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A “starter kit” designed to spur on the invention of internet-connected gadgets has been announced as part of a tie-up between two leading tech firms.
Chip designer ARM and cloud services giant IBM say it can take just five minutes to unbox the equipment and start sending readings to online apps.
They suggest this will make it easier to test smart home, smart city and other “internet of things” prototypes.
One expert said small start-ups would be among those that could benefit.
IBM machte zuletzt erst mit einem Forschungsprojekt(PDF) von sich reden, in dem das Unternehmen sich mit der Frage beschäftigt, wie die Dezentralisierungpotenziale der Blockchain für das Internet der Dinge nutzbar gemacht werden können. Martin Spindler und ich haben in Thingonomics 3 ausführlich darüber gesprochen. Beides, Blockchain wie Hardware-Starter-Kit, sind sinnvolle Ansätze von IBM.
Topnews: Das französische Sigfox hat für sein IoT-Netzwerk 115 Millionen Euro eingesammelt:
Die höchste Finanzierungsrunde, die ein französisches Startup je erfolgreich für sich verbuchen konnte.
The company’s network is built only to run data traffic for connected objects, and by architecting it this way, it’s calibrated to cover much larger geographies for much lower costs. Without the network strains of traditional cellular data traffic, Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) connectivity, as it is called, is significantly cheaper and easier to deploy and run than, for example, WCDMA deployments (the GSM-based 3G network format).
The French government has identified the IoT sector in general as an area of strength for the country’s startups, focusing on hardware, software and the networks that will enable a growing number of connected devices to communicate. Sigfox has emerged as one of the country’s biggest names in this field by creating a cellular network that is designed specifically for such smart devices to send and receive data.
The network has been built in partnership with local telecom partners in countries such as France, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The company has plans to expand it soon to the United States and Asia.
Sigfox already counted Intel Capital, Elaia Partners, iXO PE, Partech Ventures and Idinvest among its investor. The new round brings in a host more: carriers Telefonica, SK Telecom and NTT DoCoMo Ventures, as well as Elliott Management corporation, GDF Suez, Air Liquide and Eutelsat.
Soweit ich sehen kann, ist kein deutscher Investor involviert.
Sowohl die Akkus wie auch der intelligente Verbrauch sind IMHO riesige Zukunftsmärkte, die Deutschland gerade grandios verpennt. Nachdem Deutschland völlig einseitig mit (Hundert?) Milliarden die Fotovoltaik (aber nur die Zellen) gefördert hat, hat sich nun jeder Mut (übrigens auch die Arbeitsplätze in den Solarzellenfabriken) in Luft aufgelöst. Um die kommenden Märkte Smart Home (bei dem “Smart Verbrauch” ein Teil sein wird; tolles IT-Thema!) und Akkus kümmert sich in Deutschland anscheinend niemand mehr (zumindest aus der Politik). Dabei wären beide Technologien auch für die in Deutschland so wichtige Automobilindustrie hochinteressant. Das ist Energiepolitik (Energiewende) und Industriepolitik in einem und es würde nicht einmal viel Geld kosten, zumindest wenn man es mit der (IMHO völlig versemmelten) ersten Stufe der Energiewende vergleicht.
Xiaomi launched an air purifier last week, and now the Chinese company is putting hard cash behind its smart home push after investing over $200 million in home appliance firm Midea.
Xiaomi Inc., one of the Chinese firm’s group of technology companies, bought a 1.29 percent share of Midea Group — Midea’s Shenzhen-listed parent company — for RMB1.266 billion, that’s around $205 million.
Guangdong-based Midea produces a range of home appliances, including air conditioners, refrigerators, kitchen appliances and more. It was established in 1968, but is moving with the times after unveiling its own smart home vision in March. The project is funded by nearly $2.5 billion in capital — that’s a small chunk of the $18.7 billion turnover it recorded in 2013.
Kairos is looking to turn your classic, non-smart analog watch into a smartwatch thanks to a clever accessory called the T-band. If you have an heirloom timepiece or an expensive wristwatch that you don't want to replace for what seems to be a disposable smartwatch, T-band essentially replaces the watch band or strap on your existing watch. A display and vibrating motor are built into the strap to give you the connected smartwatch experience from your smartphone. In use, it's similar to having a mechanical watch attached to something like the Microsoft Band.
Philips kooperiert mit dem Smart-Remote-Anbieter Peel:
Smart remote control app maker Peel is going back its roots: The company has teamed up with Philips subsidiary PITS to launch the Pronto, a new extender device that brings the power of Peel to iOS.
The Pronto is a $50 hub that communicates with an iOS device via Bluetooth, and then sends out commands via IR to change channels on a TV, launch playback on a Blu-ray player or even control a DVR. The device features an integrated 360-degree IR blaster, and comes with an additional IR cable to reach a device out of sight. It is powered by four AA batteries, which are supposed to last an entire year.
Kaa is an open-source middleware platform for building and facilitating applications in the realm of Internet of Things.
An integrated solution between Kaa IoT platform and Ubuntu is a perfect mix for a rich open-source IoT platform. Ubuntu is widely-adopted, secure and versatile. Kaa provides necessary power to build IoT systems of virtually any complexity – whether it’s a bunch of sensors or highly adaptable robotic ecosystem. Both Ubuntu and Kaa are rapidly evolving. We deeply believe in the open source approach being a catalyst for global IoT adoption.
DesAutels emphasized that the AllSeen Alliance is building out its software framework with protocols that make it more and more robust. The Alliance strongly concentrates on interoperability with networks, and is focused on interoperability with the cloud.
“We ask how to work with networks and their components and try to figure out how to connect them to the rest of the world,” said DesAutels. “We can add security and privacy control to your local network and help control inbound and outbound connections to that network. Security and privacy go together, too. You need security to get privacy.”
“Our Gateway project is all about providing remote access and remote management,” he added. “It helps people connect to and manage AllJoyn-enabled devices and applications from external networks or cloud-based services.”
Breed Reply, the London-based Internet of Things (IoT) incubator run by Italian publicly listed Reply, has announced that it’s backed three new startups in the smart home, health and energy sectors: Cocoon, the UK smart home security startup; BrainControl, an Italian startup that has developed an assistive technology to let disabled people control a computer with brainwaves; and Netherlands’ Greeniant, which provides analytics for smart meters.
Pebble doubled its Kickstarter goal and raised $1 million dollars for its new smartwatch in less than an hour. At the time of writing, the campaign has reached about $5 million in funding less than five hours after it went live just before 10 am ET on Tuesday.
Smartwatches mögen es (vor der Ankunft der Apple Watch) noch schwer haben, aber der Erfolg der Pebble deutet darauf hin, dass die Android-Wear-Smartwatches allesamt bis jetzt einfach nicht den Nerv der Leute getroffen haben. Bei Blogschluss lag die Pebble Time auf Kickstarter bei knapp 12 Millionen US-Dollar.
TheThings.io offers a full cloud-based back-end for data storage with servers currently based in Europe, though plans are afoot to expand these to the U.S. to minimize lags in trans-atlantic data transfers. Feeding into this, TheThings.io also serves up analytics, while promising full interoperability.
“Right now the internet of things is like computer security was in the nineties, when everything was new and no one had any security standards or any way to monitor their devices for security,” said Moore.
In addition to dashboarding the data from connected devices and wearables, NetVibes now offers a Potions app that allows the user to create “if this, then that, or else do this” automations. Users can choose from pre-made Potions (shared by Netvibes or, soon, the community), or they can create a new Potion from scratch by selecting the ingredients.
Making sure your grandfather can stay healthy & independent in his own home longer because we can track his blood sugar level, whether he’s fallen, how long its been since he’s talked to someone else all remotely, engaging NHS, social care services and local communities at the right time. Don’t think about it as tracking, think about it as caring.