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So they call it the "internet of things?"


3D printed enclosures from 1996

Cool... I always wondered what it was.
Always good (two decades later) to have marketing geeks, Gartner's Magic Quadrant, and their marketturds tell Mike, Doug, Larry, Barry, my wife and I what we were working on back then ...


These are pics and info from early 1995/1996 of the device that is described in Patent 6,208,266
 
The image on the left is an excerpt from one of the first patent drafts done in 1995. Note the statement I wrote:
 "The reader is cautioned to not limit this to what   is   widely   known   as   the   Internet/Information Superhighway. Unlike     these     primitive     wide-band  technologies, UMPNET is not dependent on conformance to  TCP/IP  or  other  protocols ....  "
Wow... "Information Superhighway" remember that media sound bite?

Click here for a PDF of that original document
Note the date - 5/9/1995 8:03:00 AM
Here's Doug and I in my basement in Pittsburgh in early 1996 wondering what we were going to call this thing. I'm so glad that things like trade magazines and tech segments on stuff like the Today Show are so keen on sound bites.

You can see the confusion in our faces... no wonder we made no $$$ on it.

Love my Steve Jobs haircut... my co-founder Mike was afraid that my long hair (link to pic here) would scare investors... so this is what I ended up with.

My wife was pissed. Haven't cut it since...

In the photos you can see all the test leads and debug wires.  When we had it all wired  up to logic analyzers and scopes during development of the firmware, my wife came down and asked "I thought it was wireless?"

Thru various incarnations in 1994 and 1995, Mike couldn't seem to stick with a name.

Here's some early names/logos my wife came up with; at first centered around utility telemetry (what they now call smart meters)
:

My son back in early 1996 - he too didn't know what to call it...


3D printed enclosures on the bench.
About mid-1996, we realized this would be more than just a tool for utilities/smart meters. So we changed the name to AMNET. Here's the first logo I did:
Then Technologies changed to Datacomm - I then changed it to this:

Yea - an "at" symbol. But the board members - the one's we got from that Harvard Business Club thing - thought it was stupid. So they changed it to this:


So fucking original... eh?
The creativity is astounding.

Eventually the name got changed again and I did another logo:
Here's one of the first conventions that my co-founder and Doug went to...

On the right - the water tank that killed all the fish they had in it on day 2 of the convention, due to the use of the wrong pipe cement.
On the left - Mike and I

On the right - the IoT's baby pic. I talked to Doug recently and he still has it. He mentioned it's starting to kinda melt around the electronic inards.

I recall after the presentation at the Harvard Business Club that Doug had to fly to Canada with it.

He had an interesting time at airports - even before 9-11 they were leary of things like this. Recall no one had really seen a 3D printed anything, let alone one with various electronics in it.

"And yes honey - it really is wireless..."

You can see the diagnostic leds blinking thru the translucent black 3D SLA..


Pretty cool that as of this writing, these are the patents that reference it.

As stated on https://www.patentquant.com/patent/6208266  :

Citations From Other Patents:

Citations from other patents are an important measure of the significance of a patent. More citations indicate that other technologies build on a patent. Higher scores in this metric are better, and indicate more citations from other patents.

Then there's this - from
http://www.oecd.org/science/inno/33835392.pdf


So here's the list so far
(from: https://www.google.com/patents/US6208266  )

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