I'm spending the weekend at the Hackster.io hackfest, focused on IoT hardware projects in Seattle. Here's a quick rundown of the first day so far: Lots of good ideas are born quickly and easily Everybody needs Hardware Hacking 101 Not "How to use my board and sensor kit" Software …

I'm posting this on my blog. I have retrieved it from a strange online archive of old newspaper articles. This is important for me to save because Charles Kolar, identified below, was my great uncle. There's very little I can find out about my extended family on that side of …

This post is a retrospective on a project I was privileged to participate in during Microsofts Makefest in 2013. The team I joined decided to build a Moodcloud. What is a Moodcloud? Good question! The idea was to build a physical representation of the state of the twitterverse and to …

The AllSeen Alliance's AllJoyn protocol is designed to enable the "everything" in the Internet of Everything to find and talk with one another. We've been working with AllJoyn for a couple of reasons: Microsoft is a member of the AllSeen Alliance We have Startups in the Microsoft Ventures Seattle Accelerator …

This week I've been in Cambridge, MA to talk about Microsoft's IoT solutions: Intelligent Systems Services, Project Reykjavik, and Nitrogen. It was an excellent conference, wrapping up Wednesday with a demo event where everyone had a chance to show off their interesting projects and tools. Thursday I spent at the …

I'm headed to the IoT 2014 conference where I'll be talking about Microsoft's portfolio of IoT solutions and demonstrating Nitrogen. The brief version of what I'm presenting is that Microsoft has been in the IoT space since before it was popular -- we have created and deployed technology that runs …