M2M and IoT Blog by Larry Bellehumeur

  1. Why is IoT so far off-target so far?

    If you’ve seen a presentation that I have given over the past couple of years, you may have seen me reference “the three phases of Wireless”.  It pretty much echoes the three phases of the Internet, but with more of a wireless spin.   During the first phase, it was all about voice.  In the late 80’s and into the...
  2. Roomba: Not only eats my iPhone cables, but it also spies on me now?

    Hello and thanks for reading.   At our Novotech head office, we have a Roomba that routinely makes its way around our office, keeping the carpets nice and neat.  For the most part, it kind of does its own thing….which often includes eating my iPhone cable that is plugged into the wall.  While it doesn’t replace a thorough vacuuming, it...
  3. A different kind of “fishing” highlights IoT’s Security vulnerabilities

    Like most people, I have visited a casino now and then.  If you go to Vegas, it is basically impossible to make it to most hotel rooms without going through one in fact.  What always amazed me when I was there was how much expense went into these buildings…..canals, huge water fountains and incredible ceiling art are just some of...
  4. IoT and Gluten Free

    Trying to eat Gluten-Free?  Meet your best friend, Nima If you were a kid of the 80's, there is a good chance you ate a lot of bread....and, it was probably white bread.  We had it for breakfast sometimes, almost always had it as part of our school lunch and probably also ate it over the weekend.  Whether it was...
  5. IoT means a loss of privacy, often for those who do not even use it

    \n\tHello and thanks for reading.  As the world that we live in continues to grow, it raises some interesting questions.  One of them that I like is, “is there anything that is a secret anymore?”  I mean, most of us will keep certain pieces of key information to ourselves.  I don’t know any of my friend’s PIN numbers, I don’t...
  6. An IoT modem shopping list

    Hello and thanks for reading. As I try to maintain the weight loss that I was able to accomplish about 18 months ago, I find that one great way to do it is to use a shopping list for the grocery store. It helps to keep you focused on what you need and to avoid the danger aisles....namely processed food...
  7. Will IoT help us break the 2-hour Marathon barrier?

    Photo: Courtesy of the Boston Athletic Association As I write this, my mind is focused on running.  Well, to be honest, I do think about running a lot, so that is not new.  However, today is a bit different…today, the Boston Marathon takes place.  Before the horrific incident a few years back, paying attention to the Marathon was often restricted...
  8. Food delivery just got a whole lot 'cooler'

    While I never actually did it, most of my friends delivered food as a job at some point in their high school / college life.  I mean, it wasn’t exactly the hardest job to do and if you had the right route, it could actually be reasonably lucrative thanks to some generous gratuities. One of the main criteria for jobs...
  9. Will 5G mean the end of all hard-wired connections? Hardly...

    I feel old.  Not because my eyes are going and my body is creaking (I will leave those complaints to my business partner, Richard Hobbs).  I feel old because I was around in this space BEFORE 1G came out.  Now, we’re hearing more and more about the upcoming launch of 5G... And....the speeds are incredible.  Downloading a full HD movie...
  10. Embedded modems…the “pre-made meals of the IoT world”

    About three and a half years ago, I finally got fed up of being overweight.  Having been relatively thin for most of my early 20s, the reality of sitting at a desk and travelling resulted in a lot of unwanted weight. Unlike many people, I fully admit that it was the combination of over-eating and lack of exercise that did...

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