Recently, I had to re-educate my garage door opener. Our house on a hill in San Francisco occasionally settles, and the door is experiencing different stresses than it did 5 years ago when I installed a new opener. So I had to re-teach it how to open and close the door.
IoT World 2019 was definitely a solid show. We’ve been exhibiting or attending for 5 years now and it’s been great to see the show evolve. It’s gone through a few iterations as they’ve added and then removed “co-shows” like AI and Blockchain. This year’s co-show is Autonomous Vehicles. Fewer cool cars than I had hoped for, but still fun, informative, and useful.
Other than autonomous vehicles, the more general themes that stood out for me from this year’s show include: (more…)
This was my fifth CES in ten years, and it definitely felt busier than ever. The exhibit halls, ballrooms, and conference facilities were packed with all sorts of goodies every hour of every day, at hotels up and down the Vegas Strip — not just at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo. As always, restaurants and venues were packed, and halls were jammed with noise, lights, and cool things. You can read all sorts of articles on everything that was exhibited at the show, so I’ll give you my personal take on what I think the themes of the show were, from the perspective of a “smart products” guy (e.g. software and hardware = smart product). (more…)
“Hardware is the new app” is something you hear regularly in the Silicon Valley. And it really is a valid statement. With the introduction of the smartphone 10 short years ago, the app took software off computers and company networks and put it into the hands of everybody doing every activity every day. As long as you have a (smart) phone, there is an app for everything. (more…)