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Craig Burton: Digital Identity is core to all this stuff.

Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, November 3, 2011
8:16 am

This morning I enjoyed reading Craig Burton’s thought-provoking blog post, “The API Computing Magic Troika and the API Economy.” The post centers on:

Three core things that make the Intention Economy work. …

  • Cloud-based code
  • Cheap telephony-data
  • Personal Data Technology

I will not attempt to summarize or paraphrase Craig’s characteristically-lucid commentary, but recommend that you read it.  Please also take a few minutes and read the Programmable Web article Craig mentions, about the accelerating growth of public API’s.

I was particularly intrigued by Craig’s closing comment, echoing a view I have held for years:

Digital Identity is core to all this stuff.

Well said, Craig.


ZigBee and the Internet of Things

Identity, Internet of Things
Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, November 3, 2011
7:38 am

The Nest thermostat I mentioned in yesterday’s post includes the ZigBee protocol for communicating with smart electrical meters in the so-called Smart Grid.

The ZigBee Alliance has developed a wide variety of innovative standards for seven target markets:

  • Commercial building management
  • Consumer electronics
  • Energy management
  • Health care and fitness
  • Residential management
  • Retail management
  • Telecommunications
I was surprised to learn that along with companies I would expect, like Emerson, Freescale and Texas Instruments, the top level of ZigBee Alliance members included Kroger, the large grocery chain.  Could it be that ZigBee-enabled shopping carts are in our future?

Nest Thermostat – Energy Savings on the Internet of Things?

Internet of Things
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
9:03 pm

I was intrigued this morning to receive a tweet from my son, @ericsdixon, introducing the Nest Thermostat, an elegantly-styled “Learning Thermostat,” from a venture backed startup led by Tony Fadell, who led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone.

Five things specifically intrigued me:

  • The elegant design
  • The ability of the device to learn a pattern of use
  • WiFi connection
  • Remote control from a mobile app
  • Potential energy savings

It is the fifth bullet that gets me excited.  I have a big home in Arizona with four air conditioning zones and a big electric bill each month.  If Nest’s claim that their new thermostat can save home owners 20 to 30 percent on their energy bills is correct, I could buy four Nests and earn back that hefty price of a thousand dollars in less than 18 months.  That possibility is enough to make the Nest worth a deeper look.

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