Internet of Things Reinventing the World

August 5th, 2015

The first internet connected appliance could be found at Carnegie Mellon University in 1982. It was a Coke vending machine that could report inventory and if newly loaded drinks were cold or not. These days the Internet of Things has become one of the biggest phenomenons. Internet of Things simply means adding intelligent connectivity to everyday objects. IoT spans across a multitude of areas that affect our lives including business enterprise, commercial, home, and government. Just from 2014 to 2015 there has been a 30% increase of IoT products. A report predicts that by 2020 there will be 25 billion things connected to the internet.

One of the most popular areas of IoT is home automation as people are converting their homes into “smart homes.” These residences have appliances that can be controlled remotely from a phone application or devices with internet connection. Such appliances include thermostats, pool pumps, water heaters, sprinklers, yard fixtures, and more. With the emergence of new applications and hardware, companies at the forefront of IoT development will be looking to hire employees with a background in consumer electronics design, wireless/RF technology, sensors, signal processing, and related industries.

Stack Lighting, a startup in Cupertino, is working with Nest Labs—a leader in IoT development—and developing responsive light bulbs for commercial buildings and homes. Stack’s lights are able to respond to changes based on users’ preferences by adjusting brightness and color temperature. Adjustments can be made through a mobile application to change temperature, brightness, and schedule usage patterns. These lights will help reduce energy costs by 40-60% and create a more adaptable user experience.

Mark One, another startup in San Francisco, is developing Vessyl, a cup that can track liquid consumption amount and the content within that liquid. This cup will help its users track calorie intake, regulate caffeine intake, and track hydration needs. The product is designed to improve customer health by providing immediate answers to questions that drinkers typically ask.

IoT is reinventing the way we are using every day items and pushing us towards a more adaptable way of life within our environment.


-Alycia McGeever

Social Media Intern at Ryzen Solutions

The Next Machine Age: Dawn of Automated Cars

September 24th, 2014

One of the biggest buzzes from the Silicon Valley comes straight from Google: The driverless car. Google demonstrates this car in this video. An automobile that takes you to your destination without you having to control the steering, gearbox, acceleration or brake. It analyzes traffic hazards and obstacles and navigates through them effortlessly without driver input. The convenience of this would improve our society’s efficiency and multitasking by multitudes.

Imagine this on a personal individual level you could be going to work while FaceTiming your children to make sure they’re okay for their first day of school or you could be finishing up that thrilling novel you’re reading. Consider the elimination of human error from driving, this could remove tailgating, reckless driving, and even prevent the hitting of pedestrians. Intoxicated driving would no longer be such a danger on the road. The possibilities are endless and the effects would be pervasive on all levels of society.

The technology is a major stepping stone outside of personal and individual usage. It’s a major stepping stone and could lead to other inventions. Traffic lights could be synced with each car and prevent traffic jams during peak hours. Emergency service vehicles like fire trucks or ambulances would be able to respond accurately and quickly to emergencies with automated and synced driving systems. Imagine construction on the streets and highways being automated, fewer construction workers being in danger of being hit.

Google is hardly the only one to have invested time and money to this research. It’s been since the 1990s that the government and private businesses have been creating and perfecting this technology for future consumer usage. Honda, General Motors, BMW, and more have all been testing out automated driving technology on their vehicles. With so many companies racing to push out the first fully functional self driving car, it won’t be long until most cars on the road will be automated. A future that we thought impossible a decade ago, is now right in our horizons.

Sources: Reuters, Engadget, CNN, Youtube