Learn how the Internet of Things is changing how we live, work and play.

Episodes

In this short episode, we take on the controversial topic of self checkouts.  We start by talking about why I love them and why most people should stop using them (please!).  In the main part, we go over why most people are being total hypocrites when they protest the use of automated checkouts.  Finally, we talk about what you can do to protect jobs, if you are truly passionate about doing so.

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Ok, get your mind out of the gutter ... we are talking about if size matters when it comes to IoT devices, namely ones used for tracking.  We will cover some of the technologies that has allowed IoT devices to reduce their size, why this matters and how it has helped to increase IoT's potential market.

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In this short episode, we examine sensors on today's cars, covering their pros and cons.  We then examine what kinds of sensors may be needed to finally achieve the goal of self-driving cars.

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In this short episode, we look at Levi's new Trucker Jean jacket.  It has some interesting IoT-based technology on it that may appeal to some, but do you really need one?  We examine some of its features, look at its target markets and answer the question ... "do you really need one?"

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In this short episode, we examine "AIoT."  We cover what it is, what impact it can make and we answer the question ... "Will companies use the power of AIoT for good or for evil?"

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In this short episode, we examine what is meant by the term "dirty network," if 5G would qualify as one and what is being done to secure devices on this new platform.

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In this short episode, we start by examining the overall value that a smart camera can offer to your home or business.  We then delve into a review of the Ring Spotlight camera and talk about whom it may most appeal to.

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Ok, I am a sucker for these lists.  I always want to know what people don't want me to know.  If that is you, this is the list for you.  Find out 6 secrets about the IoT industry that insiders don't want you to know.

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In this mini episode, we examine 10 different security concerns that your company needs to know about.  

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In this short episode, we examine several of Amazon's newest products for the Smart home.  We look at some upgrades (like the Echo Dot), some of their cutting edge products (like Loop and their take on the Smart Glasses called the Echo Frames) and new products like the Echo Studio.  We also look at how they are improving the smart home ... from simplifying the set up of devices to improving security/privacy to extending the range of devices when they leave your home.

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In the final part to this series, we look at how your solution is maintained and help provide tips on when you should consider upgrading hardware and to a new cellular network.  

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In this short episode, we look at the implementation stage of a solution.  This covers setting up devices, ensuring they are installed properly, handling integration into systems and getting your team (and customers) up to speed.

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In the 2nd part to our series, we examine 10 things you need to consider when selecting the right IoT solution.  Most of them will apply to any organization, regardless of what you do or how big you are ... so, you don't want to miss it!

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In this short podcast, we start our series on how organizations of all sizes can add IoT to improve their operations.  We start off in Part one with the "Honest Assessment."  For any solution to work, you need to know where you are starting from and this requires you to assess things like your current level of technology, your company's willingness to change and what you hope to accomplish from an IoT solution.  We cover those things and more ...

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In this short episode, we look at the Smart city.  Specifically, we look at some of the criticisms that were put forward in a recent New York Times article about a city using IoT and answer the question ... "Considering the issues and possible alternatives, does it make sense for a city to become smart?"

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In this short podcast, we cover the value of a smart lighting system for your home, why I chose the Philips Hue system and we answer why every home should invest in some smart lights.

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(photo is courtesy of Ecobee)

In this short podcast, we first examine what my objections were to putting in a smart thermostat in my home (and how they were overcome).  We then go over a review of the Ecobee3 Lite product and finally, we discuss the value that most homeowners will see in installing a smart thermostat in their home

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(picture is courtesy of Ring / Amazon)

In this short podcast, we review the Ring Doorbell, Doorbell 2 and the home security systems.  We go over installation/setup, its use and offer a verdict on whether you should get it.

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In this short podcast, we look at how IoT is shaking up two key industries (both good and bad).  We also talk about how it is changing the car and energy industry today and into the future.

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In this short mini episode, we examine a controversial topic, automation.  We talk about some of the upside to automating tasks, what some of the downside is and we answer the question on why we think it is a good idea that automation replaces the “average” worker ... the answer may surprise you!

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In this special bonus episode for our series on the Smart Home, we examine the three different levels of Smart Home Assistants (entry level, those with LCD screens and premium audio versions).  We cover products from Amazon (Alexa), Apple (Siri) and Google (Google Home) and we let you know which devices are best for different uses and areas of your home.  This is a must listen before you buy your first (or next) device.

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In this fourth part to our series on the Smart Home, we examine issues surrounding the security of your devices and ensuring your data remains private.  We go over some things that you can do to protect yourself and we answer the question ... "Considering all of the potential issues, is it worth going down the path of making your home smart?"

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In this third part to our series on the Smart Home, we look at how most people access Smart products ... the Smart Assistant.  Whether you use Alexa, Siri, Google or any other one, we go over the good, bad and ugly of using these devices.

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After covering how Smart home devices are making it easier for those with special needs to stay in their home longer in Part one, we jump into a bit of a guide as to Smart home devices.  Rather than focusing on individual products (that can change quite quickly), we focused on major categories.  We discuss Smart lights, Smart Access Control systems, the growth in smart door bells / home video offerings and how you can control access to your home remotely.

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In the first of a four part series on the Smart Home, we examine how IoT-based technologies are enabling people who have special needs to stay in their home longer.  This may be those who are aging, those with dementia and other cognitive issues or those with physical issues that may require them to need extra help.

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In this mini episode, we examine 6 different ways that IoT is improving the Insurance industry by allowing them to offer more variety in their policies, reduce clerical cost and improve their abilities to predict disasters.  As a bonus, we add in some thoughts on how autonomous cars are making the pricing of insurance more difficult than ever before.

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In this followup episode (the original 5 were in Mini Episode 15), we explore 5 more ways that IoT is changing transportation as we know it.  We examine things like how it will change the business model of the car companies, how it will power self-driving taxis and forklifts and how it is powering the goal to travel to Mars on day.

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In this mini episode, we look at how IoT is being used to provide valuable information from 8 different devices that you may not think of when you think of IoT.  This ranges from airport carts to prosthetic legs and more.  We cover how it helps these 8 different examples and how those applications may help your business, even if you are in a different space.

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In this Mini Episode, we examine the value that higher end cellular gateways offer organizations.  This includes enhanced reliability, security and expandability, which often make it cheaper to operate these devices when compared to lower-cost alternatives.

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In this short mini episode, we cover what you need to know to plan your move to "cut the wire" for your business and move to 5G.  This includes the upside, some points of concern and a great summary that all small business owners need to know.

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