PARTNER NEWS: NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a ‘plug and play’ NFC controller with integrated firmware and an NCI interface that is aimed at accelerating NFC adoption in the internet of things (IoT) by allowing hardware makers to rapidly build the technology into any device.
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"IoT for Retail has also important implications in the B2B area, in particular when referring to the optimization of the supply-distribution chains and planning-scheduling of production in the field of Fashion-Luxury goods. The advent of IoT in Retail requires urgent answers to three main challenges:
Germantown-based WeatherBug has partnered with Honeywell to equip WiFi thermostats with weather-tracking technology, a move that pushes the company squarely into the growing Internet of Things business.
Honeywell thermostats can now be automatically programmed to the ideal temperature setting based on local weather data, as well as data about the home itself — whether or not there are any leaky windows or doors, for example — to generate energy savings and lower the strain on power grids.
Everything will be connected. You’ve heard about the “Internet of Things,” but what exactly does it mean?
Smart Home technology is making controlling objects, such as your TV and your security devices, centralized on your smartphone. But pretty soon, those won’t be the only things connected through the internet– everything will be.
On Wednesday night FitBit announced its official IPO price of $20 per share. The IPO raised $732 million for the wearables maker, valuing FitBit at $4.1 billion. The stock then opened Thursday morning at $30.40 per share, raising that valuation to $6.3 billion. The stock closed Thursday trading at $29.68 per share, a 48% increase from its IPO price.
As I discussed in my Consumers Rule! column, Pam Sweeney, Macy's senior VP of logistics systems, and I were on an RFID panel about omnichannel retailing at the National Retail Federation conference in January. I spoke about the value of seeing the "last unit." Pam said, "it is not the last unit, it is the single unit."
The next big battle for tech giants is in the realm of the “Internet of things,” which is an industry buzzword used to describe the way all our home gadgets and appliances will soon be connected to the web and will be able to communicate with one another.
In the cult 1970s television show, The Six Million Dollar Man, astronaut Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors) is shown crash landing on Earth, then being whisked into a hi-tech operating theatre. “Gentleman, we have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man,” intones the narrator over the opening credits. “Steve Austin will be that man… Better, stronger, faster.”
Today, you don’t need $6m to be Steve Austin, not when £60 will buy you an entry-level wristband from Fitbit that can monitor your workout routine and send you reward “badges” to keep you motivated 24/7.
It’s the sad but consistent rule of technology that all cool future inventions must be given really terrible, confusing, complex and obtuse names.
The first time electronic products like washing machines and dishwashers got their own brains and were able to figure things out for themselves, the name given to that technology was Fuzzy Logic.
The first time computing and storage power was taken offsite and made available from a remote location, the simple name it was given was Cloud Computing. This was heralded as the new technology that would change the world.
We are all very caught up in the “Internet of Things” phenomenon. There isn’t a day goes by when we don’t see an article (or sixteen) on the topic. We see statistics quoted here there and everywhere about this is going to/already is affecting our lives, yet almost none of these articles seems to see the big picture.
When data sources from a wide range of Internet of things devices are combined and analyzed, a broader and deeper understanding of the world, and humans, ensues.
One of the inescapable realities of today's technology is that what seems like science fiction one month or year is suddenly mainstream IT a few years later. Travel on the Wayback Machine to 2005 and it's clear that smartphones were mostly dumbphones, clouds were still relegated to the sky and big data was anything more than what a DVD holds.
With the promise of limitless applications, the Internet of Things has commanded the attention of developers and tech professionals alike. In fact, Google just announced that its new Brillo operating system is designed specifically to position Google as a key player in this burgeoning field. Brillo could help business users harness the Internet of Things with next-generation devices. But how can developers join the movement now?