Wearables and Beacons come together in a system to track the elderly and vulnerable in the home. CarePredict is soon to start shipping an activity monitor and beacon system that can continuously track a persons movements and vital signs and then transmit them via beacons/hubs situated around the home to a loved one or care professional.
Uses Bluetooth for communication between the 2 devices, Wi-Fi to send data to the cloud and then alerts, when needed, can be sent over a cellular network.
Atmel is to acquire Newport Media strengthening its Wi-Fi portfolio (building on Osmo purchase in 2013) as well as adding Bluetooth capability, making Atmel a stronger competitor in IoT.
Its wireless connectivity portfolio is looking very strong and builds on its work on low power micros for IoT applications.
A video has been released showing the basic functionality of #Moto 360http://ow.ly/yH8SV . I do think this is a neat looking watch, seems good quality and an attractive design, however I’m still unconvinced of the possible shipment volumes of a device like this. All down to the price.
A new Pressure sensor has been announced that uses Bluetooth Smart for connection to a smartphone. It is able to operate on a coin cell battery for 18+ months. http://ow.ly/yEKSj
InvenSense make two more strategic acquisitions: Movea & Trusted Positioning, follows on from its acquisition of Analog Devices’ MEMS microphone business in 2013. InvenSense have gone from strength to strength since going public and its enabled it to expand the breadth of its offering and open up new markets, giving it the opportunity to operate a new level. http://ow.ly/yUcX7
According to Imagination Technology it is seeing increased use of its connectivity IP as more integrated solutions used . Its certainly a growing trend in smartphones and we’ll also see more as SoCs with embedded connectivity start to permeate through IoT apps such as wearable devices.http://ow.ly/ytUef
Apple’s first smartwatch draws closer to mass production http://ow.ly/ytvGK via @guardian will it really be differentiated enough from all the others in an increasingly crowded market? Some would say it doesn’t really matter as Apple already have a large following that will buy the device whether or not it is superior to others. We shall see…..
Broadcom is enabling ultra-fast Wi-Fi in Netgear’s latest routers, delivering up to 3.2 Gbps. http://ow.ly/yrUj4 providing sufficient connectivity for the ever growing number of Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home as IoT becomes a reality. Wi-Fi routers have to be ahead of the rest of the market so that the Internet of Things can flourish and this helps brings it one step closer.http://ow.ly/yrVcQ