Join Us at International CES 2015!

When: January 6-9, 2015
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Booth #: 75626, Eureka Park
Grid Connect’s Online Showroom

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Conference Website: http://www.cesweb.org

Wicked or Wickedly: A Good Internet of Things Impacts Smart Home, Appliances

Craving more hype? Like the Kardashian, LeBron, Prince George kind?

Then say hello to the Internet of Things, what the hipsterazzi tag as IoT da Bomb. And also possible boom or doom for security and smart home dealers and distributors as well as home appliance manufacturers and their designers.

Concerning the hype, IoT will be everywhere. It will do everything. Touch everyone. Generate trillions of dollars; be on every wrist, imprinted into bike shorts and on cans of green beans, reside in every home, office, factory, hospital room, school desk, cave and tent worldwide. Every hour, the mighty IoT may one day spew out data streams of monoicosebyte proportions, all seemingly in a nanosecond.

Not a geek, my friend? Monoicosebytes, you see, are 9 exponential steps beyond that lowly terabyte.

But back to IoT hype: If you’re counting, it will be the fourth industrial revolution. The ultimate tipping point. The paramount of all paradigm shifts. The most disorderly of disruptive technologies A craze so big that “biggest” isn’t big enough.

Read more at Appliance Design or download the PDF now.

Internet of Things Applications USA 2014

When: November 19-20
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center, CA
Booth #: S20, IPSO Pavilion

This IDTechEx event addresses the opportunity for the Internet of Things. It does not cover hype and unrealistic dreams but addresses the business models, case studies, actions, profitability and missing gaps. We delve into specific market verticals and appraise new enabling technologies coming on-stream. The event is designed to help you assess your business strategy and timing, the technical, consumer and governmental challenges, new business models and opportunities. Hosted by IDTechEx, a 15 year old technology scouting and market research firm on the topic, this event offers a platform to gain insight, informed analysis and to meet new partners through the conference, tradeshow, masterclasses and networking sessions.

Panel Discussion: The Path to an Open Interoperable Internet of Things
When:
 Thursday, November 20th – 3:55pm PST
Speakers: John Marchiando, VP of Business Development + Geoff Mulligan and speakers from ARM, Micrium, Treasure Data and Atmel

Conference Website: http://www.idtechex.com/internet-of-things-usa/conference.asp

OpenHack Naperville

Every month, Grid Connect is happy to provide pizza to OpenHack Naperville for their Hack Nights. Jon Allured, Lead Developer at Grid Connect, is the organizer and event host for this night every month.

What is OpenHack Naperville?

Code together, on anything!

This Meetup is different — there aren’t any presentations — it’s just people coding together. Some like to check out Javascript, others take a look at a Rails class to refactor. There are PHP developers and .NET developers — whatever technology you’re into is cool!

If you have a project to hack on, that’s great, but even just coming out for some good conversation is cool too. This is a very open group — really just a bunch of techies looking to geek out. Bring your laptop and join us!

Pizza provided by Grid Connect. Drinks, wireless and an awesome space provided by Twocanoes Software, Inc.

For more information or to RSVP each month, visit http://www.meetup.com/OpenHack-Naperville/.

Adding Connected Sensors to your Product for IoT [Podcast]

Want to connect your product to the Internet of Things? The first step is giving it sensors and then connectivity to the Internet of Things. In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, Adam Justice takes listeners through the two main approaches to get your products, assets, or environment to the next generation Interweb, known as the Internet of Things.

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

  • Business questions to ask when deciding retrofit vs. embedded.
  • Situations when retrofitting sensing/connectivity is a great way to get something to market quickly and stay competitive.
  • Why the first approach is often an add-on box that adds connectivity options and control to a current device then work on a strategy to build functionality into future generations of the product.
  • When retrofitting doesn’t make sense because of expense or effort – the metrics to be aware of and the characteristics of the product that kill this approach.
  • Criteria for when a bolt-on or retrofit makes sense.
  • General cost for an IoT add-on box to be sold with your product.
  • High-level steps to embedding sensors/connectivity.
  • How you find the sensors you need and the homework you need to do first.
  • Advice on how to work with a third-party to help with sensor selection.
  • Costs associated with sensor selection.
  • Sensor business models.
  • Approach of fog vs. cloud computing – when each makes sense.
  • Adam’s thoughts on standard bodies, consortiums and associations.
  • Back-end consideration of your IoT cloud or platform.
  • Thoughts on data ownership – what Adam calls the sawdust model

To listen to the IoT Inc Business Show podcast featuring Adam Justice, click here.