Automate your house using a Smart Home Butler

Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies

Sensor device developers and manufacturers are looking with a great deal of interest at the potential of the smart-home space. Despite numerous predictions of multi-billion dollar markets, the actual market penetration and pick up by consumers is lagging. Why is this? Are the smart-home technology developers getting it wrong? The problem is that these companies are marketing and selling things – yes, smart things – but consumers don’t want things, smart or otherwise. They want smart systems and solutions. Smart devices may be good…Continued...

Rory on the road
Embedded World — 23 - 25 February 2016.
Nüremberg Exhibition Centre (NürnbergMesse)

Singing to your data: A new generation of acoustic memory technology

Rory Dear, European Editor/Technical Contributor

The most exciting technology to fit the memory market since flash harkens back to Alan Turing's early computing technology. It's a tenuous argument that one of the homes of embedded computing technology is none other than my own hometown of Letchworth Garden City, UK – for it was here the world-celebrated Enigma code breaking machines were manufactured, having been designed at (the far more famous) Bletchley Park. The cryptanalysis of the Enigma is said to have shortened the Second World War by two to…Continued...

New technologies driving the growth of wearables

John Weber, Avnet

The wearable device market is arguably seeing the fastest and most exciting growth across the entire electronics landscape. Just look at the changes for unit shipment forecasts presented by IDC throughout 2015. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker published in March 2015 predicted a total volume of more than 125 million units by 2019. The September 2015 update from IDC revised the forecast to be above 175 million units[1]. Not to mention, the IDC report also indicates that from a form factor standpoint, wrist…Continued...

NFC: Now for children?

Rory Dear, European Editor/Technical Contributor

Near field communication (NFC) combined with the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technology is creating a generation of mini-consumers; whilst good for retailers, is it good for society? Undoubtedly stretching back to the invention of money itself, generations of adolescents, arguably tarnished by consumerism, have demanded the opportunity to earn "pocket money". Some trade this pocket money against useful assistance with household chores, and others, through a misaligned sense of entitlement, expect parental recompense purely for their very existence. Whilst currencies have naturally changed…Continued...

IPv6 over Bluetooth Smart takes wearables from smartphone to standalone

John Leonard, Nordic Semiconductor

The processing power, memory, and power efficiency of the latest generation of single-chip Bluetooth Smart SoCs promises to make tomorrow’s wearables the first mass-produced IoT product. Just a decade ago, wearable electronics was a niche technology targeted at early fitness gadget adopters, and used proprietary technology. Now wearable devices have become the latest hot toys for the mass market. Analyst Markets&Markets estimates that the “global wearable technology ecosystem’s” value will reach $14 billion by 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of…Continued...

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Perceptual computing in industrial embedded systems

Rory Dear, European Editor/Technical Contributor

Perceptual computing, as described in AMD's white paper " Perceptual Computing: Inflection Point for Embedded Applications ", holds possibilities and pitfalls in implementation within the industrial embedded sector. Perceptual computing, whilst a relatively new term, is far from a new technology and one engineers have struggled with truly realizing for decades past. Easily defined as the ability to communicate with computers in an innately human fashion, and therein lies the difficulty; the human brain and computer processors are inherently disparate despite prolonged attempts to…Continued...

Why companies should focus on their core competency

Rory Dear, European Editor/Technical Contributor

When something is outside a company's core competency it's time to outsource in order to save time, money, and risk. "To outsource, or not to outsource?" is the key dilemma facing decision makers from start-ups to SMEs to corporate behemoths. In smaller scale organisations, the temptation to want to do everything themselves may well stem from their inception; when start-up funds were tight the last burden the fledgling CEO wanted to incur were additional expenses. The attraction of taking on learning a new task…Continued...

White Paper: Windows 10 IoT Overview

Cristine Valladao, EMEA IoT Lead, Microsoft

The Internet of Things is happening now. We have the technology and the experience to make it reality. Lets work together to transform to a digital business with the Internet of Your Things.IoT brings new challenges: increased complexity, device to cloud security, staying competitive. One Windows IoT Platform provides a familiar experience that enhances what makes Windows popular, a common and connected experience that scales across form factors, enables a wider range of device types, and adds new features that drive upsell to premium…Continued...

Get a feel of touchscreen history, benefits, and the future of touch for devices

Monique DeVoe Managing Editor

Touchscreens are an increasingly common interface that allow for an intuitive way for people to interact with their devices. Cars increasingly have dash touch interfaces, smart watches use touch, and I’ve started seeing touch controls in higher-end appliances. Soon touchscreens may be the standard interface in consumer devices besides smartphones and tablets. Interacting with Internet of Things (IoT) data in smart home, wearables, and other IoT embedded systems will increasingly rely on this common interface so humans can interact with and manipulate the data…Continued...

Five Minutes With… Larry Wall, CEO, Eurotech

Rich Nass, Embedded Computing Brand Director

Eurotech designs the building blocks for Industrial IoT systems. You've heard that one before. They're one of many (emphasis on "many") companies in this arena. In this Five Minutes With…segment, I asked Eurotech's CEO Larry Wall how he can stand out amongst the competition, which is stiff and getting stiffer. His response has to do with a system-level approach that includes all the software. More precisely, it's where software meets firmware meets operating system meets sensor and so on. He claims that's their strength,…Continued...

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