The IoT Zombie Problem

Mmm… Brains. There are a lot of residential Internet-of-Things devices available that can connect to my home Wi-Fi network and provide some functionality: Thermostats, security cameras, light switches, connected speakers, and so forth. Some devices even defy classification—Cardinal Peak gave all its employees the choice to receive an Amazon Echo this past holiday season, and…

Introduction to AES67

AES67 is a standard for transport of high performance audio over IP networks. High performance, as AES67 defines it, is at least a 44.1 kHz sampling frequency, at least 16-bit resolution and latency less than 10 ms. AES67 is targeted to applications in professional audio: broadcast, production, live audio and commercial and residential applications. Rather…

The IoT Ahead

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the EE Live Internet-of-Things conference in San Jose last month. Since then, I’ve been reflecting on some of the bleeding edge technical concepts that were discussed there. It occurs to me that many of the IoT devices we are asked to design act as a standalone…

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The Internet of Things, and How Those Things Phone Home

There’s a lot of buzz about the Internet of Things—a catchphrase designed to encompass a range of embedded devices that connect to cloud servers to act more intelligently than they could on their own.
One problem that comes up is how to design the Thing to connect back to the Cloud Server—how does the Thing phone home? It’s tricky, because usually we are trying to balance several factors.