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February 23, 2018

Real-World Retail Meets the Digital Experience: 6 Trends Sweeping Stores

If there were an Oscar for best digital experience, IKEA would win it. ItsSpace10 arenain Copenhagen a literal lobster tank before the Swedish furniture brand took it over in 2015 has developed some seriously cutting-edge customer technologies.

February 20, 2018

Four Tips to Prototype your IoT Product on a Shoestring Budget

For every hit Internet of Things product, there are dozens that unnecessarily met their demise.

January 03, 2018

Retail Won't Disappear — It'll Become a Blended Experience

Most brick-and-mortar stores haven't changed their strategy since the early days of retail. Customers arrive at the store, make their selections, and (assuming the prices are right) check out with their products.

April 17, 2017

Establishing a Websocket PUBSUB server with Redis and Asyncio

Motivation If you've been following my never-ending quest for a light-sensor setup as detailed first in this post (set up a Raspberry Pi with Python 3.5) and then in this other post (make a light sensor with an Arduino and Raspberry Pi), you would know that I've only set up the data-collection half of this project. The other half will involve getting the data to make hardware do stuff in the real world. This post in particular covers how to leverage a PUBSUB (publish-subscribe) Redis server and websockets to this purpose.

April 07, 2017

Setting Up a Light Sensor with an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi

Motivation: About three to six times a day, the sun decides to make life in our trendy, skylit San Francisco office ever so slightly painful for at least one of my colleagues, forcing them to get up and use a long metal rod to slide the fashionable skylight drapes shut. In my never-ending quest to make something in the IoT (Internet of Things) sphere that would remedy this perennial obstacle to productivity, I began with the data collection side of things. Sensors. I bought a fairly cheap Arduino-for-babies kit, grabbed the closest Raspberry Pi I could reach, and got started.