Welcome IoT Weekly News Readers! Another awesome week in the world of the Internet of Things has past. Some highlights from this week was Google announcing its Home project at Google I/O and open sourcing their Thread network protocol. Other fun articles are on the Arduino Primo, MQTT calls into Watson and new LoPy and WiPy boards from Pycom. Be sure and checkout the Videos section in this issue as well!
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Google Unveils Its Amazon Echo Competitor, a Smart Speaker Called Google Home
In case you missed it, this was all the rage this past week at the annual Google I/O conference. I was one of the first in line to sign up for the updates on when they launch. As the voice recognition is getting so good these days that I see this move of voice enabled applications as the next wave of computing to enter our homes.
Here's How the Internet of Things Will Explode by 2020
The article doesn't have anything special to say, but I enjoyed the infographic. I've seen and used it before in presentations that I have done as it's got a good overview on a the verticals where the IoT is going to be a player.
Arduino Targets IoT Developers at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016
Arduino.org released their new board called the Primo which features native Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity, NFC and includes Wi-Fi and infrared technologies. With this board they are finally building a solution that contains wireless technologies out of the box.
What Are The Five Main Markets of IoT?
This is a cool article. It's high level, but worth the read as it covers in short order the 5 main markets where the IoT is making an impact today and in the future.
Google Open Sources Thread in Bid to Win IoT Standards War
Just as Netscape open sourced the code for the Mozilla project back in 1998 to try and win the browser wars, Google is open sourcing Thread to try and become the standard for the IoT. What's different with Google is well, they are Google, and have a lot more pull than Netscape did. Ultimately the software and platform have to not only work, but be secure and scalable.
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How Silicon Valley Is Botching IoT
The title is misleading, but the article is a really on IoT and security. They cite a number of articles and 3rd party websites with reports on how we as an industry should be looking at doing better and improving how we develop products that are more robust as it pertains to security best-practices.
Internet of Things: The next Frontier in Tech Innovation
This video contains a conversation on how technological innovation and the Internet of Things are transforming the way we live. How can we help policymakers and industry collaborate to support the development and implementation of these cutting-edge technologies?
Arduino Project Turns $10 Ikea Table Into Cool Music Visualizer
As described in the article, "A $10 Ikea table was transformed into a one-of-a-kind music visualizer, complete with LED lights, electronic components and a microphone."
People Talk About the Internet of Things (IoT) but Few Know What It Even Means in Practice
I like this article as it points to some of the value propositions we should be talking about as we build more connected devices. These are much of the same things that I try to drive when talking with clients about why they should be building connected devices.
Useful MQTT Tools for the IBM Watson IoT Platform
This is cool. If you are working with any system that needs to scale using MQTT, you'll likely want to checkout some of the more interesting tools to help you when using MQTT and IBM Watson.
LoPy Triple-PHY Board Boosts Funds
Interesting article on a chip that, as the article states is, "causing quite a stir in the industry by combining three important connectivity options for the Internet of Things – LoRa for low power wide area (LPWA) networks; WiFi for LAN and Bluetooth LE for short range links."