The Internet of Things is Inspiring a New World of Partnerships
When it comes to the smart home, big names like Nest and Dropcam have gotten
most of the attention due to their product success and lucrative acquisition
But as impressive as these products have been, there are a multitude of other
unknown products ranging from door locks to basic thermostats that require
connectivity and back end cloud services.
Stepping into this market niche are a wave of Internet of Things (IoT)
platform providers that work with manufacturers to provide both hardware
(modules with a processor and a wifi chip) and software services like
iOS/Android integration, APIs, and cloud services.
While big players like GE and Cisco likely will make a play for this space,
particularly on the industrial side, the early startups include Electric Imp,
Ayla Networks, Xively and Arrayent.
Jawbone’s Apps Will Soon Support Everyone Else’s Hardware
For the past few months, I’ve done something which is dorky even by my own
dorky standards: I’ve often gone out in public with two wearable devices on
One has been a smartwatch of some sort. (At the moment, it’s Motorola’s
The other has usually been Jawbone’s Up 24 fitness band.
Here’s why: Overall, the Up app, which works only with Jawbone’s
hardware, is the richest, cleverest one I’ve found for counting steps,
monitoring sleep, and logging information about what I eat.
But the slinky little Up band ... (more)
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I love The Internet of Things. You do, too, even if you don’t know exactly
what it is yet. Hardly a day goes by where I don’t find a story about some
awesome company creating some new awesome gadget that taps into The Internet
of Things. Scrolling through these stories is like taking a peek at the world
(and our homes!) three to five years down the line.
But, uh, what exactly is The Internet of Things? And why should you care?
Great questions! Let’s sort it all out.
What Is The Internet of Things?
Basically, The Internet of Things is how all of your connected devices talk
to each ... (more)