Last week, I was chatting with one of our developers when his office lights inexplicably blinked. Perplexed, I inquired, “What just happened?” As is common working with software developers, I caught a glimpse of the future. He explained, “You just sent an email to Danny, and that makes the lights blink.” Both amazed and confused, I listened curiously as he explained the mechanics. A company called If This Then That (IFTTT) freely connects various web-enabled services, and in this case, our developers had used it to connect Gmail’s API service with Philips new Hue WiFi-enabled light bulb. Ergo, when I send an email, the office lights blink. I agree it’s a rather pointless exercise, but I submit that it illustrates an incredibly powerful example of the value of open platforms…

Read the rest of the blog at Intel’s Health and Life Sciences Community at http://intel.ly/1BpPhEu, and watch a video of our Chief Technology Officer, Daniel Dura, speaking about security in a mobile world.