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Intel Compute Stick
Intel’s Compute Stick ist ein kleiner, nicht sehr leistungsfähiger PC in Stickform. Ars Technica:
Uses little power
Plugs right in to existing TVs and monitors and can often be powered using only their built-in USB ports
Performs well enough for what it does, but compared to other mini-desktops, it’s slow
Low RAM and storage, which is even worse in the Linux version
Limited official OS support
One full-size USB 2.0 port, which limits the number of peripherals you can plug in at once
Bluetooth lagginess can make wireless mouse and keyboard use a pain.
Neu mit Ubuntu 15.04 ist die Variante Ubuntu Core, ein auf rund 150 MByte abgespecktes Linux, das sich gleichermaßen für das Internet of Things wie für den Betrieb in der Cloud und als Basis für Container-Installationen eignen soll. Es läuft aufx86-, ARM- und PowerPC-Prozessoren.
‘Snappy’ Ubuntu Core is the smallest and most secure edition of Ubuntu. It is a super-lean, transactionally updated version of Ubuntu, perfect for inventors, technologists and the active and growing Ubuntu developer community, for cloud container hosts and smart, connected devices. It powers drones, robots, network switches, mobile base stations, industrial gateways, and IoT home hubs.
“This is an amazing platform for the new generation of cloud and device developers” said Dustin Kirkland, product manager for Ubuntu Core. “The combination of an open platform with an app store that works across a very wide range of devices, from tiny embedded boards to high end switches and routers, has stimulated a rush of creativity in the maker and entrepreneur communities.”
Ein noch unterschätzter Trend sind Kleinstsensoren, die Kleinst-Wearables ermöglichen. Ringly ist ein Beispiel dafür, NaillO ist ein weiterer (noch sehr frischer) Anlauf in diese Richtung. TechCrunch:
Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs. What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail.
Wearables und mobile Medizinhardware können mit hoher Wahrscheinlichkeit klinische Tests revolutionieren. Venturebeat:
Mobile devices and big data analytics can also significantly diminish the burden on patients. Wearable devices can reduce the number of times patients need to go to a clinic and can provide a better, fuller picture of physiological data needed to measure a drug’s impact, minimizing needless testing on patients. GlaxoSmithKline, for example, spoke at the South by Southwest conference last month about its interest in the use of biosensors for clinical trials to improve data quality. Implementing these biosensors would not only lead to increased data but would also reduce interruptions in a patient’s day through remote monitoring. Technology could therefore improve the patient experience in clinical trials at large.
Under Amour könnte dank jüngster Aquisitionen ein wichtiger Fitnessplayer werden. Fortune:
The company has spent $710 million to scoop up MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness and Endomondo, and now controls the world’s largest digital health and fitness community. Its four apps command prime spots on Apple’s AAPL iTunes store – with MyFitnessPal and Map My Run ranking #1 and #3, respectively, among the free iPhone health and fitness apps. Two other Under Armour apps also rank in the top 100. Beyond in-app purchases, Under Armour is hoping the daily use of those smartphone apps can also lead to stronger sales of apparel, footwear and other athletic gear.
Jetzt müssen all die Apps “nur” noch sinnvoll miteinander verbunden werden.
More than one-third of the roughly 1,400 respondents already use wearable technologies on the job. A large majority (86%) plan to invest more in applications for smart watches, lanyards, bracelets, and eyewear over the next year.
Not surprisingly, watches are getting most of the attention, with almost half the survey respondents suggesting they’ll have the biggest impact within corporate settings. Among the most anticipated usage scenarios: real-time access to customer information, instruction guides for field service teams, real-time alerts about everything from pricing changes to average call-center wait times, and training materials.
Microsoft Band bekommt ein signifikantes Softwareupdate. Geekwire:
With the launch of the Apple Watch just a couple days away, Microsoft is aiming to generate new momentum for its own wearable device. The Redmond company just announced a wide-ranging software update for its Microsoft Band fitness tracker, including integration with third-party cycling apps and new ways of analyzing fitness data in the Microsoft Health online dashboard. In addition, the company says it will expand the reach of the Microsoft Health smartphone apps — connect them to the sensors in Android Phones, iPhones and Windows Phones to track activity for people who don’t own Microsoft’s wearable device or any other fitness tracker.
Macs mit Apple Watch Apps entsperren
Breaking News baut App für Apple Watch
Breaking News, das Unternehmen hinter dem weltbekannten Twitter-Account gleichen Namens, hat eine interessante Apple-Watch-App vorgestellt, die zwei sehr unterschiedliche Funktionen erfüllt. Geekwire:
Seattle-based Breaking News, which runs popular mobile apps and a Twitter feed with 7.5 million followers, will debut its Apple Watch app this Friday when the wearable device is released to the public. The app will provide bite-sized news updates to your wrist, but a more unique feature is an experimental “tap to tip” function that lets users push a button when they see or hear a potential story around them.
Ernst & Young
Der IBM-IoT-Blockchain-Mann ist zu Ernst & Young gewechselt. Fortune:
Brody is perhaps best known for evangelizing the use of block-chain technology, the distributed database that powers crypto currencies like Bitcoin. Applied to the Internet of things, the technology allows devices to communicate with each other directly instead of through the centralized cloud.
In his new role he will continue his focus on making block chain work as a means of building out infrastructure for the Internet of things, but will also focus on wearable technologies such as the Apple Watch, connected medical devices, and the application of sensors and connectivity to industry, from insurance to agriculture.
“There isn’t an industry that isn’t becoming part of the technology industry,” he tells Fortune. “We are in a golden era for transformation, and while people throw around the word disruption all the time, as someone who loves business strategy and technology strategy I can tell you the lines are disappearing and they are becoming one and the same.”
Spark’s latest product, the Electron, is a tiny development kit that can connect just about any kind of device to Spark’s back-end platform over a 3G cellular signal for as little as $3 per month.
Konstante Beziehungen zwischen Herstellern und Kunden
Die Möglichkeiten, wenn jeder Hersteller im konstanten direkten Kontakt mit den Kunden seiner Produkte stehen kann, sind noch weitestgehend unerforscht. Zeit, darüber stärker nachzudenken. O’Reilly Radar:
What if products and the designers who made them had an ongoing dialogue with users — which is fully possible now if you consider connected products and the Internet of Things? Take my washer for instance. What if GE could push an update to my washer to improve the usage of water, electricity, etc., so it’s more efficient based on whatever the spin cycles are. At the same time, they would also monitor how I’m using the washer, so they could report back to me that it seems I’m a very wasteful person. [They could then] recommend that I download a water-throttling algorithm so I could control my water usage. [They could] see that I’m always using a full load, but I’m actually only putting in a tiny bit of clothing, which they could tell from the sensors.
That’s a long way of saying that the possibilities with the Internet of Things and connected devices and connected products are for having this ongoing relationship with the user. For companies looking to incorporate these technologies, I think it’s a worthwhile question to ask, how well do you know your users? How well do you know what they want, and how can you better facilitate that by leveraging these emerging technologies and being able to innovate continuously — not just to get a product into the hands of the consumer, but really to be involved with them over the course of the lifetime of that product.
Besonders beliebt diese Tage: Studien, die die Größe eines IoT-Segments im Jahr 2020 schätzen. Nur mit Salz genießbar. Forbes:
According to a new report from MarketResearch.com, the healthcare Internet of Things market segment is poised to hit $117 billion by 2020.