Our first conversation features Stephan Biller, GE’s Chief Manufacturing Scientist. Stephan is responsible for the company’s global advanced manufacturing strategy and the development of GE’s Brilliant Factory initiative across GE businesses to increase speed and productivity.
Prior to being named to this position in April 2012, he was a Technical Fellow & Global Group Manager for Manufacturing Systems at General Motors’ R&D. Stephan received a degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has been granted nine patents, developed 22 trade secrets, and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.
About GE’s Industrial Internet
The Industrial Internet changes the game for industrial companies. Pushing machine data to the enterprise level allows businesses to leverage big data to optimize processes and asset performance. Apply predictive analytics to minimize unplanned downtime. Increase throughput, improve product quality and drive resource efficiency. The powerful outcomes—powered by the Industrial Internet—drive transformation.
This week’s podcast is our first “cross-cast” — the episode appears both in Farstuff, and in The SmartHome Show by SmartFriend™ and excellent guest Michael Wolf.
Mike is one of the industry’s most well known connected home analysts, and the founder of NextMarket Insights — a research firm focused on emerging technologies. Before that he served as VP of Research for GigaOM, and created and managed research and advisory groups for ABI Research and In-Stat, where he created the world’s first dedicated connected home research service.
This week we get to know Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub, a company that’s created a Realtime IoT Network that will help the Internet of Things communicate more effectively. Join us as we discuss where IoT is headed and what are the major challenges we see as “smart” things become more ubiquitous and require more of our web traffic.
About Todd Greene
Todd Greene is founder and CEO of PubNub. Prior to founding PubNub, he was the founder and CEO of Loyalize, a company that provided real-time Audience Participation software, synchronizing TV viewers with collaborative voting and chatting apps on their phones/tablets. After closing deals with Yahoo! and Viacom, and being selected by Forbes as “one of the four hottest ad companies” in 2011, Loyalize was acquired by Robert FX Sillerman, the owner of American Idol.
The challenge of real-time synchronization of millions of audience members turned out to have many similarities to the challenges of reliable connectivity for IoT, which placed Todd on his current journey at PubNub.
Previously, Todd served in leadership roles in software companies across the spectrum, from enterprise to infrastructure to consumer software companies. Todd joined his first startup in 1996, as the 11th employee of NetDynamics, the very first app server for the Internet. He later founded and was CTO of CascadeWorks, a SaaS Services Procurement company, sold to Elance in 2003.
PubNub provides a global Realtime Network that solves the problems of large-scale IoT connectivity in the wild, enabling IoT providers to focus on their core business.
In this episode, Farstuff explores how the IoT will completely “change the game” of pro sports — not just for athletes, but enhance and elevate all sports from a “TV-native” experience to an “Internet-native” experience for fans.
From swimsuits that have been banned at the Olympics, to the use of goal-identifying watches by referees in the World Cup, technology is quickly changing how we play, watch and enjoy sports. Come on along as Charles and Andreea explore some of the most advanced sports equipment available, where everything is going and what it all means for the future of sports coaching, strategy, and rules and regulations for actual competitions.
Whether or not you’re a sports fan, we hope you’ll find this exploration of how the IoT will impact professional sports to be a fun and interesting journey.
Apple changed the world again — yawn! — with their fall 2014 keynote. The shockwaves of those announcements will reverberate through the Internet of Things for years, if not decades.
Yes Virginia, there were MP3 players before the iPod, phones before the iPhone, and wearables before the Apple Watch. But Apple’s entry into wearables isn’t just a technical exercise — because it’s Apple, it’s a cultural event.
In this episode, Andreea and Charles talk about how Apple’s new product and service announcement impact the Internet of Things.
Flying IoT: Drones are not just for delivering your Amazon packages, eliminating terrorist threats across the globe and spying on your neighbors. Did you know that they can be used to get a leg up on hunting feral pigs? Or that starting your own drone business could be the next hottest startup? Charles and Andreea explore the wild world of Drones and the mysterious airspace they live in.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or (UAS) Unmanned Aerial Systems vs (RPV) Remotely Piloted Vehicles:
Computes- Sliding level of autonomy, self-aware enough to avoid collisions and to get back to their charging station in time
Connects- Wifi, GPS, RFID
Communicates- Remote Sensing – Electromagnetic spectrum sensors (visual, infrared, near infrared & radar), Gamma Ray Sensors, Biological Sensors, Chemical Sensors etc.
LAPD adds drones to their arsenal – Safe or Creepy?
World’s First Drone Ambulance – Air Mule Tactical Robotics
Hear Charles’ Drone Voice!
Getting the ultimate footage with Camera drones – Film companies negotiate with the FAA
Drones deliver drinks at nightclubs and Drone Pizza Delivery in India
How is a drone different from a flying toddler?
Forest Fire Detection
Tracking Feral Pigs & reporting to hunters
DIY Drones! Start your own Drone Business!
Facial and gesture recognition and what that means for the military and the paprazzi
Ecosystem chat: Google – Loon for Wifi distribution and Facebook purchased Titan Aerospace
80,000 Volts of Awesomeness!
History: 83 ft above from roof top is Private, 500 ft and up is Public
FAA banned all commercial drones as of May 30, 2014
It’s a whole new world when the Internet of Things is part of you. In the future, everyone will be IoT-enhanced — bodies and minds connected via the internet to other things and people, everyone enhanced beyond normal human abilities.
Join Andreea and Charles as they go beyond wearables, and discuss a future where “the Internet of Things…is people!”
Dumb (passive) prosthetics vs. smart (active) prosthetics
Bitcoin can be used to pay for stuff, but it’s interesting for reasons that go way beyond that — and it may be especially interesting when applied to the Internet of Things. How interesting? We audaciously propose that Bitcoin will be central to the IoT.
Find out why in this episode, in which Charles and Andreea help contextualize bitcoin as it relates to the Internet of Things.
What is bitcoin?
It’s a currency, like cash
Digital currency, a.k.a. crypto currency, a.k.a. smart cash
Anonymous (not really)
It’s a system
No central authority, a.k.a. distributed, a.k.a. decentralized
Sure, GPS was a game-changer. But as stars were to ancient mariners, “beacons” are the true wayfinders of the Internet of Things. They’re the enabling tech behind “micro-location”, and they’re about to revolutionize location services all over again.
What are “beacons”?
Beacons vs. iBeacons
Generic names vs. Apple branding
Hardware and service providers
GPS vs BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), and why you need both
Micro-location applications (see “Use cases” section below for more)