I’ve just received the March Energy Report from our Nest Thermostat. We did pretty good – Earned 26 Nest Leafs in March, that’s more than 70% of all Nesters apparently.


The whole experience of installing the Nest was pretty easy. I did it myself, sent them a photo of my existing wiring and they send back a diagram of how to install the Nest just for me. And only called them a couple of times to ask about a stray wire I found afterwards, tucked behind the drywall.

I’ve always had a mild interest in the whole “quantified self” aspect, especially how they link to our behaviours and homes. I used to really like logging into, the now closed, Edenbee to see the carbon offset of my air travel and driving etc. It was a site before it’s time I guess as it’d been great to feed my Foursquare, Nest, and TripIt data to show the changes.

As we start to enter further into the ‘Internet of Things‘, it starts to get a little harder to remember what’s connected, and to where. Miles Rochford gave an interesting talk at this years IA Summit on ‘Designing for shades of grey‘ which touched on this subject (notes to follow). Not only buyer behaviour, WiFi scales and Credit Card spending get linked. You can even rope your dog into too by monitoring it.

Now I’ve a FitBit Flex I’ve started playing around with dashboards like TicTrac. Maybe when I actually get of my arse and start working out again I’ll share my Fitness dashboard here.

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I posted most of my photos from this years IA Summit up to a Flickr set. I’ve still got to go through some of the ones I took on my tablet, but most are there now.

I also created a Flickr Group if anyone else wanted to share their memories of IAS14.

In the coming weeks I’ll write up the 24 pages of notes, currently sitting in my Evernote moleskine, with links to the slides etc. If you don’t want to wait (and why would you?) you can go and read through Daniel Newman‘s collection of slides, notes and related material from the Summit.

As I look back at the last 5 days I remember hearing, time & time again; “family, “home”, “tribe”. These words resonate. I met interesting people from all over the world who’d congregated to present, discuss, share, and further what we do every day.

Next year the Summit moves to Minneapolis, MN. Hopefully I’ll see you there.

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I’ve 3 hours till I take off. 3 hours to decompress from a fantastic week of hearing, meeting, and talking to like minded people. So Here I sit nursing a coffee and adding articles mentioned to read later.

I’ve met some new people, caught up with online friends, and seen the best of a community.

Now to collect my notes, follow back people on Twitter, add photo to Flickr, tidy these entries from IA Summit 14 and put into practice what I’ve learnt. Hopefully I can make it next year, and repeat the whole thing all over again.

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