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…
Ashley and I build gardens. Ok. Ashley grows the gardens and I build the beds.
Just adding a record of my recent bathroom renovation. I gutted the bathroom down to the studs, put in a new tub, a marble tile surround for the shower, a plank tile floor and custom built a vanity. We are pretty happy with how it came out 🙂
So…I make pizza. A lot.
When I was a teenager I worked at two different private pizza shops, making…uh…pizza. About six years ago, I revived my old skills. Ever since, Ashley and I have pretty much stuck to “Pizza Mondays” where she crafts the flavor combos and I build them. The dough is from scratch and the pizzas are made with love.
Like the Lyric Round™ Wi-Fi Thermostat, the Lyric T Series is Apple® HomeKit™ compatible, which allows homeowners to set up special actions and even access other HomeKit-enabled devices around the home safely and securely. With Siri, users can change the temperature of their home without lifting a finger. And the Lyric T5 can use voice control with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo, and will soon be available on Amazon’s latest service Tap.
Source: Honeywell Expands Lyric™ Family of Smart Thermostats in Time for Home Heating Season
Since I am an iOS developer, I’m keeping a close eye on Apple HomeKit enabled devices as they come out, with a particular interest in what other IoT platforms these devices work with. This one is the latest from Honeywell.
In my day job at Tack Mobile, I’m currently working on an app for a client’s legacy connected device that will be using HomeKit in their next hardware release, so want stay on top of what other connected device vendors are doing with their HomeKit enabled products and apps.