Internet of Things #3: Smart Preventative Maintence

For a while now, cars have been able to alert their owner when it’s time for an oil change to visit to the mechanic. But now car manufactures are taking it one step further. Originally pioneered with Mercedes Benz, cars are now able to alert dealerships that they will be needing a servicing soon. By allowing the dealer of the upcoming service, the dealer can schedule an appointment for the customer, thus reducing wait times and bringing customer service to a whole new level.

Internet of Things #2: Garmin Edge 500

Being an avid cyclist, it’s important to keep track of the miles you cover. Nowadays you can also get coverage on vertical feet climbed, heart rate, and even watts produced. One device to help keep track of all of these things is the Garmin Edge 500. It’s a slender and convenient device that mounts directly to your stem or handlebars via a plastic mount. When your done with your ride, you can plug it into your computer and it uploads the data onto an electronic data base through the internet. You can pour over these data results to help yourself become a stronger and more efficient bike rider.

Internet of Things #1: The venerable iPhone

Everyone these days seems to have a smartphone, and more specifically, an iPhone. It’s no secret that this device is able to connect to the internet and brings its own realm of connectivity itself. Form reading the latest articles from The New York Times to uploading pictures and seemingly random posts to Instagram and Twitter, the iPhone can do it all.

About Tom McCord

I am currently a super senior at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting.

I enjoy mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter, like most residents of Durango.

I am currently a mechanic at Mountain Bike Specialists.

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