For the budding IoT developer, life can seem even more confusing because, at a glance, there are eight independent products you seemingly need to master before you can get started.
Bluetooth mesh , Thread, and Zigbee are popular mesh networking standards used to add wireless connectivity to building and home automation products. Silicon Labs conducted mesh network performance testing to help developers better understand difficult-to-predict wireless behavior and make more informed choices when designing products for the IoT.
So instead of adding bookmarks to Safari or emailing myself links to articles or tools I want to follow up on, I’m going to give using my personal blog a whirl again.
Knowledge management is still a constant struggle in that there are so many tools to use to try and keep track of all my interests. Then I remembered that a blog is a great place to use as a repository since it has a simple means to classify and give context too whatever it is I’m trying to hang onto…especially if I come back to it down the road.
So my wife and I will hold off on a new TV sound system until these puppies hit the market at the end of the year. We weren’t in a rush anyways 🙂
What I find the most interesting is that the Siri and HomeKit functions of the new HomePod are marketed at the very bottom of the on Apple’s web page for the product. It speaks volumes to me with how Apple is marketing HomeKit and its approach to home automation.
With the plethora of new developer sessions from Apple’s WWDC 2017 being released over the next week, it always makes for the perfect time to do some house cleaning and reprioritize my learning paths. Grab the broom and dust pan…here I go.
When the eager hero of the “Start-Up” podcast (Season 1) pitches his pod-casting business plan to a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the VC lets him know that his dream is no more than that of a small-minded, “life-style” entrepreneur. The budding business-builder is deflated. The plan he’s carefully honed for growth and profit is not the high-growth business opportunity that the VC investor seeks. Our entrepreneur’s vision of a well-planned business that funds dozens of creative podcast projects is justSource: Manufacturing Heroes: Or… On Not Making-It in America
This is a great read if you are interested in digital fabrication and the state and promise of small-scale manufacturing in the U.S.
NXP’s Kinetis W series MCUs simplify the design process to enable connected devices with a complete solution. Meet the latest addition in this series – the Kinetis KW41Z MCU – the industry’s first multi-protocol wireless MCU solution.Source: Kinetis W Series MCUs: Expanding the Possibilities |NXP
I’ve been involved in a couple of IoT projects with companies that have invested an excessive amount of time and money into developing proprietary IoT platforms. In my opinion, this type of chip and or modules using chips like this, are really at the heart of the next phase in IoT development.
In reference to Ecobee’s latest product release, the Ecobee Lite, I came across this little snippet regarding Apple’s HomeKit:
But nowhere in its marketing materials is Apple’s HomeKit mentioned, despite the extra effort and cost the company has to go to in order to work with the system.Source: HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple’s IoT tech • The Register
It would take far too much time and effort to try and counterpoint what I’m seeing as a trend of articles dismissing Apple’s HomeKit platform. That is not a battle I want to get into at the moment, but in seeing the line I quoted above, I decided to go take a look on Ecobee’s website to see about a lack of HomeKit branding:
The red brick around our fireplace was a bit dated for our taste, so we decided to upgrade. A little planning in Maya LT and then I just got to building.
A little view into my dabbling with woodworking. Ikea had a black version we wanted but it was one inch too wide. Why not build our own…