Friday Mar 13, 2015

IoT Moving Toward Enterprise, Away from Consumers

It's no wonder why more and more IoT Developers are moving their app development toward the Enterprise. The Enterprise is where all the business (i.e. money!) will be, according to this Inquirer article.

And, the Enterprise is an awesome starship too! Just sayin'...

See:

IoT developers eyeing Enterprise

Here's a quote:

 "The IoT connected applications 
 developers build for the enterprise 
 are essential to connect the 
 disparate parts of a distributed 
 IoT business solution, from mobile 
 devices, wearables and sensors, to 
 cloud and on-premise enterprise 
 back-ends.

 "Software developers will clearly 
 play a pivotal role in driving IoT
 innovation and business adoption in 
 2015 and beyond."
 ...

 According to the results, 63 percent 
 of data generated by 'things' will 
 move between devices and servers, 
 68 percent will communicate using 
 multiple technologies, while 40 
 percent will connect to cloud 
 services.
So, get your IoT app development going for the Enterprise. It's where no one has gone before.... Ahhh-ahhh-ahhhh-ahh-ahhhhhh... 🎼 🎧 🎶 🎹

Monday Mar 09, 2015

Highlights from MWC 2015 - CNN's Top 5 Glimpses of the Internet of Things Future

Well, another Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) conference has come and gone, where lots of IoT gadgets and devices were demo'd, including the cool Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service proof-of-concept I worked on.

See:

MWC 2015: Five glimpses

Here's a quote:

 Mobile World Congress 2015 brought
 together 2,000 exhibitors and tens
 of thousands of delegates under one
 roof in Barcelona... What if cars 
 could talk to each other? 
Yeah, that _would_ be cool if cars could talk to each other. Imagine a BMW talking to a Mercedes? "Yeah, did you see that cute Volkswagen? Nice wheels, ja?" Oh, no? Not that kind of talking..? IoT talking? Right.

Monday Feb 09, 2015

RadioShack Store Closure List: Many Silicon Valley Stores Safe

Some people may wonder what the big deal is that RadioShack is closing many of its stores. Just recently for an Internet of Things (IoT) prototyping project I'm working on here at Oracle, I needed to connect an IoT-enabled Wi-Fi smart thermostat to our Oracle IoT Cloud Service. The Ecobee3 SmartThermostat is a great little device that can easily connect to our Oracle IoT CS, but it typically needs to be hooked into a home heating/cooling circuit to power it up.

Instead of doing that, I drove over to the local RadioShack and picked up a RadioShack Item #273-331, Enercell 24 VAC power adapter and connected it to run on my table top. Just being able to do that without waiting for an Internet shipment to arrive in 2-3 days, is one of the coolest things.

Going from my poor little Ecobee3 SmartThermostat just sitting there, dead in its box, to connecting it up with a couple simple wires from the correct type of low-voltage AC adapter (not found in most stores)...

and having it power up fine for testing and development with Java SE Embedded on my IoT Gateway and talking to my Oracle IoT Cloud Service, all in the same day without having to hunt around the Web searching for the right part, then waiting for it to ship...

is one of the greatest things about the few RadioShack stores that will remain open locally as Sprint stores. I hope the downsized company is able to stick around, at least a little while longer. IoT needs RadioShack, or at least the ones around here in the Silicon Valley.

See:

RadioShack Store Closure Map

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

A Sad Day for Internet of Things: RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy

It's a sad day for IoT. RadioShack, the 94-year-old U.S. based electronics chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday Feb. 5, 2015 after a deal to sell some of its stores to Sprint. For those of us who learned BASIC programming on the TRS-80 and bought and used Tandy electronics parts and hobby kits from the quirky little store, RadioShack will be missed.

See:

How RadioShack Helped Build Silicon Valley

Here's a quote:

In its heyday, RadioShack was so 
much more than a store — it was
an art gallery, a museum, a school.
"You didn’t really have really good 
electronics magazines full of 
what's available," Wozniak 
remembers. "You had a few catalogues 
that were full of things like 
walkie-talkies, but if you went down 
to RadioShack you could actually 
see something." 
As a teenager he would walk into 
stores and soak up information, 
spending hours reading labels, and 
memorizing prices and feature lists. 
It was inside those walls where so 
many watched the technological 
revolution unfold — and where they 
first jumped in.
Back in the 1980s, I was that teenager who walked into the local RadioShack just to soak in electronics and technology... And where I first jumped in to join the high tech revolution. Long live RadioShack! May it Rest in Peace...

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Raspberry Pi Model B+ On Sale - Get Them for $39 While They Last

Sale??? Did you say sale??? Sale!!! Raspberry Pi's are on sale! Yay!

The Raspberry Pi Model B+ Basic Starter Kit (comes with a Wi-Fi USB adapter and a case) which all together normally retails for $69.99, is now on sale for a short time, at the low-low price of $38.99. You save $31.00 (44%)!!! It's all about the Maths, bout the Maths, bout the Maths...

See:

Raspberry Pi Sale

Here's a quote:

 - Includes Raspberry Pi - Model B 
     Plus (Made in the UK)
 - Raspberry Pi Enclousure Case (Clear)
 - Wireless Wifi Adapter
Buy them now, while they're still in stock. And, when you receive yours, make sure to "sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-jdk", because..? Java! Duh.

Monday Jan 26, 2015

To Protect Against IoT Hacking: Remember First Cover Security Fundamentals

Here's an IoT article recommending to take a holistic approach to IoT Security by first making sure your network and basic security fundamentals are in place, before worrying about IoT hackers who might only attack the small devices on your network. Good advice, especially if you remember to bar all your windows but then forget to lock the front door.

See:

Don’t Let IoT Hype Distract You

Here's a quote:

 If I was an IT administrator, I’d 
 be more worried about the 
 smartphone in someone’s pocket 
 than the smartwatch on someone’s 
 wrist.”

 In other words, don’t even think 
 about the Internet of Things until 
 you’re already well positioned to 
 thwart attacks from more likely 
 vectors. Putting a strong IT 
 security system in place takes 
 priority over anything else.
With all the recent focus of IoT security being on the new, fancy-schmancy, whiz-bang IoT devices coming to the market, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture: that a strong, secure network with proper issuance of credentials, authentication and authorization regardless of the device or system, is the best defense against any type of hacking (including IoT).

Thursday Jan 08, 2015

CES Overselling IoT: Kinda like the pets.com sock puppet

Here's an article about how CES2015 is overselling IoT. It's an interesting take, since IoT is receiving a huge amount of hype currently, almost on par with the days of the pets.com sock puppet (the infamous mascot of the dot-com bust).

See:

CES Overselling IoT

Here's a quote:

 Consumers are a fickle lot, hard 
 to keep satisfied, and when they 
 discover that these nifty-sounding 
 devices are actually little more 
 than remote-controlled versions 
 of what they already have that 
 are hard to combine into anything
 more substantial, they will abandon 
 the technology in droves. That can 
 only harm the industry.
It's true that there's a danger of consumers soon realizing that IoT is nothing more than recycled remote-controlled smartphone apps that can do the same things we can do today, but skipping the part of walking right up to the thing and pressing a button on it.

Hopefully, more IoT developers will use Java Embedded technology to make IoT smarter and more modular, like Lego bricks (C'mon, add some Java based pluggable AI algorithms already! I'll help you, forgoshsakes!). If not, I know a pets.com sock puppet that can be re-used as the mascot of the IoT hype cycle. 🐶🐶🐶

Wednesday Jan 07, 2015

IoT: there is no neutral zone

In the Internet of Things, there is no Neutral Zone like there was in Star Trek, where Earthlings and Romulans could work out their differences over glasses of tranya. Instead, there is infighting and posturing of the AllSeen Alliance's AllJoyn, Open Interconnect Consortium's (OIC's) IoTivity, Apple's HomeKit, and many, many more would-be standards and protocols. Oy. Can we all just... get along?

See:

In IoT, there is no neutral zone

Here's a quote:

 In a true IoT world, [an] image of a 
 browning roast [in a Electrolux oven] 
 ought to be viewable on any [IoT]
 device, including [Samsung] TVs. 
 But it won't happen if electronics 
 vendors don't agree on protocols.
 ...

 If there is no agreement on IoT 
 enablement among the vendors, 
 "then this business will not 
 take off," Brockmann said. 
True that. The only way to deal with no current neutral protocol for the Internet of Thing (IoT) devices and servers is to use Java and JSON to come up with a set of neutral zone protocols that will adapt to any future standard (Java Objects Everywhere that can adapt to any future standard). That would be a better tactic than even the Corbomite Maneuver! 🚀🚀🚀

Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

Cool IoT Wearables at CES 2015 in Vegas, baby

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 is in full swing now in Las Vegas, and the best new IoT wearable tech was unveiled today.

Here's an article on some of the standouts, including the hereO GPS watch for kids, so that parents can know the whereabouts of their young 'uns.

See:

CES 2015 Wearables

Here's a quote:

 The hereO is a GPS watch designed 
 for children so that their parents 
 can keep track of their location. 
 The watch works in sync with the 
 hereO family location app.
Is there a button to help your kids with their homework too? Now, that would be a cool IoT wearable watch for children... Just sayin'! ;-)

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Great Xmas Stocking Stuffer: Lego-Like Electronics IoT Kit

Do you know a little kid (or big kid) who would like playing with IoT electronics on Christmas Day? Well, here's a great stocking stuffer. It's the Arduino Starter Kit for building IoT projects. (Or, if you can wait until a delivery time of 3/2015, you can pre-order the SAM Lego-Like Modular Electronics Kit) .

See:

Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit

or

SAM Lego-Like IoT Kit (ships 3/2015)

Here's a quote for the SAM Electronics Kit (which ships 3/2015):

 The developer reckons that SAM 
 can be used to create remote-control 
 toy cars, phone-connected doorbells, 
 and intruder alarms.

 Pressure, proximity, and light-
 sensor building blocks can be used 
 to create Tweeting smart fridges, 
 responsive shoes, or Internet-
 connected toys.
Internet-connected toys!!! Cooool... Sign me up! :-D

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

Xmas Day 2014: IoT Devices Go Online

Watch out next week, when possibly millions, tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions of IoT devices get unwrapped, turned on, and registered online, sharing their data... all. at. once. on Christmas morning as the day moves from time zone to time zone. It could be the start of the IoT-maggedon.

Or not--if all goes right and those Christmas gifts register themselves correctly then send their wireless data without any hiccups. And, everyone remembers to change their default passwords to something non-hackable before connecting them to the Internet. Sh-yeah. Right. :-)

See this FastCompany article:

December 25: The Day IoT Devices Go Online

Here's a quote:

 Experts say this is going to be 
 the biggest Christmas for Internet 
 of Things devices—which wirelessly 
 sense or send information—ever. 
 (Until next year.) As the relatively 
 new ritual of unwrapping a present 
 and then logging it on plays out on 
 December 25, the day increasingly 
 becomes notable for the sheer number 
 of items that start sharing data. 
So, watch for a big surge of FitBit/Nest/Baby Monitor/etc. traffic on Christmas Day, followed by stories on the news how it was the day that a record number of IoT devices went online for the first time in one day, and either caused the biggest spike in IoT data traffic or the largest number of crashes and subsequent customer support phone calls to IoT companies in one day.

Stay tuned... 🎅 🎄

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Angela demos IoT wearable sensors & email on a Raspberry Pi

Here's Angela Caicedo (Java Evangelist here at Oracle) along with Yolande Poirier (Java Community Outreach Manager also at Oracle) giving a quick demo of IoT wearable sensors in a jacket, along with the ability to read e-mail. Angela creates the coolest IoT demos!

I wonder if any of the items are for sale at Amazon... Good as a Holiday Gift. Just sayin'...

See:

Angela Caicedo Demos Her IoT Wearables

There's a bonus IoT magic trick at the end of the video. I think it's really magic. Magic with IoT technology! :-)

Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

IDC IoT Eyechart: Find Oracle

In a recent IDC publicly available PDF report ("IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions"), there is a nice IoT Eyechart included in slide #18.

Did you ever play the game, "Where's Waldo?". Well, here's your chance to play, "Where's Oracle?". Just click on the eyechart to embiggen it.

See:

IDC IoT Eyechart: Find Oracle

So, in the IoT world for now (end of 2014), we can see Oracle in this IDC report eyechart in the boxes for: Analytics Services, Platforms (Device & Application Enablement), Services, and Servers.

And, that's not too shabby to be in those four boxes. The Platforms (Device & Application Enablement) box is my favorite, since that also includes Java SE Embedded on the Raspberry Pi, which should make open source developers and hobbyist happy too. And, when open source developers are happy, everybody's happy! ;-)

Monday Dec 08, 2014

Forbes article: 6 Ways to Define Your IoT Strategey

Here's a Forbes article on "Six Ways to Define Your Internet of Things Strategy". No surprises here. The article's author breaks IoT into 3 groups: Enablers, Engagers, & Enhancers. Uh... Is "Engagers" even a word? Well, we're going to let that pass, for IoT's sake. ;-)

Oracle is in the first 2 groups: Enablers and Engagers (sic), especially with the use of open standards-based technologies, such as Java technology, to "enable" and "engage" IoT developer needs. Natch, since this is the place to get your Java.

See:

6 Ways to Define Your IoT

Here's a quote:

 Most Engagers will deploy an 
 initial wave of basic connected 
 devices and services. Then they 
 will build further services by 
 using analytics to gain insights 
 from the wealth of new data that 
 the IoT provides them. As these 
 deployments unfold, Engagers 
 will look for ways to increase 
 value. This is where Enhancers 
 will come in...
I'm still wondering which spell-checker the author used, since "Engagers" should've came up hot. Maybe, he used an "Enabling" spell-checker that enabled the word "Engagers" to pass... ;-)

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

IoT Reaching Escape Velocity

Here's an IoT article on TechCrunch that talks about the new increase of hardware incubators, entrepreneurs, crowdfunding, VCs, new companies and products popping up left and right making the Internet of Things take off like a rocket.

See:

IoT Reaching Escape Velocity

Here's a quote:

 While the Internet of Things 
 will inevitably ride the ups 
 and downs of inflated hype 
 and unmet expectations, at 
 this stage there’s no putting 
 the genie back in the bottle.

 The IoT is propelled by an 
 exceptional convergence of 
 trends (mobile phone ubiquity, 
 open hardware, big data, the 
 resurrection of AI, cloud 
 computing, 3D printing and 
 crowdfunding).
Well, if IoT is reaching "Escape Velocity" then we better make sure to use Java technology to keep a well-grounded foundation for the platform we're launching the Internet of Things from. Just continuing on with the metaphor... Rockets and all. Cool.

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