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SquareWear Is a Tiny, Wearable Arduino | The Daily Executive

An Arduino is already pretty tiny, but if you're looking for something that's just barely bigger than a quarter, SquareWear fits the bill. It's a little
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Just in case you didn't realize how small these Arduino boards are. Again reinforcement and validation of the "Law of Cascading Functionality"
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The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research

The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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The best prognostication so far on IoT, where it is going and who is going to be using it - Definitely a worthwhile read

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Cheryl Palmer's curator insight, February 19, 9:41 PM
INTERNET OF THINGS - Predication by a Blue Hill Researcher on where the Internet of Things is headed in the next year or two. Has many links to source information and further research. Well written with data to back up predictions.
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New Firm Combines Wearables And Data To Improve Business Decision Making

Humanyze, a new MIT Media Lab spinoff, has developed a system that uses a smart employee badge to collect employee behavioural data, which it links to specific metrics with the goal of improving business performance. It has announced $1M in seed funding


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Wearable Device Allows Clinicians to See "Through" A Patient's Skin

Wearable Device Allows Clinicians to See "Through" A Patient's Skin | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Wearable Device Allows Clinicians to See “Through” A Patient’s Skin

Via Tictrac, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Evena’s point-of-care Eyes-On system is the first vein detection device to deliver clear, anatomically accurate, real-time imaging in a wearable, easy-to-use, hands-free and cart-free system. The system has telemedicine capabilities to share images remotely and interfaces with a hospital’s EMR systems for seamless documentation.

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Android share of smartphone profits plummets to 11%

Android share of smartphone profits plummets to 11% | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Apple's iOS now controls approximately 89 percent of the smartphone industry's worldwide operating profits.
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Unlike Apple, which makes a handful of smartphones, there are a slew of Android devices by various hardware makers all vying for customer attention. And with price points ranging from free to a few hundred dollars on contract and so many companies trying to attract customers, it's hard for any one company to generate a sizable profit. 

"Apple's strategy of premium products and lean logistics is proving hugely profitable," Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston said.  He went on to say that Google might be a little worried by his company's findings. He argued that if major vendors, like Samsung, continue to have trouble generating "decent profits from the Android ecosystem, they may be tempted in the future to look at alternative platforms such as Microsoft, Tizen or Firefox."

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Samsung Ramps UFS 2.0 Smartphone Memory

Samsung Ramps UFS 2.0 Smartphone Memory | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Your next smartphone could have memory that's nearly three times faster than today's flagship handsets.
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Samsung said Wednesday that it is now mass producing its first 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the next-generation Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard. "With our mass production of ultra-fast UFS memory of the industry's highest capacity, we are making a significant contribution to enable a more advanced mobile experience for consumers. In the future, we will increase the proportion of high-capacity memory solutions, in leading the continued growth of the premium memory market," Jee-ho Baek, Senior VP of memory marketing at Samsung.  Samsung said its new UFS products perform 19,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading, or 2.7 times the IOPS of current eMMC 5.0-based memory. The new memory "delivers a sequential read and write performance boost up to SSD levels" while drawing 50 percent less system power than current-generation mobile device memory, the company said.  These performance and energy efficiency gains are largely driven by the UFS 2.0 standard's utilization of "Command Queue" technology, which "accelerates the speed of command execution in SSDs through a serial interface, significantly increasing data processing speeds compared to the 8-bit parallel-interface-based eMMC standard,

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Future of Internet at stake in net neutrality vote

Future of Internet at stake in net neutrality vote | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission is set to conclude the debate over net neutrality with a vote on Thursday. Don Dahler reports on what the FCC has proposed and why some are concerned about the vote's outcome.
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Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things

Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is like religion: Everywhere and hard to explain.
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Interesting story on how smart tags (RFID) got started at P&G in 1995 that kicked off at least part of this Internet of Things.  Personally I saw BMW using the same concept applied in their manufacturing processes in 2000.  In any event this IoT thing hasn't been around for all that long.

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Radio chip for the “Internet of things”

Radio chip for the “Internet of things” | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Circuit that reduces power leakage when transmitters are idle could greatly extend battery life.
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“A key challenge is designing these circuits with extremely low standby power, because most of these devices are just sitting idling, waiting for some event to trigger a communication.  When it’s on, you want to be as efficient as possible, and when it’s off, you want to really cut off the off-state power, the leakage power.”
The MIT group will present a new transmitter design that reduces off-state leakage 100-fold. At the same time, it provides adequate power for Bluetooth transmission, or for the even longer-range 802.15.4 wireless-communication protocol.

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The Industrial Internet of Things Supplement Exists - What Industry Players are Doing

The Industrial Internet of Things Supplement Exists - What Industry Players are Doing | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Lacking a significant amount of real-world case studies around IIoT, the aim of this supplement is to turn a spotlight on the technology leaders in...
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Lacking a significant amount of real-world case studies around IIoT, the aim of this supplement is to turn a spotlight on the technology leaders in this space. By allowing these technology suppliers to directly explain how they’re approaching the IIoT concept internally and through project and product deployments with their industrial customers.  - Well worth the read 

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Ray wants to be the last remote control you’ll ever buy

Ray wants to be the last remote control you’ll ever buy | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
David Skokna wants to simplify TV, one button at a time. That’s why Skokna and his team at Ray Ventures are introducing a remote control to replace all other remote controls this week. The Ray Super Remote, as the $200 device is being called, combines the shape of a traditional remote control with a touchscreen…
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a 4.8-inch touchscreen, but with a unique aspect ratio that allows it to keep the long and slim design you’re used to from your regular remote controls. The design even extends to the cradle that is being used for charging the remote control, which includes magnets to gently lock the remote in place.  Ray is running Android, and comes with Wi-Fi and an IR blaster that’s meant to reach every single box under your TV, thanks to IR antennas that have been integrated into three of the four sides of the device. For input, there is a microphone built in as well. Ray also comes with Bluetooth and ZigBee radios to control thermostats, light bulbs and other connected devices around your house and it interacts with Nest thermostats, Hue light bulbs and other devices, with the goal of eventually connecting to every device.

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Mattel Shows Off Internet-Connected 'Hello Barbie'

Mattel Shows Off Internet-Connected 'Hello Barbie' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet-connected Hello Barbie can carry on a conversation via Wi-Fi and voice-recognition technology.
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The video is interesting how voice recognition and activated based conversation between a doll and what a lot of children are likely going to want.  If I was kid back in the day and my GI Joe with kung fu grip had voice recognition and could carry on a conversation how cool that would've been.  Without doubt I would hopping up and down for one, I'm betting kids are gonna go for this.

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Scanadu: The medical Tricorder from Star Trek is here

Scanadu: The medical Tricorder from Star Trek is here | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A handheld medical device that reads vital signs in seconds: the Tricorder is no longer science fiction.

Via Sam Stern, eMedToday, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Through its sensor, and in a matter of seconds, the Scanadu measures heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and provides a complete ECG reading.  The device is the brainchild of Walter De Brouwer, a Belgian entrepreneur who had to learn how hospitals work -- and don't work -- the hard way after his son suffered brain damage as the consequence of a fall.  "Star Trek was more than just a movie, it was a business plan," he told CNN's Nick Glass.

In Star Trek, the Tricorder was handled by a doctor, but De Brouwer thinks the most revolutionary aspect of the Scanadu is that it can be used by anyone: "We've medicalised your smartphone. You can now check your health as easily as your email. People will no longer ask if there's a doctor on the plane, but if there's a Tricorder."

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Awesome, very useful for all us hypochondriacs out there

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White House: To fight hacking, government and business must team up

White House: To fight hacking, government and business must team up | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
President Obama issued an executive order Friday to push for more sharing between private companies and the public after cyberattacks. Major Garrett reports.
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This has been a major emphasis in the tech world for awhile, now added pressure for solutions coming from the Executive branch to do more. 

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How to Build a Safer Internet of Things

How to Build a Safer Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Illustration: J. D. King
Imagine a criminal using your nanny cam to watch your house or to scream at your child—or even to post footage of your home on a crime boss’s website.

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Defensive Weapons: Rules-based filtering uses a small set of policies—such as no unauthorized remote updates of embedded firmware—to block dangerous commands from getting past a simplified firewall. Rules-based filtering systems can also consult white lists of trusted computers so that only “good guys” have access to certain functions. A “bump in the wire” approach relies on a small, dedicated piece of hardware and software that sits between an IoT device and the Internet; a bump in the wire can shield devices that don’t have built-in protection.

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The installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18% in 2014

The installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18% in 2014 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The global installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18.4 percent to 1.16 million units in 2014. Around 0.56 million of these machines have been installed in North America, whereas 0.15 million of the machines were located in Europe. The number of connected vending machines in other parts of the world was 0.45 million, …

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The connected vending market has gained momentum as vending operators have started to deploy cashless payment systems and vending telemetry solutions at a larger scale. The main market driver is currently cashless payments, which has become more and more important as the world moves from coins and bills to electronic payments such as credit cards and mobile wallets. Vending telemetry solutions are expected to have a more transformational effect on the industry in the coming year

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With Mesh, Bluetooth Strengthens Case As Key Internet Of Things Technology

With Mesh, Bluetooth Strengthens Case As Key Internet Of Things Technology | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Bluetooth Smart made Bluetooth sexy again and created additional demand for the technology. By adding mesh, the Bluetooth industry again sees a whole new wave of growth on the horizon.
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The group is assessing many user scenarios that would benefit from mesh. Lighting, HVAC control, asset tracking and security are all areas on the table.  While practically everybody and their brothers and sisters are touting technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), Powell says Bluetooth has a leg up in that it consumes the least amount of power and is the "lowest cost and most widely available wireless solution enabling IoT today," he said in the release. "Bringing mesh networking to the Bluetooth specification will propel the technology to entirely new market segments."

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Sesame Opens Homes with Instant Smart Lock

Sesame Opens Homes with Instant Smart Lock | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Sesame's instant smart lock fits over existing deadbolts to unlock your door using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or even a custom knock.
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The "instant" aspect comes from Sesame's use of a single strip of 3M command tape to secure its housing over your current deadbolt. The super sticky tape comes applied to the top of the lock, and after removing the backing, fits over the deadbolt and attaches to the door with a strong but non-destructive grip. Now your deadbolt is connected to your phone without ever needing tools or new hardware.  Sesame maker Candy House promises that its smart lock will work with almost every deadbolt found in the United States, Canada or Australia. Powered by a lithium battery, the lock should last around 500 days on a single charge, the company says.

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Nanotechnology quick test for Ebola

Nanotechnology quick test for Ebola | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least a day or two to yield results, preventing health care workers from quickly determining whether a patient needs immediate treatment and isolation.A new test from MIT researchers could change that: The device, a simple paper strip similar to a pregnancy test, can rapidly diagnose Ebola, as well as other viral hemorrhagic fevers such as yellow fever and dengue fever...Read More....



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A Color-coded test:   Currently, the only way to diagnose Ebola is to send patient blood samples to a lab that can perform advanced techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which can detect genetic material from the Ebola virus. This is very accurate but time-consuming, and some areas of Africa where Ebola and other fevers are endemic have limited access to this kind of technology.
The new device relies on lateral flow technology, which is used in pregnancy tests and has recently been exploited for diagnosing strep throat and other bacterial infections. Until now, however, no one has applied a multiplexing approach, using multicolored nanoparticles, to simultaneously screen for multiple pathogens.

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Volvo announces "one-of-a-kind" public tests for self-driving cars

Volvo announces "one-of-a-kind" public tests for self-driving cars | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
News: Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has revealed plans to test 100 self-driving vehicles on city streets with members of the public by 2017. (more…)

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Collaborating with legislators and transport authorities, Volvo is hoping to conduct the tests "around 2017" in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. It is the first time that a scheme involving the transportation of "ordinary people" in self-driving cars around an uncontrolled urban environment has been proposed.

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Silicon Labs Simplifies IoT Connectivity with New 32-bit sub-GHz Wireless MCUs

Silicon Labs Simplifies IoT Connectivity with New 32-bit sub-GHz Wireless MCUs | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
EZR32 Family Provides Industry-Leading Power Efficiency, RF Performance, Integration and Multi-Protocol Support in a Single-Chip Solution. Silicon Labs, a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced a new family of 32-bit wireless microcontrollers (MCUs) designed to simplify a wide range of IoT connectivity applications. The new EZR32 wireless …

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Seamless “MCU+RF” integration frees developers from the challenge of making complex interconnections between the MCU and the radio, resulting in an easier design process and simpler board designs with less susceptibility to interference.

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Limpet teeth 'strongest material ever'

Limpet teeth 'strongest material ever' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Engineers have discovered that the teeth of a limpet are made up of the strongest natural material ever tested - beating spider silk and most man-made materials.  - The findings, published in the Royal Society's journal Interface, suggest that the secret to the material's strength is the thinness of its tightly-packed mineral fibres.

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Designing Flex Circuits For Wearable Electronics

Designing Flex Circuits For Wearable Electronics | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Printed Circuit Design and Fab online Magazine
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General flex design guidelines for wearable flex circuits. The flex circuit industry does not have a set of hard and fast rules for wearable applications, the article includes some features and guidelines that are suggested when designing a wearable flex circuit. Remember that virtually all wearable products would be considered dynamic applications (as opposed to static flex-to-install applications) and should be designed as such.

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Big data vendors to forge a common Hadoop base platform

Big data vendors to forge a common Hadoop base platform | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Several of the largest big data vendors, including IBM, Hortonworks and Pivotal, have banded together to specify a unified base platform for Hadoop.
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The Open Data Platform will identify the specific versions of Apache Hadoop and its supporting software that will run together as a seamless whole, potentially reducing the work required on the part of enterprises to build and maintain complex Hadoop-based data analysis systems.  "As the business value of Apache Hadoop is increasingly recognized by enterprises, the need grows for a rigorously tested, consistent, well-defined release of this ecosystem,"

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How to Fail in the Internet of Things

How to Fail in the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Five lessons on what not to do when developing a connected product.
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A Law firm chimes in what not to do when it comes to the intent of what the FTC is driving at.  For instance " Even without IoT-specific legislation, developers should understand how technology-neutral laws are being enforced in the IoT context. The FTC, for instance, has used its general consumer protection enforcement powers under the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), regarding “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” to prosecute privacy and security violations. - Last year, in its first action against a marketer of IoT products, the FTC approved a final order settling charges that Trendnet engaged in lax practices that failed to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive consumer information, namely video and audio feeds from its home security cameras.

Failure to comply with the FTC report’s recommendations could result in FTC enforcement activity. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill has also encouraged state attorneys general to monitor the IoT industry, and to bring actions for privacy and security breaches under general state laws that may apply.

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Great insights, big data problems as well as solutions.

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FAA's New Proposal On Commercial Drone Use Draws Mixed Reviews

FAA's New Proposal On Commercial Drone Use Draws Mixed Reviews | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The proposal arrives as companies such as Amazon continue to develop a drone delivery system and smaller businesses, in industries like filmmaking and real estate, hope to give their projects an aerial view.
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The FAA proposal says operators can only fly during daylight and they must have a direct line of sight with their aircraft. It also sets a maximum limit to drone weight at 55 pounds. Additionally, the drones would be required to fly no higher than 500 feet and at no more than 100 mph.  Potential operators of commercial drones will have to be at least 17 years old and must pass a federal exam. 

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Nanotubes may restore sight to blind retinas

Nanotubes may restore sight to blind retinas | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The aging process affects everything from cardiovascular function to memory to sexuality. Most worrisome for many, however, is the potential loss of eyesight due to retinal degeneration.
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The researchers combined semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes to create a wireless, light-sensitive, flexible film that could potentially replace a damaged retina. The researchers tested the new device with chick retinas which were not yet light sensitive to prove that the artificial retina is able to induce neuronal activity in response to light.

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