Wednesday, August 10, 2016

IoTA 17 - the Internet of Footballs?

Show Notes:
Cradlepoint Drives Extensibility into M2M and IoT Connectivity reports Yahoo Finance. Cradlepoint has released an innovative Router Software Development Kit to allow enterprises the ability to customize M2M and IoT connectivity within their COR IBR routers.
Arrayent, Inc., the developer of teh Arrayent Connect IoT platform announced support for low-cost, low-power WiFi chips build by Espressif Systems reports Business Wire. While this doesn't necessarily seem like the news we normally report on the importance of this story is the fact that another device manufacturer is doing what they can to have offerings at lower price points. This isn't the first story where we've highlighted the commoditization of chips and devices, and this is a good example that Moore's law is alive and well.
Teena Maddox reports that what IoT needs are International Technical Standards in TechRepublic. Similar to the early days of the internet where each browser had its own version of HTML, standardization can accelerate development and deployments of IoT projects. SAP partnered with Bosh earlier in the year to create a test bed in Europe to test this assumption. Having standards means that data coming from IoT devices will be consistently identified and mapped the same way regardless of the usage. reports that its time that sports joined the IoT revolution and that Wilson is one of the first to do so. Wilson has just launched its connected football. A small sensor inside the football measurs throwing distance, velocity, spiral efficiency, spin rate, and if the football was caught or not. The football comes in official and jr sizes and costs $199.99.
In another Business Wire story, myDevices and Arduino partner to accelerate IoT development. The partnership will allow Arduino developers a clean graphical user interface that "anyone" can opperate to quickly build prototypes and products without having to learn advanced programming, making it possible for engineers and entrepreneurs to take part. They claim that this will speed up development by a factor of 6.
Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch reports that Kepler has raised $5 million to launch a network of football size IoT network satellites. These easily replaced satellites are essentially building a cellular network in space. These "Cubesats" can also connect other objects in orbit (International space station) and handle other communication on a M2M basis. They are planning for their first launch by the end of 2017.

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