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5 Posts authored by: elecia
I’m going to describe a fantastic new option that solves all the problems I’ve brought up in this series. Like a magic wand if you touch your implanted security tag to a device, it immediately connects to Skynet where your data now (and in the future) will be available to you via your visual implant. Sorry. I don’t really have an instant fix. Apple showed off a neat solution where you tap your iPhone against your Apple TV and they shared passwords, auto-config ...
Having covered IoT configuration using different wireless communication methods, I want to return to the system view to explore higher level trade-offs. Your decisions have ramifications, often non-obvious ones. For example, when I visited my optometrist, knowing I work in this field, he was excited to tell me about his new thermostat. He’d opted to not pay a premium for Nest, getting another brand. He was generally happy with being able to set his home temperature from wherever ...
In the last post, I described a framework for putting together an Internet of Things system: the device, communications layer, Internet handling, the server cloud, and the interface to the user. In this post, we’ll get to where the technology meets the users. I intend to focus on the communications box though we’ll come back to the system view in the next post.   Within the communication area, I’m going to focus on the first few, fraught, minutes of getting the device ou ...
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IoT System Framework

Posted by elecia May 13, 2014
Last week, I posted an introduction to this blog series, called What Marketing Won’t Tell You About the Internet of Thing And What We Can Do About It. Despite my link-bait title, I quite like the Internet of Things and all of the wonderful connected devices. However, I’m wary of depending on my engineering skills to set up what are supposedly consumer devices.   In this installment, I’m going to provide a framework for how devices get connected and give some examples show ...
At EELive this year, I gave a talk entitled What marketing won’t tell you about the Internet of Things. While the talk title is link bait, the presentation is more about how technology is not serving consumers and how to start fixing that. A few people asked for the presentation notes or a transcript, as the talk is tough to do without some back and forth. To that end, I wanted to write things properly (so you don’t see notes like “tell the optometrist story”).This blog s ...

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