Episode 47-- Weekly IoT News Update
IoT news for this week:
Lenovo just released Lenovo Smart Tabs, a new category of 2-in-1 tablets which turn into full-function smart screens with Amazon Alexa.
Ikea is finally introducing low-cost, motorized smart blinds. Called Fyrtur, the blinds will be available in all of Ikea’s United States stores starting April 1.
Withings has had a tumultuous couple of years. The company was bought by Nokia only to be re-acquired by its original owner Éric Carreel last May.
Sonos has started a private beta test of Google Assistant on its smart speakers, and is looking to launch the integration to the public this year. Google Assistant will be directly integrated into speakers with voice input, while older models will work in conjunction with Google Home and similar smart speakers.
Lightning crackled on the red screen as thunder roared over the speakers. The room lights went dark as spotlights swiveled about. White tables from both sides of the stage slid together as the lights went up and thumping rock music played.
Platform vendors are increasingly focusing on computing at the network edge as those devices sweep up more unstructured data. The goal is to move computing resources closer to data sources to reduce latency and bandwidth usage.
Conceived in 2015 and adopted in July 2017, Bluetooth Mesh is a networking protocol based on Bluetooth Low Energy that’s designed to create large-scale device networks by allowing for many-to-many (m:m) communication over Bluetooth radio.
Digital ghost technology, which works to monitor power equipment and thwart cyberattacks, will see production deployments after about 2 years of development with GE Research and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Google’s Project Soli got the green light to operate at higher power levels thanks to a Dec. 31 FCC order, but researchers in Scotland have already been experimenting with the technology and working to improve object-sensing accuracy.
The robot revolution will have to wait at the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which is laying off low-performing droids.