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June

DIY Google Home

Last year, I partnered with Steve Youngblood to make an Amazon Alexa on a Raspberry Pi. In January of this year, I teamed up with Liz Simpson to provide a DIY Alexa workshop for high school ladies through ChickTech. Last month (May 2017), Google Home came out with their DIY version on a Raspberry Pi. Google did things a little differently than Amazon. Their intent was to make the project easier by offering a kit to complete the project. The kit was offered through MagPi, a magazine from the UK

21

June

3 Surprising Trends in Mobile Video from CNN, Weather Channel, and the Atlanta Braves

The Wireless Technology Forum assembled a diverse panel of 6 mobile video experts on Thursday, June 15, 2017 including CNN, Weather Channel, OTT providers (NewsOn), B2B mobile video platforms, and for the first time in Wireless Forum history, the Atlanta Braves. Experts shared their insights and current trends in mobile video, some of which were a bit surprising. Cisco has been predicting since 2008 that mobile video would eat up most of the 4G bandwidth before 4G was even launched. Consumers have attempted to watch mobile video before the content

13

June

All Marketing is Permission Based Marketing

Last week, I was purchasing a bottle of wine at a retail establishment on Peachtree St. As I was checking out at the register, the young cashier asked to see my ID for the wine. This cashier looked to be high school or college age, probably his first summer job. I handed the cashier my ID card. First he typed in my date of birth, and then proceeded to type in my name, address into the register/computer.

STOP! I was suddenly the elder, lecturing this young man about permissions. I looked

08

June

My First Visit to Amazon’s Bookstore (Brick-and-Mortar Edition)

15 years after buying my first book on Amazon, I finally visited the physical Amazon bookstore. Isn’t it usually the other way around?

I flew to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend to see friends, run a 10 mile race, bike 30 miles, and of course, visit the Amazon bookstore (brick-and-mortar edition). The Chicago Amazon bookstore is about 6 miles north of downtown Chicago, in the Lakeview neighborhood, just slightly southeast of Wrigley Field. We were in the area to catch a performance of Blue Man Group, so we made a quick stop

31

May

5 Examples of Consumer AR & VR Available Today

In 2014, I posted that a renaissance was coming for virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and today (2017), I believe that to be true. In 2014, we saw Samsung and others lowering the barriers to entry for VR with cheaper headsets; coupled with faster processors in smartphones to handle intense graphics. Today, almost anyone can experience VR with Google Cardboard and a smartphone.

Here are 5 examples of AR/VR that you can experience today.
1. Snapchat filters – All of my Snapchat friends have enjoyed adding fun AR “accessories” to their

22

May

3 Key Insights into AR/VR/Mixed Reality from the Experts

Each year, the Wireless Technology Forum invites a panel of experts to provide their insights into Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and now Mixed Reality (MR).

Confused? You’re not the only one, check out this article from Foundry on AR/VR/MR.

As AR/VR/MR has evolved, the applications, hardware, and software have grown tremendously since 2014. This year, a panel of experts came together to provide the current state of the industry, real use cases, and their predictions for their field.

This year’s panel agreed on a few points and then each provided a

17

May

Leadership, Ethics, and Impact

Imagine you are CEO of a publicly traded company, and one of your employees has found an error in the books from the previous year. The error is that your company owes another company $1 million. The books from last year are closed and audited. There was no shady embezzlement on the part of your employees or the company, it was an accounting error due to complex contract agreements.

You have 2 choices:

Open back up the books, contact the other company, admit the mistake, and pay back the $1 million.
File away

09

May

Georgia Tech Capstone Spring 2017 Recap

One of my favorite events at Georgia Tech is the semi-annual Capstone Expo. This is an event where students show off their senior design projects ranging from corporate sponsored to “make the world a better place” projects across all majors and disciplines. There are literally hundreds of senior design projects on display at McCamish Pavilion twice a year.

At the GT Capstone Expo on April 25, 2017, I concentrated on projects in 4 main categories: Drones, ROI value, Smart Home, and Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR / VR). I created and uploaded videos