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ICYMI Through May 16, 2022

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 05/23/2022
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Do you become a mosquito buffet every time you go outside? Unless your crush thinks it’s sexy that you’re “so sweet the mosquitos love you,” the attention from tiny insect vampires will ruin your outing with all the buzzing and slapping. One trick? Don’t wear red or orange clothes and avoid dark colors. Even better, exchange the AXE body spray for OFF! or another DEET-based bug spray.

Microsoft and STMicroelectronics began a joint effort to integrate the Microsoft Azure IoT cloud reference implementation directly in Arm trusted firmware. Based on the SMT32U5 IoT discovery kit.

Google released a 28-minute video on “What’s new in Google Home”. Home automation remains a growing market.

Speaking of home automation, Amazon has a new “Alexa Together” subscription service to more easily link a group of family members with older relatives who need extra monitoring.

MIT Technology Review and Infosys Cobalt give an overview of how IoT and clouds are transforming the automotive supply chain.

Parks Associates explains why smart home companies need to sharpen their marketing and better explain product value. Why? Parks’ research found 51% of consumers surveyed said, “I do not see any benefit or value in owning smart home devices.” Of those that buy, one major reason for the technology is children. The smart home rate is 5x higher for households with at least one child.

IoT device makers constantly search for long-term power options to avoid batteries that must be replaced. Some University of Cambridge researchers may have a good candidate in a solar energy power source using a special kind of algae. Really, algae.

Honeywell and IoT monitoring will improve the indoor air quality at the Blumenthal Performing Arts building in Charlotte, N.C.

Senet and Ready Wireless, an IoT MSP, teamed up to deliver an end-to-end LoRaWAN-enabled environmental and asset tracking tool.

The City of Peachtree Corners in Georgia, a testbed for new tech, announced Israeli startup ACiiST teamed up with them to install their SD-LAN network solution on Peachtree Corners’ “city street of the future.”

Those in the convenience store or gasoline distribution verticals might check out the new Guardian Connect real-time IoT device dashboard to monitor fuel pumps and supporting electronics.

Of course, IoT helps fish farmers, er, progressive aquaculture pioneers.

The more integrated IoT becomes in commercial real estate, the more concern grows that IoT cybersecurity risks demand smart buildings get smarter protocols to better protect themselves.

The increase in IoT projects thanks to faster 5G connections is starting to add up.

In healthcare news, scientists in Israel and China developed a “smart bandage,” or microneedle adhesive bandage system, to monitor blood levels of some chemicals without the need to draw blood.

Major makeup player Clinique added NFC labels to turn jars of certain products into connected products with one wave of a smart phone.

This week’s “IoT 101” article from Toolbox Tech dives a little deeper than most, so perhaps save this one for your more technical prospects.

New Delhi will automate 116 sewage pumping stations across the city using IoT. Sounds like an excellent project for remote monitoring.

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DOS, Windows, Linux, so why not ROS, or Robotic Operating System? As an open-source framework to build robots, ROS can do some interesting things, and solve problems before you start on the hardware part.