Internet of things

New Homeowner “To Do” List: Change Locks, Meet Neighbors, Reprogram “Nest” (Huh??)

Analog vs. Virtual Unlocked Doors Once upon a time, standard Realtor advice to new homeowners, post-closing, was to change the locks:  even if the Seller delivered all known keys to the Buyer, there was always the possibility of neighbors or friends possessing a “stray.” Now, thanks to smart homes — and specifically, Nest thermostats — there’s...
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WSJ: “Investors Push Uber’s Valuation Past $40 Billion”

Welcome to The Uber Age, or, “The Internet of People With Things” (“IoPT”) First, there was “The Internet of People.” Or, just “the Internet” for short. Then, there was “IoT” — the acronym for, “The Internet of Things.” Now? We’ve moved on to the era of what I’m calling “The Internet of People with Things” —...
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Google Buys Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion

Home Thermostat as  . . . Trojan Horse*(?!?) While 2x-3x the cost of a standard thermostat, the Nest thermostat promises to let homeowners quickly re-coup that investment through lower energy bills. In turn, it supposedly accomplishes that by incorporating a more intuitive, user-friendly display and interface (see photo below); smart software that learns the household’s schedule;...
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