6 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven Business in 2019

6 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven Business in 2019

We’ve all heard the phrase “data is the new oil” to describe the exponential growth of big data platforms and analytics as key mechanisms of digital transformation. For many organizations, the importance of becoming data-literate — capable of communicating data and analytics in ways that spur innovation, enhance customer experience, increase revenue, and fulfill the more traditional role of risk mitigation — has become a fundamental business asset.

Lab Notes: Data Collection with Bluetooth Thermometers

Lab Notes: Data Collection with Bluetooth Thermometers

The advent of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices has allowed for the addition of wireless capability to low-powered devices, and expanding the possibilities for the Internet of Things. Because BLE was part of an update to the Bluetooth Standard in 2011, new code had to be written to support devices that utilized the technology. The Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) specification allows for a standardized method of accessing data from BLE devices, and libraries have been written to support this data collection in various languages. By using this technology, we explored the possibility of creating a “smart” kitchen, such that we could wirelessly receive temperature readings from a variety of Bluetooth thermometers.

Lab Notes: React Native for Android Things

Lab Notes: React Native for Android Things

With the explosion of the Internet of Things in recent years, it is no surprise that Google would want to get developers involved using the Android OS. The resulting product is Android Things (first released in May 2018), a version of the Android OS specifically designed for IoT devices. Based on the same operating system as Android phones, Android Things simplifies the development process and makes creating IoT programs the same procedure as a phone or watch app, but the available libraries are different depending on the IoT hardware.

3 Top Trends in Wearable Tech

3 Top Trends in Wearable Tech

When Apple announced its AirPods last year, initially critics were skeptical of the wireless earbuds’ design — seemingly easy to lose and reminiscent of Q-tips or cigarette butts. Yet, aesthetics aside, the tiny protruding cylinders have become an increasingly prevalent accessory in recent months. Apple recently revealed its wearables revenue — from the Apple Watch, Beats headphones, and AirPods — rose 50 percent last quarter.

4 Ways Retailers Are Embracing New In-Store Tech

4 Ways Retailers Are Embracing New In-Store Tech

With the start of a new year, retailers are abuzz following industry conventions such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. Replacing the somber mood surrounding brick-and-mortar in 2017, so far this year, the industry is focused on creating future-proof in-store experiences, buoyed by a healthy holiday season.