Our partner Skully Helmets did it again! They have won the SXSW Accelerator Award for best #wearable technology: congratulations.
Internet of things allows to control your light bulb from your IOS or Android smartphone. We love this product and the idea of controlling the power management.
The author share a very unique perspective about the market for SoC in the automotive industry. Despite the 100 millions in revenues claimed by Nvidia, this article claims that in the future there will be little if no use for sophisticated SoC. The point made is about the location of the intelligence in the car. He claims that the smart phone will continue to be the center of connectivity with the rest of the world and that it will contain all the CPU hungry features while the car will become a dumb terminal.
Mediatek and open source: a difficult relationship. The author of this article is a very passionate open source coder. He explains here what adhering to the GPLv2 license means and how it can benefit to any hardware/semiconductors manufacturer. In his perspective open source allows good programmer to fix the code of lesser gifted ones. Yet Mediatek seems to believe that it is not the case. Do you have and opinion?
And kickstarter did it again: an Android based quadcore device which controls the home automation and is a router. It even connects to Nest, the connected thermostat recently acquired by Google. It embeds an Exynos SoC from Samsung. Actually the hardware platform is probably over-dimensioned for what it actually does. Yet it comes in the form factor of a tablet which means that for once the User Interface is user friendly.
As we could expect from such a sexy product, the pre-orders are higher than what was initially requested.
This article is fun because it does list all kids of places where Linux is used and these are institutional places such as the Spanish government, the French parliament, the US Navy nuclear fleet. This is amazing, yet I do hope that they all use recent versions of the kernel where the security features are strong. Guess why 🙂 It would be really tough on everybody if the US Navy nuclear fleet got hacked and somebody started to play with it.
The story behind the Motorola smartwatch 360 is talled by its designer. The watch comes out this summer. It does not look like a geek device, it looks elegant and sleek. The biggest challenge faced was the power management. These watches consume a lot and we are not used to plugging in a watch every day. Clearly the target is not the early adopters. This is the first step of Motorola into the Android wearable space. It is fun to learn throughout this article that the project was planned before competitors even appeared.
What did you do last saturday on Open Hardware Day?
Open hardware is an initiative stemming from open source software. And one day is dedicated to its celebration: the 15th of March. Check out this link to see what it is about.
Samsung smart cover for the visually impaired
This is just the beginning of a new trend of smart covers specialized for the impaired or simply for fun. The cover is evolving into a sophisticated accessory. With the millions units smartphone market, even a small part of it represents an attractive market size for any individual product.
Kinoma mini-PC sponsored by Marvell.
We like very much this kind of platform. Why? The processor is dated, it is a CortexA8 base, however it consumed 2Watts. This is quite nice. Sensors can be added without a breadboard which is both a clean and elegant approach. The connectivity of the device is good, some sensors can be connected through the WiFi.
Open question: why did Marvell go to Indiegogo to fund and sell the device?
Samsung shows a Tizen phone at mobile world congress.
We do agree though that the user interface is only one part of the story. The big strength of Android is the plethora of applications available. Will Samsung manage to create a real alternative to the Google store and the Google apps?
New HTC smartphone can display information through an array of Leds
This is just a leak to be confirmed in 2 weeks. The Led cover can display simple messages when the screen is off. This is a really cool feature and we would love to see a more complete, more sophisticated product come up following this trend.
Interesting comparison between Roku stick and Chromecast.
Linuxgizmos definitely votes for Roku stick although we feel there is some bias comparing devices which were released within a year of each other. Roku is definitely a player to watch. What we find interesting here is that Roku is releasing a series of products which are adding value to each other: the stick, a full fledge remote, iPhone and Android remote control apps.
Another secure smartphone being released, after Samsung, Boeing. There is a trend towards secure smartphones with each country having a dedicated one and some vendors (such as Samsung) providing some. Yet the question of performance, boot time and access to the service stays complete. So far, there has been no report on the actual speed of access to the service on these smartphones.
This article demonstrates how open source technology can be used as a trigger to economical development. Take a village in West Papua isolated from the world which is of no economical interest to telecommunication operators. Install for a very low cost (thanks to open source technology) a local network. Connect it to the Internet. Create several services around the network with several business models. Result: this rural area is now connected and this connection has generated revenues and economical growth.
We like this article discussing whether ARM might succeed in the server space.