Will hearables be the next big thing? One recent study by Juniper Research suggests that the market for hearables could reach $5 billion in revenue by 2020. That’s quite a leap from the current revenue of roughly $1 billion worldwide. But what are hearables? Who uses them? And why would you want to develop this kind of IoT product?
You’ve probably already heard that the next iPhone could be so slim that it might not have room for a headphone jack. Will the elimination of the headphone jack mean that iPhones will only be able to use Bluetooth headphones and earbuds? Possibly. Or maybe Apple is also working on their own type of smart earbud, and maybe that earbud will perform more functions than just transmitting sound. That’s what’s happening with hearables, at least. (more…)
Aside from the obvious examples, wearable tech has been all over the place at the Rio games. Olympic boxer, Tommy Duquette, for example, trained using a sensor that he helped develop. Worn on the boxer’s wraps, the sensor is designed to calculate the number of punches a fighter throws, as well as the speed, striking intensity and type of punch (jab, cross, left or right power). It uses two accelerometers and a gyroscope to capture motion tracking at a rate of 1k per second. If you’re interested in getting one of these punch trackers for yourself, you can preorder one now from Hysko.com, the company co-founded by Duquette. (more…)
A Book Review & Call to Arms
We’re pretty clearly on the cusp of an era where much of what we know about building software systems is wrong. As devices become smarter and networked (or dumber and networked, which may end up being equally important or more important in the long run), as people who design and develop the software systems that monitor, control, or otherwise interact with these new kinds of devices, we all need to acquire different sets of skills that are currently rare, and apply our old habits and knowledge in different ways than we’re used to. (more…)
Are you thinking about the Internet of Things (IoT)? Maybe you should be — a whole new class of devices with previously unthought of capabilities is beginning to appear on the market. Corporate juggernauts and lean startups can both play the game, with home and personal devices from names like Google, Amazon, and Apple shelved alongside smartwatches from Pebble, connected LED bulbs from LIFX, and doorbell cameras from August.
The age of the Personal Area Network and the fully-connected, automated home is on the horizon, with some estimates expecting 26 billion IoT devices connected globally by 2020. Other estimates say 40 billion. Consumers and businesses have proven that they’re interested, and there are some exciting possibilities emerging for a company with a good idea.
So, now that you’re thinking about the Internet of Things, are you thinking about security for your IoT devices?
You most definitely should be. (more…)