Everyone and their mother seems to be claiming to have an “Internet of Things” or “Internet of Everything” play these days. From startups to tech giants, competition is fierce, and the offerings seem to be endless – and quite frankly confusing. Machina Research has taken an in-depth look at the competitive landscape and determined that it’s often nearly impossible to understand what distinguishes one IoT platform from another in this very crowded space. If analysts and researchers are having trouble distinguishing between solutions, how are customers feeling?
Another dev kit targeting developers and startups that want to build devices for the Internet of Things has launched on Kickstarter — although its maker, Imagination Technologies, is no startup, but rather an established company which licenses IP to chipmakers and counts Apple (with an 8.4 per cent stake) among its investors.Why does Imagination need to go down the crowdfunding route? It’s more about wanting to tap its target dev community during the product development phase, says Imagination’s Alexandru Voica.
With the potential for billions of connected devices and trillions of dollars in the next few years, the Internet of things has startups and established companies salivating over the opportunity. So it’s no wonder that Helium, a two-and-a-half-year-old startup that has backing from Shawn Fanning of Napster fame and Khosla Ventures, is ready to get in the game.
2014 marked the introduction of Apple HomeKit, a set of smart home-specific protocols programmed directly into Apple’s iOS software for iPhones and iPads. The idea was simple: To establish standards for how Apple-friendly smart-home devices should interact with your phone, with each other, and with Siri, Apple’s voice-activated artificial-intelligence assistant.Now, more than a year later, devices built specifically for use with those HomeKit protocols are starting to arrive. Some of them come from fresh startups eager to jump onto Apple’s bandwagon — others come from established names in the space who simply want to ensure that their products don’t get left out.
Telstra is looking to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging technological innovation through collaboration with startups, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — but said that ensuring its network continues to be the best in Australia is still at the core of its business, and the driving force behind being able to deliver these capabilities.
By all accounts, IFA—Europe’s largest technology show—should be a complete disaster. Right up until the evening the show opens to the public, and while the press days are still taking place, the labyrinthine Berlin Messe is a chaotic mix of industrial scale construction and confused journalists attempting to not get themselves killed by a wobbly, unfinished booth. And there’s no method to the madness either; no sense that a human ever looked at the insanity of the Messe’s layout and thought, “no, this is a disaster waiting to happen.” Billion-dollar companies are thrown in alongside no-name case makers and startups, while others are made to occupy halls that seem to exist only in the imagination of IFA organisers.
Until recently, controlling your smart home tech boiled down to apps and automation — scheduling a smartened up lamp to turn on at sunset, for instance, or using your phone to turn it off after you’ve climbed into bed. But what if you could simply tell your smart home to turn it off?It might sound like the stuff of “Star Trek” or “The Jetsons,” but recent advancements in speech recognition technology have made a voice-controlled smart home completely attainable, and many of the gadgets that promise to get the job done are already available. Some come from ambitious startups while others come from the titans of the industry, but all of them want to give your smart home a set of ears.
The Internet of Things is booming, and on the leading edge of that explosion are startups. These are the firms that are defining the future of an industry that some say will be the next big thing in IT, estimated to be a market worth $1.9 trillion in 2013.With this collection of IoT startups CRN profiles cutting-edge IoT 3-D visualization technology, ones that let anyone create bridges between social media and IoT, and a company that is pioneering the limits of how video can be incorporated into the world of IoT.
The emerging Internet of Things (IOT) is enabling the use of smart devices, such as Edyn, in surprisingly down-to-earth places. And because this crowdfunded smart garden gadget is now available on the shelves of one of the biggest home improvement stores in the U.S., it’s not just for early adopters anymore.One of the most entertaining parts of covering technology and gadgets is reading the press releases and pitches from startups that are convinced that they’ve built the next best thing, and which could really change the world… as long as changing the world consisted of turning your phone into a remote control for your lights, or turning your trash can into your grocery list maker.
The 14 regional teams in this year’s AWS hack day were given a simple mission: Use a basic computer board where they could attach various sensors and then upload and analyse the data on the cloud for the various applications the teams were building. They would then wrap all this up into an easy to use, portable IoT deviceThe teams had a day to do it and e27 went down to check out the action. Here are the 14 startups and what their IoT products were.