Episode 123: Whatever happened to Wink and DefCon’s greatest hacks

Security was a big topic this week in the internet of things, so on the podcast we talk about news from Defcon, efforts to hack the Amazon Echo and our take on the Senate’s new IoT security bill. We also cover the week’s big news of the Wink platform getting sold to Will.i.am, Eero’s new employees and $50 million for TrackR, the Bluetooth-based tracking company. Kevin and I also highlight a product that we think is silly and discuss the future of bikes in a world of autonomous cars. Oh, and we answer a reader’s question, recommending this for lighting without a neutral wire and this for gaining voice control for your AV system.

The TrackR Atlas will one day provide location information inside the home.

The industrial and enterprise IoT folks will want to stay tuned for my interview with Microsoft’s Sam George, who heads up the Azure IoT Platform. George and I have had a few conversations in the last two years covering where the IT world stops and the real world begins. We talk about this plus the right architectures for the edge and a bit about Microsoft’s stance on cybersecurity. Finally, he shares a story from the Internet of Twizzlers.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Sam George of Microsoft
Sponsors: HiQo Solutions and Eero

  • This is not the IoT security law we need
  • Will.i.am doesn’t have Kevin’s endorsement
  • We answer a reader’s A/V and lighting question
  • How Microsoft thinks about security in the overall IoT ecosystem
  • How Hershey’s uses IoT to save money on sweets

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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.

5 thoughts on “Episode 123: Whatever happened to Wink and DefCon’s greatest hacks”

  1. The bike radar already exists! It is made by Garmin. Here is a quote from their website.

    “Varia rearview radar from Garmin helps create a safer cycling environment by warning cyclists of vehicles approaching from behind up to 150 yards (140 meters). The radar rear light also warns approaching vehicles of a cyclist ahead. Works independently or integrates seamlessly with compatible Edge cycling computers¹. Edge computer or Varia head unit can show multiple approaching vehicles and indicates the relative speed of approach and threat level.”

    1. I’d call that an ILOD, Idiot Light Of Death. If you ride a bicycle on the street you should be aware of all moving objects around you 100% of the time. Nobody else is looking out for you.

  2. Awesome Episode. You guys always pack in some very useful info in the short time of the podcast.

    I like the Bike sensor thing in that it might be a good idea for the bicycles to have sensors to give an indication when there is a vehicle or other object near them, sort of like cars do on the rear view mirror. There are many means to power this from Solar, A generator on the wheels to charge a rechargeable battery, or like Stacey mention with kinetic energy which could even be something that the rider places something on their legs so they generate power while they pedal. This could be low power and be something as simple as a series of LEDs on the handle bars that light to indicate a near object.
    Regarding the Stop sign issue with bicyclists, in California there are some politicians trying to push legislation that would allow Bicycle Rides to blow through stop signs legally. Since many folks driving cars don’t stop for stop signs, this is a recipe for destruction.

    Looks like Fry’s and Best Buy are competing with pricing of the Voice Assistances. BestBuy dropped the price of the Google Home and Phillps Hue Color Starter kit to $188.99. Fry’s on the other hand, have/had the Amazon Echo for $89 and the Dot for $34.99 I’m not sure if it was a Friday only thing, but I could not resist.


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