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

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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

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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

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

21

April

Will Atlanta become a Smart City?

Last week we had another packed house at the Wireless Technology Forum for the “Smart Cities of the Future” panel discussion with an expert panel of speakers.

First of all, why are we talking about smart cities, or even the future of smart cities?
Is Atlanta a smart city? What defines a smart city?

According to Samir Santi, CIO, City of Atlanta, “A city is smart when the city operates as one instead of siloed departments.” He further defined a smart city that measures itself against KPIs that matter to its citizens, and

29

March

4 Use Cases for IoT Fleet Management

How ultra-connected logistics in fleet management will improve the quality of the food we eat, make our cities smarter, increase productivity, and re-engineer delivery vehicles.

The Wireless Technology Forum assembled a panel of fleet management technology experts from UPS, AT&T, Verizon Telematics, Deloitte, City of Atlanta, and TotalTrax on March 16, 2017 to provide insights into improving fleet management with ultra-connected logistics.

Mike Curran, Global Telecom and Future of Mobility, Deloitte, setup the topic by providing a peek into the future state of IoT Fleet Management. IoT will be an ecosystem of

18

February

3 Use Cases for Wearables in 2017

Last year, I posted about training for races (Marathons to 5Ks) and my Garmin wearables along the way.

Part 1: Switching Costs – Big data aspect of storing workout stats on a manufacturer’s platform
Part 2: Evolution – Fitness data that is wearable agnostic

In 2016, I completed my 7th half marathon and I am currently training for my 2nd full marathon (26.2 miles) on March 19, 2017 – Georgia Marathon. You can view my training on Strava here.

With smartwatches and Fitbit devices, we’ve come to know wearables as fitness devices, but is

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January

Mobile Commerce is Here

January 2015, at the mCommerce panel headlined by Ginger Schmeltzer and Chris Poelma, the panel concluded that mobile payment adoption would be driven in 2016 by EMV. We can debate if this prediction came true in 2016, but my litmus test was when my credit card was “deactivated” for adding Apple Pay, and I spent over an hour waiting in a call center queue to get my Costco Citi Visa working again. On June 20, 2016 (the first day the Costco Citi Visa was active), too many people attempted to