GeLo Webinar: Bluetooth Beacons with Content Management System

GeLo, which integrates Bluetooth LE beacons with a content management system, will be holding a Webinar tomorrow, November 14th at 9:00 am PST, hosted by the Bluetooth developer portal. (If you can’t make it, they’ll archive the Webinar following the broadcast. Also see Brock’s summary of the Webinar). The intro will be worth it to […]

White House Test Bed for the Internet of Things

While Beijing plans to spend 5 billion yuan on the Internet of Things by 2015, the White House is getting in on the act by inviting applications to an IoT “test bed” – while asking developers to foot the bill. It’s a start, I suppose. The test bed communities will go live April 2014 and will […]

Responsive Design for the Internet of Things

We need a responsive design framework for the Internet of Things: a set of procedures, approaches and best practices that guide the design of the user experience in a way that’s responsive to the “real” instead of the screen. I’ve been calling this approach Responsive-R (for reality). Responsive-R is an acknowledgement that there’s a major […]

Design Thinking and the Internet of Things

The first challenges on the Internet of Things are engineering-based. Getting things to talk to each other, reverse engineering beacon packets and whacking away at code until I can figure out how to water the lawn or adjust the temperature in my living room. But technology alone is not the answer. Just because we can doesn’t […]

The Internet of Things Will Change….The World!!!!

The Internet of Things is about to transform retail, work, industries, life at home, life at school…Pick your industry. Choose the part of your life that will be transformed. And then say, in a deep booming voice… “IN A WORLD…” and fill in the blank with whatever rocks your, um, world. Use the first 16 […]

Kids, iBeacons and the Internet of Things

It isn’t just shoppers or visitors to museums who will benefit from iBeacon technology: kids are an obvious next frontier for content that’s enabled by a world of connected devices. The latest report by Common Sense Media outlines the stunning growth in access to smart devices amongst kids. Compared to 2011, five times as many […]

Internet of Things Monday Brief: Build, Feel

Screens are old school. Even the screen on your smart phone, which might be driving you to distraction, is a trivial toy when compared to the coming flood of hardware…10 connected devices or sensors for every person on the planet. It’s a hardware renaissance. A hardware revolution: “If the hardware revolution as a whole were […]

Internet of Things: Saving Us From Distraction

The Internet of Things will bring us back to reality. Instead of isolation and disconnection, we’ll be connected again, we’ll be more physical, more tactile. Without it, smart phones and mobile devices may just kill us and destroy public life. Urban theorist Malcolm McCullough says we can’t stop our love affair with our devices. But […]

The Future of iBeacons: 5 Companies to Watch

If you want to see the future of iBeacons, don’t just look to retailers for the answer. Apple’s launch of iBeacons finally gives us a wireless tech that works across platforms and addresses the limitations of NFC and GPS. But the early focus seems to be on retail, with Business Week proclaiming that iBeacon is […]

Lamps That Talk on the Internet of Things

Your phone is a clumsy interface to the Internet of Things: it takes too many hands and eyes and touching and swiping to get it to do the simplest of things. Instead, look to calm computing for hints at where an aware and connected world is taking us and think about the lamp post at […]