Items tagged with IoT

You think Google Fiber’s 1Gbps speeds are fast? That’s mere child’s play, my friends! Or how about Comcast’s 2Gbps Gigabit Pro? Fuhgetaboutit! The folks at Verizon are chompin’ at the bit to deliver Internet speeds at least five times faster than what’s possible with Gigabit Pro. Verizon announced today that it has completed successful trials of a high-speed fiber-to-the-premises network that offers symmetrical upload/download speeds at an eye-sizzling 10 Gbps. The telecommunications company is using new optical line terminal (OLT) technology, which is capable of generating four wavelengths (colors) of light, each with the capacity to deliver 10Gbps downloads and 2.5Gbps uploads. But that’s not... Read more...
Just as you can't walk into a McDonald's and order a Whopper, you can no longer waltz into one of Apple's retail stores or visit the company's online shop and pick up a Nest thermostat, which is owned by rival Google. They've been yanked from store shelves, both physical and virtual, to make room for products that tap into Apple's own HomeKit home automation technology.Apple also kicked two other Nest products to the curb, at least for now -- the Nest Cam, a Wi-Fi video camera that lets you see your home on your phone, and the Next Protect, a second generation smoke and CO alarm that talks that talks and sends alerts to your mobile handset. Both of these products were launched only a month ago... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has reportedly spent many sleepless nights fretting about the day when technology would have dominion over humans. Like the turning point when the student surpasses the master, his fear was of a future where artificial intelligence would become smarter than people and take over the world, but then he had an epiphany. Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem, and like other creatures of the planet, we have our place (hopefully he's right and things don't... Read more...
It was previously rumored that Google was working on a platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) called Brillo, and today at its annual I/O developers conference, the Mountain View firm let the cat out of the bag. Developed in collaboration with people from Google's Nest, Android, and Chrome OS teams, Brillo is an operating system that's derived from Android and stripped down to the bare essentials. There are two reasons Google is going down this road. The one it didn't fess up to is because the IoT market is exploding and there's the potential to make a boatload of money, especially for pioneers of the category, of which Google wants to be. But the official reason... Read more...
One of the hottest segments in technology is the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), sort of an umbrella term to describe the wealth of Internet-connected gadgets. It's an emerging category that's growing ferociously as manufacturers build smart functionality into everyday devices, like coffee makers and even light bulbs. Companies big and small are scrambling to be pioneers in the IoT market, and that includes Google, which wants to be a major force in the new world.To be that force, Google is reportedly working on an IoT platform called Brillo. It's said that Brillo could run on low-powered devices with as little as 64MB or 32MB of RAM. For the sake of comparison, you typically find Google's... Read more...
Chinese telecom Huawei reckons the fast growing Internet of Things (IoT) landscape will consist of 100 billion connections by 2025 with two million new sensors being deployed every hour. The company readily admits that its network is ill equipped to handle the future load, though it's very much interested in being a major player in the IoT market. As such, Huawei announced an architecture upgrade that, among other things, includes new a operating system called LiteOS.Huawei describes its aptly named LiteOS as the world's most lightweight OS for IoT devices. With a footprint of just 10KB, we won't argue the point. Though small in size, Huawei has big ambitions for LiteOS, which it says can be... Read more...
Is that a Fruit Rollup in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Although it looks like the tasty treat that I remember fondly from my childhood, Ricoh truly has an innovative new rubber material on display which can turn pressure and vibrations into electricity. OK, now I know what you’re thinking — rubber, pressure, vibrations — there’s got to be some pretty interesting uses for this technology, right? We won’t delve into that aspect, as Ricoh has more respectable uses for this technology in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. According to Ricoh, its Power Generating Rubber material provides the best of both worlds by combining the “relatively high electricity” output of traditional... Read more...
Yesterday at IoT World 2015 in San Francisco Samsung debuted ARTIK, a set of new technologies centered on tiny circuit boards crammed with processing and communications components that they designed to juke developers to create and configure new Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as personal trackers, drones, robots, security systems, and the like. Of course, Samsung also intends to enhance their own product lines with ARTIK, including televisions, home appliances, and smartphones.   In a blog post Samsung said of their new platform, "ARTIK provides a platform for developers who simply want to focus on building and testing new ideas for IoT. Rather than spend your time writing low-level... Read more...
I guess you could say that nothing surprises us anymore. After all, we learned this weekend that AOL’s dial-up business still has over 2 million customers who pay on average just under $21 per month for service. Unbelievable in this day of broadband Internet, right? Regardless of how strange that seems to those of us that salivate over the prospects of gigabit Internet, these folks clinging to 56k modems are adding millions to AOL’s bottom line. But we also have to recall that AOL has a massive digital advertising platform with a heavy focus on the mobile sector. And we also can’t forget AOL owns a wealth of popular web destinations including Engadget, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. With... Read more...
One of the definitions of irony is "a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected." So here's a question -- what if a situation seems ironic, only those affected don't find it funny? Is it still ironic? We pose this question because Wink sent out a security update to Wink Hub owners that certainly seems ironic to us, though only because we don't own one. In an email sent out to affected Wink Hub owners, the company explained, "Your Wink Hub is now so secure that it is unable to connect to the Wink Servers. This means that you are no longer able to control your Hub-dependent devices with your Wink app. It also means your... Read more...
IBM is planning to invest a whopping $3 billion over the next four years on a new Internet of Things (IoT) division that will focus on the enterprise. In addition, IBM said it's building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. The open platform will help its clients and partners integrate data from a wide range of IoT and traditional sources, ultimately allowing them to design and produce a whole new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for IoT. "Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," said Bob Picciano,... Read more...
I’ve been regularly accessing the Internet for well over 20 years. My first taste of the Internet came courtesy of dial-up services provided by high school’s library. I would continue on through the mid- to late-90s with dial-up Internet at home before transitioning to broadband in college and the years the followed. While the speed in which I access the internet have vastly increased over the years, I still mainly access it using my personal computer, and defer to my smartphone when I’m out and about. But according to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, the Internet as we know it may be on the way out. Now that doesn’t mean that the Internet will simply cease to exist; just that it will... Read more...
ARM has been a dominant force in mobile for quite some time, and clearly, the company would love for that to continue. With its just-released Cortex-M7 processor, ARM is looking to make sure that its chips continue to be found in IoT (Internet of Things) devices all over the world. It's not like the company doesn't already have its feet in the door, though: To date, over 8 billion Cortex-M chips have been shipped. Further, there are over 240 licenses for the series, as well as over 3,000 catalog parts. As an IoT chip, the Cortex-M7 is designed for more modest products, such as wearables. The press slides show other examples though, such as the Nest smart thermostat, a washing machine, and also... Read more...
A company called littleBits has taken the hobby DIY kit to a whole new level with its Internet of Things-friendly cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle that allow you to add connected intelligence to any number of otherwise “dumb” items. The $59 cloudBit is designed to work without any need for wires or soldering, and it’s technically its own tiny computer board running Linux and packed with a FreeScale i.MX23 ARM926EJ-S processor, 64MB of RAM, a 4GB SD card, and an 802.11b/g USB adapter. There are also ADC and DAC I/O pins, as well as GPIO. littleBits mentioned a number of applications the cloudBit can be used for, including a DIY Nest alarm, a doorbell alert system that sends... Read more...
The Internet of Things promises big things, but to get past the theoretical stage, companies need to develop practical solutions to major obstacles, not the least of which is finding a way for devices running on different platforms to communicate effectively. Microsoft and 50 other companies have teamed up on the AllSeen Alliance to develop open source solutions for IoT interoperability, but that’s not the only group doing that sort of work; major industry players have created the Open Interconnect Consortium, as well. The OIC currently consists of Dell, Intel, and Samsung as well as Atmel, Broadcom, and Wind River, and the group’s stated goal is to connect the next 25 billion devices... Read more...
As the Internet of Things trend continues to evolve, there are several questions that the industry must answer, not the least of which is “How will everything talk to everything else?” The AllSeen Alliance is looking to answer that question by developing an open source consortium of partners companies, and it just landed a big fish as Microsoft has now joined the ranks as a Premier Member. Microsoft HQ The AllSeen Alliance is a nonprofit entity that wants to see open source IoT solutions across “all major platforms and operating systems”, so says its website. The members of the group are developing a universal software framework based on AllJoy open source code which would... Read more...
Who would have thought that the standard bearer of the Internet of Things (IoT) wave would be a company that makes smart, connected thermostats and alarms? Yet indeed, Nest announced the Nest Developer Program with numerous partners that should lead to a rapid proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) innovations and related products. Call it the Google bump if you will. Nest’s acquisition by the search giant brought with it a nearly unlimited amount of money, and now Nest is no longer just a cool-looking connected thermostat or a fancy smoke alarm; it’s becoming the center of an IoT ecosystem. The “Works With Nest” program allows other companies to integrate their products... Read more...
Following Google’s initial foray into the connected home front with the acquisition of Nest is an acquisition of Dropcam, a startup that makes a cloud-based WiFi video monitoring service. Rumors had emerged a few weeks ago that this was happening, but now the deal is going through for $555 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers confirmed that the company is paying cash for Dropcam. The deal will close pending regulatory approval. There are, of course, concerns over any Google-owned products and services in the connected home because of the search giant’s ad-focused revenue stream, but Rogers assured that neither Nest nor Dropcam will sell ads, and... Read more...
Days ago, we wrote about a rumor that Apple will unveil some sort of “smart home” system at its upcoming WWDC, and now there’s more grist for the rumor mill: There’s a Smart Home remote coming. According to CNET, a PR person for a universal remote app sent out a message that let slip “Next week Apple will be announcing its iPhone Smart Home remote which will be available sometime in the future." There’s no reason to have a Smart Home Remote if there’s no Smart Home to control, so it would seem that the first rumor is true. Whether that’s an app on the iPhone or a standalone device remains to be seen. The connected car a harbinger for the connected... Read more...
Whuh-oh. In the quest to conquer the Internet of Things (IoT), Google’s Nest just had a hiccup; Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarms are being “recalled” by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission due to an alert failure problem. The issue is that the Nest Wave feature, in which a user can wave his or her arms near a unit to cancel a manual test or silence an alarm, can accidentally cancel a real alarm during an emergency. We put “recalled” in quotes because users don’t actually have to send the units back; they’re not faulty, they just need a software update to turn off the Wave feature. All you have to do, according to the CPSC post, is connect your Nest... Read more...
The Internet of Things is coming, and there are increasing numbers of products designed to make the IoT reality more feasible and easier to build for. Enter The HIO Project, which offers an open hardware platform that features a tiny mainboard rocking Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex A9 processor technology. The premier portion of the project is the HIO-EMB-1200 mainboard which Habey USA describes as “a Post-it sized, Lego-like ARM based open modular platform for rapid prototyping, quick application module development, and fast time to market”. The board is just 72mm x 80mm and includes the processor, RAM, iNAND flash, and HDMI and USB ports. It’s designed for expandability in 3D... Read more...
Today, Qualcomm is announcing full support for a new wireless transmission method that could significantly boost performance on crowded networks. The new standard, MU-MIMO (Multiple User - Multiple Input and Multiple Output) has a clunky name -- but could make a significant difference to home network speeds and make gigabit WiFi a practical reality. MU-MIMO is part of the 802.11ac Release 2 standard, so this isn't just a custom, Qualcomm-only feature -- though we don't know exactly what other implementations will look like, or the degree of cross-compatibility we'll see in market. In order to explain what makes MIMO special, let's first talk about the current system, dubbed SU (Single User)... Read more...
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