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Standardizing Tech’s New Wild West, the IoT

According to futurists like Google’s Ray Kurzweil, the rate of technological innovation is accelerating. Kurzweil’s theory suggests the Internet of Things (IoT) will mature much faster than the evolution of the traditional Internet. Much of the requisite technology—including sensors, chips, transmitter, and app development environments already exists today. Toolkits are available to fast-track development for startups and DYI “makers.” As I mentioned …

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Germany’s Challenge with Industrie 4.0

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Smart, Internet-connected systems in the Internet of Things (IoT) and technological advancements in areas like robotics is making manufacturing more automatic, digitized, intelligent, and networked. Germany, a country where manufacturing represents about 24 percent of overall economic performance, realized the potential of connected devices early on. In 2011, the government launched its Industrie 4.0 initiative; a high-tech strategy which promotes the …

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IT Drives Next Wave of Products and Manufacturing

IT Drives Next Wave of Products and Manufacturing

New research, published today in Harvard Business Review online, shows how IT and smart, connected products will transform the manufacturing sector. The study, a collaboration between Jim Heppelmann, CEO of Boston-based tech company PTC, and Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School, takes a deep dive into what its authors term “the third wave of IT-driven transformation” and uncovers the myriad ways in which manufacturers …

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Can the IoT Reduce Your Clutter?

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Over the past 30 years, the square footage of American homes has increased by over 50 percent. There’s a lot to unpack in that statistic, from urban migration to income to personal tastes, but when we consider the sheer amount of stuff we cram into our homes it’s hardly surprising. In fact, we have greatly increased our household possessions, and …

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Internet of Things Saves Whales

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is already on the high seas, commercial ships are being equipped with sensors to prevent collisions. Now smart, connected products are helping to keep ships from harming whales. Each year, thousands of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals fall victim to fatal collisions with marine vessels; countless other casualties go undocumented. Whales are vulnerable to accidents with …

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Who’s Going to Sell You the Internet of Things?

Who is selling the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) will end the decade as a trillion-dollar market. The battle over IoT consumers is already heating up, with companies jockeying to lay claim to the “smart home.” In the United States, the sheer magnitude of opportunity will alter the way companies brand themselves. It remains to be seen which types of retailers will be recognized …

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Smart Products Bring New Challenge and Value to Manufacturers

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Welcome to part three of this blog series on software–enabled innovation. In my previous blogs I touched on how technology in the manufacturing space has progressed and how the growth of software has led to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). Now let’s take a look at how manufacturers can embrace these technological advances to unlock new business …

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Smarter Products: Finding Value for Manufacturers

IoT growth

Welcome to part three of this blog series on software–enabled innovation. In my previous blogs I touched on how technology in the manufacturing space has progressed and how the growth of software has led to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). Now let’s take a look at how manufacturers can embrace these technological advances to unlock new business …

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Harvard’s Kilobots Collaborate, Self-Organize

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Harvard faculty members recently unveiled a swarm of tiny robots, dubbed “kilobots.” The swarm consists of 1,024 members, each unit about the size of an after-dinner mint with three miniature legs. These self-organizing robots hint at the future of collective intelligence and an Internet of cooperative things. Scientists can submit a command for the swarm to collectively assume a shape, …

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The Explosion of Software & Networks

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In my previous post, Manufacturers Reshape for Smart-Product Future, I discussed how and why consumers are demanding smarter, connected products. It’s this demand that’s created an explosion of software and networks. New technologies, applications, and devices are spanning across all types of industries from aerospace and defense, agriculture, and automotive to high-tech, medical devices, and many more. Did you know that there are …

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