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#18 • Arnie Lund – Manager, UX Industrial Innovation Lab, GE Global Research

This is the third in a 4-episode exclusive series where we delve into GE’s Industrial Internet initiatives. This is the side of the Internet of Things you don’t usually get to see!

We talk to Arnie about the challenges and opportunities of user experience design at an industrial scale, and how great UX design puts people and problems first, and technology at their service.

About Arnie Lund

Arnie Lund is a Connected Experience Technology Leader and Pioneer. Lund has spent over two decades in the field of human and computer interaction creating amazing innovations in data visualization and User Experience Field in Emerging Technologies. He has over 40 patents filed and granted and over 80 publications and presentations.

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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.

#12 • Apple Watch, Apple Pay and the IoT

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.


#3: Core IoT Standards Overview

This episode is our first about standards, and in this episode we focus on standards shared with the “I” in the Internet of Things.

  • IoT standards start with internet and web standards
  • Proprietary ecosystems will have an early advantage
  • Big companies and standards: “It’s complicated”
  • “Standards are like an endlessly-layered cake”
  • IP: “Best effort” (a.k.a. unreliable) packet delivery
  • TCP: Reliable, ordered and error-checked delivery of info
  • UDP: “Spray and pray”
  • REST: A de facto standard for talking to services
  • How toasters will talk
  • Wireless protocols
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 4G (and 3G, and 2.5G…)
  • Home automation standards
  • “The wiggle-waggle dance of honeybees”


#2: IoT at CES 2014 Roundup

This week we’ve got a CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2014 roundup at the Internet of Things rodeo! YEEEE-HAH! We diverge wildly along the way, so we end up talking about interesting stuff other than just IoT products.

Remember the official Farscape definition of the IoT from our first podcast: The Internet of Things is the ecosystem that results in a world where “things” compute, connect and communicate.

In this episode we talk about…

  • Creepy toothbrushes
  • Revolv
  • DoorBot
  • Hybrid power solutions
  • Do people care about controlling appliances from their smartphone?
  • Trough of disappointment” (Gartner Hype Cycle)
  • Analysts project 50 billion internet connected devices by 2050
  • House of Coates (tweeting house)
  • SmartWaste™
  • FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and “regulatory humility”
  • They see you when you’re sleeping / they knows when you’re awake…
  • Government regulations for security and privacy?

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#1: What is the Internet of Things?

Welcome to Episode 1 of Farstuff: The Internet of Things podcast!

Join us as we explore this new iteration of the Internet, stretching beyond just our immediate screens and creating a hyper-connected world. What are the ramifications and benefits of this brave new world? How will we establish standards and the infrastructure to make this vision sustainable? Are their concerns with privacy and security?


  • It’s a bit dated, but we found “The Internet of Things” article by Michael Chui, Markus Löffler, and Roger Roberts of McKinsey & Company to be helpful when coming up with our own definition.
  • Wikipedia’s entry has some alternative definition for the Internet of Things. At the time this was written, the entry is a bit scattered and could use the love of an editor who knows what they’re talking about.