Rob, I am currently living it. Actually, my wife is. He friend's husband has a running shoe store. We were all out together recently and I was the only one who was not waring a watch like device that tracked their physical activity. It was wierd.
I also noticed that Freescale has a Cloud Connect product for the smallest ARM microcontroller, the M0+. With this, assuming you have connectivity, your device can connect to the cloud and report data.
Rob, the comment, "He sees LED developments in industrial settings, but he also see the development of artistic LED lighting for consumers, including the introduction of color lighting for the home" is not as far away as one might think:
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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