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Amidst today’s hustle-and-bustle world, it’s easy to lose track of things, namely your wallet. That’s why Dover, Delaware-based startup Woolet has set out to create the ultimate money holder to keep men’s most essential belongings safe by combining the best of technology with skilled handcrafting.

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Woolet is an ultra-slim smart wallet that alerts you to its location when misplaced. Embedded with a Bluetooth 4.0 module, the leather accessory communicates with its companion iOS and Android app sends a notification when a connection (users may specify any distance between 20-85 feet) is broken — meaning if left behind or stolen. This, of course, makes losing your wallet and all of its valuable contents nearly impossible.

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Based on an ARM Cortex-M0 processor, Woolet is self-charging and available in a pair of colors — black and suede — to fit anyone’s style. Beyond that, the wallet also uses sound notification on your phone, which enables its app to easily locate the missing object by ringing its built-in speaker. If truly lost, the owner can simply activate the crowd detection feature so other Woolet users can scan for their wallet.

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Furthermore, the accompanying mobile app automatically records the last location it saw your Woolet. This means you already know the best place to begin looking — something that will surely come in handy after a night on the town. Are you prone to losing your wallet? You may want to check out the project’s Kickstarter campaign, where the team is currently seeking $15,000.


This blog was originally shared on Atmel Bits & Pieces.

The mbed Team has been busy the last few weeks getting ready for Embedded World (EW) in Nuremberg, Germany and now we are looking forward to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain this coming week. There has been much to celebrate from the collaboration with IBM to announce the IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition to the ARM mbed Device Server 2.3 release.

 

At EW we announced the IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition that was developed jointly with IBM. This kit is intended to help developers build devices that connect to the IBM cloud (IBM BlueMix platform) and further build out the ecosystem of IoT. Additionally, at EW we showcased two demos; our ARM mbed Bluetooth Low Energy solutions and the Thread stack running with mbed OS. Check out the videos below to see the demos in action.

 


 

At MWC this coming week, we will be featuring our mbed Device Server. One will be showing our Smart City demo which was developed with wot.io, MultiTech and Stream Technologies. In this demo you will see a real life scenario where delivery vehicles are tracked through London and augmented with real-time traffic information provided by London Open Data and traffic cameras. Not to be missed, we will be measuring many live statistics from the ARM booth (temperature, average height of attendees, noise levels, etc.) to showcase how mbed enabled devices can collect live data from the edge of a network and feed it to an ARM powered server running the mbed Device Server. Be sure to stop by our stand (Hall 6, Stand 6C10) to see both demos in action, if at MWC.

 

Last by certainly not least, we have released the ARM mbed Device Server 2.3. This release adds more key functionality to allow us to better serve the needs of mbed Device Server users. To find out more, see Neil Jackson’s blog post here.

I am very excited to be able to introduce our Intelligent, Flexible Cloud vision to the community today. This is a vision the team here at ARM has been working on for a number of months, and really is an evolution of the ARM ecosystem’s vision and opportunity for networking infrastructure.

 

The core of this vision is that the network will become a platform - a platform for traditional network functions, as well as a platform for application development.  Combining scalable, highly-integrated system-on-chips based on heterogeneous compute capabilities with a common software framework enables the deployment of applications and services at cloud scale, while meeting the very real demands of a diverse network environment.  As a platform, the network will be able to scale to meet not only data bandwidth and capacity demands, but also address power efficiency, data diversity handling and data density.

 

The network is not homogenous.  There are various factors, but most notable are the constraints of power, form factor and latency.  If a small cell platform can’t fit within a power over Ethernet budget, it can’t be deployed.  If it takes too long to process a packet, the packet is dropped and the network becomes highly inefficient.  The balance between meeting these real world networking demands and enabling highly configurable intelligence in the network is the key foundational principle of the intelligent, flexible cloud.   It is with the right balance that we can truly achieve distributed intelligence from data center through to end device.

 

The scalable, system-on-chip frameworks ARM provides are the foundation upon which are partners’ innovation and market know-how are added to address the needs from end to end. Whether it is the ability to process L1 line rates in access nodes, or the capability of high throughput storage access in the data center, ARM partners add networking acceleration, IO and storage capabilities for unified silicon systems. With this scalability, the nodes across the network can become more configurable and flexible.  Combined with a common software layer, comprised of a mix of embedded and cloud IT technologies, these nodes become accessible intelligence upon which software networking functions and diverse system, business and services applications can be deployed.

 

The common software layer enabling distributed intelligence for cloud to the edge is an open source software stack based on Linux, Open Data Plane, virtualization and containerization technologies, and management and orchestration technologies.  Industry initiatives like the Linux Foundations OPNFV are building and testing real-world platforms and will be significant contributors to consolidating requirements and bringing together standard software platforms.

 

We view this launch of the intelligent, flexible cloud framework as a start of a discussion and we look forward to continuing the discussion with ARM partners, our software partners and the broad ecosystem of service providers and OEMs.  It is going to be an exciting decade ahead for networking. I look forward to the possibilities and opportunities we can enable together, not only for the industry but also for consumers and businesses who will drive new services and applications for IoT, mobile and more.

 

To dive deeper into the industry trends, I recommend this brief from Moor Insights.  For more on the intelligent flexible cloud framework, an in-depth white paper can be found here.

 

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Ongoing advances in ICT and embedded systems have given rise to a new disruptive technology: the Internet of Everything (IoE). The concept of Internet of Everything is a superset of machine to machine (M2M) and internet of people. It would not be erroneous to say that IoE is a combination of people, data, processes, and things. It acts as a connector among these four facets and each intensifies the abilities of the other three.

 

The global internet of everything (IoE) market mainly represents two types of markets: global IoE devices installed base and connected IoE devices. According to market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights (FMI), the global IoE devices accounted for US$ 1700 Bn in 2013, and anticipated to reach US$ 193.9 Bn by 2020. This market will witness 1.9% CAGR in the next five years. Connected IoE devices segment represented 10.2% share of the overall IoE installation base, and is expected to exhibit 13.8% CAGR by 2020.

 

The global internet of everything market broadly represents two main verticals:

  1. Consumer
  2. Business to business (B2B)

 

Due to the proliferation of connected devices, increasing number of internet users and shift toward enterprise mobility, the demand for IoE solutions is increasing radically. Manufacturing, public and retail sectors are focusing on providing an enhanced customer experience. In order to differentiate their offerings, end-users are increasingly deploying IoE technologies in their business process and customer touch points. Business-to-business (B2B) verticals in the IoE market are further classified as:

  • Manufacturing sector
  • Public sector
  • Retail sector
  • Transportation sector
  • BFSI (banking, financial, service, insurance) sector

 

The consumer vertical accounted for US$ 624.3 Bn with a 25.7% share of the overall IoE market in 2013. Among all the sectors in B2B verticals in the IoE market, manufacturing dominated with 34.1% of the total market share. The manufacturing sector is anticipated to be worth US$ 1,718.3 Bn by 2020, exhibiting a CAGR of 16.3% between 2014 and 2020, FMI estimates.

 

Furthermore, public sector is another sector which will contribute to the growth of the global IoE market in the near future. Moreover, expenditure on IoE devices, platforms and services by the public sector is growing simultaneously, and is expected to hamper the growth of the global IoE market in the future. Improved eHealth delivery has also contributed to the increased uptake of IoE solutions in the healthcare sector. As a result, the healthcare sector is expected to growth in the near future.

 

Intelligent System to Drive the IoE Components Segment

 

The B2B vertical predominantly covers three types of components:

  1. Intelligent system
  2. Infrastructure enablement spending
  3. Services enablement spending

 

According to market analysts, intelligent systems are finding their way across various B2B verticals due to ongoing advancements and developments in business processes to enhance productivity and customer experience. With increasing network enhancement projects such as small cell network and LTE deployment across the globe, wired and wireless connectivity platforms are becoming increasingly prevalent. Thus far, intelligent system was the leader and dominated the global IoE market with 84.6% share of the overall market in 2013, and will continue its dominance in the future.

 

Government Support for New Technology Adoption will Drive the Global Internet of Everything Market

 

The global internet of everything market will be driven by factors such as increased technology budgets, advanced technology, changing consumer buying patterns, and product innovation through M&A. However, government support for the adoption of advanced technology has led several countries to increase their technology budgets. This will contribute to the growth of the global IoE market in the near future. Furthermore, changing consumer buying patterns and product innovation through M&As are other factors that will accelerate the growth of the global IoE market.

 

North America Will Continue its Dominance in the Global IoE Market

 

The prevalence of cloud computing, big data analytics and enterprise mobility is gradually increasing across emerging regions. The IoE market can be represented through regions: North America, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Middle East & Africa. Among all the aforementioned regions, North America dominated the global IoE market and accounted for 34.6% of the overall market share in 2013, followed by Western Europe. However, Asia Pacific is another prominent region which is expected to drive the global IoE market in the future due to increased investments in smart cities and smart grid initiatives by the governments of India, China and Japan.

 

Mergers and Acquisitions Will Characterize the Competitive Landscape

 

Key players in the global internet of everything (IoE) market include  IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Vodafone Group Plc., Accenture Inc., Google Inc., Telefonica S.A., Hewlett-Packard Company and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

 

Currently, the key focus of big companies is on mergers and acquisitions in order to enter new markets. At the same time this will help them to strengthen their existing product portfolio. As per the findings of recent market research reports, key players accounted for over 50% of the overall market share in 2013.


For more info Visit: http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/details/global-internet-of-everything-market

It is estimated that wireless connected devices will reach over 40.9 billion by 2020.1Yes, 40.9 billion – staggering, I know. And what’s even more astonishing is that number will only continue to grow – exponentially in my opinion. I mean, I alone carry two connected devices on me at all times – my smartphone and smartwatch – which I have come to rely on daily; evidence that our consumer behaviours are continually redefining requirements for what we know as the IoT. From wearables, to home appliances, to your car; staying connected is required. And in order to support such growth and demanding requirements, embedded technology designers are continuously working to overcome hurdles like:

                         • Time to market                                                       •Performance
                         • Time to revenue                                                     •Software enabled
                         • Component integration                                           •Software updates
                         • Small form factor                                                    •System level cost
                         • Energy efficiency                                                    •Security and integrity    
    
Helping address these types of challenges is the ARM® Cortex®-M7 core. Its expanded capabilities offer:
  • Enhanced processing performance: High performance 6-stage pipeline with dual-issue (executes up to two instructions per clock cycle)
  • Higher performance system busses and cache for internal and external memories
    • A 64-bit AXI bus interface for system bus
    • Optional instruction cache (4 to 64KB) and data cache (4 to 64KB), with optional ECC (Error Correction Code) support for each of the cache memories
    • Optional 64-bit Instruction Tightly Coupled Memory (ITCM), and optional dual 32-bit Data TCM (DTCM), with support for custom ECC implementation for each of the TCM interface
    • Optional low latency AHB peripheral bus interface allows deterministic and fast access to peripherals in real-time application

 

 

The highly configurable ARM Cortex-M7 core offers SoC manufacturers a variety of choices during fabrication of which will dictate how well the SoC will perform specific application tasks. Taking full advantage of the core’s exciting new features is the @Freescale Kinetis MCU portfolio.
Freescale’s Kinetis KV5x MCU, the latest addition to the Kinetis V series, targets advanced motor control and power conversion applications with  connectivity to support the expansion of the IoT. This SoC includes the integration of 16KB of instruction cache and 8KB of data cache. The ARM Cortex-M7 64-bit AXI bus is used as an access port to the embedded flash memory. The instruction and data cache ensure that the control software that resides in the embedded memory is accelerated to support the performance levels needed for the connected industrial control use case. In addition to  the inclusion of cache, the Kinetis KV5x MCU integrates 64KB of SRAM connected to the ITCM interface and 128KB of SRAM connected to the DTCM interface. This provides the space needed to support the real-time control operations with the lowest latency memory.
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Want to know more about the adaptable nature of the ARM Cortex-M7 core? I recently partnered with @joseph_yiu, Senior Embedded Technology Manager at ARM, on a whitepaper that details the configuration options of this highly adaptable member of the ARM Cortex-M family. Get the whitepaper: Exploring the ARM Cortex-M7 Core: Providing Adaptability for the Internet of Tomorrow here.
Donnie Garcia, Kinetis MCU Product Marketer, Freescale 

The ARM® mbed™ Device Server solution leverages the power of the Web architecture for developing and deploying IoT systems efficiently and securely. The mbed Device Server solution consists of software for devices, backend servers and Web applications that together forms a device to cloud platform, acting as a bridge between the IoT devices and the Web applications or Web services.

 

mbed Device Server is a key enabler for cloud service providers, operators and enterprises to access the IoT growth market with production deployments, bringing end node devices in to the world of web services.

 

mbed Device Server was launched at ARM TechCon™ in October 2014 together with ARM mbed OS. In accordance with our quarterly release cycle, we are announcing the availability of mbed Device Server 2.3 – a new release that adds more key functionality to allow us to better serve the needs of mbed Device Server users.

 

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mbed Device Server Overview

 

mbed Device Server supports the following main features:

  • Support for key IoT standards
    • OMA Lightweight M2M
    • CoAP, HTTP, DTLS, TLS
  • Built-in security management
  • Load balancing and distributed clustering
  • Resource discovery and group support
  • Caching and subscription aggregation
  • C, Java SE and Java ME Clients
  • Available under various licenses to best suit customer needs


mbed Device Server provides the following benefits:

    • Reduced time-to-market
    • Provide strong end-to-end trust and security for constrained devices and networks
    • Enable device management and application data with the same solution
    • Typical 10x reduction in bandwidth
    • Easy private or public server deployment
    • Service providers gain access to large ecosystem of ARM IoT devices

 

Introducing mbed Device Server 2.3

 

Whilst planning and developing this latest release, the main themes that have driven our requirements and priorities are: 

      1. Introduction of mbed TLS. mbed TLS is based on the popular PolarSSL TLS library and will provide the security for mbed products and ecosystem. Adding mbed TLS introduces TLS with PSK support to mbed Device Server and we will build on this in future releases to add DTLS 1.2 support. 
      2. Implementing improvement requests from our lead partners to better enable them to roll-out mbed Device Server in large scale deployments.

 

We have added the following new functionality to mbed Device Server 2.3:

      • Native TLS supporting PSK for connected devices that use CoAP/TLS for connectivity. The implementation is built on the mbed TLS (previously Polar SSL) TLS library.
      • Multi-tenancy support has been enhanced with the addition of the ability to map PSK entries with a domain to allow domain registration authorization to be controlled using the PSK of the device.
      • Teardown of TCP connections. mbed Device Server can be configured to terminate device TCP connections if no traffic is observed on the connection for a specified period. This essentially frees up TCP connections for devices that are inactive for longer periods.
      • Transparent identification of mbed Device Server Instance. This removes the need for applications deployed on a cluster of mbed Device Servers to be aware of the mbed Device Server instance endpoints are connected to.
      • Queue mode support has been added to the node emulator tool to enable large scale testing of endpoints running in queued mode.
      • mbed Device Server API Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support. Addition of the CORS mechanism allows cross-site calls on the mbed Device Server REST API.

Availability

 

mbed Device Server 2.3 will be available to mbed partners and other commercial customers via ARM Connect in February 2015

 

Want to learn more about mbed Device Server?

 

Join the ARM mbed ecosystem to get access to the full set of mbed Device Server functionality. Contact partnership@mbed.org for more information.

 

Sincerely,

 

The mbed Device Server Team

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I didn’t realize how significantly the ARM processor is reshaping our world until I asked one of the firmware engineers working on the Myo armband at Thalmic Labs why they chose to use an ARM Cortex-M4.


“What do you mean? Of course we use an ARM processor...”


We stared at each other. The question made no sense to him.


As a writer working at a hardware company that makes an EMG-based gesture control armband -- involving things like “feature vectors” and “quaternions” -- I spend a lot of time talking to engineers wondering if we’re speaking the same language. I hadn’t expected it to happen with this question.


“What other processor would we use?” He eventually asked.


“I don’t know, a different mobile processor?” I ventured.


“...Like what?”


More staring.


We talk all the time at Thalmic Labs about the mobile computing ecosystem: how it will look, why we need it, and when we might get there.


Could this whole computing ecosystem -- nothing short of the future of human-computer interaction -- really be run by processors mostly from a single company?


It turns out, yeah.


The more I looked into it, the more ARM I found. As PC Pro tactfully puts it, “ARM is very much the dominant architecture.


All iPad and iPhone devices and all Windows Phone devices are ARM-exclusive. Most Android devices run ARM, certainly every one I recognized. These processors are so ubiquitous that competitors have to spend battery life just translating ARM-specific code in applications. Using anything but ARM at the current moment just seems, well, kinda crazy.


And here I thought we picked it for the name.

 

Usually, a company can only capture this kind of market share by adding incredible new features that no one else offers. ARM got here by taking things away.


This was my second surprise: ARM’s success is attributable as much to their philosophy as their product. In the 1990’s, when everyone was cramming more into their chips, ARM was taking stuff out. A truly visionary approach, they kept their architecture as simple as possible, focusing on efficient energy transfer and maximizing battery life at the expense of flashy features.


This philosophy is why the firmware engineers at Thalmic Labs couldn’t immediately understand the question “why did you choose to work with an ARM processor?” After some thought, they gave me what they considered the truest answer: “Because we make a mobile device.”


In a way, ARM and Thalmic Labs are making the same bet: that the future of computing is mobile. The Myo armband is designed for a mobile computing ecosystem: a gesture-based controller that doesn’t require cameras, it untethers users by directly sensing the electrical activity in the muscles of their forearm. It lets you control applications while moving through the world, and it works if you’re wearing gloves or have dirty hands -- even if you’re scrubbed in for surgery.


All of this is only possible because of the ARM Cortex-M4. It’s powerful enough to crunch complex raw EMG data and translate it into gestural commands, but it’s small and light enough to fit into a band as light as a stainless steel wristwatch that a user wears all day. It’s the perfect mobile processor.


For Thalmic Labs, it’s the only mobile processor.


As the Internet of Things seemingly finds its place under our roofs, one of the many brands helping to lead the way is Cree, who recently debuted its new sub-$15 line of Internet-enabled bulbs. Unlike others on the market today, the new 60-watt replacement LED lights are compatible with both Wink and ZigBee-certified hubs, and with a super affordable price, are looking to spur more widespread adoption. Users simply sync their iOS or Android device with the bulb to to trigger a number of settings: dim or brighten, schedule, and remotely turn them for an added layer of security.

While many homeowners will outfit their homes with smart lights, what if the chip embedded inside the Cree Connected Bulb could be used for other IoT applications as well? That’s what John McAlpine set out to discover, and upon breaking apart the device, found out that you can indeed. The Maker’s teardown revealed an uber small board, which featured a ZigBee radio module along with an Atmel | SMART ATSAMR21E ARM Cortex-M0+ based MCU that communicates over the radio to a Quirky Wink hub. With just 3V of power, McAlpine was able to command anything he wanted with PWM output. Watch the video below for a quick demo and pinout of the module.

“You can dig deeper into the hack, write your own controls for it — or, you make use of the apps already available for it — but regardless, this could be a very cheap way of adding in some reliable smart controls to your home,” Hackaday shares.

Interested in learning more about the bulb itself? You can do so here.

Last year, we featured 100 projects in 100 days for the original PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit and shared many unique design ideas with the community.

 

We're back, kicking off yet another 100 projects effort - this time with the brand new BLE Pioneer Kit, featuring PSoC 4 BLE.

 

PSoC 4 BLE combines and ARM Cortex-M0 CPU with a Bluetooth Low Energy radio in a single chip. It also carries all the other PSoC programmable technologies, including the analog blocks (opamps, comparators, muxes, ADC), digital blocks (tcpwm, scb, usb), and of course, the industry's best CapSense touch-sensing technology - allowing designers to create the latest wearables and sensor-based gadgets for the Internet of Things.

 

Adding BLE capabilities to your embedded system has never been easier! With the new BLE Component, you can easily choose from the included BLE GATT Adopted Profiles, or even use the GUI-based tool to create your own, custom Profiles.

 

Check out the 100 Projects in 100 Days with PSoC 4 BLE blog here. All the projects are hosted in GitHub.

 

You can download the latest PSoC Creator with support for BLE for free at www.cypress.com/PSoCCreator.

 

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been gaining quite a bit of attention as of late, most prominently around the home, cars and even wearables. And undoubtedly, this rise of connected devices will soon lend a hand to caregivers, ushering in a new era of data-driven, quantified parenting.

Whether you are or have been the parent of a newborn, you know just hard it can be. Infants aren’t able to provide the kind of feedback you might desperately wish for after countless hours of nursing and sleepless nights. Unfortunately, babies can’t tell you exactly how they feel, what they want or why they are upset — other than crying, obviously. As the IoT continues to evolve, we can expect to see a growing number of innovations focused around enhanced safety and convenience for those with children.

Good news, parents. Connectivity is about to become your next best friend. Here are some of the smart products making that happen!

Mimo

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Developed by Boston startup Rest Devices, the Mimo smart baby onesie monitors the respiration, skin temperature, body position, sleeping and activity levels of infants through an embedded turtle-shaped sensor. This information and audio is relayed to a nearby base station and the cloud in real-time, where it can be viewed on any mobile device and shared between parents and their babysitters. The companion app is available for both Android and iOS.

Milk Nanny

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Making a bottle of formula milk isn’t always convenient, and often times, can even be a downright hassle. Luckily, it’s about to get a whole lot easier thanks to Wicoz’s recent Kickstarter project. The world’s first fully-automatic smart formula machine makes fresh, warm baby milk in seconds — consistently and precisely — all with the press of a button. More conveniently, it can be controlled right from your phone. Parents simply scan a bar code on the formula container, hit start and the milk is dispensed. Afterwards, its companion app reveals detailed stats focused on feeding habits and trends.

Listnr

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Another smart device currently seeking funding on Kickstarter is the Listnr. The gadget has two distinct functions. First, it connects to smart bulbs (like the Philips Hue) and turns the lights on/off by recognizing certain sounds, such as a fingersnap. Second, it can pick up on a baby’s cry and interpret what kind of scream it is. The Listnr’s built-in advanced audio processor can decipher emotions from sounds, ranging from laughs to burbles.

Sproutling

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Think of it like a Fitbit for babies. Sproutling’s baby monitor is comprised of three parts: a wearable band, a smart charger and a mobile app. The device gathers 16 different measurements every second to help parents understand things such as when a baby is most likely to wake up, if a baby’s heart rate is higher or lower than usual, and whether it is warmer or cooler than a baby’s ideal room temperature. This allows parents to learn and predict their infant’s sleep habits and optimal bedtime conditions.

TempTraq

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TempTraq is the only 24-hour, Bluetooth-enabled thermometer that continuously senses and records a child’s temperature in the form of a soft patch. That comfortable wearable then sends real-time information to a caregiver’s mobile device.

Owlet Baby Care

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Having first gained popularity through TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield back in 2014, the Owlet Baby Monitor is an ankle-worn tracking device that analyzes a sleeping infant’s oxygen levels and heart rate alerting parents of potential problems. The smart sock transmits the information its recording to a smartphone app via Bluetooth 4.0. If you don’t have a smartphone, parents can simply plug it in via USB to see metrics on a PC or connect to your home Wi-Fi network to see readouts on any connected device.

Sensible Baby

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Another startup on the list originating in Boston is Sensible Baby. The product is hoping to alleviate anxieties of new parents by using a sensor to monitor a newborn’s breathing, movement and temperature. The sensor, which is called SmartOne, is inserted into a onesie and syncs with a mobile app to notify the parent of any changes. Meanwhile, users can customize the type of alert for the sleeping environment and developmental stage of their baby.

MonBaby

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Successfully funded last year on Kickstarter, MonBaby is a small wireless device that snaps onto any article of a child’s clothing, just like a button. It tracks a baby’s breathing rate, movement level and sleep position, transmitting vital signs and important alerts directly to your smartphone in order to improve sleep for all.

Withings Home

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Following in the footsteps of its popular smart monitor, Home is not just an ordinary connected baby cam. Withings’ latest product tracks motion, captures video with its wide-angle lens, reads air quality and analyzes local sounds for signs of distress. The unit also boasts a two-way microphone, a night-light, and even a function they call “cry recognition.”

Onni Smart Care

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This Wi-Fi-enabled baby monitoring system lets parents keep an eye on their little one through HD video and audio using their smart device or computer. What’s more, Smart Care is also equipped with a built-in room temperature sensor, a remote-controlled night-light and the ability to play soothing MP3s to a child via a built-in speaker.

Pacif-i

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Created by Blue Maestro, Pacif-i is the world’s first smart pacifier that detects a baby’s temperature and transmits the data to an app on a parent’s iOS or Android device over Bluetooth Smart. Pacif-i also features a built-in proximity sensor that provides parents with the ability to track the pacifier’s location and be notified if their child wanders off. Within the app, parents can set the distance (up to a range of 65 feet) for the alarm to be triggered when this pre-defined zone is breached. The pacifier also features a buzzer alarm that can be activated via the smartphone when it has been misplaced or hidden by a toddler.

iSwimband

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Designed for personal aquatic safety, iSwimband is a portable and effective anti-drowning system that works in pools, lakes and rivers to ensure child water safety. The device is worn as either a headband or wristband and uses a built-in sensor to detect when it has been submerged for a user-defined length of time. If that threshold is reached, it sends an alert to a companion iOS app via Bluetooth up to 100-feet away.

Smart Diapers

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo have designed a super-thin sensor that can go inside diapers to inform caretakers when it’s time for a change. In addition, these Smart Diapers allow parents to simply and unobtrusively screen for UTIs, dehydration or developing kidney problems.

Everything is becoming increasingly connected, after all. Your clothes, your appliances, your cars… and soon, your offspring. It looks like we’re well on our way to taking ’baby’ steps towards the parenting world of tomorrow!

This blog originally appeared on Atmel Bits & Pieces.

In November 2014, we published the happy news that PolarSSL was now part of ARM. Since then we had kind of a radio silence on a number of fronts. There were a lot of things to take care of, and making sure PolarSSL was integrated properly into the ARM ecosystem was one of them.

 

In the blog post I hinted that there would be a few big announcements in the future. I’m glad to announce the time has come to shed light on a few of those!

 

The first one is that PolarSSL will be rebranded as mbed TLS to signify its importance in the mbed ecosystem. mbed TLS development will continue as usual and of course build on top of the existing PolarSSL code base. In addition the development team will be expanded to increase the pace of development.

 

As part of the mbed ecosystem, mbed TLS will provide the core for secure communications and cryptography to the rest of the mbed products. Although the mbed ecosystem is primarily targeted at the world of the Internet of Things (IoT), this does not mean that from now on mbed TLS will only work on ARM chipsets or IoT devices. mbed TLS will continue on the existing path and stay available and operate on regular embedded and non-embedded systems, just like PolarSSL today.

 

In order to emphasize that point, mbed TLS will stay available as a separate module on its own website in addition to being integrated into other mbed products.

 

Perhaps the biggest change to mbed TLS will hit a bit later this year and has quite a big impact. mbed TLS will change its main license from the GPL to the liberal Apache license. This is great news for a lot of open source projects and commercial projects that want to use mbed TLS, but could not use GPL licensed code or afford a commercial license. The Apache license allows even easier use of mbed TLS in open source projects and no more commercial license is needed to use PolarSSL in your closed source (commercial) projects.

 

For users that do want the benefit of priority support and a commercial license, ARM offers mbed partnerships that cover those needs. Inquire for more information here: partnership@mbed.org.

 

Naturally these changes will also affect the website and the source code repository. During the year the current website (https://polarssl.org) and github repository (https://github.com/polarssl/polarssl) will be migrated to their new locations.


All-in-all I hope you agree this is a lot of good news!

In 1976, AT&T and MIT held a conference that brought together of number scientists, theorists and academics to explore the future of technology. There, Bell System news magazine had the chance to catch up with Arthur C. Clarke to discuss the next generation of computing, communication and more. What you will notice is that the 2001: A Space Odyssey author was pretty darn accurate… decades before.

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Published by the AT&T Tech Channel, the vintage 1:1 session with Clarke reveals several of his predictions coming to fruition including mobile devices, home computers, the Internet, Skype, email, the death of newspapers, telecommuting, and of course, “Dick Tracy wrist-radios.”


While other researchers and Hollywood films predicted ubiquitous flying cars, hoverboards and robots, Clarke was more interested in where communication was headed -- as you can see in the interview below.

We’re going to get devices which will enable us to send much more information to our friends. They’re going to be able to see us, we’re going to see them, we’re going to exchange pictorial information, graphical information, data, books, and so forth.

[The ideal communication device] would be a high-definition TV screen with a typewriter keyboard, and through this, you can exchange any type of information. Send messages to your friends … they can wait, and when they get up, they can see what messages have come in the night.

You can call in through this any information you might want: airline flights, the price of things at the supermarket, books you’ve always wanted to read, news you’ve selectively [chosen]. The machine will hunt and bring all this to you, selectively.    

 

As smart devices continue to infiltrate our daily lives from the house to the workplace, it won’t be long before they enter our vehicles as well with  approximately 250 million connected cars on the road by 2020. And, while a number of manufacturers have already begun embedding next-gen technology into our automobiles, new solutions are emerging that can make older ones smart, too. Good news for anyone with a ride that dates back to 2001.

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Among the latest startups to take aim on this market is Drust. The Paris-based startup has developed Akolyt, a smart sensor that plugs directly a car’s OBD connector and gathers data on all things under the hood, such as brake patterns, gear changes, and speed. That data is then transmitted via Bluetooth to the user’s smartphone and is displayed in easy-to-digest bits of real-time data. Almost as if it were your personal driving assistant, the sensor can enhance driver efficiency, increase the reliability of the car, and reduce up to 30% fuel consumption.

In the event that something is wrong — and after all, with older vehicles it’s bound to happen — a light will immediately appear on the dashboard, indicating the problem. This means no more sifting through the glove box clutter to locate the the owner’s manual, just to learn that the you still have no idea what the vague light means. Instead, Akolyt explains clearly the origin of any problem so you can handle the situation properly — and better yet, not be ripped off by mechanics! Additionally, the sensor will examine your car before each trip to ensure that everything is indeed okay as you head off to work, class or the grocery store.

The accompanying app also keeps tabs on a driver’s daily route, maintenance schedules, appointments, and a number of other key reminders. More importantly, the device is equipped with an emergency assistance feature as well. If in a fender bender, Akolyt will immediately verify that you’re okay, and when help is necessary, will automatically notify authorities of the incident.

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At the end of each journey, the mobile app collects on-the-road data and generates statistics based on performance, updating your “driving score.” This is certainly something that can come in handy for parents with teenage drivers or bantering with friends over who’s the better driver.

Based on an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, the plug-in device is packed with Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with its companion app, a long-range module to connect to the Internet, Flash memory so trip data can be stored, and a built-in accelerometer to track information precisely.

Those wishing to become more intelligent, well-informed drivers can head over to the project’s official Indiegogo page where the team is currently seeking €30,000. What’s more, Drust has a few stretch goals as well -- one of which includes adding support for American-made cars. If all goes to plan, initial tests will begin in April 2015 with production slated for August 2015.

This blog was originally shared on Atmel Bits & Pieces.

Undoubtedly, 2015 will be the year that we see connected living go mainstream. Evident by the sheer number of smart home devices on display back at CES, we can surely expect an uptick in products hitting the market, ranging from hubs to lights to speakers. Now, what if you rolled all those those things into one? That’s exactly what one Salt Lake City startup has done.

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Called Hive, the team has set out to create a smart home that is easy to use, and more importantly, even easier to afford. The system — which recently made its Kickstarter debut — is comprised of a smart hub and audio system that offers a complete package of in-home entertainment, automation and security.

The simple, elegantly-designed Hub offers support for nearly every major wireless networking technology, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee and Z-wave. The device boasts a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB Flash storage, Ethernet, 3G for backup Internet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Z-Wave, IEEE 802.15.4 (for ZigBee or Thread), a battery, a Libre audio streaming module with Google Cast support, as well as a wireless transceiver for compatibility with Honeywell security sensors. What’s more, the plug-and-play Hub provides hassle-free setup and customization, allowing users to easily switch on/off the lights, unlock the doors, or activate a number of appliances.

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In addition, the Hive Sound is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled speaker system that can emit the same (or different) tunes to various parts throughout your connected house. The speakers, which insert right into a standard wall outlet, not only stream beats straight from your Google Play, iHeartRadio, NPR One and Pandora playlists, but can receive alerts and notifications of the important things happening around you as well. In the event of an emergency, the system is equipped with two-way voice for instant communication for first responders.

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The speakers are packed with a pair of drivers and a passive radiator for full sound, a series of RGB LEDs for visual notifications, a microphone with noise cancellation, and a Libre wireless audio module. For good measure, the Sound also features a built-in backup battery that allows the system to run, even if the power goes out or Internet goes down.

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Like a number of smart home devices on the market today, Hive was developed with simplicity in mind. With its companion app, homeowners can control each Hive Sound throughout the home, as well as individually. Having a get-together or want to blast the radio? You can also pair them together and have a dynamic, surround-sound experience.

Currently live on Kickstarter, the team is seeking $100,000. If all goes to plan, the well-rounded smart home devices are expected to begin shipping in May 2015. Interested in learning more or backing the project, head over to its official page here.


This blog was originally shared on Atmel Bits & Pieces.

Did you know that four burglaries occur every minute in the United States alone? That’s a startling one every 15 seconds. The good news is that most convicted burglars (90%) claim they want to avoid homes with alarm systems, saying that if they did encounter an alarm, they would abandon the attack. However, the bad news is that nearly two-thirds of homeowners fail to turn it on at all times.

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While there has been an influx of smart bulbs in recent years, none of them may be nearly as intelligent as a new lighting system from one Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup. The BeON Burglar Deterrent was designed to give off the impression of a lived-in home while you’re away, thereby outsmarting would-be intruders.

For those who recall the 1990s blockbuster film Home Alone, Kevin McCallister — played by Macaulay Culkin — outwits a pair of criminals by creating a DIY home security system. During one scene, Kevin goes to great lengths to set up a fake Christmas party in order to deceive the “Wet Bandits” into thinking that the house is, in fact, occupied.

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Well, BeON Home is seeking to bottle some of that Kevin McCallister spirit inside their new system. The BeON Deterrent — which is fresh off a successful Kickstarter campaign — is hidden within several LED bulbs, each of which provide plenty of light throughout a home. As its creators note, you shouldn’t have to compromise on your lighting quality for security and safety. That’s why each bulb in the BeON Burglar Deterrent system emits 800 lumens of soft white LED light, which is equivalent to your typical 60W incandescent bulbs.

While the smart bulbs install just like ordinary lightbulbs, and work with your existing wall switches, an additional ’smart’ module enables a whole new level of intelligence. In particular, the system is equipped to learn your home lighting activity patterns, which are then replayed while away from home to convey to potential thieves that someone is still home.

“No system programming is required. Simply activate and be on your way. Most would-be burglars will continue on their way, but the more bold ones may check if a home is occupied by ringing the doorbell,” a company rep adds.

Embedded with an Atmel | SMART SAM G ARM Cortex-M4 MCU, BeON’s sound processing engine can detect the tone of a doorbell and will immediately trigger the lights on in sequence to simulate your active presence, thereby increasing its level of ‘smartness.’ (Think of it as a professional grade Home Alone contraption.) Aside from the ATSAMG53 based sound algorithm, BeON bulbs boast backup rechargeable batteries, ensuring its burglar prevention powers work even without power.

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Furthermore, just as the bulbs can listen to your doorbell, the BeON system can hear other in-home events like smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. As a result, if BeON lights detect an alarm, they will immediately turn on at full brightness to assist home dwellers escape safely.

Following its successful crowdfunding campaign, the team hopes to add other sound functionality to the bulbs. Imagine if when a burglar rings the doorbell, just before the first light comes on a dog barks? Then, the next light turns on and is followed by the sound of a shotgun cocking. As with any Atmel | SMART MCU-driven innovation, the possibilities are endless!

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Not only is the system easy to use, but it’s simple to set up as well! So much so that the smart burglar deterrent can literally be configured and operated with a single finger. Each module is outfitted with a BLE module, which allows the system’s mesh network to extend the range of the bulb network throughout a house.

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Looking to channel your inner Kevin McCallister and defend your home while away? Learn more about this bright idea by visiting their official page here. Full production is expected to get underway next spring, while shipping should begin in June 2015.

This blog was originally shared on Atmel Bits & Pieces.

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