Apple Homekit collaborators
*Something of an Apple mini-consortium here. They seem a modest lot an very much in Apple’s orbit, except for Philips and Honeywell.
While the list is sure to continue growing, here are some of the HomeKit partners Apple has already announced and the products those companies are hoping consumers will find just as impossible to live without as their smartphones:
August—August says its smart lock’s encrypted locking technology is “safer than keys that can get lost and codes that can be copied.” The company is already taking orders for the $250 device and says it expects to fill orders in late October.
Haier—The Tianzun smart air conditioner, unveiled at CES earlier this year, “connects automatically to any iOS device, without any complex registration process, enabling users to control the air conditioner settings remotely,” according to the company.
iDevices—The iGrill Mini is a Bluetooth-enabled device that lets chefs monitor the temperature of their meat via an iOS device.
iHome—Apple-ready devices like radios and alarm clocks are nothing new for iHome, which is expected to produce a suite of new devices made to work with HomeKit.
Honeywell—Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is a direct competitor to Google’s Nest, which is conspicuously absent from the list of HomeKit compatible devices.
Phillips—The Hue line of network-connected light bulbs already have an iOS app that lets users control lighting levels, hues and schedules remotely and it’s expected this functionality will be included in HomeKit.
Chamberlaine—The $130 MyQ Smartphone Garage Door Opener does what you might expect: It allows users to open or close their garages remotely.
SkyBell—With a motion sensor and built-in video camera, the SkyBell WiFi Doorbell lets users see and speak to who’s at the door. Paired with a remote lock like the August, users could even let guests in without leaving the couch. Pair with a pizza-ordering app and suddenly the world of “The Jetsons” doesn’t seem so far off.
11:25 pm • 18 September 2014 • 1 note
*The Internet is here for your jet-engines.
*That’s a pretty good report as analyst reports go. I’ll reframe the “three approaches” for you:
*Grab full cybernetic control of old-fashioned, leaky machinery;
*Disrupt and dis-intermediate the previous value chain;
*Eliminate unions and fire the industrial work force.
*How could that not work? There’s every kind of logic behind it. It won’t be easy, of course it’s epic struggle, but it’s not hype or delusion. It’s what’s happening everywhere else only more so.
2:30 pm • 18 September 2014
29th July 2014
We’ll cut to the chase: Sifteo has been acquired by 3D Robotics! We’re really excited about it; we will continue to support Sifteo Cubes and Sifteo users; and we are so grateful to our customers and supporters around the world.Thank you.
When we (Dave and Jeevan) started Sifteo in 2009, we knew we could deliver magical versions of everyday objects - that we could use the latest in computing and sensors to create new interactions that were more natural, more human, and just better than what currently existed.
We discovered something special with Siftables - which we later named Sifteo Cubes: they made kids happy, pulled families together for play, and enriched the lives of students all over the world. We feel fortunate to have built a team of extremely bright, talented and good people who believed in what we were doing, shaped it, and brought it to life. As a team we have built and shipped amazing products - hardware, software, games - that customers all over the world have enjoyed.
So, it’s with real elation that we announce that 3D Robotics has acquired Sifteo. We are thrilled.
In this past year we’ve been working on a new product and getting ready to launch it. But when we were presented with the chance to join forces with a company that is redefining how we interact with and connect the digital and physical worlds - flying robots! - we had to say “yes!”
We can’t say too much about how Sifteo’s people and technology will become a part of 3D Robotics, but we hope you’ll stay tuned. Chris Anderson and the 3D Robotics team are awesome, visionary and hard-working - it’s going to be fun.
Down to brass tacks: we’re not going away. We are going to rejigger the website a bit, but our support system will remain open until August 1, 2015 - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything.
We want to conclude with a “thank you” to everyone who has been part of the Sifteo story - customers, employees, partners, advisors, friends and our investors - True Ventures, Foundry Group and The National Science Foundation. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that - while it’s fun to build brand new things - the whole point of our existence as a company is to deliver valuable experiences to our customers. We are grateful we had the chance to do so. We wouldn’t be here without your support and guidance and love. Thanks, everyone!
Jeevan & Dave
CEO & President, Sifteo Inc.
2:02 pm • 18 September 2014 • 2 notes
Metacloud, open stacks, fog computing, privacy, etc
*Well, it’s this or get eaten alive by the major Stacks and their colossal cloud-castles of Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud.
*If you don’t trust those three enormous entities, and if you suspect that they plan to use the Internet of Things to disrupt you and eat your lunch, this is where you are supposed to go instead. Good luck with that.
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Metacloud
Acquisition of Private OpenStack Cloud Service Company Accelerates Cisco’s Intercloud Strategy
SAN JOSE, Calif. – September 17, 2014 – Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Metacloud deploys and operates private clouds (((<—- nice term of art there, but Cisco is superb at that))) for global organizations with a unique OpenStack-as-a-Service model that delivers and remotely operates production-ready private clouds (((<—- another one))) in a customer’s data center.
Metacloud’s OpenStack-based cloud platform will accelerate Cisco’s strategy to build the world’s largest global Intercloud, (((<—- #3))) a network of clouds, ((( <—-#4)) together with key partners to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything.
Since announcing its Intercloud strategy in March, Cisco has made rapid progress, enlisting key technology partners, service and cloud providers, all of whom are standardizing upon the Cisco Cloud Services architecture, which is based on OpenStack open source software for building private and public clouds. (((That wondrous sentence sums up the state of contemporary Internet of Things wrangling. Eventually all this enlisting and standardizing is gonna lead to some more or less organized combat for more or less literal control of “Everything,” and God only knows what that looks like and how long it will last.)))
With OpenStack (((<—- that’s a good name, too))) gaining global acceptance through its ability to handle any workload on any hypervisor (((<—- on any what?)) )on any public or private cloud, the ability to manage OpenStack installations at scale is a critical component of Cisco’s Intercloud strategy. Cisco’s acquisition of Metacloud’s remote managed OpenStack Private Cloud-as-a-Service platform will play an increasingly important role in accelerating Cisco customers’ journey to the cloud, enabling enterprises to match the as-a-Service operational benefits of public cloud with the security and control provided by private cloud. Metacloud also will allow service providers to combine their public cloud deployments with remotely managed OpenStack private clouds, and to deliver unique Intercloud offerings to their customers.
“Cloud computing has dramatically changed the IT landscape. To enable greater business agility and lower costs, organizations are shifting from an on-premise IT structure to hybrid IT – a mix of private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise applications,” said Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. “The resulting silos present a challenge to IT administrators, as choice, visibility, data sovereignty (((<—- Russians like this term “data sovereignty”))) and protection in this world of many clouds requires an open platform. We believe Metacloud’s technology will play a critical role in enabling our customers to experience a seamless journey to a new world of many clouds, providing choice, flexibility, and data governance.” (((In this context “data governance” means you are not a hapless, spied-upon pawn of Google, Microsoft or Amazon, but that’s a pretty weird adoption of the term “governance,” which commonly has something to do with a government rather than an entity like Google, Microsoft or Amazon. But, well, if it’s the “Internet of Everything” that’s logically got to mean everything that current governments imagine they control.)))
Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president. The acquisition of Metacloud is expected to be complete in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow (((<—- I’d stop right there if I were the copywriter here))) by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.
Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco’s trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.
This press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the expected completion of the acquisition and the time frame in which this will occur, the expected benefits to Cisco and its customers from completing the acquisition, plans regarding Metacloud personnel, and acceleration of Cisco’s Intercloud strategy. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including, among other things, the potential impact on the business of Metacloud due to the uncertainty about the acquisition, the retention of employees of Metacloud and the ability of Cisco to successfully integrate Metacloud and to achieve expected benefits, business and economic conditions and growth trends in the networking industry, customer markets and various geographic regions, global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment and other risk factors set forth in Cisco’s most recent report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based on limited information currently available to Cisco, which is subject to change, and Cisco will not necessarily update the information.
7:26 am • 18 September 2014
*Well, it’s worth a try, I guess.
11:50 pm • 17 September 2014
*That makes sense… if you are somehow willing to trust a bunch of double-A batteries with a locked door.
"Ever been looking for your keys, and wanted to call them, before you realize that they are hideously analog pieces of metal? Or wanted to let someone into your house when you’re not at home, without having to lend them your keys?
“Lockitron was the solution that descended from hardware heaven – a device that fits over the lock on your door and that is controlled via an app. It raised $2.2M on Kickstarter but missed its original shipping deadline by 1.5 years, leaving its backers in a deadlock (pun!).
"Are you one of them? Stop glaring at your empty mailbox and channel all your frustration into making your own awesome smartphone connected lock – The Bean Lock.
"The Bean Lock is built around an electronic wireless deadbolt and is controlled by the LightBlue Bean. The LightBlue Bean is an Arduino compatible microcontroller that is programmed wirelessly over Bluetooth Low Energy so that you can reprogram it even after you have built it in to your project. The lock is opened using the iOS application LightBlue that lets you send serial data to the LightBlue Bean without having to build your own app”….
10:17 pm • 17 September 2014
*The majors can hire some pretty good graphic designers.
9:16 pm • 17 September 2014
Industrial Internet Day
*You may not have realized that mankind’s failure to surveil all the oceans in real-time was such a big deal. However, that’s the kind of issue that the O’Reilly org really gets.
Industrial Internet Day
Wednesday, October 15
1 D03/1 D04
9:00am - 5:00pm
Big Data is reaching beyond the Internet and into the machines that drive our world. Visit Industrial Internet day to gain insights from the way that power plants, factories, cars, and airplanes make use of sensors and software intelligence to improve operations and help managers make good decisions.
IIOT Applied: 10 Things I Learned While Deploying an IIoT Machine Learning System
Cameron Turner, Student, The Data Guild
The Data Guild’s Cameron Turner will share his experience in building a IIoT machine learning system to control one of the largest medical factories in the world. We will walk through the story from problem statement to solution and discuss the wins and pitfalls of data automation in an industrial setting.
Oceans 2.0: The Last Remaining Wild West
Ami Daniel, CEO, Windward
Knowing what’s happening at sea – from tracking a single ship to understanding commodity trade flows - is essential for decision makers across industries. But despite the huge stakes involved, this world remains opaque, with unreliable, fragmented data.
Big Data Analytics: Enabling Innovation while Reducing Risk
David Simchi-Levi, Professor of Engineering , MIT
We outline how big data and decision science (i) help Ford change the way they manage its supply network to increase resilience; (ii) improved revenue at Rue La La, an online Retailer; and (iii) motivated Rolls-Royce to introduce a new business model.
Video Analytics in the Big & Fast Streaming Data Era
Victor Fang, Senior Data Scientist, Pivotal; Yu Cao, Engineering Manager, EMC
Video analytics is an important tool for traffic management, public security and more. A Video Analytics Data Lake (VADL) platform is the latest salvo in the constant battle to process and understand huge volumes of video data. The VADL enables advanced Data Science on video data including Real time analytics with In-Memory Databases, distributed queuing; Micro Batch and Mega batch with Hadoop.
The Industrial Internet and the Data Revolution
Nathan Oostendorp, CTO, Sight Machine
Like the industrial revolutions of the 1800 and 1900s, a confluence of technologies is fundamentally changing how manufacturing works. Now, for the first time, the data generated from automation can be stored and analyzed in real time, making plants able operate more effectively by orders of magnitude.
IID Session with Alasdair Allan
Alasdair Allan, Co-founder, The Thing System, Inc.
Alasdair Allan, Co-founder, The Thing System, Inc.
Industrial Internet Day Closing Panel
Jon Bruner, Editor-at-Large, O’Reilly Media; Leo Spiegel, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Pivotal
This wrap-up panel will draw together experts on the Industrial Internet to visit major themes and take questions from the audience.
2:50 pm • 17 September 2014
*Maybe I can ask my “M2M supplier” to come back Monday with two extra shopping bags of M2M.
11:49 am • 17 September 2014
The built-up area of Atlanta and Barcelona represented at the same scale
Urban densities are not trivial, they severely limit the transport mode choice and change only very slowly
Because of the large differences in densities between Atlanta and Barcelona about the same length of metro line is accessible to 60% of the population in Barcelona but only 4% in Atlanta. The low density of Atlanta render this city improper for rail transit.
By Alain Bertaud
11:26 am • 17 September 2014 • 78 notes