#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?

We hope you enjoy! Send complaints and kudos to podcast@farstuff.com.


#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.


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