Episode 117: Intel’s new IoT strategy has fewer things

Intel plans to discontinue several of its boards designed for makers. Kevin and I discuss what this means for Intel’s IoT strategy. We also talk about ARM’s extension of a program that eliminates license fees to design custom chips, Ring’s new doorbell and Hue’s new lights. We then circle back on Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase and the availability of the Dash wand, while Kevin shares his favorite new Alexa Skill.

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Next up is blockchain, specifically how it could build sustainable IoT business models and even help generate wealth in the subscription economy. My guest Paul Brody is a principal at EY and a blockchain expert. You’ll learn a new way of thinking about subscriptions, fractional ownership and why blockchain and IoT are like chocolate and peanut butter. Listen up.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Paul Brody from EY
Sponsors: TE Connectivity and Affiliated Monitoring

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Stacey Higginbotham

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.

3 thoughts on “Episode 117: Intel’s new IoT strategy has fewer things”

  1. Another great episode as always.

    Yeah, it is sad that Intel is backing out of the Maker board arena, but since they had scaled back on the Atom production I wonder if that had something to do with eliminating the Edison which does have a Atom processor inside. The Galileo was an interesting board, but as you guys mentioned it, it was a power hog. It did offer a mini PCIe slot that is not seen in many of the boards. However, trying to run an Arduino Sketch on the Galileo was a bit challenging and had many issues with hanging. Intel did advertise using the Galileo in their Gateway devices so it would be interesting if they are just going to go with an x86 processor or with an Intel version of an ARM processor. At least they still have the Curie which is on the Arduino 101 and also has a Quark process as well as on board BLE for under $30.

    1. I know this goes back a bit, but as expected Intel has created a newer and more powerful IoT board based on the ‘UP Boards” called ‘UP Squared”. It has a dual-core Intel Celeron processor (formerly Apollo Lake). This looks similar to what is in a NUC and it ain’t cheep though. For a the UP Squared IoT Grove Dev Kit, it is priced $249.00.
      There is a standard ‘UP’ board that looks very much like a Raspberry Pi as well, but it has an Atom so there is no telling its life expectancy.
      They did kill off the Curie as well along with the Arduino 101 which I did not see initially.
      Looks like Intel’s IoT direction is to go ‘UP’ or out.

  2. Great Episode Stacey. The IoT Revolution is getting speed and when it does, it will change how we live, work, travel, engage, and then some. From associated homes and associated autos to savvy structures and transportation, each part of our lives will be influenced by the expanding capacity of buyers, organizations, and governments to interface with and control everything around them.

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