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Intel Announces Tiny 3G Modem

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

Intel just unveiled a tiny 3G data modem about the size of a penny. OEMs often use WiFi or Bluetooth for Internet of Things applications, but the Intel modem should enable direct connections to cellular providers, inexpensively. The new XMM 6255 delivers connections that don’t have to rely on a phone or hotspot to get […]

Body Sensors Network

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 25th, 2014

The FCC finalized rules covering Medical Body Area Networks (MBAN) used for wireless networking of multiple body sensors for performing diagnostic or therapeutic functions, primarily in health care facilities. MBAN devices promise to enhance patient safety, care and comfort by reducing the need to physically connect sensors to essential monitoring equipment by cables and wires. […]

Samsung Bets on SmartThings Home Automation

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 18th, 2014

SmartThings has been acquired by Samsung for a reported $200 million, and will operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center group. Their home automation kits allow you to connect devices like lights and doorlocks from your phone. The SmartThings app lets your smartphone control all of the smart devices in your home. […]

Qi Wireless Charging Extends Range and Power

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 31st, 2014

Qi a wireless charging standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) says later this year its standard, adopted by over 200 manufacturers and carriers, will allow you to charge your device from nearly two inches away. Mobile device manufacturers using the Qi standard include Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, […]

Internet of Things: Divided or United?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 9th, 2014

Intel, Broadcom, Samsung, Dell, Atmel and others have joined forces to launch the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), an organization that will set standards for connecting billions of household gadgets and appliances. OIC intends to initially target the smart home and office. The Internet of Things (IoT), aka Machine to Machine (M2M) or the Internet of […]

900MHz Standard for Smartwatches?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 8th, 2014

The IEEE 802.11ah standard is the new PHY and MAC design that operates in the 900MHz band. It is intended to support extended range WiFi, and the Internet-of-everything (IoE) devices. It would compete with other technologies for home automation such as Zigbee and Z-wave which also use the 900 MHz band. The 11ah standard is […]