Welcome! Another exciting week in the world of smart connected devices. One of the highlights in this issue center around Andy Rubin and the work going on with Playground. Very cool stuff!
I also cover work by Microsoft, GE and Nokia along with an article on the NSA and the adoption rate of consumers in the IoT space.
I hope you enjoy this issue and please remember to tweet it to your followers!
Andy Rubin Explains His $300M Bet on the Future of Hardware
The article begins with, "Andy Rubin, the creator of Android - arguably the widest distributed operating system in the world - left Google a few years back to start a hardware incubator with a $300 million fund called Playground" and proceeds with coverage of the hardware they are building in the IoT.
The Future of the IoT Job Market
As the last paragraph sums it up, "The advent of IoT is no different, and much like the industrial and technological revolutions that preceded it, we’ll find that instead of fearing for our jobs, we should embrace the fact that IoT will take the mundane activities out of our work lives and offer new, unique opportunities to evolve and expand our skill sets."
Where the Real Value of IoT Resides
As the subtitle give a good summary of the article, "The Internet of Things (IoT) will generate a lot of revenue for a lot of industries, but not until semiconductor makers focus on what really matters and where real human value creates enduring demand."
GE Power Taps IoT to Reduce Coal Power Plant Emissions
Good insights and a quote from the article are, "Through Internet of Things analytics and optimization, GE says coal-fired steam power plants can reduce fuel consumption by 67,000 tons of coal per year, while maintaining the same megawatt output."
Particle offers a suite of hardware and software tools to help you prototype, scale, and manage your Internet of Things products.
NSA Won't Shy Away from Hacking IoT Medical Devices
I covered an similar article earlier this year on the NSA admitting that it will use all means that it can, even if it includes IoT devices, to find those performing illegal activity. This article takes many of of those ideas and bring them to medical forefront.
Is Microsoft Going Too Far with Its IoT Services Strategy?
I thought this was interesting, "IoT creates a massive amount of data that has to be processed, stored, and analyzed. Microsoft wants to be the company that provides the infrastructure--and perhaps even more." I believe this is the key differentiator and one in which my business is focused on today and into the future.
Intelligent IoT to Permeate Every Vertical as Costs Fall
Short article on with Chris Hecksche, Cisco’s VP, who "insists that IoT will be the defining technological trend for the next decade and that virtualized networks with a high level of programmability are vital to keep up with the scale and diversity of future demands."
Consumer IoT Channels Continue to Struggle
I really enjoyed this article as it hits many of the points that I have been harping on for years and that the Consumer IoT market is still very early stage. Those that are in it for the long haul might do well, but it's tough to compete and make a profit when the margins are tight today.
Nokia Announces Horizontal IoT Platform Called Impact
This is huge! As just announced, "With the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices set to explode in the next decade, Nokia is using its expertise in networking and efficiencies to roll out a horizontal IoT platform."
Microsoft Graph Unifies Access to All APIs
Good interview with Gareth Jones, API architect for the Microsoft Graph API, which as the article puts it, "aims at making life easier for developers by providing a unified API endpoint." It will be fun to see how Microsoft gets back into the game in coming years with the IoT.