BUG Labs WiFi Release: DIY Web-Enabled Gadgets for All

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Have you ever wanted to build a better web cam, GPS device or web video pet monitoring service? Well you just might get your chance. Bug Labs recently released their latest BUGbase device module with an embedded WiFi and bluetooth solution. Best known for its Lego-like hardware blocks, BUG offers users a set of programmable modules to develop DIY gadgets. What makes this so groundbreaking is the fact that the company is offering one of the first-ever open source WiFi hardware solutions. This means that both large-scale hardware manufacturers and garage tinkers can utilize the code. CEO Peter Semmelhack noted that BUGbase’s WiFi has taken a year to launch with significant hardware, software and regulatory struggles to overcome. Nevertheless, the results are a triumph for the entire open source community. Says Semmelhack, “The world is already rapidly changing via popular software applications like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Digg, etc. It will change even more radically when we are able to personalize our hardware experiences as easily as our digital ones.”Rather than trading old products for newer models or adjusting to the limitations of their gadgets, consumers may one day learn to build better experiences for themselves. Semmelhack listed a number of commercial products that can already be recreated using BUG modules. Below are some of his examples:1. Novatel Mifi: This pocket-sized mobile hotspot can be created using the BUGbase Wifi and BUG 3G modules.2. Dash: Most basic GPS solutions can be built using the BUGbase, GPS and BUG 3G modules. 3. Kodak Easyshare One camera with WiFi Card: Users can create their own camera via the BUGbase WiFI, BUGcam modules. They can also add geotagging with the BUGlocate GPS module. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Yinchuan is the smart city choice for China

first_imgCNN just reported that Yinchuan is on a path to be the blueprint “smart city” for all the urban metropolises across China. The city has hosted TM Forum’s Smart City InFocus conference for two years.Located in the north of China, Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia Hui province, has a population of 1.5 million people. It is home to the annual China-Arab States Expo, making the city appear to be one of the most Arab-friendly places in China.China is focused on informatization, industrialization and urbanization, and Yinchuan is one of China’s 193 smart city pilot projects working towards these goals.  The city is already progressive, using facial recognition systems in buses, holograms at the City Hall and solar-powered waste bins among other programs.Yinchuan a surprise choice‘Many may be surprised that this city was selected, but there are clear reasons why Yinchuan is the more favorable “smart city” leader than Shanghai or Beijing.  A big part of it is its size.“The problem is these cities are already too big. A blank canvas like Yinchuan can more flexibly adopt new technologies, and then ‘attract people that would otherwise have gone to Beijing or Shanghai,’” explains Carl Piva, TM Forum’s vice president of strategic programs.Piva says China is focused on creating a “repeatable pattern” that it can use to build and “roll out” a smart city.  He also says that the West doesn’t appear to have that same focus of “rolling out” the smart cities. Tags:#China#Internet of Things#IoT#smart city#TM Forum#Yinchuan How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Amanda Razanicenter_img Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

Your Client’s Value Lens

first_imgYour dream client views the world through their own lens. They see the world through the framework of their industry, their business model, their own business, their challenges, their opportunities, and their experiences. The individual stakeholders within their company each have their own experiences and biases, too.The biases create a lens through which your client (and the stakeholders who make up your client) view the world. That lens shapes how they perceive value. Call it their value lens.When the value that you create is aligned with your prospective client’s value lens, it’s easy to sell. They perceive the value in what you sell, and it aligns with and supports their worldview. But the trouble begin when your prospective client’s lens deletes or distorts the value that you create.Distortions and DeletionsLet’s use price as an example. You might be able to produce far greater results than your low price competitors. You might even be able to prove a compelling ROI that any CFO would be proud to sign off on. But some of your prospective clients (some stakeholders) will have a value lens that deletes the value you create. Their lens only lets in “lowest price.” If they don’t see lowest price, their lens deletes the value you create; it’s not enough for you to win their business.But the deletion and distortion of value occur in other areas.Your dream client might have a stakeholder who perceives value through a political lens. If your solution doesn’t allow them to bury some internal opponent, they perceive other solutions as more valuable. If it doesn’t help them make the political case that they should be promoted, they can’t perceive the value.Match the Value or Change the WorldviewThere aren’t any easy answers for dealing with problems of value deletion and distortion. You can sometimes align the value you create with your client’s value lens. Other times you have to work on changing your dream client’s value lens altogether. Neither is easy, and swapping out the lens takes a lot of time. But the sooner you start working on understanding what your dream client sees through their value lens, the sooner you can match it or start helping to change it.QuestionsWhat does your client perceive through their value lens?What do you do when you have a mismatch between the value you create and your prospective client’s value lens?How do prospective clients delete the value you create by viewing it through their lens?How do they distort the value you create because of their lens?How do you match or change their lens?last_img read more