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John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
When you meet someone for the first time, it is customary to exchange that greeting with a handshake, hug or a kiss. Wouldn’t it be great if using technology was as easy as that! Well… Now it is… ADRC (Auto Discovery Remote Control) – A revolutionary technology platform that allows anyone using their smartphone to connect and control all of their electronic devices found in our everyday environment. All of this achieved with just a simple tap!
@jmstefanac Hi John, smartthings provides a single interface to control a bunch of iot devices. How does your solution compare to ST?
John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
@vr3690 Hi Vivek, there are a number of areas where ADRC differs but here are a couple, 1. The patented tap to connect which provides the easiest solution for onboarding, and 2 the ability for manufacturers to completelyi innovate withouth having to conform to any required profile. A single app is important but this is not ADRCs strongest differentiator.
Ben TossellPro@bentossell · newCo
@jmstefanac looks really interesting - can you explain in a few sentences how it works :) This is going to become more common as IoT expands and our devices become ever more connected. Are you looking into how AI technologies could be integrated too?
John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
@bentossell Hi Ben, with a simple tap of your NFC enabled smartphone you are able to establish a connection with any ADRC embedded device and then be able to monitor and control that device from anywhere in the world. It's so simple even my mother can do it. Imagine how technology can be enabled for people with little or no technical background. The video shown on this page and on our webste will give you a great overview
Ben TossellPro@bentossell · newCo
@jmstefanac awesome. What other integrations do you think can improve this by layering on top?
John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
@bentossell Think about medical devices and the role they play in remote diagnostics o f chronically ill patients, especially the 65+ Age group. If we can make technology simple for people like ths to use then they will derive greater benefit from available technology. This really enables new ways for manufacturers to look at their market. Perhaps enable them to address markets they thought were unattainable before. Now everything is possible...with just one tap
Aaron Zinman@azinman · CEO, Empirical
It's very unclear to me exactly what I'm seeing. Is this anything more than NFC? What's the underlying protocol? How do devices talk to each other? How do they negotiate what they are and what they can do? What's the security model (looks like none)? Is the UI created by the device, and if so, what's the mechanism for display? How does this not just be lowest common denominator for devices (Sonos is a great example of that across its music services neutering them). I'm actually very surprised at the up votes given the video which was very unprofessionally produced. It has a snake oil feel to it.
John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
@azinman Thaks for your comments Aaron. The complexity of what ADRC does is hidden behnd it's simplicity. Imagine the benefits that technology could bring to people if all they needed to do was to tap their smartphone onto a device to be able to connect to it and then interact with it from anywhere in the world. Imagine how much easier life would be for those who need technology to help them in their aily lives if they only had a neasy way in which to connect to it. Yes, you are right about it being NFC but you missed the beauty. With that simple tap, a pairing between the devices and your smartphone is made, that device is then placed securely onto your network and finally a control file that identifies the device and presents a UI to the user is transfer from the devie to your smartphone. All of that happens with just one tap. My other can't do a blue tooth connection, but she sure can tap her phone to a device to connect to it. Maufacturers no longer have to build apps, not do they need to conform to restrictive profiles. They are completely free to innovate in their product's featureset. All they need to do is insert our IP into their product and write that control file which woul take them a few hours. Suddenly IoT becomes a reality for so many manufacturers who may not have been able to get ther products into this industry because of the complexities and restrictiveness of architecture. I make no apologies for the video, This was done by the son of the person who features in it. He is not a professional and are proud of what was achieved.
Aaron Zinman@azinman · CEO, Empirical
@jmstefanac @azinman I guess I'm asking for more details than you're providing. First, it's not clear to me what NFC does versus just seeing the devices pop up on your device browser, which I ultimately have to open to do anything. It seems like there's _some_ kind of radio communication between the devices and my phone. Is it that they all bounce through your servers and thus the NFC is needed to identify them? If so, what happens when the Internet is down? Can I no longer use these devices? Wouldn't it be easier just to show what's nearby on the same network without any tapping whatsoever? Second, what do you mean by a control file to present the UI? That is extremely vague -- is this something like HTML where I as the device manufacturer can create any UI I want? Do you define the UI? If so, then how is this not lowest-common denominator in terms of features? You ultimately have to provide the interface for it in that case, which means I am restricted to what your app can do. How can I innovate in my feature set if I can't express it in your app? I'm glad that your video maker was proud of it, but if you're launching a professional product I'd suggest getting a professional video made. It tells me a lot about execution strategies and how much craft it put in from head to tail. It's hard to take this seriously without it, and I wouldn't even be commenting on this stuff if it hadn't gotten so many up votes (which is why I'm very confused on what others see that I don't).
John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
@azinman Hi Aaron, Sorry for the delayed response but have been travelling. NFC provides an easy way of onboarding. We felt that a decision to pair your smartphone to a device/appliance shold be a conscious decison. Last thing I want is to walk into a room and be 'spammed' by a series of appliances. This gets frustrating to the point that people turn the featuer off. Once that pairing is done, the selected radio (WiFi, Bluetooth, 802.15.4, Lte etc becomes the method of transmisson. We do not require an internet connection to be established if all you are doing is communicating with your devices at home. As for the UI, the manuacturer creates this thmeselves. In much the same way as someone creates a webpage, they are free to create a 'device' page using our HTML like tool we call RML. This is an Open Source tool so the manufacturer or others can be relatively free to create their own UI for their devices. Very little restriction here and given that it is Open Sourced it will be improved upon over time even further. Thak you for your comments on the video. Duly noted. Sometimes we can;t please everyone.
Saijo George@saijogeorge · Digital Marketer
Great idea and I hope that UI was just a initial demo version.
John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
@saijo_george :) Yes, George, it was just a demo. However, the user interface is something anyone can develp in a few hours. Think about that from a manufacturers standpoint. Develop a whle user interface in a few hours rather than man manoths building an app! Imagine the cost savings and the Time to Market advantage implications
Stephen M. Levinson@stephenmarklevi · Design @Vimeo @Cameo
Will I need to replace every device in my home with one that contains an ADRC chip to control them from your app?
John StefanacMaker@jmstefanac · CEO, Xped
@stephenmarklevi Thanks for your note, Stephen. We do recognise the fact that there are legacy devices out there, some of which are IoT enabled, most of which are not. As such we have products that will allow these legacy devices iinto your home IoT ecosystem. These products include our SmartPlug and our InfraRed Blaster. Between these two products, you should be able to incorporate most of your devices to some extent. We are also developing our interfaces to manage Legacy IoT enabled devices such as ZigBee or ZWave. Our story here becomes more robust each day. Our philosophy remains to Make Technology Human Again