Guest post By Alasdair Allan on May 18, 2016
Developing a workable business model for the consumer IoT isn’t just important - it’s urgent. Right now most internet of things devices being sold to consumers have the same architecture, at least on the surface. There is a thing, an app that controls the thing, and a cloud service at the back of both the app and the thing. The business model behind them is also similar, consumers make a one time purchase of the thing itself, but don’t pay an ongoing subscription to support the cloud services that make the thing "smart."
Guest post By Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino on May 16, 2016
Back in January I gave a webinar on what to think about when you’re considering quitting your day job and starting an IoT product. Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices is aimed at companies that are a little further down the road but if you’re thinking of applying to an incubator at the end of the year and want to get going, here’s what I think you should consider in light of my experience building the Good Night Lamp. (Please note some of these examples are UK-centric but similar services may be available to you locally.)
Guest post By Raph Crouan on May 15, 2016
Back in March I launched the Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices accelerator in London, and since then we’ve been working hard to find and meet the best IoT hardware startups across the world. This search has taken us to a number of cities already, including Stockholm, Taipei, Berlin, and most recently a visit to Bangalore.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 23, 2015
A Hungarian startup called Codie, that successfully raised $96,306 back in May 2015 via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, has started shipping its robotic toy. The device offers a fun way to teach kids how to code. The campaign was so successful that it raised one third of its funding goal in only two days, and ended up exceeding it by 115%.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 12, 2015
This weekend over 50,000 people are attending Brick2015, an annual Lego convention taking place at ExCel in London. I have been invited by a Hungarian-based company called Vengit that's exhibiting a prototype of their latest product, "Towers Game". The eventual aim is that the game will enable up to sixteen opponents to construct Lego towers armed with catapults. You can probably guess the rest...
Posted By Simon Montford on March 12, 2015
Last weekend I attended one of a series of Intel Hardware Hackathons, sponsored by IBM (BlueMix), Intel (Edison), and RSComponents, which took place at FabLab in London. The event was part of a multi-city initiative by Intel to raise awareness of the IoT among the startup community by bringing together software engineers (aka "Hackers") and connected hardware enthusiasts (aka "Makers"). It is hoped that by doing so, innovative prototypes that use Intel's "Do-It-Yourself" Edison circuit board, will be developed that showcase the UK's talent for all things IoT, as well as the board's capabilities.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 10, 2015
The Displio is a diminutive e-ink gadget which can be programmed to display all kinds of information. It comes with an API as well as a growing number of widgets that are being developed by Draugiem Group, a Latvian IT company that is the brainchild of the Displio. The device comes in white, black, red, blue, green, yellow, and grey $99 (£65). A special edition wood version is also available for $119 (£78).
Guest Post By Harry Fielder on Nov 27, 2014
As a web developer and general tech enthusiast, I felt it was about time I dipped my toe into the exciting and rapidly growing area of the ‘Internet of Things’. I am a relative newbie to hardware hacking, so my aim is not to offer a deep dive review, but instead simply alleviate any concerns you may have about rolling up your sleeves and giving the Spark Core a go.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 28, 2014
Okay it may look like something out of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory but the "WunderBar" is the easiest way to start developing apps for the Internet of Things. The German startup behind this well-connected device, that looks like a chocolate bar, is Relayr. The startup was able to put itss into production after a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 27, 2014
The Bit By Bit (B3) is a device the size of a mini-tablet that is aimed at kids as well as adults to help them design simple web enabled things like toy phones, internet-based music players, time-lapse cameras or even drones.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20, 2014
The Scandinavians have always had a flare for good design. Just look at their passports for goodness sake - they're gorgeous! Two of the most noteworthy are Norway and Finland. We think there is a good chance that Finland could become a global hub for IOT startups. This is because since Nokia quit being a mobile OEM (leading to wide-scale redundancies), quite a few talented individuals have decided to move into the IOT space to design connected devices.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 18, 2014
LittleBits launched its cloudBit device earlier this year. It allows users to control electrical devices around their home remotely and receive notifications via the LittleBits smartphone app. For example, you can remotely control heaters or air conditioning units or receive a notification whenever the doorbell is pressed.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 18, 2014
This product is clearly aimed at hackers, students and hobbyists who want to create their own connected devices (hence the below Kickstarter video, which features two geeks competing in a hackathon).
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 13, 2014
The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ is on sale now for $20/£15.50.
Here are the specs taken directly from raspberrypi.org:
The Model A+ uses the BCM2835 application processor and has 256MB RAM, but it is significantly smaller (65mm in length, versus 86mm for the Model A), consumes less power, and inherits the many improvements that made to the Model B+, including:
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