ARM reveals Project Trillium machine learning processor

Arm is best known for its mobile CPU and GPU processors, but the company is keen to also show its expertise in more emerging fields. This week, Arm unveiled its new Project Trillium machine learning processor (MLP), three months after first revealing its existence.

The MLP exists to allow smartphones and tablets to perform machine learning independently, without needing to connect to a server somewhere. While a smartphone has limited performance, there are many advantages to this approach: less bandwidth and...

By William Judd, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, API, Development Tools, IoT, Mobile, Tablet.

Alexa can now monetise her ‘Skills’

Amazon has announced new tools for Alexa which enable ‘Skills’ for the digital assistant to be monetised.

The fight for the smart home between Amazon and Google continues to heat up. Just yesterday, our sister publication IoT News reported that Google Assistant has tripled the number of devices it supports in four months.

Today, Amazon is announcing in-skill purchasing (ISP) and support for Amazon Pay in Alexa Skills....

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Amazon, IoT, Monetisation, Platforms.

Android Things Developer Preview 8 brings final APIs

The latest Developer Preview of Google's IoT platform Android Things has launched, bringing with it what represents the final API surface before the stable version.

During the preview releases of Android Things, Google committed to providing updates every 6-8 weeks – a schedule the company has kept fairly rigidly to.

This latest release does not bring major new features as some of the platform’s prior releases. Instead, it tunes up the existing to ensure it's ready for general release and...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Platforms.

Mercedes-Benz provides an API for its connected vehicles

Daimler-owned automotive giant Mercedes-Benz has launched a new API for its connected vehicles.

The API provides access to some data and features of the supported vehicles. On the data side, developers can request access for things such as vehicle location, fuel level, and tyre pressure.

For obvious safety reasons, developers cannot access things such as steering control. However, they can have control of...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT.

Android Things Developer Preview 6 rolls out with new features

Android Things Developer Preview 6 has rolled out with a number of new features such as a dedicated IoT launcher, Android 8.1, and a command-line flashing tool.

Among the new features, the IoT launcher is considered to be the most significant as it displays the present state of a device through a new user interface.

The launcher can be used to configure settings and keep a check on new updates with the use of a touchscreen or USB input device. The IoT launcher is visible unless a developer provides their own...

By Developer, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, IoT.

Keras and the Dataset API graduate in TensorFlow 1.4

The latest release of Google’s popular open-source library TensorFlow graduates the Keras framework and Dataset API.

Keras is a machine learning framework written in Python which aims to minimise the time between ideas and working implementations. It consists of two high-level APIs: Keras Sequential, and Keras Functional.

Sequential models are created using the

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT.

Microsoft details Windows 10’s IoT capabilities in the Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has outlined all the ways the Fall Creators Update improves on the capabilities of Windows 10 for IoT solutions.

This build is version 16299 and is separate from the latest 1709 build of Windows 10. In the past, Windows 10 IoT was known as ‘Windows Embedded’ and represents a version of the OS for low-powered devices.

These are the new features in the update:

  • Richer .NET API surface for UWP apps. The set of managed types that can be used to

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Platforms, Windows.

The IoT spin cycle: Security challenges which continue to plague device manufacturers

In March this year, a curious issue was discovered on the Miele Professional PG 8528, a professional medical washer, that caught the attention of news outlets: “The corresponding embedded webserver "PST10 WebServer" typically listens to port 80 and is prone to a directory traversal attack;” the security flaw statement revealed, “therefore, an unauthenticated attacker may be able to exploit this issue to access sensitive information to aid in subsequent attacks. A Proof of...

By Adam Cecchetti, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT, Security, Testing.

AutoML: Google's AI is now better at machine learning than its own programmers

Google's appropriately-named automatic machine learning AI, AutoML, is now producing better code than its own programmers.

So far there's no sign of Skynet-like aggression, thankfully, but it won't help to calm the fears of leading figures such as Elon Musk that AI is now doing a better job than humans at essentially coding itself.

AutoML is designed to be a solution to the problem of the lack...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

LG opens its smart home platform to developers

LG Electronics has opened its arms to developers, allowing them to access its smart home platform SmartThingQ.

This opportunity gives developers a chance to visit the dedicated website wherein they can apply for a partnership, which if successful, will let them enter the platform’s application programming interface (API).

Once the developers have access to the SmartThinQ API, their services and products will formally carry the “Works with SmartThinQ” branding. Moreover, their IoT devices...

By Developer, 11 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Platforms.

Research: Consumers are most excited about these new technologies

The breakthrough technologies consumers are most excited about have been revealed in new research – providing an indication of what is set to be the next big thing.

Online smartphone retailer, Mobiles.co.uk, charted the sharp increase in demand for VR, AR, and AI. The firm also studied how the latest technological advancements are shaping the capabilities of tomorrow’s smartphones.

In the past 12 months, the company noted an increase from UK customers in:

  • Virtual reality (up 300%)

  • Artificial intelligence (up 56%)

  • Augmented reality (up 25%)

  • Curved screens (up...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Arduino launches IoT developer kit for LoRa

Arduino has announced the launch of its IoT developer kit for developers working with LoRa technology at an event in Philadelphia.

The kit is based on LoRa devices and wireless RF technology from Semtech, with the two companies previously combining for individual LoRa-enabled nodes and gateway shields, announced earlier this year.

“The IoT and IIoT are extremely high growth markets. Accenture claims the IIoT alone will add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by the year 2030,” said Federico...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Android Things Preview 4.1 includes minor improvements for IoT developers

The latest Android Things preview update only contains minor improvements but could be useful for some IoT developers.

As the incremental version number suggests, this update isn’t filled with exciting new features. The first is support for the Pico i.MX6UL revision B board, while support for earlier revisions are being dropped. The latest board supports many common external peripherals from companies including Adafruit and Pimoroni.

A second addition is a smaller, more optimised version of Play...

By Ryan Daws, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Apple now allows any developer to build HomeKit devices

Apple wants to open HomeKit to even more devices by allowing any developer to build products which use the platform.

Many large smart home products support HomeKit for easy control of devices, but you previously had to go through Apple’s licensing program just to start tinkering with it. Apple kept quiet on HomeKit during their WWDC keynote, but it dropped some big news for the maker community shortly after...

Any registered developer can now start building HomeKit devices. Removing the licensing...

By Ryan Daws, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, IoT, Platforms.

Automotive Grade Linux will debut on the 2018 Toyota Camry

Toyota has decided to use Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) for its 2018 Camry model.

The car manufacturing giant wanted a flexible platform which enabled a quick rollout of all the features today’s consumers are coming to expect from their infotainment systems, and the company decided AGL fit that purpose.

"The flexibility of the AGL platform allows us to quickly roll-out Toyota's infotainment system across our vehicle lineup, providing customers with greater connectivity and new functionalities at...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Platforms.

IFTTT allows individual developers to build applets

IFTTT has become invaluable for connecting various products and services together, but it was limited to its large partners in the past. Today, however, the platform is opening its virtual doors to individual developers to build and publish applets for anyone.

For those uninitiated, IFTTT (If This Then That) allows people to create ‘recipes’ which help to maximise the potential of products and services. For example, a high carbon dioxide level detected by a Netatmo Weather Station at home could...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: API, IoT, Platforms.

Skills for Alexa will soon push notifications to devices

Skills for Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa will soon be able to send push notifications to supported devices.

The notifications could alert users to new content available on their Echo or other Alexa-supported devices with a chime and pulsing green light. Announced this morning, Washington Post, Life360, JustEat, and AccuWeather will be among the first four skills with the ability to push notifications to users who opt-in to receive alerts (which can be done on a skill-by-skill basis.)

In the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IoT, Platforms.

Raspberry Pi developers can now access Google’s AI – if they purchase the Voice HAT

Popular UK-based small computer manufacturer Raspberry Pi has launched a new accessory which provides developers with access to Google’s advanced AI.

Artificial intelligence has received a renewed focus over the past few years; primarily due to the emergence of the IoT. Just earlier today, Amazon announced plans for a UK expansion dedicated to AI and machine-learning which will see 400...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Analysing distributed architectures in the era of IoT

Web application development evolved significantly during the last decade. From the introduction of AJAX and the transition to Web 2.0 to progressive apps, we’ve seen hundreds of promising strategies, approaches and technologies arising in the world of distributed application development. In the era of IoT and hyperconnection I'm drawing a personal high level architectural approach to multi device development of rich internet applications.

IoT and the digital transformation: in progress...

By Alex Lussana, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.