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Bitcoin, Makers & The (livable) Internet of Things

Where are teenagers moving to when they get FaceBook friend requests from their parents? I discussed this with Bobby this week and we chatted about the the transition from Wearable to Livable, The Internet of Things, and maybe presciently about how, for instance a plumber can integrate smart technology like heating controls in to his business. We also looked at technology trends for 2014, including BitCoin, and will this be the year it enters mainstream finance and the revolution being ignited by the maker-movement.

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Where are teenagers moving to when they get FaceBook friend requests from their parents? I discussed this with Bobby this week and we chatted about the importance of photos, and the app or website that controls your photos, your memories has a growing advantage on the social landscape.

Maker Movement
Also on this weeks show we talked about the maker-movement, and communities like Inventure Cloud – who connect inventors, consumers and distributors to get a product made, distributed & sold : I love this initiative, it’s not just another Kickstarter but a means of sourcing opinion and improvement from people who really like your product.

More and more products will be made this way in the next few years, igniting small business using crowd-funding and technology like 3D Printing will make prototyping commercially viable for even one person businesses – a movement that will change business radically enabling start-ups to prosper.

Bitcoin
Bitcoin is worrying banks and governments but not consumers that much. The use of Bitcoin and virtual currency could shake the finance industry to its core. And as we see fewer current account and transfer fees we will see commercial interests trying to ‘convince us’ why we shouldn’t use it. It does strike me that they should be embracing it, and banks should be offering us BitCoin wallets, giving us the advantages of virtual currency, but also keeping our business.

Wearable becomes livable
After CES in Las Vegas, even more so than last year, Wearable is on everybody’s lips. But Wearable, is becoming Livable, as the Internet of Things begins to develop as a practical way of life. Bobby and I chatted about the devices and things in our homes that will be connected, to each other and us, improving our quality of life, saving us money and helping the environment.

Maker Movement

Also on this weeks show we talked about the maker-movement, and communities like Inventure Cloud – who connect inventors, consumers and distributors to get a product made, distributed & sold : I love this initiative, it’s not just another Kickstarter but a means of sourcing opinion and improvement from people who really like your product.

More and more products will be made this way in the next few years, igniting small business using crowd-funding and technology like 3D Printing will make prototyping commercially viable for even one person businesses – a movement that will change business radically enabling start-ups to prosper.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is worrying banks and governments but not consumers that much. The use of Bitcoin and virtual currency could shake the finance industry to its core. And as we see fewer current account and transfer fees we will see commercial interests trying to ‘convince us’ why we shouldn’t use it. It does strike me that they should be embracing it, and banks should be offering us BitCoin wallets, giving us the advantages of virtual currency, but also keeping our business.

Wearable becomes livable

After CES in Las Vegas, even more so than last year, Wearable is on everybody’s lips. But Wearable, is becoming Livable, as the Internet of Things begins to develop as a practical way of life. Bobby and I chatted about the devices and things in our homes that will be connected, to each other and us, improving our quality of life, saving us money and helping the environment.

 

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Apple Watch: an interface for life?

Andy O’Donoghue joined Bobby Kerr on Newstalk’s Down To Business to discuss the patent recently granted to Apple for a device they termed iTime. Andy though thinks Apple have done a good job convincing the market that they’re building a Smart Watch with lovely interchangeable (lulti-coloured!) straps, whereas, could iTime in fact be an interface for your entire life?

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Andy O’Donoghue joined Bobby Kerr on Newstalk’s Down To Business to discuss the patent recently granted to Apple for a device they termed iTime. Andy though thinks Apple have done a good job convincing the market that they’re building a Smart Watch with lovely interchangeable (lulti-coloured!) straps, whereas, could iTime in fact be an interface for your entire life? Three key areas of the patent caught Andy’s eye; haptics, personal wireless environment and, not so much ‘dockability’ but ‘detachability’. Add these features to HealthKit and HomeKit, a dash of Disney’s AIREAL and you’ll get a sense of why Andy sounds a little excited.

About Down To Business

Businessman, former Dragon Bobby Kerr presents a unique, lively and interactive business show each Saturday at 11am-1pm on Newstalk 106-108fm, Ireland’s leading independent radio station.

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The Mc Ginn sisters on Newstalk: Down To Business

Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: OPSH.COM then will make sense when you think about it. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: in that context OPSH.COM makes perfect sense. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Clever Miles & the Internet of Things

John Quigley is the CEO of Clever Miles; a clever telematics box that sits under your bonnet and records how well you drive by measuring your braking, your speed and you telemetry. John explained to Bobby Kerr and Andy O’Donoghue how the Internet of Things is now under the bonnet, and driving has been socialised, and gamefied, for the good of the consumer.

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John Quigley is the CEO of Clever Miles; a clever telematics box that sits under your bonnet and records how well you drive by measuring your braking, your speed and you telemetry. John explained to Bobby Kerr and Andy O’Donoghue how the Internet of Things is now under the bonnet, and driving has been socialised, and gamefied, for the good of the consumer.

So what are CleverMiles all about? How safe is my data? And, what’s in all this for the consumer?

 

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