The tech giant announced many new products and technologies including the new Pixel phone, Chromecast, Google Home, and more.See also: 50+ of the Best Internet of Things (IoT) Blogs and Websites
IoT Winner: Google’s New Hardware
Google’s new hardware includes smart home and IoT devices.
- Google Home – New personal assistant device which can be activated by saying ‘Ok Google’. Google Home is a direct competitor with Amazon’s Echo.
- Artificial Intelligence – Google’s future depends on AI. The goal is to create a personal assistant that remembers all your info, advanced options for images, and useful connections between the increasing number of smart devices.
- Pixel Smartphone – Google announced 2 new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL.
- Daydream View VR – An improvement from Google Cardboard. The new VR headset is allegedly 30% lighter than competitors and can comfortably fit over eye glasses.
- Google WiFi – Google is now offering an expandable WiFi system. Expandable meaning the system has multiple routers which can be placed throughout your home, in places you need the WiFi most.
- Chromecast Ultra – The new streaming device offers 4K support, DolbyVision, and HDR. The company says it’s 1.8x faster, and also has a built-in ethernet port for reliable streaming of large 4K files.
Runners Up: EU Security & Arduino IoT
Europe is drafting legislation amid recent IoT DDoS attacks.
EU lawmakers want companies who are making IoT connected devices to pass a security certification. This will be through rules and guidelines that force companies to meet security standards to guarantee privacy. Read the full release >
Security remains a massive topic for the IoT.
Since the hack of KrebsonSecurity, and source code being released, the realization that insecure IoT devices are easily hackable has become even more evident. The problem remains that the companies making a lot of the connected IoT devices do not have the resources to allocate and develop secure software. Read more about saving the IoT >
Arduino wants you to build your own IoT devices.
On a mission to radically simplify the way you build smart devices.
(2017 update) Arduino did not reach their fundraising goal on Kickstarter.Keep reading about Arduino IoT >
AT&T and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have teamed up.
Sigfox has raised 100-200 million in order to expand globally.
Samsung Australia partners with Deakin University to explore IoT healthcare.
- Diet Management – This initiative will use technology to help understand if people are adhering to doctor prescribed diets.
- Elderly Care – The goal is to use IoT devices to improve the quality of life at home before transferring to a care facility.
- Home Monitoring – Technology placed in the homes of those living with a brain injury or spinal damage.
Panasonic introduced a new smart home switch that doesn’t require a battery.
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