Tag: embedded systems

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    The Whole Bit About Smart Networks of Things

    My very first assignment as an IT consultant, back in 1980, was to design a system for automating how a clerk in a gas station convenience store would use a device called a “telephone acoustic coupler” — a cradle for the handset with a microphone in it — to upload

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  • Do You Really Want to Give Google Your Health Data

    Do You Really Want to Give Google Your Health Data?

    (Update: Google took on Apple in the health arena yesterday with the launch of Google Fit. The company announced the new initiative at its Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco. Google Fit is an open fitness and health tracking platform. The platform SDK will be available in just a few weeks. The news comes just a few weeks after after Apple announced HealthKit at its Worldwide Developers Conference. HealthKit, which will be bundled with Apple's new iOS 8, is a hub where you can monitor daily health stats and track data over time.) If reports are right, Google will announce its second attempt to tap into health data at its annual developer-focused

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  • Wearable Tech Yep Its the New Black

    Wearable Tech? Yep, It's the New Black

    Forget Paris. Thanks to wearable tech, trendy accessories are likely to come from Silicon Valley these days. Ok ... Slight exaggeration. But no one can argue that wearable tech is hot. Products like the Jawbone UP and the Fitbit Force are two of the more popular connected devices you can

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  • Shifting the Internet of Things into Overdrive

    Shifting the Internet of Things into Overdrive

    I'm still not fully seeing why my Internet aware toaster will make my life better when it communicates with my Internet aware margarita maker. What I do see, however, is an open road to a world of self-driving Internet aware cars. I can't wait until mobile becomes motile.

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  • Internet of Things Name Stupid or Brilliant

    Internet of Things Name: Stupid or Brilliant?

    What’s in a name?  Not much — if you’re referring to the Internet of Things, said Benny Placido, business development director for Edinburgh, Scotland-based Bluemungus , an app and Web developer. “I’ve been around the industry a long time, and these phrases become meaningless after a while,” Placido said.

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  • Internet of Things Growing Faster than Smartphones, Tablets, PCs Combined

    While the exact form of the Internet of Things (IoT) is still nebulous, its size is not. According to new research from Gartner, it will include 26 billion units — excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones — by 2020. It will also have a global economic value of $1.9 trillion.

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