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.

Android Things Developer Preview 3 is out with full support for Bluetooth and USB

The third major developer preview of Android Things is now out and it adds full support for vital connectivity options.

Bluetooth remains important for many IoT deployments and today’s addition to Google’s platform will be welcome news for many developers. First noted back in February, the latest developer preview adds support for Android’s existing APIs for both standard Bluetooth and its BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) sibling.

Now, applications designed for Android Things can interface with custom...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, IoT, Platforms.

ZigBee has developed an IoT language it's calling dotdot

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Do you speak dotdot? I don't, at least not yet.

ZigBee has announced the development of a 'universal language for the IoT' which it's calling dotdot, and this week at CES the alliance has been showcasing the first prototypes of products speaking it. 

The examples on display are based on the network protocol Thread yet use ZigBee's dotdot language to communicate – proving the language is not restricted to ZigBee products. At...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT, Languages.

Qt launches lightweight IoT development framework

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The Qt Company, an open source tools provider, has launched a new project that aims to make software development faster and more lightweight.

The new Qt Lite Project aims to offer a wide range of enhancements to developers in order to streamline the creation and delivery of software and devices for all relevant platforms regardless of its size. The project is built into the company’s existing framework and can help streamline the development of software and devices for many...

By Developer, 18 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

AT&T launches developer 'Starter Kit' for the IoT

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Mobile networks will play a large part in the Internet of Things and interested developers would be wise to pay attention to developments from telecommunication giants. On that note, AT&T has announced the launch of a dedicated IoT 'Starter Kit' for developers looking to get started with IoT development. 

The kit was announced by AT&T's...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Eclipse Foundation accelerates IoT development with new projects

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Most developers will be aware of the Eclipse Foundation's renowned Java SDK, but the group also has a 200 active contributor-strong open-source IoT community. The Eclipse Internet of Things Working Group has announced four new solutions today which aim to accelerate IoT development, as well as a proposal for a brand-new project 

The announced projects include 

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Microsoft explains how its brilliant Magic Mirror was built

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Microsoft demonstrated a 'Magic Mirror' during the InnovFest Unbound conference last month which offered an impressive look at how everyday objects can deliver useful information to a user without getting in the way. 

The mirror is connected to the internet and uses facial recognition to detect the user standing in front of it. A personalised morning update is then shown under the mirror which includes the latest news and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Microsoft.

More developers working across mobile, IoT and cloud, argues VisionMobile

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A new study from analyst house VisionMobile has looked into the global developer landscape – and found Java to be the most popular language while devs are increasingly working across multiple sectors, including mobile, IoT, and cloud.

The latter makes sense – as tools and languages work across sectors, the developers using them do as well – yet the research, which polls more than 30,000 developers each year, found some other interesting findings.

The figures, which are...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile.

Amazon launches Dash-based programmable IoT button – sells out within a day

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is popular, the IoT is hot, and when you combine the two in a product for developers it sells out within a day. 

Based on the single button 'Dash' hardware by Amazon – which has been used in the past to order items with a button press – the AWS IoT version is a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Devices, Hacking, IoT.

What to expect from Google I/O 2016

Google's annual conference, I/O, will be held this Wednesday and is sure to make waves across both the developer and consumer worlds. This year we expect to see the event focus on how Google intends to respond to advancements in wearables, virtual reality, and the IoT. 

Android 

We expect Android will take a backseat as the company works on freeing the operating system from Java amid continued battles with Oracle and the EU. Some 

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Basho Technologies launches version 1.3 of Riak TS optimised for IoT

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Basho Technologies has launched version 1.3 of Riak TS, an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimised for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source edition is available for use by developers at no cost and version 1.3 expands support for SQL commands, improves API support and offers support for shell commands while also including multi-cluster...

By Developer, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Research: IoT developer survey reveals most popular technologies

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The renowned Eclipse Foundation has released its annual survey of IoT developers which reveals the most popular technologies being used today. A total of 528 individuals participated in the survey from various-sized organisations around the world (although 59% were from Europe.)  

Programming Languages/Standards 

Java remains...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, IoT, JavaScript, Languages, Platforms.