There has been a lot of talk recently about advancements in the smart home arena, especially about new ways to control smart home devices. I have heard Amazon’s Echo referred to as a smart home device, and just this week, web service IFTTT announced new partnerships that are intended to allow smart home devices to connect in an automated fashion to other devices and services.However, what we’re still missing when it comes to the smart home is a true smart home assistant — a counterpart, if you will, to the smart assistants that come baked into every modern smartphone operating system. This post dives into what that means in practice, and who might be best positioned to deliver on this vision.
Microsoft’s Research arm, which spends much of its time pursuing “moonshot” projects, created a home automation software product before both Apple and Google did, but never capitalised on the idea. The software, named HomeOS, was just that: an operating system for the home. The website is still available to view (but hasn’t been updated since 2012), complete with demo videos that show something that it had real potential and is very similar to today’s products.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced that its STM32 family of ARM® Cortex®-M based microcontrollers, together with the Company’s industry-leading sensors, connectivity, and power-management products, is being enabled for the ARM mbed™ IoT Device Platform with the latest public version of the ARM mbed OS. To the already powerful STM32 Open Development Environment, the mbed platform adds a standard operating system, cloud services, and development tools that are ideal for innovators creating new IoT applications.
Programming Internet of things devices isn’t like programming a PC or a mobile device. There’s not much memory, no screen or keyboard, and often no operating system. So how do you get started?
Microsoft has made no secret of its plans to bring Windows 10 to every corner of the globe, releasing desktop versions, smartphone-compatible systems, and even the ability to broadcast your phone’s Windows OS to your TV if you want to. However one other aspect of the tech world it’s targeting are small form factor, screen-less IoT devices, with its Core system. To help people continue to innovate with that specialized version of the operating system, it’s now teamed up with Adafruit to release a starter kit for home-brew device-makers.
The version of Windows 10 for devices from the Internet of Things will soon get security features from the company’s operating system for computers and tablets.The company announced Thursday that it will bring its Bitlocker encryption and Secure Boot systems to the Windows 10 IoT Core public beta in a push to improve security.
Chip blueprint scribbler ARM has released some of the source code for its first public beta of mbed, its operating system for the Internet of Things.The Internet of Things is today’s fancy word for embedded engineering, and ARM is all over that latter space: the tiny and relatively simple processor cores it designs are used in countless gadgets and gizmos, phones and tablets, controllers and sensors, smartcards, and so on.The Brit biz feels it is best positioned, right in the center, to provide the software to bring together low-end, low-power Cortex-M chips and the competing communications standards. In October, ARM revealed mbed OS, which emerged from its mbed.org community of developers and driver code.
Alongside the release of Windows 10, Advantech announced its support to the ‘Internet of Things’ of the new operating system of Microsoft. The Windows 10 IoT will be supporting brilliant tools ranging from mobile point-of-sale units or gateways to industrial robots and other equipment embedded with artificial intelligence.
At this week’s Grid Edge Live conference, we’ve heard a lot of discussion about the need for technology that can standardize how distributed solar, smart inverters, energy storage, microgrids and other edge-of-network energy systems interact with the grid at large. Think of concepts like an operating system for the distributed energy landscape, or an internet of things for the grid edge, as we’ve seen it framed in two panel sessions so far.
ARM, the CPU technology development firm that creates core designs rather than makes its own chips, has introduced a new hardware subsystem for building customized semiconductors for smart connected devices as well as a tooling suite to reduce time to create SoCs used in an IoT device.The ARM IoT subsystem for the ARM Cortex-M microprocessors is designed for use with the company’s processor and radio technologies, physical intellectual property and ARM’s mbed operating system, used to power ARM-based micrcontrollers.