Is “Stone Soup” The Greatest Business Book Ever Written?

I recently picked up a copy of Marcia Browns’ 1947 “Stone Soup.” As an elementary school student, I didn’t really appreciate Stone Soup. As an adult, I have to say that that Stone Soup is a shockingly accurate reproduction of the process truly great entrepreneurs and salespeople use to win.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that Stone Soup may be the greatest sales manual and business book ever written!

So lets get into it.
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Tiny AI Devices Invade The Maker Moment

The Xpider by Maker Collider featuring a camera equipped with a hardware accelerated neuron memory chip for rapid image recognition

The tiny white orb-shaped robot scuttled across the carpet, it’s flashing headlamp illuminating the floor before it. “It can recognize faces,” said the hardware engineer in charge of implementing the compact internals of the Xpider. “We are working on a software layer to make it easy to drag-and-drop commands using the onboard neural network engine.

As I have toured the world attending hardware conferences and Maker Faires, the theme of providing small edge devices with more intelligence has grown stronger with each passing month. More and more inventive developers and teams seem to be working on solving the next big problem facing the Maker Movement: How to make AI-enabled hardware and perceptual computing gadgets usable to a wider audience of developers.

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The Chaos and The Craftsmanship of Shenzhen – Intel IDF 16

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A Pilgrimage To The Maker Mecca

When I arrived in Shenzhen this week to participate in Intel IDF 16, I hoped to learn more about the roaring technological innovation happening in this unique city. This is part III in my series documenting aspects of my brief trip to the city of makers this week. Read part II here and Part I here.

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The ultimate purpose of my visiting Shenzhen, aside from meeting with a few interesting partners and customers, was to give two talks at Intel IDF 16 on topics relating to Intel’s Inventor Platforms and the results of research I have been doing with customers on their experience productizing on the Intel Edison compute module. Being new to Shenzhen, it was fascinating to see what the local “players” in the maker space where up to.

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A few interesting items were announced at the keynote including a beta of the Intel Curie module software experience (variously described as a BSP or an ODK aka Open Developer Kit) and a new robotics kit based on Intel RealSense and the UP Board from AAEON. There were other announcements as well relating to Intel 3D XPoint Memory. [Read more…]

Seeking Inflection Points: My new role at Intel

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Starting tomorrow I will be taking on the position of “Inventor Platform Manager, Strategic Partners” at Intel’s New Technology Group (focusing on Makers and Innovators). In this role, I will be working with a broad ecosystem of cloud partners (Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google etc), developers, makers and hardware accelerators to increase the usability and adoption of Intel’s maker products such as Intel Edison, Intel Curie, the Arduino 101 (and future devices).

Looking forward to meeting the next generation of makers, couldn’t be more excited to be in this role within Intel at this time.

What the Hack! Hardware hackathon discussion with Jeremy Foster

Thanks so much to Jeremy Foster from Microsoft for spending an hour with Intel to discuss the topic of hardware hackathons. We had a great exchange of ideas about the future of Internet of Things and the importance of DX for hardware and software developers!

AWS IoT Hack Day @ the AWS Pop-up Loft SF

This week I was invited to join AWS Solutions Architects and a group of 40 developers at the AWS Pop-up Loft in San Francisco. The goal? Show developers how AWS can be used to power the Internet of Things with Intel technologies (in this case, Intel Edison).

Using AWS features including DynamoDB, Kinesis, Lambda, S3 and Cloud Formation we set up a “connected Maraca” application which allowed developers to connect their devices to the cloud and demonstrate real-time functionality. Thanks so much to the smart people at AWS for making this event a reality!

Here are a few pictures of the AWS Loft in action:

Use WinSCP to copy files to Intel Edison

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Being able to use the IDE of your choice to develop for Intel Edison is very freeing. I wanted to share a Windows pro-tip about how to use a simple drag and drop action over the local network to deploy code to your Intel Edison using the SCP protocol.

Setup:

  • In WinSCP click the “New Site” icon on the upper left
  • Select “SCP” using the File protocol drop down
  • Enter in your Intel Edison’s IP address into the Host name area
  • Leave Port as 22
  • Enter in your username and password you set for your Edison (user may be root)
  • Click “Save.” There is an option to save your password you can select if you like.
  • Click “Login”

From now on, you can drag files to your Edison (they will appear in the /home/root directory which is where your PuTTy sessions will take you by default). You can double click on files to edit them directly on the device using your editor of choice!

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Let’s Call REST APIs with AlamoFire, iOS 8 and Swift

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About Rex St John

I am a mobile software engineer and technical evangelist working for Intel’s Mashery subsidiary. Aside from attending dozens of hackathons, workshops and technical events, it is my job to help developers learn about and engage with REST APIs.

iOS 8 Networking With AlamoFire and Swift

In this article, we will be exploring the basics of REST APIs, learning how to create our first iOS 8 networking application using the AlamoFire library (and using the Swift programming language with Xcode 6). I have written this article to help beginners learn how to interact with REST APIs and learn the basics of iOS 8 development. The GitHub repo for this article is freely available by clicking here.

What are we building?

We are going to be building a basic app to make REST API calls to the JamBase API and display the results in a UISplitViewController. This particular chapter will be primarily concerned with building a very basic networking layer using AlamoFire.
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