Raspberry Pi () has come up with a computer for $5.
Well, even the other Raspberry PIs were not very expensive ($20 ~$30). It
also attests to the fact that IoT is catching on. It has become so cheap that
some magazine (MagPi) gave it away to its readers bundled with the issue.
According to a pcworld.com article (IDG News Service) it uses a 1 GHZ ARM
processor from Broadcom (BCM2835). It has 512MB RAM with the OS loaded on the
micro-USB card. It has Micro-USB sockets for data and power including a
mini-HDMI socket as well. It has a 40-pin GPIO and the circuit-board may
require soldering by customers.
Image source of of Raspberry Pi Zero with MagPi is here.
Here is a PDF document for BCM2835 Processor.
Here is the YouTube video:
IoT depends to a large part on the availability of custom hardware of sensors
that can be efficiently manufactured with exacting tolerances in its
specifications. Smart Parts manufacturing will be one of the key technologies
required to address the IoT 3D Sensors and 3D Antennae.
Optomec which manfuactures production grade 3D printers can manufacture parts
both in plastics and metals.
Here is a picture showing some of the smart stuff that can be made using
Optomec 3D Printers.
The parts made with additive printing uses the Aerosol Jet Process (no
different from spraying a liqui... (more)
The keywords for this IoT company are Connect, Manage, Extend and do more
things. In order to have wide applicability you can connect anything over any
Connect at Cumulocity has the following features:
Connect out-of-the box to more than 30 usable certified devices (whole list
is here, but I could only recognize, Raspberry and a Arduino variant). Looks
like it is heavy on LINUX and JAVA-based but I may be missing the others)
More than 10 embedded environments supported RestAPIs for any connected
Connect Over any network
Runs on all networks, mobile or fixed. No ne... (more)
"CodeBug is a cute, programmable and wearable device designed to introduce
simple programming and electronic concepts to anyone, at any age. It is easy
to program CodeBug using the online interface, which features colourful drag
and drop blocks, an in-browser emulator and engaging community features.
Create your own games, clothes, robots or whatever other wacky inventions you
have in mind! "
For hobbyists looking for low-cost IOT hardware Codebug (from a kickstarter
project) offers something very affordable and interesting. Codebug is built
around PIC18F microcontroller.
In addi... (more)
Azure Data Lake Store in Private Preview
Recently announced Azure Data Lake addresses the big data 3V challenges;
volume, velocity and variety. It is one more storage feature in addition to
blobs and SQL Azure database. Azure Data Lake (should have been Azure Data
Ocean IMHO) is really omnipotent. Just look at the key capabilities of Azure
Native format, distributed data store. No need to pre-define schema
information. From unstructured to structured data handling.
Kilo bytes to Exa bytes OK. Ready for read/write.
At any scale
Scale to match your needs; ... (more)