When even Fido has a FitBit….

About 2 years ago, I started using a Personal Fitness tracking device.  At the time, I was using a Withings Pulse and usually had it connected somewhere on my belt.  It definitely drew a lot of attention, as people had no idea what it was or what its benefit was.

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Meet Sawyer, the robot who may take your job

One of the guiding principles I have when I do this blog is to tell the truth…even when it hurts. I love the name of Al Gore’s documentary because it describes what I am about to write about – the Inconvenient Truth.

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No more thanks, I really am full…

I grew up, like many people, in a household where food was a big part of our lives. We definitely did not have a lot of money for some things, but we always ate well even during bad times. We also fed our guests well. Even when they said no to more food, we always

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Don’t worry, you’re too boring for Big Brother to watch you!

In a previous rant, Richard Hobbs wrote about how we had an inherent level of data security because of the sheer numbers involved.In other words, your odds of being hacked if you use basic security is small because of the sheer amount of data/people out there. The same holds true for Big Brother…

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Facial metrics meets job interviews and draft selection

Many people will tell you that it is what you DO not what you SAY that actually speaks volumes. They are referring to body language – like how nervous you look by motions such as shaking, lack of eye contact or many other tell-tale signs. One only has to talk to an experienced Police Investigator

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Big Data meets the Moneybus

This is the story of how Edmonton Transit is creating the “Moneybus”. It’s interesting because it cross over three recent blog posts I’ve written: the first was how “Moneyball”, the story/movie about Billy Beane using advanced algorithms / Big Data to find value in Baseball players that other teams were missing. The second was how

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Hats off to Intel for using IoT for such a great cause

Growing up as a kid in the early 80s, one of my favourite actors was Michael J. Fox. It also didn’t hurt that he was a fellow Canadian who went on to become one of the bigger television stars of the era. It was quite a shock to hear that he had been diagnosed with

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Big Data and Online Dating: A Perfect Match or Just Creepy?

As I have mentioned a few times, I have been married for over 10 years. So, I never had the fun of dating in the era of social networking.  We actually had to call people on the phone and look for people in busy bars by seeing them with our eyes (like that funny scene

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Preventing tragic mudslides using M2M technology

Like most people, I was completely floored by the devastating mudslides in Washington State earlier this year that tragically killed a few dozen people. All over the world, landslides/mudslides affect many people each year.

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So, this is what a combination of Lego and IoT looks like….

Thinking back to when I was a kid in the 70’s, it seems safety wasn’t the top concern considering our parents let us play with toys that had some serious potential to cause damage! Risks aside, they also allowed us to learn a lot through experimentation.

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I’m 2.5 km below the earth’s surface … ‘Can you hear me now?’

Part of my rationale for spending money on space programmes is the number of spin-off technologies that have been created by/for the space industry… technologies that benefit all of us every single day.

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Move over Moneyball. M2M Geeks take shots in the NBA too!

I have a strong passion for M2M as it’s what I have done for most of my adult life.  Equally, I have a strong passion for sports. So when the chance to write about both things at the same time comes up…well, I can’t pass up the chance.

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Can your toaster help solve a major hurdle to M2M’s success?

No, I haven’t “lost my marbles” and the title of this blog is actually not a joke. It stems from an interesting article (can’t find it online = sorry) in a recent issue of MacLife, where Rik Myslewski suggested exactly that. While the idea does sound a bit wacky, it may have some merit.

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How ‘free’ is free WiFi anyway?

March 12, 2014 (Blog) — OK, in my most recent guest post here on M2M Now, I may have creeped you out on how a trendy neighbourhood in Toronto was keeping a pretty close eye on all of its visitors. Although I grew up in Toronto, I haven’t been to that area in a long

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M2M can make Jetsons-like homes, but will you pay for them?

(BLOG): July 8, 2013 — I’ve been reading a lot lately about Cisco’s vision of the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it will change our lives.  There have also been a few articles highlighting how forward-thinking people are already linking everything in their house – from the coffee maker to the toaster to the

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The killer M2M app: It’s closer than you think…

(BLOG by Larry Bellehumeur) June 9, 2013 — Hello and thanks for reading. I remember when I first started in the world of wireless data and everyone was always looking for the ‘killer app’.  While I have never heard a formal definition, I think it would be something like: Killer App: an app that crosses

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