The New Elegance: Have the Guts to Leave Something Out

Howdy Pierce I sat recently through a long, multiple-day design review for a major appliance manufacturer. This company—my customer—has a competitor who has recently launched an IoT version of their product. In response, my customer is planning a large IoT of…

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Your Phone’s for Footballin’: Compression Efficiency Matters Again

Howdy Pierce It’s likely that delivery efficiency is going to get more important in the future.

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We Need a Better Way to Lock the Doors

Howdy Pierce Another day, another public hack: Today we learned that a “cyber-espionage operation” has used a previously unknown flaw in Adobe Flash to gain information from NATO governments and others. And also 87% of Android devices are vulnerable to numero…

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Full of Doubt

Howdy Pierce One common approach to hiring an engineering services firm is to issue an RFP. The core idea is, you write up your requirements, and get several engineering design services firms to bid. Usually the assumption is that every compliant bid is equivalen…

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Which Estimate Should I Give?

Howdy Pierce One thing that is striking amongst different engineering cultures is the range of approaches to scheduling accuracy: How tolerant is the organization of schedule slips? And therefore how aggressive are engineering planners encouraged to be?

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Entrepreneur: The IoT Will Have Arrived When You Don't Even Notice It's There

Howdy Pierce I’ve got a new article at Entrepreneur magazine: “The Internet of Things Will Have Arrived When You Don’t Even Notice It’s There”. For most devices, Internet connectivity just isn’t that compelling. Really: How much do I care about my hot…

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Pro1 Enters Smart Thermostat Market

Howdy Pierce Our customer Pro1—the second largest thermostat vendor in North America—was featured in an article in the Boulder Daily Camera over the weekend: And thanks to a coordinated effort of businesses in Boulder County, Pro1 is looking to expand that ma…

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CurrentC and the Problem of Consortia

Howdy Pierce Two friends—both evangelical acolytes of the Church of Apple—have been talking this week about the news that ApplePay and Google Wallet have been turned off by retailers who are backing a not-yet-released payment alternative called CurrentC. (And…

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When will the Apple Watch support Android?

Howdy Pierce I’m sipping coffee while listening to my sweet new U2 album, and I’m pondering the future of openness with the Apple Watch. I haven’t seen any commentary about the fact that at launch it will only work with a recent iPhone. I certainly could be…

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What Does the Aereo Decision Mean for Innovation?

Howdy Pierce I was interviewed by Xconomy today in a piece entitled ‘Could Fallout from Aereo Ruling Have “Chilling Effect On Startups”? ’ Here’s a little more analysis than what was covered in the Xconomy article. The question of how the decision would…

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