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  • Blog Post: A More 'Intelligent’ Approach to Embedded Devices

    Anyone who’s spent much time on this site knows that the Internet of Things is one of my favorite topics. I suppose it’s because it speaks to how we can use technology to redefine what’s possible. And while a lot of the talk has been pretty general, a few people here are working on...
  • Blog Post: Talking Intelligent Systems with Ford

    During IDC’s SMART TECHnology World last week I had the chance to chat with Jim Buczkowski, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford Motor Company. Jim talked about the car as a VERY big consumer electronics device – one that is filed with sensors of all kinds and has become a data hub. We touch...
  • Blog Post: Talking intelligent systems with IDC

    I recently posted a video interview with Dr. Abel Sanchez where we talked about intelligent systems . In this second video I chat with Mario Morales, IDC's vice president of semiconductors and emerging markets research, and get his definition of Intelligent Systems and what the impact on business and...
  • Blog Post: The Internet of Baseball

    I’ve talked a lot about the internet of things and how connected devices are popping up everyplace you look, many powered by Windows Embedded . Microsoft News Center has a great story about devices in the most unlikely of places . Tweet
  • Blog Post: 'Smart' Bulbs with Bright Ideas for Cutting Your Energy Bill

    Whenever talk turns to the internet of things, the home of the future is one of the first examples to come up. We could probably each think of at least a half-a-dozen ideas of how to make our homes more comfortable with technology. For better or worse, one of the first to see the light of day was the...
  • Blog Post: The Internet of EVRYTHNG

    Nope, that's not a spelling mistake in the title. I stumbled across another great example of how the internet of things is taking shape via my good friends at PSFK - they brought my attention to EVRYTHNG , a developer toolkit that lets you endow most any physical object with an “Active Digital...
  • Blog Post: Realizing the Internet of Things: Intelligent Systems are here now

    I’m at IDC’s SMART TECHnology World today in San Francisco to hear about a world of intelligent systems. I’m personally fascinated by the Internet of Things and it’s interesting to see how many in the industry are now moving beyond that terminology to talk about “ intelligent...
  • Blog Post: Chairs & desks go digital

    Earlier this week I talked about the increasing amount of technology in sports – our worlds are being augmented with digital sensors across the board. The latest two objects I noticed that are taking advantage of this are chairs and tables. Specifically, Steelcase are adding QR codes to the...
  • Blog Post: The Internet of Things under the Christmas tree

    I’m a big fan of this whole “ Internet of Things ” idea and as a consequence, a number of items under my Christmas tree this week feel in to this category. Yes, while normal people ask for books, music, clothes or more regular gadgets, I asked for a Twine . The device itself is shown...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Tag gets QR and NFC support

    Microsoft Tag has been quietly growing it’s footprint of users – as I made my way through my backlog of magazines this weekend, I noticed more and more brands with a Microsoft Tag . In fact since 2010, 187 million magazine issues have had Tags printed in them. I still see plenty of ads still...
  • Blog Post: The Lab of Things

    Whenever talk turns to the Internet of Things, energy management and home automation solutions usually come immediately to mind – like the services offered by utility providers or products sold at your local big-box home improvement store. While at Faculty Summit this week I learned that some...
  • Blog Post: Technology making an impact in the NFL

    The NFL has been in the news this week, not least due to Monday Night Football here in Seattle. A post yesterday on GeekWire was a welcome departure from that discussion - even if the topic was NFL focused. [image courtesy of Inc. magazine ] X2IMPACT are a local Seattle startup I have met...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft 2012 Holiday Look Book

    This is a guest post by my colleague Rob Wolf - a Senior Marketing Communications Manager who manages the social media properties for the Microsoft brand on Facebook , Twitter , and YouTube . As readers of this blog know, we are often inspired by the ways industries outside of technology tell their...
  • Blog Post: Approaching Embedded Intelligently

    Earlier this week our Windows Embedded team launched a new blog that I thought was worth highlighting – not that you don’t have enough to read already and I cover their work regularly here on NEXT , but if you want a deeper dive in to Intelligent Systems , this is the place to go. Kevin...
  • Blog Post: Talking Intelligent Systems, Big Data and big ideas

    I’ve spent the last two days holed up in the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Wash., – no, I’m not turning in to a recluse or making a rush on the mayorship , I was there as a guest of our Windows Embedded team who held an executive summit and it was a fascinating two days. In recent months...
  • Blog Post: A week of “things”

    I’ll confess I’m smitten by this whole notion of “ The Internet of Things ” – it’s a bit like the promised land of web services, sensors networks and cloud computing all wrapped in to one. Last week I gave a presentation to a group of visiting tech bods from Europe...
  • Blog Post: La prochaine chose: Microsoft demonstrates connected retail technology at TechDays in Paris

    Intelligent systems — what we used to call embedded technology before we realized the term sort of understates what can happen when you connect customized devices and data — promises to revolutionize a number of industries. In particular, retail, where sales can happen anywhere on the...
  • Blog Post: Talking Intelligent Systems with Intel

    Following on from my recent video interviews with Kevin Dallas and Jim Buczkowski at IDC’s SMART TECHnology World , this third video is a discussion I had with Ton Steenman from Intel. They have a huge business in intelligent systems, much of which is accompanied by a Windows operating system....
  • Blog Post: Craig Mundie Shows the Future of Healthcare at PHS

    It looks like I wasn’t the only person who had the explosion of connected devices on their mind yesterday : Craig Mundie gave a talk at the Pacific Health Summit that touched on what the massive growth in connected devices may mean for healthcare - Todd Bishop was there to watch and posted his...
  • Blog Post: Tools of the trade – packing for CES

    The land of gadgets and tech awaits next week – I’m heading to the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas . I travel partly with trepidation at what I know is going to be a crazy busy week and partly with excitement that I have some fun stuff to show this year in the Microsoft booth. More on...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group gives you Mayhem

    At Microsoft Research TechFest earlier this year I saw a demo of Mayhem but we never covered it here on NEXT. I was reminded of it when I saw on{X} from our Bing team earlier this week and decided it was time for some Mayhem love. Mayhem is an open source Windows application that lets pretty much...
  • Blog Post: Talking intelligent systems with MIT

    A few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down for a chat with Dr. Abel Sanchez , Executive Director at MIT’s Geospatial Data Center, to talk about the Internet of Things and its impact on the emergence of intelligent systems . We met at the recent Windows Embedded Executive Summit here in Seattle...
  • Blog Post: Kevin Dallas talks Intelligent Systems at Microsoft

    Last week I stopped by IDC’s SMART TECHnology World in San Francisco and got the chance to sit down and talk with a number of the speakers. First up was a chat with Kevin Dallas, GM for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. It’s an exciting time for his team as the world of intelligent systems is...
  • Blog Post: The explosion of connected devices

    As I’ve been researching posts for this week of “things” on Next, I’ve stumbled across lots of data – these connected things create massive amounts of data themselves and there are already a lot of them. A recent report from Cisco showed that sometime around 2008/2009, our...
  • Blog Post: The Printing Dress

    Last week I profiled Sheridan Martin Small – an amazing creative mind within our Xbox incubation group. In doing so, I mentioned a project called The Printing Dress – a collaboration between Sheridan and Asta Roseway of Microsoft Research. The video above, courtesy of Electricfoxy , does...
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