Monday, August 8, 2016

IoTA 15 - 8.8.16

Show notes:
Murata has just released their new battery source call UMAL reports Jan Buiting at Elektor. The UMAL offers better lifecycle than traditonal batteries and has a slim form factor that make it ideal for IoT. It has a charge capacity recover rate of over 90% ever after 5000 charging cycles.
Austin Peay State University just received a grant from Google IoT to help locate Firemen inside of fires, reports Collin Harris. The GIS Center at APSU will be working to incorporate beacons with each firefighter that can be found using just a common cell phone.
David Curry of readwrite writes that using IoT for growing crops is picking up steam. Current attemps have benefited in better yield rates and the reductions of water, soil and seed needed. However the cost of such devices exceeds the cost savings. OnFarm Systems provides a grower dashboard for farmers.
The farming robot from a month ago.
Clint Boulton at CIO reports that IoT security suffers from a lack of awareness. "One of the fundamental issues that faces the internet of things is knowing that they're there and giving them some identity,” says Gartner analyst Earl Perkins. "You can't manage what you can't see."

Pick of the day:
Mark Gibbs in Network World shows off the new Microduino mCookie. mCookie is Microduino’s second generation of Arduino-based IoT devices designed as a series of plastic modules that stack and lock together using magnets. The magnets ensure the modules align correctly so the breakout pins (which are Pogo pins; snazzy, spring-loaded devices that ensure a reliable, positive contact ) are correctly oriented. Even better, mCookie modules are also physically compatible with Lego! This allows you to use every nerd’s favorite toy to build physical frameworks for mobility and physically support sensors.

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