Neptune Duo – Communication for the 21st Century – The Internet of Things

Siman Tian and his small five person Neptune team in Montreal think that their latest product, the Neptune Duo, not only out-innovates the competition, but will disrupt a market that’s just in its infancy.

That’s a bold assumption.
In the Globe and Mail article Tian says “If you look at wearables, it’s mostly these dummy smartwatches. You’ve gotta have your phone for that smartwatch to work… and everything it does, the smartphone does already, so consumers don’t see any added benefit.”

The Neptune Duo has a Hub, the smartwatch, and a Pocket screen, a small tablet if you will. Both run on Android, meaning you’ll have access to many of your favourite apps.
What sets the Neptune Duo apart from the competition is the functionality of the Neptune Duo. The Pocket is dependent on the Hub, not the other way around, like the upcoming Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is dependent on your iPhone. For the Neptune Duo, the SIM card is in the Hub, not the Pocket. 
So if you leave the Pocket at home or the office, you still get access to messages, data etc. on your Hub. And according to Neptune, if you lose your Pocket your data is secure as it needs the Hub to access your data. In fact, is you don’t have your Pocket handy, but someone else does, you can use theirs as if it was yours.

You can pay a $199 reservation fee now and at shipping time you’ll only pay an additional $399. According to Neptune that’s a savings of $200 which suggest the full price for the Neptune Duo is $798. The Neptune Duo is expected to start shipping by the end of the year.

The company has a slick website and marketing video, but seeing the device in action, especially taking phone calls, is still needed to rate the product. From the app and data perspective, the smartwatch is appealing. This is a company worth watching.

Veteran Public Servant Sylvain Laporte Named President of the Canadian Space Agency

In reviewing Mr. Laporte’s career since he became a senior manager at National Defence in 1996, I see a variety of public service, though no direct space experience. He does have a computer science background.

I also see he has spent no more than three years at one position since he started public service. Hopefully his management experience will help guide the Canadian Space Agency in a positive way. The agency is in the midst of yet another transformation, albeit one the public isn’t privy to.  And in a positive development, it only took the government four months this time to find someone.

Related: The Revolving Door of Canadian Space Agency Presidents.

Story & backgrounder: Sylvain Laporte Named President of the Canadian Space Agency #CANSpace
— Marc Boucher (@MarcKBoucher) February 27, 2015

CTV New Channel Interviews about SpaceX on January 6th and 10th

I appeared on CTV News Channel January 6th and 10th to discuss the aborted SpaceX launch on January 6th and the subsequent successful on January 10th. A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched to the International Space Station on a cargo resupply mission but failed on its first first attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket first stage on the SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship off the coast of Florida. The first stage ran out of hydraulic fluid shortly before reaching the ship and crashed on the edge of it.