New products, Conferences, Books, Papers, Internet of Things

It’s no secret that developing apps for the Internet of Things (IoT) requires formidable knowledge of programming. Under IoT, billions of devices will be reporting data about themselves, which means millions of new applications in areas as diverse as medicine to automobile maintenance.

A New York, USA based company Bug Labs is launching a service from today called Freeboard, which is actually a one click way to publish data from an IoT “thing” to its own Web page. This modular development platform, says Bug Labs, will do for IoT what Dropbox did for Cloud storage – make building and deploying innovative, enterprise-class IoT applications quick.

Freeboard makes “sense” of vast streams of data. A few clicks create quick graphical displays of the shared information, such as location, temperature, or whether the device is on or off.

The platform’s introductory software module called dweet.io was released this March itself. It handled the first piece of the IoT application development puzzle – getting a device Online and publishing data. Combined, dweet.io + Freeboard will give amateur developers all they need to put together a rock solid IoT application quickly and easily, claimed its makers, Bug Labs. Also, because they are modular they can be used individually and/or in conjunction with other open, 3rd-party platforms.  Both tools are available for free.

via Launching today: Freeboard, a Dropbox-like version for the IoT.

Cisco Systems and Texas Instruments have announced separate efforts to expand partnerships serving the emerging Internet of Things. TI named eight IoT cloud service partners and said more are on the way; Cisco launched a challenge for IoT startups and promised to work with the winners.

TI said it will work with 21emetry, ARM, Arrayent, Exosite, IBM, Spark, Thingsquare, and Xively to provide cloud services for customers of its chips. The company said it is continuing to recruit partners in IoT cloud services.

The move highlights how quickly new providers of cloud services for IoT are coming out of the woodwork with various skill sets and offerings. The other rapidly expanding area in IoT is in design services to handle technical needs of the broad variety of market sectors looking to adopt wireless sensor networks of various kinds.

About 15 companies are now offering some sort of IoT cloud service, many of them listed online, a TI representative said.

“They offer different levels of service, application and demographic focus areas,” said the TI rep. “Some have strong presence in industrial and some are more consumer focused…All of them provide Web interfaces with APIs to build cloud applications [and] some provide advanced business services as well,” he added.

Separately, Cisco will pick three winners in its IoT startup challenge, who will share $250,000. The contest spans work on IoT applications, analytics, management, and connectivity. Cisco will help winners develop, test, and pilot new technologies and potentially partner with or invest in them. The company is taking applications April 21 through July 1.

via Cisco, TI Expand IoT Partnerships | EE Times.

sewioSewio (officially Sewio Networks s.r.o.) is characterized by the openness of their wireless solutions, which are available to the wide WSN community. Sewio offers unique dual band Open Sniffer for the IEEE 802.15.4 based networks. The Open Sniffer is multiplatform, multiband, time-precise and low-cost packet analyser, which operates among various frequency bands with the remote configuration capabilities. The Open sniffer supports worldwide 2.4 GHz band, EU/US 915/868 MHz band and also China band of 780 MHz.

The communication realized through the Ethernet interface can be easily visualized in the Wireshark, which does not require any operation license.

The product name Open Sniffer got the sniffer thanks the Sewio effort to provide this tool for free for the WSN community. The PCB layout with the bill of materials together with the latest firmware are available at their web page in Download section, see http://www.sewio.net/open-sniffer/download/. “Apart from nowadays available 15.4 sniffers, the user doesn’t need to go through the painful process of the product activation, license management  and reactivation process in case when the sniffer is connected to another computer, says Sewio”. For the impatient developers, they sale Open Sniffer Kit with ready-to-go sniffer for the easy start.

For more information visit them at: http://www.sewio.net/

What the world needs now is a Web-enabled toothbrush. That part is clear to several oral-hygiene companies. What they can’t agree on is who was first to put teeth into the smartphone.

The giant Procter & Gamble Co. last week demonstrated what it calls the “World’s First Available Interactive Electric Toothbrush.” It links with a smartphone and records brushing habits, while an app gives mouth-care tips alongside news headlines.

A French startup bristles at that claim. Paris-based Kolibree also last week touted the “World’s First Connected Electric Toothbrush.” The 12-person company says it was first because it showed its device, which also records dental data via smartphone, in January.

Kolibree Chief Executive Thomas Serval last week trekked to the yearly Mobile World Congress here to show off his brush a few minutes’ walk from P&G’s “connected bathroom” display.

“To be honest, I wasn’t going to come here,” he says. “But I wanted to make sure no one could say they are ‘first’ when they are not.”

via Web-Enabled Toothbrushes Join the Internet of Things – WSJ.com.

Samsung has smartphones and smart watches, and will soon smart sensors for the medical research field.

The partnership between Samsung and the University of California, San Francisco sets out with a single goal: to develop a test bed for medical sensors in efforts to validate the worth of emerging Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, otherwise known as the Internet of Things.

The South Korean giant’s joint project with medical professionals will work to develop network-connected sensors for gadgets, signalling a divergence in the company’s strategy by focusing on health and the wider medical world.

Based at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, some of the world’s leading researchers will come together to develop and run trials to see how these gadgets can be used to create and accelerate the adoption of new preventative health solutions.

Samsung Electronics chief strategy officer and semiconductor veteran Young Sohn said in remarks on Friday the test bed environment is “aimed at enabling great new ideas to be tested, validated, and commercialized more quickly, thereby making lives better for millions of people around the world.”

Dr. Michael Blum, UCSF’s associate vice-chancellor for informatics, said evaluations by federal agencies will be required for devices that offer medical diagnoses, but could one day play a part in preventative measures, such as weight loss or gain and other health-related activities.

Ten investments have been made so far into the joint venture, Samsung said. The company said these technologies will likely eventually make their way to smartphones and other consumer devices, like wearables.

via Samsung creates medical test bed to prove Internet of Things is worth the effort | ZDNet.

400MHz RF transceiver geared for wireless smart energy apps

A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and Cubic Micro have developed and demonstrated a 400MHz radio frequency (RF) transceiver that claims to offer the highest power efficiency to deliver high quality signals over the industry’s widest coverage in wireless sensor network applications.

The transceiver is integrated with a highly configurable base band that enables users to customise transceiver performance for specific applications ranging from wireless smart energy management and security control in homes and buildings to long-range remote industrial monitoring.

To achieve low power consumption in RF transceiver, performance is typically sacrificed, resulting in degradations of sensitivity, channel selectivity and interference immunity during the wireless signal communication process.

via 400MHz RF transceiver geared for wireless smart energy apps.

Libelium launched a Smart Water wireless sensor platform to simplify remote water quality monitoring. Equipped with multiple sensors that measure a dozen of the most relevant water quality parameters, Waspmote Smart Water is the first water quality-sensing platform to feature autonomous nodes that connect to the Cloud for real-time water control. Waspmote Smart Water is suitable for potable water monitoring, chemical leakage detection in rivers, remote measurement of swimming pools and spas, and levels of seawater pollution. The water quality parameters measured include pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), conductivity (salinity), temperature and dissolved ions (Na+, Ca+, F-, Cl, Br-, I-, Cu2+, K+, Mg2+, NO3-).

The Waspmote Smart Water platform is an ultra low-power sensor node designed for use in rugged environments and deployment in Smart Cities in hard-to-access locations to detect changes and potential risk to public health in real time.

via Smart Water Sensors to monitor water quality in rivers, lakes and the sea | Libelium.

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