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Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Touchscreen WiFi-Enabled Camera for About $150

Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Touchscreen WiFi-Enabled Camera for About $150 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Building your own touchscreen, WiFi-enabled digital camera might seem like the most expensive of photo-related DIY projects, but it doesn't have to be.

Via F. Thunus, Pekka Puhakka
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Nice to do this for a lot less than the huge amount of $ we used to have to pay for cameras.  Now if they could only get it with better resolution.  I suspect more development work would make this disruptive to all camera tech.  

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Harvard's Michael Porter: Service Leaders Will Be Hard Hit by IoT Revolution

Harvard's Michael Porter: Service Leaders Will Be Hard Hit by IoT Revolution | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things transformation will have a big impact on the service and maintenance industries. Here are 4 ways service leaders must adapt.
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Porter, along with Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, summarized their findings from a November 2014 HBR article about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting various industries, field service included. The pair also spoke about ongoing research on the implications for company strategy and organization, which will be published in HBR later this year.

“Not only is the product changing, the product change is feeding back and changing how companies operate today,” Porter said. “How you run a company is going to change much more dramatically than in previous generations of IT.” 

1. Service businesses will shift from reactive to proactive:  There will be a transformation in the way service businesses are run and organized, as connected products allow technicians to diagnose the problem, or even perform service, remotely. Companies will be able to push updates to products in the field, and analyze product usage data to improve service efficiency and warranty management. As new IoT-enabled technologies take hold, service companies will move beyond the repair model to data-enabled advanced services that add value to customers. Ultimately, Porter said, this model will evolve to “product-as-a-service” as companies design new functionality and extend product life cycles. 

2. Big data will create an entirely new section of the value chain:    Companies will find ways to create value from the constant data stream from both internal and external factors. (Internal data could be product usage and equipment performance information, while external data could include weather conditions.)  Porter and Heppelmann said that, rather than having each division deal with its own data separately, companies need to create a “unified data group,” led by a chief data officer, that can store, aggregate and analyze the data — and work closely with other divisions to uncover insights that create customer value.

3. Product design will require a long-term, integrative approach:  Product design will become “evergreen,” said Porter, meaning products will be continuously re-designed and serviced via remote connections and services once they’re in the field. As a result, companies must find a new approach to product design that accounts for everything that happens after the sale is closed.  In addition, increased connectivity will require manufacturers to look at products within a larger, networked system. A “smart” tractor, for example, will have its own data analytics connections, but it must also interface with other smart machines on the farm.

4. Expect more consolidation and a war for talent: Porter frames the changes led by the IoT as an opportunity for companies to broaden their offerings and lead with innovative product functionality. There are two choices: cling to business as usual, or adapt. Companies that don’t react will have their products subsumed by companies that do. Porter predicts this will lead to further consolidation across industries, allowing companies to expand their market and products through data and IoT functionality. - But the biggest hurdle, Porter said, is likely to be the war for talent. There are currently too few people with the necessary mix of skills to tackle the new challenges presented by the IoT era.



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Im Service 4.0 müssen sich auch die Service Bereiche anpassen. Viele liegen hier noch im Dämmerschlaf und kümmern sich um Minutenpreise im Call-Center oder Erstlösungsquoten. Vielen Chancen liegen in den neuen Industrie 4.0 und IoT Entwicklungen und ich empfehle, frühzeitig Projekte aufzusetzen, um sich hierfür zu wappnen. Design Thinking Workshops oder einfach nur simple Brainstorming-Meetings rund um mögliche Service Innovationen können ein erster Schritt sein. Erste Kunden von uns fangen bereits damit an ...

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Adapt or be subsumed by competitors with IoT shift.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or even people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.

 

Evergreen design will change how we work in facilities management. After-sales or "service" data will become critical. A "smart" machine, for example a floor scrubber, will have its own data analytics connections for servicing, but it must also interface with other smart machines used in the building. This opens up all kinds of possibilities in facilities management. 

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The Network Impact of Big Data

The Network Impact of Big Data | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Big data promises to deliver more insight, but the network must be ready to support the higher traffic levels that come with it.
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe predicts that data growth will be 350% higher in 2019 than it is in 2015. Such volume of data means a corresponding 350% growth in network traffic, which may be carried over private LANs (wired and wireless) and WANs, the Internet, and cellular networks.

Taxing Network Resources:

  1. Bandwidth -- You will always need more. As big data is analyzed, users may want to collect even more data as they learn how to better analyze it. Don't forget that data about the networks adds to the traffic load, and therefore more bandwidth may be required. Bandwidth should be scalable in response to traffic that can increase rapidly. You need to relate bandwidth utilization to the application used.
  2. Network Delay/Latency -- Real-time delivery with real-time responses based on analysis means that network delay can cause the data and responses to be created and delivered too late. Predictable consistent latency needs to be delivered.
  3. Security -- This is important for both access to and transmission of the data. It is very likely that the data is sensitive for both the organizations and its customers.
  4. Delivery Accuracy -- Data can sometimes be lost or delivered with errors. No network is perfect, but knowing that there has been data corruption can help minimize the impacts.
  5. Availability -- The loss of networks can be highly disruptive. An availability of 99.99+% is a good goal. Make sure you know what events or conditions are not included in the availability calculation, as you may actually be experiencing only 99% availability.
  6. Resiliency -- Failures will occur; they always do. How fast those failures can be resolved leads to either confidence in the network and its management or skepticism of the value of data collection and analysis.

Network Monitoring is Mandatory - Monitoring Strategies

  1. Ensure that your monitoring tools collect the network information with enough granularity to produce detailed statistical representations.
  2. You will need a dashboard that continuously provides alerts and alarms when traffic changes occur that are outside acceptable.
  3. Create long- and short-term reports rapidly so that traffic changes that could impair the network operation can be discovered as soon as possible.
  4. If a cloud service is employed, do you have the traffic data from the cloud delivered in real time so you can make decisions before a problem worsens?
  5. Ensure that the network performance measurements and SLAs are reported in increments of 15 minutes, not over a day or month.
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Ubuntu Intel Compute Stick arrives but specs lag behind Windows

Ubuntu Intel Compute Stick arrives but specs lag behind Windows | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Ubuntu version of the Intel Compute Stick will be released next week but comes with significantly less memory and storage than the Windows version.
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The Windows version of the stick was released earlier this year, and the Ubuntu version will go on sale next week - but the Ubuntu version has 1/2 the memory and 1/4 the storage of the Windows stick.  -  The specs put the 1GB Ubuntu stick above the minimum requirements for the operating system, yet there is disagreement over whether a 1GB machine can run the desktop edition of Ubuntu smoothly. Even the official guidance for desktop edition recommends 2GB of memory "to properly run a day to day Ubuntu" -  The 5GB desktop edition of Ubuntu would also take up more than half of the machine's 8GB storage - although this can be expanded using a microSD card.

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API Design Considerations for The Internet of Things

API Design Considerations for The Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things brings many constraints and opportunities to API designers. This article explores how some of the tenets of API design can apply to IoT.
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Recommends keeping simplicity in mind when considering the following aspects of API design:

  • Data format: As Reinhardt said, look for what the developers would like to use; "if they’re using JavaScript and JSON, don’t give them a Web service API."
  • Method structure: Are the methods generic or specific to targeted requests? What is the usual sequence?
  • Data model: The underlying data model can strongly impact usability and maintainability.
  • Authentication: This is dependent on need and context.
  • Usage policies: Everything must be really easy to understand and work with.
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The US Navy is testing a submarine-hunting drone ship

The US Navy is testing a submarine-hunting drone ship | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
It will be able to autonomously track down submarines for months on end.
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Originally conceived as a DARPA project, the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is designed to hunt the next generation of nearly silent enemy diesel submarines.  -  Diesel submarines are quickly proliferating around the world due to their low cost. Russia recently announced that it has launched the world's "quietest submarine."  -  To accomplish its submarine-hunting mission, the ACTUV project is structured around three primary goals: the ability to outmatch diesel submarines in speed at significantly less cost than existing systems, the system's ability to safely navigate the oceans in accordance with maritime law, and the ability to accurately track diesel submarines regardless of their location.

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The cable box might solve the IoT's biggest problem

The cable box might solve the IoT's biggest problem | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The issue with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home is that they're not even remotely connected. At least not seamlessly. Thanks to compet
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And yet another monthly charge from the cable company gouging your paycheck, there is a reason why so many have decided to be cord cutters.  

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Huge Increase Expected for Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025

Huge Increase Expected for Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE), has announced that it now carries a report titled ‘Global Market Study on HAIs Control Market: Cleaning and
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The need to control Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) has escalated into a massive market, which approximated $50B in 2014. The findings of the report, published by MRRSE, show that the market for HAIs control will soar to $82.8B by the end of 2020. The estimated CAGR for the HAIs control market is pegged at 8.5% between 2014 and 2020. -  Besides these forecasts, the report also lays down the various factors working against the HAIs control market. These include an absence of the right infrastructure and primary healthcare facilities. There is a pressing need for well-trained staff to manage hospital acquired infections, which if left unaddressed, could dent the market further.

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Are Chromebooks Good Laptops for Students?

Are Chromebooks Good Laptops for Students? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
There’s a lot to like about Chromebooks. They’re budget-friendly, have a lot of options, and are powerful enough to get things done. If you’re a student shopping for a laptop for school, they may be pretty attractive. For some students, Chromebooks are a savvy purchase, but for others, it’s a nightmare waiting to happen. Let’s see where you fall.
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Here are some of the types of students who can benefit from a Chromebook:

Students who do everything on the web: For most of us, the majority of the tools and services we work with are on the web, or have great webapps that we could use instead of programs installed locally.
Students who have reliable internet access: Even though Chrome OS has some offline capabilities and applications, most of its power comes from being always connected. 
Students who want one computer on the go and another as a home base: One great thing about Chromebooks is that they’re really affordable. A good one can run you a couple hundred dollars, compared to the thousands you’ll spend on a more powerful laptop. Students who don’t play video games (or do, just not on their Chromebook): Gaming on a Chromebook is pretty much a non-starter, unless the games you play are primarily web-based games

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What's Blocking The $11 Trillion IoT Opportunity

What's Blocking The $11 Trillion IoT Opportunity | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The road to IoT' is paved with gold—and roadblocks.
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Unfortunately, there are plenty of factors impeding this data-rich future. The problems range from the 400-plus competing IoT standards to lack of global Internet connectivity, and more.

McKinsey also offers a range of complicating factors. Topping the firm's list, rightly so, is the matter of varying standards which prevent many systems and devices from communicating with each other.  McKinsey describes this incompatibility as the primary roadblock:  Interoperability between IoT systems is critical. Of the total potential economic value the IoT enables, interoperability is required for 40% on average and for nearly 60% in some settings.  The report goes on to suggest two fixes: "Adopting open standards is one way to accomplish interoperability. Interoperability can also be achieved by implementing systems or platforms that enable different IoT systems to communicate with one another."  Vendors largely control the 400-plus competing standards, but the battle for developer hearts won't be won by a corporate logo-laden home page. Open source, however, could help, allowing developers to focus on interoperable code, rather than interoperable vendors

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IoT Wireless Convergence Sparks Testing Challenges

IoT Wireless Convergence Sparks Testing Challenges | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
In support of fast-growing wireless markets, test equipment manufacturers are embracing highly modular and adaptable measurement instruments designed to speed through multiple-device test scenarios.
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The first two recommendations had they been applied at the time, would have saved Steve Jobs and Apple the embarrassment of the whole "antenna-gate" debacle of July 2010

1. Many wireless portable devices contain both Wi-Fi and cellular hardware that may lead to Wi-Fi receiver desensitization if operating simultaneously 

2. Over-the-air (OTA) testing is necessary to measure the actual performance and compliance of a complete Wi-Fi module.

3. Several test-and-measurement companies are embracing modular chassis for wireless testing to allow for customization and parallel testing architectures. (Anritsu has a tester)

4. A common solution for RF production testing offers a complete all-in-one tester for wireless devices. (Rohde & Schwarz has a tester)

5. The capability to upgrade or easily repair tester modules from a common chassis is attractive to many automated test designers. (Keysight Technologies has a tester)

6. Test and measurement equipment with flexible hardware and software can lead to creating customized wireless standard/protocol test and efficient automated test systems. (National Instruments has a tester)

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Google didn’t lead the self-driving vehicle revolution. John Deere did.

Google didn’t lead the self-driving vehicle revolution. John Deere did. | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The future is already here on the farm.
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"We kind of laugh when we see news stories about self-driving cars, because we've had that for years," Jason Poole, a 34-year-old crop consultant from Kansas said.  The advancements being rolled out on the farm could soon show up next door: Your neighbor can already replace his lawn mower with the John Deere equivalent of a Roomba robotic vacuum for his yard.  -  The self-driving technology being sold by John Deere and some of its competitors are less technically complex than the fully driverless cars that big tech companies and car manufacturers are working on. And for now, the tractors are still supposed to have a driver behind the wheel - even if they never touch it.  -  They've already started to transform farming in America and abroad: John Deere is selling auto-steering and other self-guidance tech in more than 100 countries, said Cory Reed, VP of the John Deere's Intelligent Solutions Group.  -  "John Deere is the largest operator of autonomous vehicles," said Catherine J.K. Sandoval, a California public utilities commissioner at a recent event hosted by the FTC.

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3D Blade at the cutting edge of motoring

3D Blade at the cutting edge of motoring | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Welcome to the future of motoring - a 3D supercar that could revolutionise how vehicles are made.
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More on Divergent Microfactories and their "Blade" - In addition to unveiling its technology platform and prototype they announced plans to democratise auto manufacturing. The goal is to put the platform in the hands of small entrepreneurial teams around the world, allowing them to set up their own microfactories and build their own cars and, eventually, other large complex structures. According to CEO Kevin Czinger states "these microfactories will make innovation affordable, while reducing the health and environmental impacts of traditional manufacturing.  “As Blade proves, we’ve done it without sacrificing style or substance. We’ve developed a sustainable path forward for the car industry that we believe will result in a renaissance in car manufacturing, with innovative, eco-friendly cars like Blade being designed and built in microfactories around the world.”

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Intel's free remote app lets you control your PC with your Android phone

Intel's free remote app lets you control your PC with your Android phone | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The new Remote Keyboard app is designed for Intel's NUC and Compute Stick miniature PCs, but should work with any machine running Windows 7 and higher.
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Why this matters: While Intel is hardly the first company to offer remote mouse software for smartphones and tablets, other apps such as Unified Remote and Mobile Mouse either cost money or are ad-supported. Intel’s solution isn’t as full-featured, but it could be all you need for remotely controlling a PC in your living room or during a presentation. -  A bare-bones app that just works  -  Once paired, the app provides a full keyboard (including arrow keys and a Windows button), along with a trackpad that supports multi-touch gestures such as two-finger scrolling. There’s also a scroll bar on the side of the screen if you’d rather scroll with just a thumb. In a thoughtful touch, the keyboard slides out of the way while using the trackpad in landscape mode, then pops in again when you take your fingers off the screen.   - If you’ve tried other remote mouse apps, you might miss some of their luxuries while using Intel’s version. There are no shortcut buttons for opening programs or managing windows, and no media control buttons either. And because the keyboard is built into the app, you can’t use your phone’s voice dictation capabilities. Intel’s app does just a couple things, but does them well and doesn’t cost a dime.

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Cisco’s Six Pillars of an IoT System

Cisco’s Six Pillars of an IoT System | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020.
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Six-Pillar Approach for Cisco IoT System:

  1. Network Connectivity: This pillar includes purpose-built routing, switching, and wireless products available in ruggedised and non-ruggedised form factors.
  2. Fog Computing: ‘Fog’ is a distributed computing infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) which extends computing capability – and thereby data analytics applications - to the ‘edge’ of networks. It enables customers to analyse and manage data locally, and thereby to derive immediate insights from connections. Cisco predicts that 40% of IoT-created data will be processed in the fog by 2018. Over 25 of Cisco’s network products are enabled with Cisco’s fog computing or edge data processing platform, IOx.  
  3. Security: The security pillar of the IoT System unifies cyber and physical security to deliver operational benefits and increase the protection of both physical and digital assets.  Cisco’s IP surveillance portfolio and network products with TrustSec security and cloud/cyber security products allow users to monitor, detect and respond to combined IT and Operational Technology (OT) attacks.
  4. Data Analytics:  The Cisco IoT System provides an optimised infrastructure to implement analytics and harness actionable data for both the Cisco Connected Analytics Portfolio and third party analytics software.
  5. Management and Automation: The IoT System provides enhanced security, control and support for multiple siloed functions to deliver an easy-to-use system for managing an increasing volume of endpoints and applications, field operators need an easy-to-use management system.
  6. Application Enablement Platform: Offers a set of APIs for industries and cities, ecosystem partners and third-party vendors to design, develop and deploy their own applications on the foundation of IoT System capabilities.
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New Threat for FBI - Hunting SF Bay Area Fiber-Optic Cable Cutters

New Threat for FBI - Hunting SF Bay Area Fiber-Optic Cable Cutters | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The FBI for the past year has been on the hunt for people slashing fiber-optic cables throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The FBI called for the public's assistance in June, after 10 attacks had taken place. The 11th occurred on Tuesday, when someone severed cables used by Wave Broadband. "We have been in consultation with the FBI," said Wave Broadband spokesperson Mark Petersen.
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Currently terrorism is ruled out, after the 11th strike by cable cutters who have gotten quite serious in their attempts to thwart internet use - FBI sending a bunch of G-men (and women) to get 'em..

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Corporate 'IoT' will encompass more devices than the smartphone and tablet markets combined

Corporate 'IoT' will encompass more devices than the smartphone and tablet markets combined | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The enterprise will be the largest Internet of Things device market.
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IoT devices range from robot-like units to tiny chips that hook into industrial or office machines allowing the user to fully control the device, or merely collect specific data from it.

  • The enterprise will be the largest IoT device market: There will be a total of 23.3 billion IoT devices connected by 2019 across all sectors, we estimate. Of those 23.3 billion devices, the enterprise market will account for around 40% of the total or 9.1 billion devices, making it the largest of the three IoT sectors.
  • The enterprise IoT will be massive on its own, larger than the mobile market strictly defined. That also means that in 2019 the enterprise IoT alone will be larger the entire smartphone and tablet markets combined, which BI Intelligence forecasts will include around 6 billion devices by 2019.
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Researchers create “skin grafts” for buggy software

Researchers create “skin grafts” for buggy software | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A team of MIT researchers has created a system that fixes buggy software similar to how surgeons apply skin grafts to damaged tissue.
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Fixing buggy code is becoming increasingly important as more companies like car manufacturers and airliners create software. It could also be a way for companies to save huge amounts of money on programmers by having computers do the grunt work of finding and fixing bugs.  -  The system taps into the growing number of public software libraries like GitHub and BitBucket that anyone can draw upon for free to help with their own software projects. The MIT team’s system takes advantage of the reality that many projects — although different — often share similar code. Part of one project can be fused onto another, at least in theory, to fix a bug. The trick is to get a computer to recognize the problematic code and then fuse the healthy code onto it.  - The MIT team tested the system, called CodePhage, on seven open-source programs that they found bugs in. Each software repair took between two to ten minutes.


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Garmin's Varia radar warns cyclists about traffic they can't see

Garmin's Varia radar warns cyclists about traffic they can't see | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Like an invisible rear-view mirror.
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Six months. That's apparently how long it takes to buy a company, retool their product, and sell it under a new name. Garmin's new Varia Rearview Bike Radar is a rear light that scans up to 140m behind a bicycle for traffic. It then hands that data on to either a compatible Garmin Edge system or a standalone handlebar-mounted unit with an array of lights to warn riders of what's behind them and how fast it's approaching. If you're a keen cyclist, this idea may sound a little familiar. Startup iKubu made a little splash last year with Backtracker, which was essentially the same thing but a little rougher around the edges. Garmin bought the company back in January, and apparently wasted no time turning the Backtracker into what you see above.

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Clark Kellogg on Design Thinking

Kellogg is a partner in San Francisco Bay Area-based consultancy, Collective Invention, teaches design and design thinking at UC Berkeley in both the College...
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Excellent discussion on the challenges of integrating Design Thinking into organizations who truly seek to be innovative in the way that they design their products and processes to be and stay profitable.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Emerges In Leaked Hands-On Video

Samsung Galaxy A8 Emerges In Leaked Hands-On Video | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
VideoThis past December, Samsung introduced the A series of the Galaxy line — which included the 4.5-inch Samsung Galaxy A3 and the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy A5. And the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy A7 was released about three months later. Samsung trademarked the Galaxy A6, Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A9 in March, indicating [...]
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The Galaxy A8 is expected to be 5.9mm thin (0.23 inches), thus making it the slimmest Samsung smartphone. However, the slim Galaxy A8 will likely pack some impressive hardware despite its slim metal body. The Galaxy A8 appears to have a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution at 386ppi), meaning it will have a display that is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And the weight is believed to be set at 142g.  -  The Galaxy A8 will likely have a 64-bit octacore Qualcomm QCOM +0.02% Snapdragon 615 processor, Adreno 405 graphics, 2GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor. In terms of storage capacity, the Galaxy A8 will have 16GB with an option to expand it using a microSD card. The Galaxy A8 reportedly has a 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a massive 3,050 mAh battery. It will probably ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and would be compatible with the Android M update. Like Samsung’s other flagship devices, the Galaxy A8 has the TouchWiz user interface layered on top of Android

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Why The Internet Of Things Is Still Roadblocked

Why The Internet Of Things Is Still Roadblocked | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Its potential is huge; so are the obstacles.
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IDTechEx outlines in its report

1. The Internet is still not available in many areas of the world. While companies like Google are working hard to change this with its balloon-powered Internet and other low-power, low-cost ways to spread the Internet, success has been spotty to date.

2. There aren't many large potential customers. While there are roughly 10 billion sensors deployed today for natural resources, production lines, electricity grids, logistics networks, recycling, homes, offices, stores and vehicles, many are not connected to the Internet or even parts of a network. The investments needed to complete these connections won't materialize until the revenue potential is clear.  Some companies like Bosch understand this and are building services on top of networks of sensors, but most organizations have been slow to embrace the potential of connecting everything.

3. Lack of standards. More than 400 standards already exist, which is tantamount to there being no standards at all. Manufacturers need to be persuaded to build standard communication protocols for the sensors they embed into their products, rather than creating data silos with proprietary protocols.

Related to #2, businesses need to change in ways that make data sharing more appealing than data hoarding. So long as organizations think they need to exclusively build both the things and the services that connect them, the Internet of Things will remain stillborn.

4. Software to be defined. There are many software, system integration and processing issues, like determining what middleware should do and whether to perform analytics in the device or in the network. Related to #3, each sensor type collects and transmits data in a different format, and it's unlikely that any given API hub or integration site will accommodate all sensor data types. Little consensus exists, but we badly need standardized middleware anyway.

5. Security and safety issues. Smart and connected devices systems and other tools can be attacked or deployed to access highly sensitive data, as scholars and others have highlighted. Also, simply flooding the frequencies of wireless networks can paralyze them. An Internet of Things is no good if the things can't talk.

6. Power is a problem. Because large deployments mean the batteries in nodes may not be rechargeable or even replaceable, we'll probably need energy harvesting—in which systems capture and store power from ambient sources like solar or kinetic energy—to power a vast array of lower-power gadgets without batteries.

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RealSense Tech brings fantasy to your living room - Science Fiction in Your Real Life

RealSense Tech brings fantasy to your living room - Science Fiction in Your Real Life | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Intel RealSense is the most high-tech camera system you've ever seen.
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This kind of technology used to be reserved for your imagination — like sending your personal robot out to fetch the newspaper, deleting a computer document by making a paper-crumpling gesture with your hand or even watching a hologram of your mother wish you a happy birthday.   -  RealSense is an advanced form of "Natural User Interface" technology. In laymen's terms, let's just call it the most high-tech camera system you've ever seen.

It works like this: As opposed to standard cameras — which only "see" in two dimensions — RealSense cameras create three-dimensional models of their subjects and surroundings. So when your finger is five inches away from the computer screen, RealSense can tell.  -  This three-dimensional modeling opens the door for all kinds of sleek computer interactions. Picture yourself editing a film or creating a photo album on your computer and manipulating objects not by moving your mouse or touching the screen, but by using your hands to "pick up" and "move" pieces of your project.  -  Intel showed several futuristic RealSense integrations that display the power and potential of cameras that see in 3D in January at CES. They've partnered with the Food Network to create an app that allows chefs to control their computers when their hands are messy; they're working to create wearables that can help the vision-impaired "see" their environments more clearly; and they demonstrated how RealSense cameras can allow drones to autonomously navigate the world with full depth perception.

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6 Ways to Boost IoT Security

6 Ways to Boost IoT Security | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Six techniques can help create a secure foundation for devices that are part of the Internet of Things.
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  1. Authentication:  consider, where possible, a hardware- or software-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to provide robust cryptographic device identities.
  2. Health Assurance: the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) standards, which specify a standard mechanism to check which software or firmware is running on a device, are among the protocols and mechanisms for safeguarding the patch and upgrade process. Malware can be detected at boot time using the TPM’s Trusted Boot and Remote Attestation capabilities, even to the point of finding changes in the device’s BIOS or other firmware.
  3. Recovery:  The IF-PEP protocol, a standard interface between the Policy Decision Point and the Policy Enforcement Point, can be used to isolate the infected machine. The remediation can be done by the device itself using a set of “golden” measurements in protected storage, remotely over the network, or with runtime integrity checking, which is provided by several commercial products.
  4. Protect secrets even if a device is infected: This begins with the creation of a secure envelope, such as a TPM. Where a TPM isn’t enough, consider a Mandatory Access Control system to provide another, larger security envelope.
  5. Data protection:  Consider a write-once or read-only mechanism to prevent tampering with data on the IoT device, or restricting access to secrets (such as encryption keys) only to devices that can prove their software configurations are valid.  
  6. Secure legacy hardware such as industrial control systems: For older or proprietary hardware that doesn’t support modern networks or security standards, the Trusted Network Connect architecture includes a specification (IF-MAP Metadata for ICS Security) that organizes legacy devices into local enclaves that connect to a trusted network using security gateways.
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The 1st 3D-Printed Supercar - Video

Meet Blade - a super-light sports car with a 3D printed chassis, designed as an alternative to traditional car manufacturing. Through 3D printing, entreprene...
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More details on the costs and how Divergent Microfactories create their "Blade" Super Car, (video), very interesting and cool.

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The Internet of Thing is making wave. First 3D printed Vehicle. New manufacturing and design  approach could bring the chassis of a high quality vehicles under $2,000.

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Blade, la première Supercar "imprimée" en 3D!

L'impression 3D révolutionne le secteur de l'automobile.

Ces nouvelles technologies permettent aujourd'hui de rendre l'innovation abordable à de petites entreprises, ce qui dans un avenir proche, nous amènera à rencontrer de plus en plus de nouveaux prototypes "3D Printed".

 

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Wow - Car built with parts from a 3D printer is blazing fast

Wow - Car built with parts from a 3D printer is blazing fast | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A new car manages to be extremely fast, lightweight, cost effective and environmentally friendly; all because its chassis is comprised entirely of material originating from a 3D printer.
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The “Blade” is very fast: reaching 60 mph in just two seconds, the vehicle is fitted with a 700 horsepower engine and features twice the power-to-weight ratio as the famous lightning-swift Bugatti Veyron. What’s more, the car costs 1/50th of what it takes to produce a normal factory made car; it also makes 70% less carbon emissions than a standard vehicle, and weights 90% less than most standard automobiles.  Divergent Microfactories uses a 3D printer, and a proprietary compound they have created which the company calls “a Node”. A Node is a 3D-printed aluminum joint “that connects pieces of carbon fiber tubing to make up the car’s chassis”.


Divergent Microfactories claims it seeks to “democratize auto manufacturing” through the creation of the Node. Smaller teams of entrepreneurs can theoretically use this technology to create their own vehicles – as well as anything else they can think to make out of 3D-printed aluminum.  According to reports the Blade itself only takes thirty minutes to put together. The chassis is comprised of 70 different 3D-printed nodes, and it weighs just 61 pounds.


The company is looking for investors to fund their proposed $10 million budget, which will be used to set up a factory where Divergent can finalize the prototype, which they will then outsource to other developers in order to fund the creation of mass production factories for the Blade.  - This kind of use of 3D Printing technology will undoubtedly revolutionize a number of industries, automobiles is just one of the many.


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The New Desktop Computer Built for IT Depts | Pint-sized powerhouse - Intel NUC5i5RYK

The New Desktop Computer Built for IT Depts | Pint-sized powerhouse - Intel NUC5i5RYK | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Fed with the hottest chips, just how fast can the little fellah go?
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The Intel NUC is a DIY kit for company IT departments to configure the system as they see fit.  (The basic NUC comes as a barebones kit, meaning that it needs memory, a hard drive and an operating system.) The NUC’s 10cm square motherboard makes the 17cm square mini-ITX platform seem practically Gulliver-like in comparison.  - Intel might have intended the NUC to be for regular home users but given the DIY nature of it, that my suspicion is that many folks who don't have the technical understanding would probably pass on it, at least as it's currently configured for the market. Just my opinion  There are several versions on a theme with the latest NUC, but all are powered by 5th generation Intel Core i5 or i3 processors, supporting up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM. The shorter platforms; NUC5i5RYK and NUC5i3RYK support M.2 storage (both SATA and PCI-E) in 2242, 2260 and 2280 formats. The smaller (48.7mm) NUC5i5RYH and NUC5i3RYH retain the M.2 support but has the ability to install a (9.5mm) 2.5in drive.  In the taller format there is a Core i7-powered version due soon, the NUC5i7RYH. This uses a 3.1GHz (3.4GHz with Turbo boost) dual-core i7-5557U processor with Iris Pro (6100) graphics.

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