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IoT Isn’t Going to Be the Next Big Thing – It’s Already Big

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Does it always feel like we’re being told, “This thing [insert product], this is the next big thing!”? It gets exhausting. Remember when LaserDiscs were the next big thing?  I remember watching Jurassic Park on LaserDisc, but that was the end of it. LaserDiscs were actually released in the early 1980’s, but due to some formatting issues they […]

6 Ways to Focus on Your Consumer


In the early part of the 20th century, businesses in the United States put their attention on the consumer.  The new idea? Consumerism was the “linchpin of a healthy economy.” That’s what Andrew Bennet recently stated in an article written for LinkedIn. Markets have greatly evolved in the last century, but one thing is holding true: Consumers are […]

Responding to “Big Data” Concerns

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An article on Big Data was recently posted by Michael Leonard.  He points out that Big Data is not just a futuristic concept; it’s already upon us and the enterprise value is huge.  The surge in mobile apps, IP wireless networks, online commerce, systems for point-of-sale systems, social media platforms, and the use of sensors for literally everything, if managed […]

The Importance of Data in the Modern Business World

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Have you ever studied classic, or “dead”, languages?  These old languages are fascinating in their complexity, but what’s most mind-blowing is the tedious method used by ancients to preserve sacred texts that are a few hundred to several thousand years old.  Scribes would spend years copying a lengthy document – over and over… and over again. They […]

What IoT Can Learn From the Emoji


Have you ever wondered how emojis ever became a thing? According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, it appears that emojis originated in Japan, which isn’t all that surprising as many look similar to Japanese comics. Emojis were first created in the late ’90’s and they were so popular in Japan that […]

The Marshmallow Cannon Is Going to Freescale Technology Forum 2014


At a recent event, we brought our marshmallow cannon to demonstrate ThingFabric, our Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Here’s a quick rundown on how it works: The Ingredients The gun itself is made from PVC with an air reservoir and a sprinkler valve. The electronics include a connected microcontroller and drive circuitry for the valve. […]

The Tweeting Kegerator, Built with the BeagleBone Black


For this project we connected our beloved Kegerator to the Internet, making it a tweeting kegerator. We attached a flowmeter on the Kegerator, connected this sensor to the BeagleBone, which calculates the number of beers served and then posts this information to its own Twitter account. Read the following articles to setup the board and […]