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A Fever Dream of a Conversation Between You, Me, and Myself About Why We Need to Build the Right IoT Devices Now

Connection is many things: friendship, education, love, etc. The conscious choice to disconnect is one that I made several years ago when I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Aside from everyone’s common complaint that those two platforms are frozen hellscapes of general endless-void-screaming over vegans/meat eaters/politics/wars/immigrants/religion/identity/celebrity break ups/internet memes, I felt (and still feel)...
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IoT: Why Now?

Article after study after market analysis after global consumption report show that the IoT and connected device markets are growing at an increasingly rapid clip. It’s no longer fantasy to command a toilet to lower the mood lighting, read global news on a bathroom mirror, or expect that highway signs will auto-update based on traffic...
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When Going Smart Isn’t Smart: A Guide to When Connecting Your Product is a Bad Idea

The promise of an Internet connected future is real. Most companies that choose to compete in the rapidly growing IoT marketplace will have access to new methods of monetization that enable rapidly scalable business models only seen to this point in the byte-world where an app can be launched and relaunched and modified with little...
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The Best of CES 2019: A Different Perspective

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is now over. For those in the know, it needs little introduction other than to say that it rivals Sin City itself in the sheer number of flashing lights and glitz that it illuminates over a four day period in January. Interestingly, for all of the hype...
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Predicting Future Design and Production Trends: The Cabinet of Curiosities as an Indicator of What Comes Next

Mark Twain is famously (and perhaps erroneously) quoted as saying something to effect of: “History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” MMID is in the business of predicting the future. Our clients hire us to build out their product lines, create new products, or iterate on their tried-and-true methodologies. When doing so, we often...
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No More Coins: Internet of Things (IoT) Parking Meters and the Power of Innovation

From where I sit, I look out over a long downtown street in the heart of Providence. The far side of the street is flanked with parking meters and omni-present urban ginkgo trees. These parking meters are a lot like parking meters everywhere else: the displays on these meters blink happily away as the sun...
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You’ve Been Lied to by Everyone (3D Printing Clickbait)

You’ve likely experienced content extolling the wonders of 3D printing and the supposed manufacturing revolution that it portends. Early reports from some of the larger 3D printer companies suggested that at a non-specified date in the near future every single home would have a printer capable of producing a myriad of common place objects rendering...
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