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Nest: The Revolution In Power & Google’s Next Big Play

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Only two weeks ago, Bobby and I discussed how Wearable Technology was fast transitioning to Livable Technology as we find ourselves well immersed in The Internet of Things; we talked about how connected devices are relevant to small business and we chatted about how a hypothetical plumber could adapt new technology in to his business by using smart thermostats and re-branding his business. Less than a week later, Google announced the acquisition of Nest, its second largest acquisition ever.
This morning we chatted about Google’s acquisition of Nest and how its other recent acquisitions, like that of robotics firm Boston Robotics, is helping Google become the organiser of  more and more connected data, and is Power and the Smart Grid the next big play for Google?

External Links & References

  1. Nest Corporate Website
  2. BBC Interview with founder Tony Fadell, in 2012
  3. Nest Partners with Texas Power Company
  4. Time Magazine review Nests Thermostat
  5. The Smart Grid :  Wikipedia
  6. Google Power Meter : Project Retired 2011

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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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