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1/20/2016
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IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business

We've identified 13 noteworthy Internet of Things trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond.
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Intelligent Lighting

Lights that merely turn on and off are so 20th century. The IoT is bringing us lights that change intensity and color in response to commands issued by a smartphone app. Companies and individuals increasingly understand that the light in a space effects how people feel (and how productive they are). Controlling the light is taking its place along with the rest of the field of ergonomics in designing an optimal home or office.

(Image: Curtis Franklin, Jr.)

Intelligent Lighting

Lights that merely turn on and off are so 20th century. The IoT is bringing us lights that change intensity and color in response to commands issued by a smartphone app. Companies and individuals increasingly understand that the light in a space effects how people feel (and how productive they are). Controlling the light is taking its place along with the rest of the field of ergonomics in designing an optimal home or office.

(Image: Curtis Franklin, Jr.)

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batye
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1/22/2016 | 3:03:31 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
@Gigi3, interesting observation from security point of view it will always be a big problem...
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1/21/2016 | 9:53:41 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
I agree that health care is going to be a very big area for IoT but the DIY pieces are going to give us more innovative products.  One problem I have with the DIY offerings is that they overly sacrifice performance assuming that the DIY crowd will be OK with giving up performance for customization.  I disagree because every DIY thing I've taken on wasn't so much about customization it was about doing something better than I could do with off the shelf products.  I'm not knocking the Raspberry Pi but the promise it shows in many DIY projects goes out the window when you realize that the single USB bus from their site " The Raspberry Pi also has only one root USB port: all traffic from all connected devices is funnelled down this bus, which operates at a maximum speed of 480mbps."   I know that's not what the Pi was intended for large projects but not everyone is OK with a server running in the living room.  The price point for the Pi is perfect for the DIY crowd so hopefully they'll release a version that gives us a little more throughput to do crazy things. 
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1/21/2016 | 9:50:23 AM
Smart office furniture?
So many gadgets to choose from, and lots of great potential.  Smart chairs to help reduce strain on office workers, such a great idea, if ofcourse we can show measureable imporvement for users.  

I'm very excited to see the ocntinued development of DIY kits, especially around Raspberry Pi and Arduino.  I think this could be a great way to get more of the public involved in not necessarily coding, but interacting with other connected objects and learning more about technology.

Every year IoT promises more and more uptake, and while the devices are there, I really hope to see the business side of things catch up in terms of adoption.
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1/21/2016 | 3:53:34 AM
IoT Health Care Domain
Curtis, there is No doubt that health care domain is going to be the bigger user for IoT. But when it comes for handling and processing the sensitive personal datas, end point security is going to be a major concern.
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