IoT Meets API at Apigee #ILoveAPIs

Check out these videos from the Apigee I Love APIs conference in San Jose, CA this week.  If you click the little Facebook icon in the lower right hand corner of the video you’ll be able to read my intro to each video.  Enjoy!  And while you’re there, feel free to visit my Facebook page and check out more of the things I’m up to.  Likes, Comments, Shares and Follows are also welcome and will actually help you see more of the things I do as well as other interesting things from other sources that may be of interest to you.

A couple of notes – To view in higher quality video click HD.  Audio, unfortunately, is as good as I can get it after scrubbing it a bit to reduce the background noise.  New hardware is in the works for me, both camera and microphone, to improve on the audio quality for these videos.  I have to thank everyone who has contributed, either running the camera behind the scenes or offering comments and suggestions on how to improve from audio to video to content to length and more.  Keep the feedback coming!

SAP Beacons For Smart Building Maintenance



Philips Hue

Sereneti Kitchen


There will probably be one more video from the conference that was graciously recorded by someone who offered to use their nicer phone/camera to record but hasn’t yet provided a copy.  I’ll add it on Facebook and tack it on here when it is available.

Videos with 7 of The Luxury Technology Show Exhibitors

Awesome venue, people and tech sums up the Luxury Technology Show at W Hollywood last week.  But you don’t have to take my word for it; check out these short video interviews of 7 of the impressive technologies that were on display at the show.

Jerry Wilmink, CEO of WiseWear knocks it out of the park with BEAUTIFUL wearable jewelry.  (want to learn more about how Jerry is giving the world options over current ugly, nerdy wearabletech check out this piece)

Michelle from 4mons.com demos the mamaRoo seat and origami stroller, tools for the tech friendly parent

Joe from Elan Home Systems is a man after my heart because he wants to make the smart home so easy that grandma can use it.

Segway has met it’s match with the ultra-low form factor of Hovertrax and Solowheel by Inventist. See it demoed by Joalene Jolivette, Marketing Director at Inventist

Technology to help regrow hair? Find out more from Fran & Marina from HairMax. The lasers stimulate the hair follicles but, unfortunately, don’t work fast enough for me to show you before and after head shots.

Megan Johnson from Sengled tells about their three connected light bulbs. Pulse plays music through up to 8 connected. Boost boosts your Wi-Fi. Snap has an HD camera inside for outdoor lighting and security.

Making the kitchen smart by infusing technology into the pan? Yes, that is what Prachi and Rahul from SmartyPans will do.  Catch SmartyPans at Michael Wolfe’s Nov 5 event: The Smart Kitchen Summit

Touring the Target and Sears Smart Home Concept Stores

Both Target and Sears have smart home concept stores full of consumer #IoT devices.  Check out these video tours of their retail experiences for a glimpse at what the #ConnectedHome can do for you.

Target: Video taken on Friday, September 4, 2015

Learn more about solutions available at the Target concept store at OpenHouse.Target.com.


Sears: Video taken Friday, August 28, 2015

Learn more about solutions available at the Sears concept store at Sears Connected Solutions.

How to add $15 Cree Connected Light Bulbs to a Philips Hue Hub

I added a Cree Connected light bulb to my Philips Hue Hub and it was easy!

At $15 per bulb, a fraction of the cost of the Philips Hue $60 colored LED bulbs, the Cree Connected bulbs are a great way to expand connectivity to light fixtures in your home where you do not want or need colored lights.  Here is the bulb I picked up from Home Depot (check your local store as these are not in every store):

Purchase Cree Bulbs at Home Depot

The setup was a easy.  Did I say that yet?  It was, and this is important when it comes to wider adoption of connected devices in the home; easy is key.  It will take you longer to open the Cree box than it will take to add the bulb to your Hue hub.

Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Screw in your new light bulb and leave the power off

Step 2: Launch the Hue app on your phone and use Auto search to automatically connect the bulb. How?

a) Go to Settings

In the Hue app go to Settings

b) Select My Lights

Select My lights

c) Choose Connect new lights

Click Connect new lights

d) Choose Auto search

Choose Auto search

Step 3: While the app is searching, turn on the new bulb.  


The app will find it and you can name it and then begin controlling it.

See, easy!

For the consumer Internet of Things to be adopted, it must be easy to install and use.  Kudos to both Cree and Hue for making it easy to put this technology to work for you.