You may have heard there is a new version of XCTU available. We rebuilt it from the ground up and added a number of new features. Now, you can graphically diagram your ZigBee networks all from within the XCTU interface. You can even perform tests to determine your XBee’s range with the built in range test. And for all the Mac users out there, we should mention that XCTU is now compatible with OS X! Here’s a quick demo of the software in the video below:
The web has raised consumers’ expectations of retail stores and transformed the purchasing process. Brick and mortar shops need to find ways to compete with the convenience offered by online shopping. Retailers are using wireless connected devices and new technology to create an interactive experience for their customers. In this video, learn how store owners are using cellular connections to make retail systems secure, reliable, and innovative.
This video demonstration will take you through an end-to-end wireless solution built on Freescale and connected to Device Cloud by Etherios. For more information on Device Cloud and to sign up for your free account, visit the Device Cloud product page.
Freescale’s IoT Applications and Latest Innovations at Computex 2013
At Computex 2013, Freescale gives us details on a full range of ARM processor-based product demos including their Kinetis KL02 (ARM Cortex-M0+) which can be used in numerous Internet of Things applications such as Smart Meter, Gate-way Thermostats, and wearable devices
We’ve gathered these Internet of Things related TED talks to peak your interest, stir your curiosity and inspire you. We’ll continue to collect riveting talks about or related to the Internet of Things by remarkable people, free to the world thanks to TED.
Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination
Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino (along with Tom Igoe and others), a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make cool things — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.
Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web
At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what’s coming in the next 5,000 days?
Kristina Höök: Living in an Internet of Things World
Kristina Höök is a Professor in Human-Machine Interaction at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences and an employee at SICS, the Swedish Institute of Computer Science. Kristina was a founder of the Mobile Life Centre. Her research focuses on bodily and emotional interaction. She will talk about “The Internet of Things” – uniquely identifiable objects virtually represented in an Internet-like structure. www.tedxkth.com TEDxKTH – ICT as a Game Changer
Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly … and cooperate
In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more.
Tim Berners: Lee on the next Web
20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he’s building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.
Andy Stanford-Clark: Innovation Begins at Home
Dr Andy Stanford-Clark is a Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor at IBM UK. He specializes in technologies which are helping to make the planet smarter, by analysing and reacting to data from remote sensors.
John Barrett: The Internet of Things
Dr. John Barrett is Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group. His research is focused on packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in materials, objects and structures.
Arlen Nipper: The Internet of Things is Just Getting Started
Arlen Nipper has been designing embedded computer hardware and software for 33 years. Across his entire career, Arlen has been passionate about applying embedded computer technology to existing paradigm problems in the industrial controls and automation market sector.
David Cuartielles – Open Source Hardware
David is the creator and co-founder of Arduino, which is an open-source single-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring Platform, designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible
Rodolphe el-Khoury: Designing for the Internet of Things
As co-director of RAD Lab, el-Khoury researches architectural applications for information technology aiming for enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and cities.
The is just the beginning of what we hope will be a growing list of TED videos, and meaningful Internet of Things conversations. Let us know if you would like to add a video to this list in the comments section or on Twitter.
TelecomTV asks “What’s the difference between M2M and the Internet of Things?” Digi’s CTO, Joel Young and other experts help answer the question.
Joel Young explains how “M2M” and the “Internet of Things” do not acuurately describe the mission of improving the way businesses operate. “We’re not trying to create a new market, we’re just trying to solve business problems and make all of our businesses operate better. You have to start off with a real compelling business reason to deploy a connectivity solution. Once that solution is deployed and you have the connectivity in place, then you can look at other opportunities and other ways to leverage that connectivity for new exciting applications and solutions.”
“When we think about 50 billion things, all being connected– that’s transforming. It’s all about connecting devices to an application to solve business problems in intelligent ways– to add value, drive efficiencies, increase revenue or improve customer satisfaction. In today’s world, you can’t just do that by yourself.”
The “Internet of Things” describes a world of 15 billion plus devices, a trillion plus connections, and four billion intelligent systems by 2015. This represents an immense market opportunity across a wide range of segments with more than $2 trillion plus in potential revenue. Companies like Digi, Arrow, Dell OEM, McAfee and others are utilizing the Intel® Intelligent Systems Framework to develop solutions for this new marketplace that are connected, managed, and secured in a consistent and scalable manner.
You may have noticed our new iDigi video library. We’ll be sharing iDigi videos in this new addition of the community section of iDigi.com on a regular basis. You’ll find tutorials, how to’s, feature overviews and more.
To get to the library, go to iDigi.com and click to the community section. Once in the community section, you’ll see the video library on the right-hand side of the page.
You’ll notice that we’re categorizing videos, so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for. As we continue to add to the library, we’ll add more categories and even a search feature.
Is there a video or video category you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter– we’d love to hear what you think!
How do you test networks of over 1000 XBee radios? In this new video Jared Hofhiens, Digi’s XBee Product Manager, offers an inside peek at the company’s Kilo-Node test fixture where giant wireless networks are put through their paces at the company’s Lindon, Utah offices.
Each “blade” of the K-Node holds 32 XBee radios, with variable RF attenuation so that effective distance between the radios can be changed for different simulations. Multiply that by 32 blades in a test fixture and you get 1024 radios total! Hofhiens says, “This flexibility allows us to simulate anything from pipeline monitoring to streetlight controls or home energy management systems.That’s what makes the XBee the most reliable, most tested RF module on the planet!”
Jordan Husney and I created an electrically-operated scale model garage to demonstrate the XBee-iDigi Garage Door Opener for one of the projects we’ll be featuring at the Digi booth for Bay Area Maker Faire 2012 this weekend. It’s an example of building the “12,000-Mile Universal remote” project from Make Vol. 30. With this project you can push any button in your house from anywhere the world using your mobile phone. The project uses a Digi XBee® module in an open-source hardware design with the XBee Internet Gateway (XIG) and the iDigi® Device Cloud™ to work its home-improvement magic.