On the eve of its annual I/O developer conference, Google Inc. Monday announced the general release of its long-awaited Android Things operating system for “internet of things” devices.
For the budding IoT developer, life can seem even more confusing because, at a glance, there are eight independent products you seemingly need to master before you can get started.
Bluetooth mesh , Thread, and Zigbee are popular mesh networking standards used to add wireless connectivity to building and home automation products. Silicon Labs conducted mesh network performance testing to help developers better understand difficult-to-predict wireless behavior and make more informed choices when designing products for the IoT.
If you’re thinking about or already building an IoT product, there are some things you should know. First, most carriers are planning to sunset existing 2G networks in the next 1-2 years to make room for LTE. Second, most US carriers are no longer accepting new 2G or 3G device certifications and won’t allow new 2G and 3G products on the network starting as early as June of this year (even if they’re already certified).
Our overall take: the Internet of Things is going through a phase of early adolescence – a lot is being built in different places, not all of it looks pretty or behaves as desired, but a lot of foundational growth is happening.
A very solid review of the state of IoT business in general for 2017…
“This is built for that smart-kitchen relationship, because as soon as you pick your own custom meal track — what you want to make tonight — you can hit another button and your oven will turn on, and hit another button and your smart cooktop will hold the perfect temperature, and you can hit another button and have the groceries delivered to your house,” Florence said.
Source: Innit Pairs with Tyler Florence for a Micro-Cooking Recipe App | Digital Trends
So my wife and I will hold off on a new TV sound system until these puppies hit the market at the end of the year. We weren’t in a rush anyways 🙂
What I find the most interesting is that the Siri and HomeKit functions of the new HomePod are marketed at the very bottom of the on Apple’s web page for the product. It speaks volumes to me with how Apple is marketing HomeKit and its approach to home automation.
With the plethora of new developer sessions from Apple’s WWDC 2017 being released over the next week, it always makes for the perfect time to do some house cleaning and reprioritize my learning paths. Grab the broom and dust pan…here I go.
NXP’s Kinetis W series MCUs simplify the design process to enable connected devices with a complete solution. Meet the latest addition in this series – the Kinetis KW41Z MCU – the industry’s first multi-protocol wireless MCU solution.Source: Kinetis W Series MCUs: Expanding the Possibilities |NXP
I’ve been involved in a couple of IoT projects with companies that have invested an excessive amount of time and money into developing proprietary IoT platforms. In my opinion, this type of chip and or modules using chips like this, are really at the heart of the next phase in IoT development.
In reference to Ecobee’s latest product release, the Ecobee Lite, I came across this little snippet regarding Apple’s HomeKit:
But nowhere in its marketing materials is Apple’s HomeKit mentioned, despite the extra effort and cost the company has to go to in order to work with the system.Source: HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple’s IoT tech • The Register
It would take far too much time and effort to try and counterpoint what I’m seeing as a trend of articles dismissing Apple’s HomeKit platform. That is not a battle I want to get into at the moment, but in seeing the line I quoted above, I decided to go take a look on Ecobee’s website to see about a lack of HomeKit branding: