From Connected World Mag:
We see a future of connected devices and services. But we see it happening in small steps where a collection of small ideas fit together to form a much bigger vision. A proven philosophy is that if consumers try something connected, they will try another. For example, if you could open your garage door from a mobile phone, then controlling a light is right around the corner. But, the same consumer will not make a major overhaul of his or her house all at once. A connected world could potentially be much more than home automation, but it will take a series of little wins to get there.
Therefore, it is important to keep creating projects to inspire new products and services. Before you know it, connected things will be commonplace, accepted, and expected. We are building our vision from the bottom up, one project at a time.
Jason Winters and I officially launched the company ioBridge in 2008, but many things had to fall into place before that happened. We brought together our professional experience and incorporated knowledge from many former projects.
Jason was a researcher at the University of Florida where he built a remote-monitoring system for his lab. Jason has a diverse background in mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering, which accounts for his ability to see new applications for technology. Every time Jason had a break in his research, he would come to me with a project idea. Each project got more complex. One of Jason’s first projects was a Commodore laptop he designed. I hosted his blog on my server and when he released his throwback laptop, it shut my server down from all of the traffic from news sites and tech blogs. I learned I needed to figure out scalability. I also realized the short-term power of viral marketing.
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