1. connections on the IoT tend to be too noisy and unreliable for TCP to work well. Another complication is that an 802.15.4 packet has a maximum size of 127 bytes, and IPv6 (the addressing system of choice for mobile devices) takes up at least 40.

    — Hurdles to the Internet of Things prove more social than technical - O’Reilly Radar

  2. Although talking over the Internet is a big advance for devices, talking to each other over local networks at the radio layer (using for instance the 802.15.4 standards) is more efficient and enables more rapid responses to the events they monitor. Unfortunately, according Almholt, interoperability is a decade away.

    — Hurdles to the Internet of Things prove more social than technical - O’Reilly Radar

  3. Many problems need to be solved at what the Jim Gettys (famous for his work on the X Window System, OLPC, and bufferbloat) called “layer 8 of the Internet”: politics.

    — Hurdles to the Internet of Things prove more social than technical - O’Reilly Radar

  4. The last two decades have suggested a post-scarcity economy, where infinite copies of attractive digital things have a price approaching $0. Maybe that was merely a passing moment that we will look back upon with wonder once limited coins enforce scarcity—once the owner of a piece of digital art can look upon it with satisfaction and know with total, cryptographic certainty that because he paid for it, it belongs to him and no one else.

    — Bitcoin Itself May Live or Die, but Cryptocurrencies Will Live On | MIT Technology Review

  5. Bitcoin is essentially a kind of transaction log, where past transactions are public and known to the world, it is of great interest to prosecutors, who have called the coins “Prosecution Futures.”

    — Bitcoin Itself May Live or Die, but Cryptocurrencies Will Live On | MIT Technology Review

  6. For example, in May 2010, just before David Cameron came to power, he sang the praises of behavioural economics in a TED talk. “The best way to get someone to cut their electricity bill,” he said, “is to show them their own spending, to show them what their neighbours are spending, and then show what an energy-conscious neighbour is spending.”

    But Cameron was mistaken. The single best way to promote energy efficiency is, almost certainly, to raise the price of energy. A carbon tax would be even better, because it not only encourages people to save energy but to switch to lower-carbon sources of energy. The appeal of a behavioural approach is not that it is more effective but that it is less unpopular.

    — Behavioural economics and public policy - FT.com

  7. To put it into perspective. Let’s say that a company does an initial run of 3,000 units for a device that costs $100 and they have a 30% margin. That means they have to come up with $210k upfront just to pay the suppliers. And that does not include tooling and initial production costs of $100k and certifications costs. That is why a convertible note of $25k does not cut it!

    — An Investor’s Guide to Hardware Startups

  8. Hardware startup’s competitive position is usually better than the peer’s, in particular because of already mentioned issues with capital and timing requirements. If a startup needs to go through the pile of issues before it can launch a product, you can be sure than when launched, any competitor will  face a significant uphill battle.

    — An Investor’s Guide to Hardware Startups

  9. ZigBee, Z-Wave, EnOcean, HomeRF, KNX-RF, HomeMatic, Bluetooth, DECT, WLAN – für nahezu alle Anwendungsfälle gibt es Lösungen.

    — Neue Strategien für die intelligente Heimvernetzung

  10. What made Google and Samsung different from Microsoft (and Nokia and Blackberry and many others) was the speed with which they recognized that the world had changed with the launch of the iPhone. Setting aside whatever distaste you may have about features that Android and Galaxy phones borrowed from iOS and the iPhone, the fact remains that Google and Samsung are the only two companies who were relevant in 2007 who are still relevant today. It turns out seeing and accepting reality are powerful differentiators.

    — http://stratechery.com/2014/when-ceos-matter/

  11. One broader lesson here is that developing nations are not merely copying and applying the inventions of the West, but innovating on their own. But a lot of their innovations take labor-intensive rather than capital-intensive forms, and thus they do not always look like innovations to our sometimes ethnocentric eyes.

    — http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2014/03/how-is-the-biomarker-id-aid-plan-going-in-india.html

  12. Lately, she has been reflecting on a more contemporary issue: anxiety over the possibility of intelligent, sensate computers that might take on a life of their own. In 1818, she notes, the publication of “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley, stoked fears that inventions might come to life and kill us — a theme that later recurred in films like “The Terminator.”

    It’s relevant again now, she says. With the advent of the Internet of Things, an increasing number of objects, like thermostats and traffic lights, are being outfitted with sensor chips that can collect and transmit information about their environments. Dr. Bell sees these connected objects as harbingers of devices that will have relationships, rather than mere interactions, with people.

    — Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist

  13. “We have received significant interest from elder care providers who are seeking to keep the elderly in their homes rather than moving them to assisted-living centers,” says technologist Jason Johnson, chair of the Internet of Things Consortium. The market for remote patient monitoring is expected to grow from $10.6 billion in 2012 to $21.2 billion in 2017, according to research firm Kalorama Information.

    — Smart Home Sensors Could Help Aging Population Stay Independent

  14. “Maybe the Internet of Things will be about delighting us or taking care of us, not traffic lights,” Dr. Bell mused over lunch

    — Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist

  15. Many of us now expect our online activities to be recorded and analyzed, but we assume the physical spaces we inhabit are different. The data broker industry doesn’t see it that way. To them, even the act of walking down the street is a legitimate data set to be captured, catalogued and exploited. This slippage between the digital and physical matters not only because of privacy concerns—it also raises serious questions about ethics and power.

    — When Big Data Marketing Becomes Stalking - Scientific American (via iamdanw)