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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. 


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.

iDigi Named As One of 100 Top Resources for Electrical Engineers

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The iDigi Device Cloud and the iDigi blog have been named as one of the top 100 resources for electrical engineers by ElectricalEngineeringSchools.org. Other top resources include Electronics Weekly, Engineering.com, the EE Times and others.

Electrical engineering is a highly technical pursuit that sits at the nexus of software and hardware development. Electrical engineers can design components and electronic systems for industrial machinery and consumer gadgets, and will often work in collaboration with manufacturers and designers to bring new electronic devices to market. There is also a huge hobbyist community of amateurs and professionals who advocate do-it-yourself electronics projects as a great way to learn about the inner workings of many of the household machines that people use every day. Electrical engineering can be quite technically challenging and requires a great deal of mathematics and physics knowledge, but the financial and personal rewards for succeeding in this field are great.

Read the full post and see the other resources here

iDigi at the M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Named Best Horizontal Platform

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Update 1/30/2013

Yesterday, at Battle of the Platforms, iDigi brought home the award for Best Horizontal Platform for “ease of integration, acceptability across multiple vertical markets, reduced complexity, cost reduction and speed of deployment.” We enjoyed seeing and hearing about the innovative ideas and solutions our peers are creating, and we were excited share the latest features of the iDigi Platform. Here are two articles that provide details on the competition, participants and winners.

The Winner of the Battle of the Platforms at M2M Evolution Is…

Innovation in M2M Solutions on Display at Battle of the Platforms

“Digi, the victor of last year’s competition, updated the crowd on its iDigi solution. It is newly integrated with Saleforce, and this integration provides an impressive use case. If, for example, your hot tub malfunctions, it can send information through the Social Machine to Salesforce, and the dealer can dispatch a tech to your house. Everyone in this chain will have up-to-date information, and your spa may be fixed before you even know it is broken!”

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We’re excited to be attending the M2M Evolution Conference and Expo this week in Miami. The conference highlights how M2M technologies and the Internet of Things can be utilized to significantly improve business processes, minimize risk, spur innovation and drive revenue.

On Tuesday, January 29, we’ll be competing in Battle of The Platforms. Last year, we were thrilled to take first place as ”Best Overall Platform” in Battle of the Platforms, and we hope to do the same here in Miami.

Three judgesMike Sapien of Ovum, James Brehm of Compass Intelligence and Carl Ford of Crossfire Media will select six winners, one winner in each of the categories below in addition to naming the Overall Best Platform.

Platform Categories represented at Battle of the Platforms:

  • Enabling Independent Applications Developer to work with M2M devices – “Here we are looking at how third parties use APIs to manage information flow and connect to the users existing systems.”
  • Platform for best BI Controls Solutions - “Here we are looking at the ability to deliver thresholding and performance criteria in a manner that makes business decisions logical, simple and self evident as possible.”
  • Platform for Service Providers to support wholesale services – “Here we are looking at how the provisioning of M2M is streamlined and available for rapid deployment.”
  • Platform for Enterprise Deployment - “Here we are looking at the ability to partition and deliver specific solutions where the enterprise manages independent of the location of their equipment.”
  • Best Horizontal Platform- “Ease of integration, acceptability across multiple vertical markets, reduced complexity, cost reduction and speed of deployment.”

Will you be at the M2M Evolution Conference this week? We’d love to meet you in person. If you’re looking for real-time updates, we’ll be sharing photos, video and more here on the iDigi blog, Facebook and  Twitter. You can also follow M2MEvolution for updates and information.

Postscapes Internet of Things Winners

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We were excited to see many projects that use Digi products nominated for Postscapes Internet of Things Awards. We were even more excited to see many of those projects named as winners including Kijani Grows, Eve, Libelium’s Waspmote and Connecting Light. You can check out each winner below.


Kijani Grows, DIY Project Postscapes Winner

Kijani Grows produces smart aquaponic systems that use sensors and microprocessors, such as the XBee, paired with the cloud and social media networks to help you grow a least a plate of organic microgreens every day.


Eve, People’s Choice for Open Source Project

Eve is a plug in board for the Raspberry Pi mini computer. A hub that connects your wireless devices to each other and the web. At her heart Even is a communicator (between devices), a facilitator, and a guardian (a gateway to allow you to see what is going on in your world). You can see the Kickstarter page for Eve here. The project was successfully funded in November 2012.


Libelium’s Wapsmote, Second Place in People’s Choice for Smart City Application

The solar powered Waspmote system can be deployed across a wide range of applications in urban spaces such as monitoring air quality, waste container levels, structural health and noise maps.


Connecting Light, Second Place in People’s Choice for Networked Art Project

Hundreds (400 to be exact) of six-foot in diameter weather balloons were equipped with high-powered LEDs driven by Programmable XBee radios that communicated with ConnectPort X4 cellular gateways through the iDigi Device Cloud  to illuminate Britain’s greatest Roman monument, Hadrian’s Wall. Digi Professional Services also helped to design the network architecture as an Internet of Things solution. You can see a diagram of the setup of the 73-mile connected work and learn more about the technology here.

You can see the full list of winners on Postscapes and take part in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #IoTAwards.

iDigi Named Best Overall Platform

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We’re excited to announce that the iDigi Device Cloud has been named “Best Overall Platform” in the Battle of the Platforms at the M2M Evolution ConferenceTMCnet honored Digi International as among nine participants in the Battle of the Platforms contest.

Here’s the official rundown of the winners: M2M Evolution Battle of the Platforms Winners Announced

“The overall winner was Digi, a provider of wireless products, a cloud computing platform tailored for devices and development services to help customers get to market fast with wireless devices and applications. The company impressed the judges with its rich ecosystem of support for embedded systems and its ability for these systems to be addressed and managed by developers seeking to implement vertical applications.

Digi’s solution connects embedded systems to its cloud service, enables business intelligence to be quickly gathered and acted upon in its ROI analysis and the payback for its implementation was less than four months.” - M2M Battle of the Platforms: And the Winners Are…

View the press release

Digi International Wins M2M Best Practice Award 2012 for Connecting Light

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We’re excited to announce that Digi International has won the M2M Best Practice Award at this week’s M2M Summit 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Digi took home the M2M Best Practice Award for our involvement in the 73-mile long digital art installation Connecting Light.

How did Digi and iDigi power Connecting Light? Here’s a diagram that shows the setup of the 73-mile long art installation.

The technology and scale of Connecting Light exhibits a model for innovative business. You can learn more about the project’s relation to business models here.

Digi Awarded Embedded Software Best of Show: Digi Application Kit for Android

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We are excited to announce that Digi International® won the Best in Show award from Venture Development Research Group (VDC) at Embedded World 2012! The Digi Application Development Kit for Android , the industry’s first Android embedded application development kit, was recognized as best of show among many companies we respect who exhibited at Embedded World, including: Microsoft, Mentor, Wind River, IBM, Oracle and more.

The kit includes drivers and Digi software extensions to easily create Android-based applications on embedded platforms. The included iDigi Connector for Android enables customers, with literally a single line of software code, to completely cloud enable their devices.

Best of Show

VDC awarded the embedded software best of show to Digi International for its Digi Application Development Kit for Android, a unique hardware and software solution for engineers seeking to deploy Android in their embedded designs. Digi’s development kit includes a complete Eclipse-based development environment for use on both Linux and Windows workstation, BSP for the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX53 and Wi-i.MX51 families, Android APIs extensions for embedded interfaces not supported natively by Android, samples demonstrating how to access the ConnectCore hardware, and features the iDigi Device Cloud for creating smart connected devices. The Digi Application Development Kit for Android – which ships with a 7″ LCD touchscreen and is ready to use out of the box – is available now for $499.

Read VDC’s Full Embedded World Bulletin here.

Digi International attended the 2012 Embedded World Exhibition & Conference in Nuremberg, Germany February 28- March 1. According to the show closing report, there were 872 international exhibiting companies and more than 20,000 trade visitors.

The 10th Embedded World Conference offered excitement and interest, particularly around intelligent devices, M2M and “the Internet of things.”

You can find the Digi Embedded Application Development Kit for Android here.

We’ll also be posting a tour of the Digi Embedded Application Development Kit for Android here soon.

iDigi Wins Internet of Things People’s Choice!

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The 2011 Internet of Things Awards are out and iDigi is a big winner!

Our iDigi-supported Digi Energy Day Trader app won Best Self-Tracking product, and our partner TankVista is the Runner Up for Best IoT Enterprise Implementation with their iDigi-enabled tank monitoring product. The Internet of Things Awards are presented by Postcapes, “honoring the year’s best projects, companies and ideas that are helping to create the Internet of Things.” Over 100 projects were submitted and 16,000 votes were cast. Thanks to everyone who voted and supported us!


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