This week on The Internet of Things Podcast, Stacey Higginbotham talks with Tarek Abdelzaher, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He’s part of a team that won a research grant from the U.S. Army Research Lab to figure out how to bring the internet of things to the battlefield. The discussion ranges from technical elements to the ethics of having machines kill people.
In the first part of the show, Stacey and co-host Kevin Tofel talk about Google getting better at understanding your commands, the ability to talk to Waze and notifications coming to the Amazon Echo. They also discuss China’s plans to create standards for the smart home, including a preference for NB-IoT over Wi-Fi. Weather reporting gets more accurate without sensors and Stacey and Kevin discuss the end of two smart light bulb startups. Finally, a pro tip for the holidays and we answer a listener question about WeMo and HomeKit.