
Intel  restructuring  microchips  PC  decline  redundancies  internetofthings  datacentre  opportunity  CNBC  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Nest says it may offer 'compensation' to Revolv users for disabling smart home hub | The Verge
Nest today responded to a torrent of criticism over its decision to deactivate Revolv smart home hubs. Following a viral Medium post from a displeased Revolv owner, Nest now says it's working with customers to find a better solution. In lieu of reversing the decision, the company may compensate people for the $300 they spent on a product that, starting next month, won't work anymore.

"We’ve been working with the small number of Revolv customers on a case-by-case basis since we sent out the first customer notification in February to determine the best resolution, including compensation," a company spokesperson told The Verge. It's unclear if Nest plans on refunding customers the full amount for Revolv's hub, which lets you control various appliances and home automation systems with a central app. Nest urges those interested to contact customer support at
Nest  Revolv  smarthome  internetofthings  compensation  TheVerge  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Nest Revenue Around $340 Million Last Year, but Budget Troubles Ahead | Re/code
Nest generated about $340 million in sales last year, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. That’s an impressive figure for a company in the very nascent market of Internet-connected devices.

But it’s below the initial expectations Google had set for Nest when it bought the startup in 2014 for a whopping $3.2 billion. The company’s sales performance may face even deeper scrutiny inside Google’s new parent company, Alphabet, where Nest now sits, as the hardware maker faces its most critical year ever.

Nest’s plight is a far cry from two years ago when it was brought on as one of Google’s biggest acquisitions as a vehicle to compete with Apple in the growing smart home market. Google also brought on CEO Tony Fadell, a former Apple exec, to inject Google with Apple’s hardware sensibility. But now it’s future is up in the air as it’s clearly fallen short of those lofty expectations.
Nest  Alphabet  Google  internetofthings  smarthome  revenues  critique  Recode  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Part 2: Six Top Tech Trends at SXSW 2016 | Future Foundation
We gather the most disruptive technologies coming out of SXSW 2016 and hint at where we see these technologies impacting the consumer landscape.
SXSW  innovation  review  virtualreality  artificialintelligence  Civtech  Govtech  internetofthings  healthcare  medtech  payments  FutureFoundation  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Why The Internet Of Things Might Never Speak A Common Language | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Even so, the ambitious goal of a common Internet of Things language is starting to seem like a Tower of Babel. Over the last year, tech titans like Apple, Google, and Amazon have built up their own ways of connecting to vast numbers of smart home products, and these companies have shown little interest in standardization. As these platforms gain traction, is it too late for a unified language to take hold?
internetofthings  standards  AppleHomeKit  Alexa  AmazonEcho  Nest  Weave  OCF  AllSeen  review  FastCompany  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
The five major use cases for financial blockchains – Chris Skinner's blog
So there you have the big five developments in blockchain use cases in finance today:

Smart Contracts
Smart Assets
Clearing and Settlement
Digital Identity
There are others but, for now, focus your thinking on these as they’re going to give you the short-term gains and long-term benefits.
blockchain  financialservices  usecase  smartcontracts  smartassets  clearingandsettlemenet  payments  digitalidentity  internetofthings  MoIP  machinetomachine  review  author:ChrisSkinner  TheFinanser  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Shaping the Future with WAN alternatives : Sigfox, LoRaWAN & Weightless – Keleno
WAN is an emerging technology that offers several benefits compared to traditional technologies. Wireless network technologies such as WiFi, ZigBee, Bluetooth etc can handle only consumer applications of the Internet of Things (IoT), but many industrial, civic, and other IoT applications need to operate over vastly greater territory than these technologies. Even-though cellular and satellite machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies have traditionally filled this gap, but cost, power,and scalability concerns make these choices less appealing for the future. A number of low- power,wide-area networking (LP-WAN) alternatives have arisen that need careful consideration to address these wide-ranging IoT applications.

M2M connectivity options that combine low- power and long-range present huge opportunities. Civic infrastructure systems such as parking resources, traffic control, utilities monitoring and distribution control, and environmental monitoring are just a few. Agricultural uses such as monitoring of crop conditions and livestock movements need wide-area coverage. Asset monitoring and tracking, from taxicabs to refrigerated produce shipments need regional, national, or even worldwide coverage. Transportation infrastructures such as rail lines and roadways need wide-area monitoring. Even consumer applications such as health monitoring could benefit from having an alternative to cellphones for their wide-area connectivity.
WAN  lowpowerwideareanetworking  machine2machine  internetofthings  innovation  telecoms  SigFox  LoTaWAN  Weightless  Keleno  2015 
march 2016 by inspiral
The Echo From Amazon Brims With Groundbreaking Promise - The New York Times
What is most interesting about the Echo is that it came out of nowhere. It isn’t much to look at, and even describing its utility is difficult. Here is a small, stationary machine that you set somewhere in your house, which you address as Alexa, which performs a variety of tasks — playing music, reading the news and weather, keeping a shopping list — that you can already do on your phone.

But the Echo has a way of sneaking into your routines. When Alexa reorders popcorn for you, or calls an Uber car for you, when your children start asking Alexa to add Popsicles to the grocery list, you start to want pretty much everything else in life to be Alexa-enabled, too.

In this way, Amazon has found a surreptitious way to bypass Apple and Google — the reigning monarchs in the smartphone world — with a gadget that has the potential to become a dominant force in the most intimate of environments: our homes.
Amazon  AmazonEcho  review  internetofthings  virtualassistant  advocacy  strategy  NYTimes  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Disrupting mobile — Benedict Evans
Equally, today we are starting to see an explosion in AI, as it leaves research labs and universities and turns into products and companies, that could have a similar scale and effect. Just as the web didn't replace Windows, but made it a commodity, AI might shift our attention away from mobile. 
tech  technology  evolution  PCs  mobile  internetofthings  virtualreality  augmentedreality  BenedictEvans  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
The Next Big Thing In Retail: Programmatic Commerce - Forbes
Welcome to the age of programmatic commerce: a world where mundane repeat purchases and those easily solved by data insights, are automatically done for you.

The phrase – though used in other spots across the internet – has been coined by global commerce service provider, Salmon, as: “Where consumers and businesses allow technology to make purchase decisions on their behalf based on pre-programmed parameters and learned preferences.”
programmaticcommerce  ecommerce  internetofthings  retail  opportunity  trends  Forbes  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
What’s Next in Computing? — Medium
But the future is coming: markets go up and down, and excitement ebbs and flows, but computing technology marches steadily forward.
technology  innovation  hardware  software  PCs  smartphones  internet  artificialintelligence  selfdrivingvehicles  drones  internetofthings  wearablecomputing  virtualreality  augmentedreality  opportunity  author:ChrisDixon  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Alexa, Unlock the Internet — 500ish Words — Medium
Yes, Siri exists in the home now via Apple TV. Sort of. Because of the still-limited functionality of that device, she actually resides much more comfortably in your home via any number of other iOS devices — iPhones, iPads, etc. The key to the Echo, in my mind, is two-fold:
It’s always on, always in the same place, always listening.
It’s a dedicated device for this functionality.
These seem like small, subtle distinctions. But it’s only after using an Echo that they become obvious. Having to do any sort of physical action to “turn on” Siri is actually a big deterrent. If you’re already using your phone, it’s less so. But if you’re not and you think of something to ask, it means pulling out your phone (or tablet), and hitting a button. (Assuming you have your phone/tablet on you, which you may not always in your home, of course.) Same for the Apple TV (but again, with more limited functionality). And don’t get me started on using Apple Watch for this…
AmazonEcho  smarthome  advocacy  internetofthings  comparison  Siri  GoogleNow  author:MGSiegler  500ish  Medium  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Peter Diamandis – Sensors & Convergence (Part 1)
The Earth is being covered by an ever-expanding mesh of networks and sensors that form the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything). Think of the IoT as the network of all digitally accessible objects, estimated at 15 billion in number today, and expected to grow to more than 50 billion by 2020.

But what makes this even more powerful, is that each of these connected devices, are themselves made up of a dozen sensors measuring everything from vibration, position and light, to blood chemistries and heart rate.
sensors  trends  growth  smartphones  API  4Kvideo  cloudcomputing  continuoussensordata  lowpower  innovation  satellites  internetofthings  PeterDiamandis  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
How IoT is going to ruin your career | DIGITS to DOLLARS
My interpretation of all this C-suite turmoil is that Boards are getting a lot of mixed signals about IoT creating ample room for serious dissent about strategy and timing. For those not up against the coal seam of day-to-day business, it feels like IoT is moving very fast. But for those in the tunnels, it is clear that is not the case. IoT is going to remain small for many years. Apparently that is not a story that boards want to hear.
internetofthings  review  growth  critique  management  standards  compatibility  DigitstoDollars  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
“Internet of Things” security is hilariously broken and getting worse | Ars Technica
Shodan, a search engine for the Internet of Things (IoT), recently launched a new section that lets users easily browse vulnerable webcams.

The feed includes images of marijuana plantations, back rooms of banks, children, kitchens, living rooms, garages, front gardens, back gardens, ski slopes, swimming pools, colleges and schools, laboratories, and cash register cameras in retail stores, according to Dan Tentler, a security researcher who has spent several years investigating webcam security.
InternetofThings  security  critique  Shodan  ArsTechnica  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
This is the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator that is rocking CES 2016 - Pocket-lint
The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator is quite an extraordinary product both in concept and in the flesh. Not only does it have a trio of cameras inside the door of the upper unit that takes a photo of your food every time you shut the fridge, sending the end result to your smartphone, it also has a 21.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display on the front that can be used in many life-enhancing ways.
For a start, you can interact with it using your mobile device and send pictures to the screen to display - in a similar way to pinning a photo to an older refrgerator using a magnet. And you can house an interactive calendar to keep track of family members, that shows front and centre.
Indeed, the family hub naming convention is well deserved it seems.
The screen can also be used to control audio playback, with stereo speakers also built into the fridge. And recipes can be pulled up as it connects to the internet. The web connectivity is also used for a grocery ordering service too.
Allied with Mastercard in the US, users can internet shop straight from the fridge, seeing what food or milk is required through the interior snapshot, and the items will be delivered to their door. We wonder if Samsung might similarly ally itself with one of the major grocery chains in the UK, such as Ocado, Tesco or Asda?
Samsung  SamsungFamilyHub  fridge  internetofthings  innovation  PocketLint  2016  smarthome 
january 2016 by inspiral
Smart Cars Meet Smart Homes: Ford Exploring SYNC Integration with Amazon Echo and Alexa, Wink | Ford Media Center
Ford is developing ways to pair millions of SYNC®-equipped vehicles globally with home automation devices or smart home products; half of consumers say they will buy at least one smart home product in the next year
Ford is working to integrate SYNC Connect and Amazon Echo to provide voice control access between the car and home; drivers could also access Internet-enabled devices, such as lights, home security systems, TVs and garage doors
Using Ford SYNC AppLink, drivers may also connect with the Wink smart home platform enabling seamless home automation, including the ability to program a garage door to open and a porch light to turn on when a certain distance from home
FordSync  internetofthings  AmazonEcho  Amazon  partnership  integrations  automotive  Ford  2016  innovation 
january 2016 by inspiral
CES 2016—Observations for Product People | Learning by Shipping
The major observations impacting product makers and technology decision makers on display at CES 2016 include:

Invisible finally making a clear showing (almost)
Capable infrastructure is clearly functional (almost)
Residential working now, but expectations high and software not there
Wearable computing focusing on fitness
Flyable is taking off
Drivable is the battle between incremental and leapfrog
Screens keep getting better
Image capture is ubiquitous
Small computers better and cheaper for everyone
Big computers better but not game changing
CES  review  smarthome  internetofthings  wearablecomputing  drones  automotive  selfdrivingvehicles  television  camera  smartphones  PCs  laptops  author:StevenSinofsky  LearningbyShipping  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Amazon's stealth takeover of the smart home at CES 2016 | The Verge
Without a booth or logo in sight, Alexa is weaving its way into third-party products here as varied as home security cameras, lighting systems, and Ford vehicles. By creating a voice interface for asking about the weather, playing music, and the mundane resupplying of paper towels and snacks, Amazon has emerged as the go-to partner for industries in need of powerful natural language processing and fast access to information from the internet. The benefit for Amazon is obvious: voice software tied directly to the Everything Store is a great way to keep people spending money on Amazon. But for an industry bedeviled by interface and compatibility issues, Alexa is an attractive way forward.
Amazon  Alexa  voicerecognition  smarthome  opportunity  internetofthings  partnership  Ford  Ivoxia  creativeshowcase  TheVerge  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Altimeter’s Top Digital Trends for 2016 | Altimeter Group
2016 is now upon us, and for those of us in the research business, it’s a chance to pool our collective knowledge and lay out what we think will be the most important areas of focus in the new year. From the minds of Altimeter analysts Charlene Li, Susan Etlinger, Ed Terpening and Omar Akhtar, here are Altimeter’s top trends for 2016:
tech  trends  forecast  omnichannel  socialmedia  complexity  data  privacy  ethics  artificialintelligence  marketingcloud  internetofthings  Altimeter  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Accenture: Consumers not interested in Internet of Things devices - Business Insider
Accenture surveyed more than 28,000 consumers in 28 countries. Here's what they found out:

People are getting bored with new smartphones. Only 48% of consumers plan to buy a smartphone in the next 12 months. That's down 6 points from last year — the first drop since Accenture started doing this survey almost a decade ago, the company's representative Charles Hartley told me. The drop was particularly stark in China, where it went from 82% last year to only 61% this year. Of those who don't plan to buy a new one, 47% said the main reason was because their current phone was good enough.
They're also bored with tablets and laptops. Similarly, the survey showed an eight-point drop in purchase intent for tablets, and a six-point drop for laptops. Overall, only 13% expected to spend more on smartphones, tablets, and laptops this year than last year. That's compared with 33% who said they were planning to spend more in 2014 than 2013. 
Interest in new kinds of gadgets is not filling the gap. Most worryingly, interest in wearables and connected devices was flat from last year, and purchase intent is relatively low
A lot of people are worried about security and privacy of these new gadgets. This was perhaps the biggest surprise: The number-two reason people didn't plan to buy one of these devices (which Accenture calls "Internet of Things" or IoT devices) was because they were worried that they would expose their personal information
smartphones  Tablets  laptops  PCs  internetofthings  consumer  survey  research  security  privacy  critique  Accenture  BusinessInsider  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Looking Beyond the Internet of Things - The New York Times
“The idea is turning the world into a smart object that can be continuously improved, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Matthew Wood, the general manager of product strategy at Amazon Web Services, or A.W.S., the retailer’s giant cloud computing business.


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AdamBosworth  profile  Salesforce  internetofthings  trends  sensors  opportunity  NYTimes  2015 
january 2016 by inspiral
16 mobile theses — Benedict Evans
We’re now coming up to 9 years since the launch of the iPhone kicked off the smartphone revolution, and some of the first phases are over - Apple and Google both won the platform war, mostly, Facebook made the transition, mostly, and it’s now perfectly clear that mobile is the future of technology and of the internet. But within that, there's a huge range of different themes and issues, many of which are still pretty unsettled.

In this post, then, I outline what I think are the 16 topics to think about within the current generation, outline the key issues for each of them, and then link to the things I’ve written in the last year or so that try to understand them. In January, I’ll dig into some of the themes for the future - VR, AR, drones and AI, but this is where we are today.
mobile  smartphones  trends  forecast  mobileinternet  productivity  Microsoft  mobileoperatingsystems  Android  iOS  search  discovery  mobileapps  mobilemessaging  internetofthings  automotive  television  smartwatch  BenedictEvans  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Netflix socks
Sometimes a show is so good, you just can’t stop. And the next thing you know, zzzzz. Netflix socks detect when you’ve dozed off and send a signal to your TV, automatically pausing your show. Never again will you binge-watch yourself to sleep, only to wake up two seasons later wondering what happened.
internetofthings  wearablecomputing  streamingmedia  innovation  Netflix  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
2015 Oil and Gas Digital and Technology Trends Survey
The latest digital energy survey by Accenture and Microsoft reveals the resilience of digital technology investment in the oil and gas industry – despite volatile oil prices.
petroleum  informationtechnology  investment  cloudcomputing  collaboration  internetofthings  efficiency  research  USA  Microsoft  Accenture  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Ericsson Mobility Report - Ericsson
Ericsson Mobility Report is one of the leading analyses of data traffic available, providing in-depth measurements from the world’s largest selection of live networks spread all around the globe.
The report uses those measurements and analysis, together with internal forecasts and other relevant studies, to provide insights into current traffic and market trends in today’s Networked Society.
We update the report regularly, ensuring that it always provides relevant and current information.
mobile  mobileinternet  internetofthings  smartphones  statistics  global  forecast  Europe  MiddleEast  NorthAfrica  NorthAmerica  SouthEast  Asia  NorthEastAsia  Ericsson  2016 
june 2015 by inspiral
Patience, IoT Is the New “Electronic” | Learning by Shipping
The Internet of Things is not about the things or even the platform the same way we thought about motors or microprocessors. The big winners in IoT will be thinking about an entirely different future, not just connecting to things we already use today in ways we already use them.
internetofthings  forecast  impact  opportunity  author:StevenSinofsky  LearningbyShipping  2015 
february 2015 by inspiral
The internet of things: expect the spectacular — but just not yet -
“We will see hundreds of little applications that will be eventually woven together to make a smart city,” says Mr Pilu. “I believe this will develop in an evolutionary way.”
But do not expect the internet of things to do spectacular things just yet. For the time being, expect more internet-connected bins and street lighting, while businesses work out just what else these ecosystems can do.
InternetofThings  growth  opportunity  critique  smartcities  FinancialTimes  2015 
february 2015 by inspiral
Big Mother Is Watching You: The Track-Everything Revolution Is Here Whether You Want It Or Not - BuzzFeed News
The future will be quantified, then, because these devices promise the latest iteration of what we’ve always sought: happiness. Which, at least in the 21st century, doubles as simplicity. A life in which your heartbeat and respiration and location dictate when your house turns off and on; a life in which the guesswork of eating and exercising and the mysteries of our bodies could be eliminated. That promise of ultimate, seamless simplicity — and the happiness that supposedly accompanies it — will be too much, even for the most suspicious and privacy-conscious among us, to resist.
wearablecomputing  internetofthings  quantifiedself  kGoal  Whistle  Nest  Snapshot  Dropcam  MimoBaby  Fitbit  Jawbone  LumoLift  Scanadu  Lively  Spire  Scanaflo  VitalConnect  opportunity  privacy  critique  BuzzFeed  2014 
january 2015 by inspiral
The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes | WIRED
A sensor is not a machine. It doesn’t do anything in the same sense that a machine does. It measures, it evaluates; in short, it gathers data. The Internet of Things really comes together with the connection of sensors and machines. That is to say, the real value that the Internet of Things creates is at the intersection of gathering data and leveraging it. All the information gathered by all the sensors in the world isn’t worth very much if there isn’t an infrastructure in place to analyze it in real time.

Cloud-based applications are the key to using leveraged data. The Internet of Things doesn’t function without cloud-based applications to interpret and transmit the data coming from all these sensors. The cloud is what enables the apps to go to work for you anytime, anywhere.
internetofthings  sensors  cloudcomputing  trends  opportunity  Wired  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
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