Vernetzte Welt #33: Kapital für Relayr (DE) und Netatmo (FR)

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Top: Berliner IoT-Unternehmen Relayr erhält 11 Mio. $

Relayr
Kleiner Perkins und Munich Venture Partners haben in einer Series-A-Finanzierungsrunde 11 Millionen US-Dollar in Relayr investiert. Aus der Pressemitteilung:

relayr is one of the first vendors to quickly and easily connect the physical world with the virtual world. With its end-to-end development solution consisting of the relayr IoT-Cloud platform, a software development kit, and a sensor kit, relayr addressed the central challenge of the Internet of Things: to digitize physical objects. Founded in 2013, relayr already counts Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte, Cisco and the City of Paris among its customers.

The aim of this round of financing is to rapidly advance the IoT technology platform to support companies in digitally transforming their business processes. The other focus areas of relayr’s management are to launch relayr’s B2B business in the US market and expand their partner ecosystem.

Top: Französisches Smart-Home-Unternehmen Netatmo erhält 30 Mio. €

Netatmo

Netatmo, von TechCrunch ‚France’s answer to Nest‘ genannt, erhält 30 Mio. €. TechCrunch:

Legrand, the France-based multinational provider of electrical and digital building infrastructure solutions, is leading the round; and according to Matthew Broadway, Netatmo’s COO, the investment will open the door to working with them on large building projects as a smart home technology partner. Previous investors Iris Capital, Bpifrance, Pascal Cagni and Netatmo’s CEO and co-founder Fred Potter also invested, with the founders remaining majority shareholders.

Founded in 2011, Netatmo’s first product was a personal weather station and air quality sensor — hence the “atmo” of its name.

Rude Baguette:

Netatmo quickly gained fame with its weather station, which currently monitors indoor & outdoor weather in more than 170 countries in the world. While its foyer into the wearables market with June can’t exactly be called a success, where CEO & Founder Fred Potter has been most successful has been his ability to identify opportunities (or lack there of) and make quick decisions. In a crowdfunding-filled market where products are funded and then built, Netatmo takes big risks ( and reaps big rewards) by conceiving, funding, building & shipping products without asking for approval from those with disposable income who peruse KickStarter & Indiegogo at work.

Top: Apps für Apple TV

Apple TV ist erschienen und die ersten Apps für die neue TV-Plattform zeigen zaghaft, wie ein wahres Smart TV in naher Zukunft aussehen wird.
Drei Beispiele:

Siehe auch das epische Quartz-Review: The ultimate review of Apple TV and its competing streaming media players

Analysen & Berichte

The Things Network

The Things Network bringt das LoRa-Netzwerk aus Amsterdam (siehe auch Vernetzte Welt #24) in den Rest der Welt mit u.a. der Hilfe einer (bereits erfolgreichen, aber noch nicht abgeschlossenen) Kickstarter-Kampagne.

Just a few months ago we managed to cover the entire city of Amsterdam with a new type of wireless network using a technology called LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide-area network). The network was built, from the bottom up, by people like you.

When we started spreading the word about our first crowd sourced internet of things data network in Amsterdam, we got an astonishing response from the global IoT community. Within a few days, groups and companies from Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Sydney, Boston, Manchester, and many more were showing interest in the concept, actively starting open LoRaWAN projects using technology from The Things Network.

Mehr dazu auch in einer nächsten Ausgabe von Thingonomics.

Fashion trifft auf Gadgets

15-in-1 Baubax

Lesenswerter Artikel in der New York Times über die 15-in-1 BauBax-Jacke:

And in early September, when the Kickstarter campaign ended, the BauBax jacket had raised $9.2 million from 45,000 people in 81 countries — breaking Kickstarter records as its most-funded piece of clothing and its fourth-most-funded campaign ever.

“It is good to have clothing that solves problems you face in day-to-day life,” Mr. Sanghavi said in an interview.

You could chalk up the 15-in-1 jacket to being just a fad or a niche product. Maybe it’s like the utilitarian camera vests that old-school photojournalists use in the field. Or a fisherman’s convertible pants, which can go from trousers to shorts with the slide of a zipper.

But I have a different theory: As with my kettle, consumers today want clothing that is functional, and, increasingly, that means clothing that works with all the gadgets we now lug around. That’s very different from the role of typical fashion designers, for whom it’s all about form.

Investoren in Hardware-Startups

Überblick über Investoren in Hardware-Startups auf TechCrunch:

The number of funded, connected hardware startups in the Bay Area (who have publicly raised $1 million or more) currently sits around 110 by my count. Boston and NYC (which are about equal) are one-third of that. Los Angeles and Boulder/Denver are one-third again of Boston and NYC. By aggregate dollars raised, however, San Francisco completely dominates; it was almost 5x Boston in 2014 and more than 10x NYC and Boulder. Everywhere else (including internationally) is a rounding error with a few very notable exceptions (Xiaomi, DJI and Magic Leap, in particular).

„Building Your Own Cloud Is „Table Stakes,“ Says Former AWS Engineer“

Orion setzt auf eine eigene Serverinfrastruktur, entgegen dem Trend, etwas das auch für andere IoT-Unternehmen aufgrund der teils speziellen Anforderungen notwendig werden könnte:

In the case of Orion, „It took us 12 people and 12 months to build and ship Onyx, and it required a lot of additional support resources,“ Robbins said. „We were out of our comfort zone much of the time, and now we have operational expertise.“

And that’s with a team that has a deep understanding of infrastructure engineering.

It would have been easier if he simply scaled up on someone else’s cloud. But that option wasn’t available to him, he insists. There were no shortcuts for Orion, but „the new successes will have a new set of skills,“ he said.

The industry has spent the last few years getting comfortable with building on others‘ clouds, and it looks to be heading there at full throttle now. But if Robbins is correct, at some point, we’ll have to revert to operating our own infrastructure again to be competitive—and get „back to the future.“

„Study of self-driving cars shows other drivers are good at hitting them“

Ars Technica:

What the analysis did find, however, was that every crash an autonomous vehicle was in was caused by a driver of a conventional car.

While 15.8 percent of crashes involving conventional cars involved a fixed object and 14 percent of crashes involving conventional cars involved a non-fixed object (like a pedestrian jay-walking), autonomous cars only ever collided with another vehicle. In addition, 3.6 percent of conventional vehicle collisions were head-on crashes, but autonomous vehicles have only thus far suffered a rear-end collision, a side-swipe, or an angled collision.

„Helping Things in the IoT speak the same language“

O’Reilly Radar über Data Interoperability statt Protokollstandards:

Why? Let’s look at a simple example: a smart hotel. The hotel owner would like to digitally connect the appliances in all the rooms of the hotel. This gives guests access to a variety of services, from controlling their room (lights, air conditioning, entertainment, etc.), to booking hotel facilities, to ordering food and drinks — all from a mobile phone. This would also enable the owner to coordinate and optimize all aspects of the hotel (e.g. energy consumption) in a centralized and efficient manner, without having to use a variety of siloed applications and tools.

„The Autopilot is learning fast: Model S owners are already reporting that Tesla’s Autopilot is self-improving“

electrek:

During the press conference for the release of the Autopilot, Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to each Model S owners as an “expert trainer” – meaning that each driver will train the autonomous features of the system to feed the collective network intelligence of the fleet by simply driving the electric vehicle on Autopilot.

A Model S owner by the username Khatsalano kept a count of how many times he had to “rescue” (meaning taking control after an alert) his Model S while using the Autopilot on his daily commute. He counted 6 “rescues” on his first day, by the fourth day of using the system on his 23.5 miles commute, he only had to take control over once.

Musk said that Model S owners could add ~1 million miles of new data every day, which is helping the company create “high precision maps”

Last week, Tesla released the Autopilot in Europe and Asia. While announcing the regulatory approval in the new markets, Musk also announced that on top of the fleet learning, the company will “soon” release a 1.01 update to the Autopilot software to further improve the system’s capacity to self-improve and handle curves, as well as lane changes.

​Es wird sehr viel schneller gehen als die meisten ahnen.

„The new OnHub router wants to be waved at“

Connectedly über den nächsten OnHub-Router von Google:

With this router, Google and ASUS are introducing Wave Control to the OnHub family. Wave Control allows you to boost the Wi-Fi speed for a single device by waving your hand over the router. This tells the OnHub to prioritize a device to make sure it has enough bandwidth, such as your laptop when you’re downloading a large file. Google will also issue its first OnHub software update, which will introduce a new smart antenna algorithm, which will allow OnHub to select the best antenna configuration to use to get optimum signal to your device. TP-Link OnHub routers will receive this update automatically.

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Marcel Weiß, Jahrgang 1979, ist Gründer und Betreiber von neunetz.com.
Er ist Diplom-Kaufmann, lebt in Berlin und ist seit 2007 als Analyst der Internetwirtschaft aktiv. Er arbeitet als freier Strategy Analyst und schreibt als Business Analyst regelmäßig bei digital kompakt, ist Co-Host des Exchanges-Podcasts, schreibt für diverse Publikationen, unterrichtet als Gastdozent an der Popakademie Mannheim und hält Vorträge zu Themen der digitalen Wirtschaft. Mehr zum Autor.
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