IoT Hype; Growth Patters; Developers Needed; Tiered Apps; Social Justice; UX for IoT; In-Vehicle; Healthcare; Software Approaches
By Sally Bixby, President at Eventbelle Productions
Is this then just HOT hype? Colin Walls with Mentor Graphics Marketing Team doesn’t appear to pull any punches in: “The Internet (or not) of Things”. He states, “I would go as far as to say that many companies, who are claiming IoT support have simply spotted a passing band-wagon and have jumped aboard. And who can blame them? IoT is not so much a technology as a marketing hype generator.”
Do you have a stake in The Internet of Things (IoT) processor, sensor and communications markets are set to grow by 36.2% next year, according to a new Gartner report. “The demand for billions of things will ripple throughout the entire value chain, from software and services to semiconductor devices,” explained Alfonso Velosa, Gartner Research Director. “These ‘things’ will drive huge demand for individual chips. IoT semiconductor maturation will come from industries spanning consumer, industrial, medical, automotive and others.”
Stacey Higginbotham at GIGAOM Research says people come first and IoT second: The Internet of Things Needs Developers. So What Do Developers Need? The simple answer is that developers need tools. She writes “the key isn’t the things, but the data these things generate and the apps that will be built on top of that data. Yet how developers will use data generated by the IoT is an open question. Read on for pros and cons under each option.”
CIO’s Paul Rubens gets to the heart of things in How to Develop Applications for the Internet of Things. And if you’re looking to build an IoT app, check out how the ‘last two tiers‘ are the ones you’re most likely to have to work on, according to Frank Gillett, a principal analyst at Forrester.
A hallmark of most technological advancements is an increase in personal power. But there is another aspect of life that the IoT can profoundly affect, and one that seems to get little attention. Can the IoT help empower people seeking social justice? Find out what IoT World’s Rich Quinnell thinks about it.
Mary Treseler with O’Reilly Media poses this: How is UX for IoT Different? Have you looked yet at how this aspect could impact your strategy ~ she writes: “if you are already familiar with embedded device and networking technology, you might not have considered the way it shapes the UX.”
Intel Labs’ Orion Races In-Vehicle Infotainment onto the IoT – Dave McKinney blogs on the intriguing UI possibilities, a consumer electronic device, app-leveraged, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) project. Dave’s colleague, Elliot Garbus, Vice President, IoT Group and General Manager of the Transportation Solutions Group, sums it up by stating, “we’re thinking of the car not merely as a mechanical device but as a ‘supercomputer’ on wheels that informs, assists, and ultimately assumes the role of the driver.”
How the IoT phenomenon has huge positive potential for preventative healthcare is aptly captured in ‘The Quantified Patient’ from The Embedded Beat’s Jose Fernandez Villasenor. Find out more on how tiny microcontrollers and sensors with low power functions and wireless antenna devices will monitor patients 24-7; and all conducted remotely by wearable devices coupled with the intelligent processing and communication of health data.
Five Software Approaches to Harness The Internet of Things begins ‘Research is evidence-based. But how much information is too much?’ John Anstey, Medidata writes in ForbesBrandVoice on ‘The 12-factor app and Compliance, Auto-scaling and flexibility, Hypermedia Service Adoption, and Unified Reporting Strategy’. Read why it centers on adoption of a common component and flexible platform.