Can Ubiquitous Computing and Minimalism Coexist?

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00January 4th, 2017|Future, IoT|

I was starting to watch a documentary on Netflix called "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" when my heart began to sink. What is going on with the world? Are we just robots responding by instinct to shiny, colorful commercials, working ourselves to death to afford things we really don't even want? After a [...]

A Very IoT Christmas

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 26th, 2016|IoT|

Opening gift after gift Christmas morning is an event. Accompanied by family and laughter, gift after gift is opened, and this year my wife, Sarah, got me an Echo Dot, a Phillips Hue starter kit (with two white Lux bulbs included), and she helped her mom and stepfather pick out a Phillips Hue Color Ambiance as [...]

‘Twas The Night Before an IoT Christmas

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 24th, 2016|Future, IoT|

'Twas the night before Christmas, in the automated home, Not a device was stirring, not even one; Google Home was set by the chimney with care, Waiting for "Hey Google" to hang in the air; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of Phillips Hues danced in their heads; And mamma [...]

Death By 1,000 Subscriptions: Figuring Out The IoT Business Model Of The Future

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 12th, 2016|Future, IoT|

A path diverges in a wood. ― Robert Frost The future involves a monthly bill. Microsoft is Office 365, the cloud service with the monthly or yearly fee. Adobe has completely phased out their buy-once use-forever model, favoring a $50-a-month service. Same-same with Quickbooks. TurboTax. Amazon Prime. Netflix. Spotify. Even smaller, more niche software have jumped on the [...]

Modularizing The Internet Of Things

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 12th, 2016|Business, IoT|

The Internet of Things has many design considerations, and one very important tool that needs to be considered in all but the most disposable IoT devices is the idea of modularization. You might be of the age where you remember going to work on the ol' Buick with your dad. You handed him crescent wrenches [...]

The 5 Principles of IoT UX Design

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 12th, 2016|IoT|

I had a great conversation with Jenae Ramos, UX designer and co-organizer of Orlando's Downtown UX Meetup, talking about design and the Internet of Things. Jenae joked that designing for the screen involves many permutations of "fancy rectangles." While that is completely selling the complexity of UX design short, I get the point. After years of  designing [...]

Internet of Things vs. Ubiquitous Computing vs. Pervasive Computing

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 5th, 2016|Future, IoT, Tech|

What are the differences between ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, and the Internet of Things? These terms are full of subtleties, but my simplified is simply that the Internet of Things is ubiquitous or pervasive computing in a more limited scope. Ubiquitous and pervasive computing, which you can think of as pretty much the same thing, is the [...]

Could Use A Confidence Boost? Teach Some Kids

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00November 23rd, 2016|IoT, Programming|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXjWEaEhqGU Confidence is a kind of high. You see the world a little brighter, your stride becomes a strut, and colors are saturated. It's also a high in the sense it's not the constant state of things. As a professional,we take our knowledge and experience for granted sometimes, and in doing so, confidence is always [...]

How IoT Will Revolutionize Healthcare

By |2016-11-22T10:57:22+00:00November 22nd, 2016|IoT|

https://youtu.be/SCQqAM317-I In a recent panel we had at the Orlando IoT Meetup, we were discussing the future of the Internet of Things. Ashley Simmons, the Director of Innovation at the Florida Hospital, gave some insight to the future of healthcare when I asked each panel member what their field will look like in 50 years. [...]

Is IoT A Fad?

By |2016-11-21T21:11:58+00:00November 21st, 2016|IoT|

https://youtu.be/a9CRewIfZZI Is the Internet of Things a fad? If you want the "Too Long, Didn't Read" version: No. It's actually been here a while and the concept won't be going away any time soon, although it will undoubtedly change form as technology changes (and may even change it's name to something else if history is any indication). [...]