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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2011 4:14:09 PM
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Arrggghh -- I just refreshed the screen and now mine appears below yours, which means it's where it should have been in the first place -- which makes my comment above meaningless (give me strength :-)

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2011 4:09:55 PM
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Hi KB3001 -- I just wanted to point out to other readers that your response to Doktor Phil came first -- but when I posted mine it seems to have appeared above yours, which then makes yours look like it's answering mine ... if you see what I mean (grin)

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2011 4:07:43 PM
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Hmmm -- I see your point -- on the other hand... (he said rallying bravely)... it's one thing to be “supplied engines” by multiple companies. It is quite another to actually develop a fully working car based on each of those engines, and be actively working on all of them within weeks of an important demo. It seems a bit farfetched that Google would have multiple teams working on multiple parallel wireless technologies just for this demo. This would be even more of a stretch for LSG, a small company with limited engineering staff to spin multiple versions of their hardware supporting each of these “engines”. But the bottom line response for me would be to say: "Can you name another company that, when asked, said they personally worked with LSG and Google on the final demo?" To the best of my knowledge - apart from Google and LSG and Synapse - there are no other companies associated with this event. So while your analogy is being used to challenge the conclusion, it really does nothing except confuses what is already known from the evidence.

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KB3001   8/5/2011 2:11:19 PM
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It's a conjecture!

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KB3001   8/5/2011 2:07:57 PM
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Brilliant investigation!

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Doktor Phil   8/5/2011 10:36:28 AM
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Don't see how you can draw such a hard conclusion here: "...confirmed that Synapse had indeed supplied SNAP-based wireless modules to Lighting Science; also that David had personally worked with the folks at Google on the Android@Home demo to ensure that everything worked as expected on the day." Say Google are building a new car and Mercedes can state they supplied them with an engine for a demo and worked with them on it. Maybe BMW and Audi *also* supplied engines for demos and worked with Google independently. When the car drives out with the hood closed, nobody except Google knows what's under the hood. And I bet Merc, BMW and Audi all think it's them... ;-) I'm afraid you still cannot conclude it was Synapse.

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Max The Magnificent   7/7/2011 8:57:45 PM
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Sorry about that -- it turned out that there was a whole bunch of things that I had to read up on and understand before I could write the follow-up. The good news is that I just posted the follow-up article that hopefully will answer all of your questions (http://bit.ly/qgGGAO). Well, maybe not all of your questions, but enough to let you know where to start looking for more...

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tkhorton   7/7/2011 5:20:12 PM
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A great article. Had to be the fastest I ever read one...kind of disappointing, though since you never got around to talking about the “The Internet of Things” or the protocol being used, but I guess I'll have to wait for the next one.(sigh)

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nbchip   7/4/2011 8:58:13 PM
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Another one home automation enthusiast from Croatia waiting for open source, license free wireless mesh protocol ;)

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valentt   7/2/2011 5:43:07 PM
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Awesome follow-up Clive. I didn't introduce myself so here - I'm male, 33 years old fiber optics and networking engineer, linux and free software evangelist and smart home enthusiast from Croatia ;) Sorry if my questions were a bit "hard" but I wasn't questioning your integrity but it was obvious that something doesn't match. I'll also share comment from LinuxMCE smart home forum by Darren [1]: "Interesting.... but Google would have to buy it and open it up a bit more for it to provide a real alternative. From the Synapse website "Synapse Wireless Inc. provides patented hardware and software technology that helps tie together devices for remote monitoring and control." So in terms of an application layer free of patents - not at the moment. But perhaps google will but the company, open source the stack and donate the patents to one of the open consortium's. We're still in for a bit of waiting it seems." I really hope that Google has some great protocol and that they will not patent encumber it and make it available to others. Too bad that Synapse Wireless doesn't do that also because their protocol looks awesome and they would shake whole world with it if they let the control of the protocol and open source it. Thank you once more for great investigative journalism. twitter.com/valentt [1] http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=11676.0

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