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Highlights from Robotics Week 2014

Happy National Robotics Week! This week, we came across tons of fun stories and articles showcasing robots and the amazing things they are doing for us. Here are some of our favorites from a week filled with tons of robo-stories, which include an update on NASA’s Robonaut, a kangaroo robot, and even robots made out of paper!

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10 Heroes of Robot History | Enable Education

[Video] How Robots Are Making Us Happier | FW Thinking

NASA’s Robonaut Scrubs Up for Space Surgery | BBC

Pneumatics Give This Robot Kagaroo a Bounce | Wired

MIT is Destroying the Cost of Robotics by Building Robots out of Paper | Business Insider

Let us know what you enjoyed most about Robotics Week by tweeting us at @DigiDotCom and check out the hashtag #RoboticsWeek for more news and articles.

The Pool by Jen Lewin: XBee Art at i Light Marina Bay Festival

 

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Jen Lewin’s project The Pool, is stealing the show at this year’s i Light Marina Bay Festival. The festival aims to promote environmentally-responsible behavior and artists are incorporating recyclable materials and energy efficient lighting in their interactive art installations.

The Pool consists of over 100 interactive pads that emit colorful light and react to users’ movements. As participants move across the installation the pads send out colors and blend together to create a stunning visual display. Each pad has a simple set of rules that reacts to information being sent to and from sensors on every pad throughout the Pool. More than 100 XBee 802.15.4 radios send this information wirelessly from an Arduino in each pad that creates the colorful reactions. The project is monitored and updated remotely using a Digi Connectport X2e XBee gateway via Device Cloud.

The Pool was even featured on the front-page of The Straits Times, Singapore’s most widely read newspaper. Congrats Jen! The next stop for The Pool will be at Vivid Sydney May 23.

Check out Jen Lewin’s website to see more of her work.

A Week at CES 2014

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An exciting week at CES has come to a close. If you weren’t able to attend, no need to worry, we have your back. Especially since there were more connected products at CES this year than ever before.  Consumers are learning to expect that their devices be smart, interface with multiple devices, and use data to create an outstanding user experience. Digi and Etherios even came home with a Compass Intelligence Award for enabling technology.

Here are a few articles that recap the week at CES 2014. 

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Wearable Technology at CES 2014
We saw more examples of wearable tech than just smarts watches a fitness bands. Exciting new products like a set of HD camera goggles, a connected golf glove, and even a pet activity monitor stood out from the rest of the wearable tech pack. See a full list of exciting wearable products from CES here.

 

LA Times CES 2014: Internet of Things
CES witnessed numerous creative applications of the Internet of Things. The technology necessary to make the IoT an everyday reality is becoming more affordable and finding its way into consumer electronics. Learn more about the impact connected devices are having on consumer products from the LA Times.

 

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Engadget Best of CES
Curious what technology will bubble up in 2014? Engadget’s Best of CES is a great place to start. Check out one of our favorites, the Oculus Rift ‘Crystal Cove’, which is a huge leap in virtual reality technology. Read the full recap on Engadget.

 

Weird Gadgets You Missed at CES 
CES is always overflowing with innovative new tech and this year was no different. Popular new products included 4K cameras and TVs, wearables, and curved displays. But the conference was also filled with many fun and unusual products that you may have missed. Find out what quirky products flew under radar on Mashable.

 

Smart Devices Mashed Up with Home Appliances
The Internet of Things is quickly making it’s way into consumer markets and making everyday devices smarter and more useful. Although still in the early stages of development, Whirlpool’s interactive cooktop is transforming your stove into a countertop touch screen. Read more about how appliances are becoming smarter.

 

With so many new products, gadgets, and toys unveiled it can be tough to keep up with it all. These are just a few stories that stood out to us. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @digidotcom what your favorites are.

Strategic Partnerships Powering The Internet of Things

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The Digi M2M Conference is only months aways and we’re looking forward to another great conference. For those that are unable to attend, you can get a glimpse of what we’ll be covering in this interview with Freescale’s Stephane Gervais-Ducouret.

What is your role at Freescale?

I am responsible for global marketing as part of the Freescale Connect Partner Team and am dedicated to our Embedded Board Solutions (EBS) proven partners, like Digi. In my role, I largely focus on the market dynamics, needs and demands and how modules and processors compliment these needs with an interest in faster EBS adoption to achieve business growth.

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What consists of the Digi-Freescale partnership? What is the added advantage of such a partnership?

Digi is a key EBS Proven Partner, which is the highest category for EBS partners. Digi is unique in that its offering goes beyond board design and manufacturing to include services that allow M2M applications. This is a good strategic match with Freescale as we increasingly focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Moreover, Digi’s ConnectCore® 6 is a promising form factor that we look forward to leveraging in our EBS co-selling program.

You were at the event last year. What did you take out of it?

At last year’s event, Digi’s M2M message was incredibly strong. I think Digi’s vision and various case studies were an eye-opener to what IoT is all about.  For those who attended, it was clear that Digi does more than just connect products wirelessly, they also help connect products into the enterprise, have a cloud offering to help manage data and devices, and provide consulting services. In other words, Digi offers a truly end-to-end M2M solution.

Since last year’s event, Freescale has demonstrated the Digi IoT demo at numerous events helping attendees to better visualize what IoT means concretely and how Digi and Freescale make M2M happen.

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You’ve been invited to speak again this year. Can you give us a sneak-peak of the topics/highlights you’ll be covering?

I will present on a few of our embedded board solutions program and provide a sneak peak of what you might be able to expect from our next-generation processors, from the smallest to the most powerful and feature-rich. I will also be sharing Freescale’s vision of IoT and M2M, and discuss the huge opportunities that lie ahead for Freescale and Digi.

I hope to communicate to the attendees our exciting junction and how they can be part of the M2M revolution. Cisco is predicting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 and about 50% will be industrial/automation related, so this is exciting times for the industry. Those who want to surf the next big wave would benefit from attending Digi’s M2M conference.

Any last words?

I enjoyed last year’s event and I’m thrilled to be attending again this year in such great environment with great people.

Click here for more information on the Digi Europe M2M Conference 2014.

For more information on Freescale: www.freescale.com/

Internet of Things Event Forecast

Believe it or not, we are more than half way through the year of 2013.  There are still many exciting Internet of Things events to keep an eye out for as the fall season nears. Here are a few we are looking forward to.

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M2M Evolution
August 26-29 in Las Vegas
The event will kick off with the Battle of the Platforms, which will give a glimpse into the variety of platforms within the M2M industry. A number of thought leaders in the industry will be giving talks on how M2M technology is changing businesses. Topics include: Customer service, marketing, industry trends, healthcare, and supply chain management.

Follow on Twitter| @M2MEvolution or #M2MEvolution

Maker Faire
September 21-22 in New York City
Maker Faire is the ideal place to exhibit your projects and connect with other makers.  We always leave this event in awe of what others have created. If you were born with the DIY spirit, this event is for you. We usually do a giveaway too, so make sure to stop by and say hi at the Digi Booth!

Follow on Twitter| @Makerfaire or #Makerfaire

M2M Innovation World Conference
September 24-25
The M2m Innovation World Congress is dedicated to the M2M industry and the multiple verticals it operates in. Conference goers will hear about industry best practices, case studies, and M2M insights. Joel Young, Digi’s CTO and Senior VP of Research and Development,  will be speaking.

Follow on Twitter| @M2MIWCongress

Strata Conference
October 28-30 in New York City
Strata Conference is essential for anyone trying to understand big data, data science, and new technology.  The three days consist of a number of influential speakers with information rich presentations. This is a great event to learn and connect with others in the tech. world.

Follow on Twitter| @Strataconf or #Strataconf

Dreamforce
November 18-21 in San Francisco
Dreamforce is the largest cloud computing event of the year. Learn first-hand from business leaders that are changing the way we think about customer service. Speakers include Sales Force CEO Marc Benioff, Yahoo CEO Marrisa Mayer, and many others.

Follow on Twitter| @Dreamforce or #Dreamforce

LeWeb
December 10-12 in Paris
This year marks the 10th anniversary of LeWeb and what better way to celebrate than focus on the next ten years.  LeWeb is a premier event featuring innovative product demonstrations and forward thinking business leaders.  Check out their Youtube channel to see past conferences.

Folllow on Twitter| @LeWeb or #LeWeb

Webinar: 500 Sensors & Three Days of Data, The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O

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The webinar “500 Sensors & Three Days of Data: The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O” discussed the 500 sensor-node network and the data the network collected at Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, as part of The Data Sensing Lab. The sensor data was collected by 500 motes with XBees, 20 ConnectPort Gateways and Device Cloud. The data can be accessed through the Google Cloud Platform. The platforms worked together seamlessly to collect more than 500,000 data points per hour for three days during Google I/O.

The webinar was hosted by three presenters who each played a role in the project:
Rob Faludi, Chief Innovator & Data Sensing Lab team member
Julie Steele, Content Editor & Data Sensing Lab team member
Michael Manoochehri, Developer Programs Engineer at Google

You can see the recording of the webinar below.

Questions? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

Google’s Amy and Kim Discuss The Data Sensing Lab

“We have an XBee radio on each of the shields and it’s communicating over a ZigBee protocol. This network was setup by Digi International…Each sensor mote is sending its readings every 20 seconds to the gateways which are going to Device Cloud by Etherios, and is then sent to The Google Cloud Platform

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In this presentation from Google I/O, Amy Unruh and Kim Cameron give an in-depth look into how data was collected from The Sensing Lab. Learn how the Google Cloud Platform team was able to collect, process, and transform all of the information collected by the Data Sensing Lab’s 500 sensor motes.

 

 

The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O: A Look Into The Experience

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The Data Sensing Lab is in full swing at Google I/O– 500 XBees are sending sensor data to Device Cloud by Etherios via a mesh network. Over the last couple of days, we’ve enjoyed meeting everyone at the conference and collecting environmental data that’s turned out to be very telling of the experiences attendees are sharing. Here’s a look at Google I/O and even a sneak peak of the data that’s traveling from the Device Cloud API to Google’s BigQuery.

Below you’ll see attendees and Googlers alike appreciating the awe and scale of the Data Sensing Lab. You’ll also see Michael Manoochehri, Developer Programs Engineer of Google, sharing the visualizations.

You can learn about the Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O here. Other questions? Ask us anything on Twitter.

Digi Deploys 500-Node Internet of Things Network for the Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O

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It’s an exciting week as we are taking part in deploying over 500 sensor motes at Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, May 15-17. The network will make up the Data Sensing Lab, a project that utilizes Digi’s XBee ZigBee modules and ConnectPort wireless gateways. The sensor data will be collected and managed by Device Cloud. The project demonstrates how real-time machine-to-machine data can provide insight into customer behaviors and preferences.

The senor network will provide more than 4,000 data streams running over Device Cloud with continuous updates on temperature, pressure, light, air quality, motion and noise levels in San Francisco’s Moscone Center during the conference. The Google Cloud Platform team will gather, transform, and analyze the information, then share heat maps and other data visualizations in collaboration with the Google Maps team.

“Google is getting a global view of their entire multi-million dollar event, as it plays out in real time. They’re learning where people are going and when, how loud the applause is for each presentation, where it’s figuratively hot and where it’s literally cool,” Rob said. “But they’re also learning how easy it is to integrate Device Cloud’s APIs with their own cloud-based business systems. Google and Digi collaborated to create a complete end-to-end solution in just a few weeks, one that’s ready to hand us 40 million fascinating data points.”

The Data Sensing Lab crew, Alasdair Allan of Babilim Light Industries, Kipp Bradford of Kippworks, Rob Faludi of Digi International, Michael Manoochehri, Amy Unruh and Kim Cameron of Google and Julie Steele of O’Reilly Media, created the project to collect data to answer questions about the physical world in a fun and awe-inspiring way.

For more information about the software involved in this project, attend the “Behind the Data Sensing Lab” session on May 16, 5:20 – 6 p.m. PDT.  You can find live updates from the conference on Digi’s Machine Talk blogFacebookTwitter and Google+ and updates from the Data Sensing Lab team on Google+ and Twitter.

Read more about the Data Sensing Lab:

Google I/O sensors will detect motion and generate data for real-time visualization on Gigaom

At its conference, Google will be tracking your every step on Venture Beat

Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O 2013: Google Cloud Platform meets the Internet of Things on Google’s Developer Blog

Join Us: Live Panel with Device Security Experts

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Are your devices secure? Join us on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:30pm CST for a live device security panel with guest security experts. After this panel, you won’t need to wonder– you’ll know if your devices are secure.

There are over 100,000 unsecured devices on the Internet that any hacker can find-and tamper with. Some of these devices even include critical systems ranging from traffic lights to fuel pumps to building heating and cooling systems to retail point-of-sale devices. Don’t be one of the 100,000, learn from a panel of respected experts– from Device Clouds to protocols, we’ll cover security tips and suggestions. We’ll also open up the floor so you can ask your questions.

We’ll announce the expert panel here next week!

Watch live here on the Digi blog (live video to be added on May 21), or participate through Google+: http://bit.ly/securitypanel

Learn more about device security here | Contact us with your security questions here

 

 

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