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Smart Products Made Smarter Together

2:15 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves, the good doctor shares his first impressions of HomeKit, Apple’s framework for securely controlling smart home products with your iPhone or other devices. While only moderately impressed with HomeKit so far, he does have a couple of HomeKit-compatible products he likes enough to recommends in spite of HomeKit's shortcomings.  

The Internet of Things is Really a Thing in Germany

3:10 PM, May. 4th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus at Hannover Messe 2016

In April, Dr. Mac spent nine days in Germany learning about Industry 4.0, the worldwide initiative (conceived in Germany) to develop standards and protocols to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Services (IoS), with large-scale data collection and analysis and machine learning. In other words, it's about smart, networked automation with smart, self-configuring components. He visited more than a dozen manufacturers, research institutes, universities, and startups across three German states and toured the fabled Hannover Fair with none other than President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. And you can read all about it right here!

Dr. Mac’s Introduction to Budget VR Googles

4:30 PM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Google Cardboard

Dr. Mac's been hearing that virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing since time immemorial, and has strapped more than one VR contraption to his face over the years in the name of research, and recalls that every single one of them made him nauseous and sweaty within minutes. This week he reports on his experience with the latest thing in budget-priced virtual reality goggles, Google Cardboard.