Nest: a self learning thermostat is connected to the Internet. August: a Bluetooth enabled door lock lets you enter your home when it recognizes your smartphone. While Internet of Things invaeds our home, the best way to keep us safe is simply through keeping some of these devices OFF the internet.
When asked about example of great Internet of Things products, I always take a little while to think before naming one because there are many we love. Among those we love, here is a new product being launched by a great Californian start up. See for yourselves.
Vanhawks Valour smart bike
This is an IoT bike. Yes it does exist :-). Founded through a kickstarter campaign, the Vanhawks Valour smart bike claims to be safer.
The bike measures the calories burnt and is paired up with a smartphone app.
It also gives the biker turn by turn directions.
Freescale positions its line of QorlQ SoCs with a complete hardware and software product offer. They want to go into the new trend of software defined networking (SDN). The series of SoCs is provided with C libraries for open standards protocols. The IoT and 5G increases the networking traffic and creates new needs for networking products. The QorlQ LS2 is based on a 64 bit ARM Cortex A57. This SoC encompasses a hardware L2 switch. The C libraries provided implement networking and virtualization libraries. The QorlQ LS2 2085A is based on an eight cores cortex A57 in 28 nm technology. It is aimed at products such as routers, printers, imaging, encryption and compression.
DALLAS: Freescale introduces new family of QorIQ multicore processors built on Layerscape architecture, delivering a breakthrough, software-defined approach to advance the world’s new virtualized networks | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online.
Eweek explains how Imagination is providing its MIPS core to Ingenic who designed a tiny SD card sized module called Newton for the IoT wearable segment. The plus of this module is its size: about a one euro coin :-). Another plus is that it is modular. For instance one can decide to add or remove a power management module in order to use the Newton in a plugged in or in a battery powered environment. The market for wearable is expected to be 64 millions units by 2020 according to the analysts from Berg.
Imagination is part of the Android wearable initiative launched by Google. members of the group include ARM, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung.
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?