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Think outside the home for IoT

Too often, I see articles written by Internet of Things “insiders” that proceed to describe the IoT as simply a system for home automation. Their view of the IoT is limited to describing how a smartphone can be tied to various devices around the house to monitor the home environment and “automate” control. Garage door openers, lights, door locks, and thermostats are typically discussed and promoted as the things that are (by their definition) the Internet of Things.

Some of these same industry insiders will then follow up with articles claiming that the Internet of Things is dead because the adaption rate for these types of home automation devices is relatively slow and that, therefore, the IoT is just a bunch of hype.

Well of course this is a very short sighted (and incorrect) point of view. And it also portrays the IoT as a technology that is “not quite right” for primetime, which really couldn’t be further from the truth.

Over the past few years, we have developed and deployed IoT solutions in many disparate markets and industries. These are not products and services that you will see at the Consumer Electronics Show as they don’t deal with home automation — these products and services were developed to serve business and industry needs.

Some examples:

  • Monitoring and control of commercial irrigation systems
  • Monitoring large electric motors for excessive vibration — a precursor to motor failure
  • Monitoring commercial refrigeration systems for maintaining temperature and reporting failures
  • Monitoring cattle feeders for feed content
  • Monitoring electric meters in commercial buildings to collect energy usage data
  • Monitoring soil temperature, moisture levels, and ambient light levels in agronomy applications
  • Monitoring ground temperature levels to determine frost levels in construction applications
  • Monitoring / controlling commercial LED lighting systems

The organizations that have deployed these IoT solutions have seen their market share increase, profits increase and/or costs decrease. They typically lead in their market segment because they have adapted state-of-the-art technology that has delivered tangible results that benefit both their businesses and their customers.

While the home automation market is interesting, it does not define the IoT. I would encourage the industry insiders that believe the “IoT = Home Automation” to rethink their perspective and explore the deep and broad markets served by developers that work in the real Internet of Things.

New adapter for remote camera control

We’ve just announced our ALE726 Sony Remote to Serial adapter to the market.

This adapter, combined with our ALE716 Serial to LANC controller, allows the use of any wired Sony LANC remote over long serial or fiber optic cables.  This means that the LANC remote can be physically separated from the camera by hundreds of feet in situations where the operator is not in proximity to the camera.

Any wired LANC remote can be used and the system is compatible with Sony, Canon, and Blackmagic cameras and camcorders that are LANC compatible.

This adapter was created to fill the need for scientific and research applications with deep water ROVs, terrestrial drones, and other remote control needs in labs or in the field.  It is also useful for sporting events, movie production, and other applications requiring remote camera control.

The ALE726 Sony Remote to Serial adapter is available now and can be ordered directly from our ecommerce provider here.


Before there was an iPhone, an Internet, personal computers, a space station, Google, integrated circuits, Apple, WiFi, Java, Linux, Windows, MS-DOS, Silicon Valley, the Space Shuttle, and any number of other technical achievements that we have enjoyed or that we enjoy today, there were these seven guys.

If you don’t know who they are, I will leave it as an exercise for you to figure out.  No they were not computer scientists.  They did not write code.   They did not design electronics.

But they were at the forefront of the most technological advanced period of time in the history of the planet.  Over the course of the ten years after this photo was taken, the US developed the core technology that led to all of the advances I’ve listed above — and many, many more — as a direct result of the space program.  And these guys were at the front of the line driving this national vision.

These were tough guys.  They were not only the world’s best pilots, but they were engineers that knew the tremendous risk they were undertaking.  They embraced it because they knew it would advance our collective knowledge of space and technology, which would propel us forward into our future.

These guys were revered.  They were heroes.  They were men’s men.  And as a child of the 1960s, I can tell you that they drove kids like me into technology fields by opening the door into this world.

And with John Glenn’s passing yesterday, they are now memories.  While they are now all gone, they will never be forgotten.

End of another diving season

model-t 1932 Ford Deluxe Roadster. (07/24/2007)

The end of another diving season is here.  I made my last dive for the season last weekend in 35 degree water in Lake Minnetonka.  It’s a shame to end the season as I had 35 foot visibility!

It was another year of exploration and discovery with Maritime Heritage Minnesota, where I have been a volunteer for the past 9 years.  We continue to dive on anomalies that were discovered during their side scan sonar survey of Lake Minnetonka from a couple of years ago.

My personal stats for the year:

  • 87 dives completed
  • 9 shipwrecks including the passenger vessel White Bear in Lake Minnetonka and the Fleetwing in Lake Michigan (Door County)
  • 2 antique cars — the body from a Ford Model T touring car and a 1938 Ford Deluxe Roadster
  • Water intakes, pipelines, and other artifacts in Lake Minnetonka

Most of these finds have been  documented via video — search for my YouTube channel (K7ALE) to take a look.



ALE’s control systems used by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in deep water research project

Last month, we were excited to learn that our remote camera control systems and software were being used by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) during their most current research work in Papua, New Guinea.

This research project involved deep-diving manned submersibles that were chartered with research and filming of specific deep ocean fish species in this unique locale.



High definition cameras were mounted to the exterior of the submarine, with the monitoring and control of the cameras being managed by the camera technician aboard the sub.  Applied Logic’s remote camera controller provided the interface between the tech’s laptop PC (being used to control the camera’s operation) and the cameras on the exterior of the sub.  In addition, our remote camera control software was used by the tech in the sub to remotely control the camera’s functions, such as starting/stopping recording sessions, camera settings, still photography, and other mission critical functionality.

“Everything worked great during the recent PNG cruise, so thank you!”, reported Luis Lamar, the lead camera operator at WHOI who was responsible for operating the equipment during each dive.  The team successfully recorded important video and still images that will be used for WHOI’s on-going analysis of the marine life in deep water trenches.

“We are thrilled to continue to support WHOI’s work” said Kelly Nehowig, President and CTO of Applied Logic.  “Woods Hole Oceanographic has been a customer of Applied Logic for several years and we are excited to be able to supply our technology solutions for their use on these types of ground breaking research projects”.

The Ruggedized Internet of Things

Our latest project — code named Zeus — is a ruggedized “Internet of Things” device that can monitor a wide variety of environmental conditions (i.e. temperature, humidity, remote moisture, ambient light, and liquid/fluid levels). This design is battery powered and solar recharged, meaning that it can stay in the field basically indefinitely, collecting data and controlling a wide variety of other devices.  Each sensor on Zeus is periodically sampled, with its data sent via the built-in WiFi radio to the cloud for data analytics and data mining.

This particular unit has spent the last few weeks in a particularly nasty Minnesota “spring” (if one can call it that).  Last Friday, we had eight inches of heavy wet snow that pretty much buried this unit.

As you can see, Zeus never missed a beat.

“Ice” Dive in Wayzata Bay

So the ice is finally starting to retreat on Lake Minnetonka.  There is open water around most of the marinas, so I figured I would get the diving season underway today.  We tied a safety line off on the mooring posts at the marina and ventured out under the ice.


This shot shows the dividing line — open water over my right shoulder and the ice sheet over my left shoulder.

Water temp was right at 32 degrees and we had great visibility — over 25 feet.

New version of GoFi released

We’re happy to announce that we have just released version 1.1 of GoFi, our Microsoft Windows application for controlling GoPro Hero2, Hero3, and Hero3+ cameras via WiFi

This new version contains the following enhancements:

  • Added preference to start GoFi Automatically when a user logs into Windows.
  • Added functionality where if a time lapse is in progress and the application closes, it will restart the time lapse on application startup
  • Added ability to add multiple IP addresses (cameras must be set with unique IP addresses to use        this feature)

You can get your copy of this app here —

New NavDive data file available

We’ve recently uploaded a new NavDive data file that includes lat/long positions covering Ginnie Springs and Devil’s Springs in northern Florida.  Ginnie Springs is a fresh water spring complex that has incredibly clear water and year round 72 degree temperatures.  The highlight is Ginnie Cavern, which is accessible by any diver that wants to experience an overhead environment without a cave certification.


Users of NavDive can get our data file with the spring locations at the navdive website —  Just download the file, put it on your NavDive unit’s SD Card, and go diving at this great location!