Ever week we provide an Internet of Things blog post which highlights IoT winners from around the world. We select interesting articles, companies, and projects to feature weekly.
Who’s Winning the Internet of Things? This week, 8/15/2016 to 8/22/2016, Uber has dominated the web with their autonomous car announcement. The company will be rolling out driverless cars to pick up their passengers in Pittsburgh. In other Internet of Things news, the Intel Developer Forum was this previous week, and a lot of really cool IoT announcements were made.
Uber’s first self-driving fleet hits the road! Beginning in Pittsburgh. Uber will allow users to request self-driving cars. This marks an extremely important milestone for smart autonomous vehicles. No other company has launched a commercial application of this technology. Many predictions have claimed self-driving cars are still many years away. Uber has just proved that autonomous vehicles are a thing of the now. Keep reading about the autonomous Uber >
Intel’s new VR headset can generate objects from the real world using onboard cameras and sensors. Project Alloy will be open source and will allow users to move and interact with their surroundings through the virtual reality headset. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the company is moving towards adding computing capabilities to everyday objects, otherwise known as the Internet of Things. Keep reading about Project Alloy >
How many Internet of Things connected devices will there be in the coming years? There are currently between 6 and 9 billion connected devices (excluding smartphones, tablets, and computers). Recent reports of 50 billion devices seem to have been a little optimistic. Dave Evans who is CTO of Stringify predicts there to be around 30 billion devices by 2020. Keep reading about the IoT predictions >
Intel’s new ‘Joule’ helps devices see the world. The new chip module was announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, California. The tiny board is perfect for developers working on computer vision projects. Intel is also working on smart glasses that are powered by Joule. Learn more about the Intel Joule >
Google Fiber is taking longer than expected to roll out. Because of this, the company is considering the implementation of wireless technologies to expand high-speed internet services. As more devices come online the need for fast & reliable Internet services in crucial. Read more about Google Fiber >
Cisco is cutting over 5 thousand jobs to focus on IoT. The restructuring is to focus on security, IoT, collaboration, data center, and cloud technologies. Keep reading about Cisco’s job cuts >
Smart outlets let hackers access your email accounts and more. Researchers have discovered extreme security flaws in some smart outlets. These flaws have the potential to give hackers access to your entire home network as well as your email account. Some devices use absolutely no encryption and have weak default passwords. Another week, another IoT security concern. Keep reading about the IoT sockets >
Audi vehicles will soon be communicating with traffic signals. A new software update will allow some Audi models to collect and transmit data from smart city infrastructure. Moreover, the cars will know how long until the light turns green. This technology will also assist in future autonomous vehicle efforts. The specific Audi models will be the 2017 Q7, A4, and Allroad. Find out more about the smart cars >
Smart thermostat Ecobee received investment from Amazon’s Alexa Fund. The investment, around 35 million, is largest single Alexa Fund investment to-date. This partnership will help both companies further smart home technology and integrations between devices. Read more about the smart home investment >
Random and Interesting IoT
Intel is working on smart shipping labels for your fragile packages. That’s right, smart tags will one day be able to tell you whether your package was bouncing around the back of the truck or riding smoothly. Keep reading about the smart labels >
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