Category Archives: Apps

Mother

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 12.40.27

As every year, the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 (7-10 January, Las Vegas) is a hotspot where the world’s latest technological developments and discoveries are being showcased. This means: a lot of gadgets and innovations! Which is why we love it.

Without getting into too much depth, we would like to highlight one interesting gadget that received a lot of attention on day 1 of CES (yesterday) which is: Mother.

So what is Mother? Mother is a gadget that was developed by ‘Sense’ and is, as the company describes it, at the head of a family of small connected sensors that blend into your daily life to make it serene, healthy and pleasureable. Quite a promise I would say.

Mother is essentially an Internet of Things driven concept where you have one base station (called Mother – the white thing visualised above) which you connect to your home internet system, and which communicates wirelessly with sensors placed throughout your house (called cookies) which have the power to detect and understand the movements of objects and people. All of the data is gathered into an application which you can access through mobile devices and PC, and which sends you push notifications to keep you informed about your behaviour and that of your family.

So how can it help you? You could paste a cookie on your espresso machine and it will tell you how many espressos you had that day, you could paste one on your daughter’s toothbrush and it will tell you how often she brushes and for how long, or paste one on your door to track whenever it is opened (see images below).

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 12.45.09 Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 12.46.08

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 12.45.28

Similarly, the system can help you to find out whether your son took his medicine (put a cookie on his medicine box), whether you sleep well (put a cookie in your bedroom), and whether someone is home so you can lower the heating (put a cookie on your family members’ keyring). Like the image below shows, all data is collected and visualised in a clear way that help you to stay on top of yourself and your family!

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 13.17.26

In other words, Mother will help you to transform your home into an interactive environment which empowers you to learn from people and objects in your home and which will help you to take care of yourself and the ones you care about. Price? $222 and available from upcoming spring!

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 13.26.06

 

 

Oracle hitches Java to ‘Internet of things’

Java_hp

The company hopes that Java can supplant C in embedded-device development projects.

With an upgrade to the embedded version of Java announced Tuesday, Oracle wants to extend the platform to a new generation of connected devices, aka the Internet of things. Oracle also hopes that Java can supplant the C language in some embedded development projects.

The company is releasing Oracle Java ME (Micro Edition) Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit 3.3, providing a client Java runtime and toolkit for microcontrollers and resource-constrained devices. Version 3.3 is geared to low-powered devices and systems without screens or user interfaces. It also supports the ARMv5 through ARMv7 chip architectures and enables greater connectivity between edge devices and network peripherals and systems.

Oracle anticipates that Java developers can leverage their skills building applications for very small devices to begin developing solutions for the Internet of things, which includes devices ranging from street lights to home automation and security systems. Oracle appear to be making strides in addressing segments of the marketplace that historically have not been large users of Java.

The Java ME 3.3 Embedded rollout features improved device APIs to increase the number of external peripherals that can be integrated, runtime monitoring, and logging enhancements are featured. Supported developer boards include Raspberry Pi and Keil STM32 F200 Evaluation Board. Java ME SDK 3.3 backs Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit systems in addition to Windows XP 32-bit, and it has plug-ins for the NetBeans IDE and Eclipse.

Oracle also is looking to provide partners with the ability to customize Java ME embedded products for different device types and market segments with its Oracle Java Platform Integrator program, which provides support, patches, and updates. Downloads of Oracle’s embedded Java technologies are available at Oracle’s website.

 

Mobile Asia Expo 2013

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 19.48.14

Even though part of the Connected Liverpool team is still out there in Shanghai, it is time to have a quick look at some of the highlights of the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 conference which took place last week (26-28 June).

The GSMA reported that 20,500 people from 77 countries visited the 3-day conference  which was held in Shanghai….MASSIVE! The conference offered executives from the industry’s largest mobile operators, device manufacturers, equipment providers, software companies, internet companies and government delegations.

In total the conference hosted nearly 200 exhibition stands and occupied 25,000 gross square metres of both exhibition and business meeting space. Well you get the point, this must have been an impressive gathering.

The conference showcased various leading companies across the mobile ecosystem such as Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Amazon China, AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Dell, Facebook, Huawei, Lenovo, Mozilla, NEC, Oracle, Samsung, Sharp, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications, Telecom Italia Sparkle, The Coca-Cola Company, Toshiba, Ubuntu, Visa and ZTE, among others. Putting these kind of companies under one roof must be interesting (if not mind blowing) to say the least. Lets explore some of the offerings…..

We have been told that the Connected City ‘stand’ was at the Heart of Mobile Asia Expo.
Across 1,600 square metres, the Connected City showcased a range of mobile connected products and services, providing Mobile Asia Expo attendees the opportunity to experience the “Connected Life” first-hand. Connected City partners included China Mobile, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Huawei, KT and SAP.

As with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, also this conference offered a NFC experience. The attendees with a NFC-enabled phone were able to use it at several locations throughout the exhibition. China Mobile was the NFC Experience Official Operator Partner next to its Supporting Partners including Samsung, Huawei, China UnionPay, Sandpay, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and Shanghai COS Software Co., Ltd.

It also offered a Public Policy Forum. Given the importance of a supportive government policy to the mobile ecosystem and the impact the Asia Pacific has on a global scale, the GSMA held a Public Policy Forum at Mobile Asia Expo, bringing together more than 70 key stakeholders from governments, regulators, international organisations, mobile operators and industry manufacturers across the region. The forum mainly examined the regulatory environment that will help to deliver services, create growth and improve lives in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Additionally, The Connected Liverpool team in Shanghai happily informed their colleagues back in Liverpool about some amazing projects like a robot for educational purposes and a camera that cannot only recognise your face with human recognition technology but also your age and gender….. As you can imagine, us being tech geeks are awaiting our colleagues and their amazing stories with a lot of (im)patience…

For now, good night!

 

Connected Liverpool @ Mobile World Congress

Hello there!

It has been a while since we last spoke as we have been busy, time to get you updated, on Barcelona this time!

From 25 to 28 February, Connected Liverpool attended the Mobile World Congress based in the Fira Gran Via conference building in Barcelona after the team happily accepted the invite from Svetlana Grant, Director Smart Cities – Connected Living Programme GSMA. This year, 72,000 people visited the conference…..MASSIVE.

Early Sunday morning (24 February), we arrived in the sunny but cold Barcelona after a short and smooth journey, ready to get our conference tickets and free tube tickets (see below) from the “fast-track registration desk” at Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

After a short queue and showing our personal ID conference code on our smartphone to a lovely Spanish lady, it was time to get into the city centre and have breakfast in an authentic (and tasty) Spanish bistro as shown below. Lee was so kind to let us take some pictures while enjoying his breakfast.

Day 1 of the Mobile World Congress was mind blowing to say the least, the 240,000 square meters conference centre with 94,000 square meters of exhibition space divided over 8 halls and 2 floors was impressive. Seminars and keynote speeches from people as the CEO of Deutsche Telekom, Chairman of China Mobile, CEO of AT&T, CEO of Foursquare, CEO of Dropbox, CEO of Mozilla, CEO of Vodafone and more….what else is there to say.

Besides the exhibitors, day 1 covered such topics as “Vertical Disruption”, “Reshaping Mobile in the Digital Revolution”, “Building the Ecosystem for NFC Services”, and “Apps: Evolving the Ecosystem” located in the Conference Village of the conference centre.

Day 2 had an early start as Svetlana Grant, Director of Smart Cities – Connected Living Programme GSMA, invited Connected Liverpool to an Exclusive Networking Smart Breakfast Event from 8 till 10 a.m. at the conference building. The Barcelona City Council presented its Smart City Team which then introduced its Smart City Agenda. This was our opportunity to connect to key people in the Barcelona Smart City Team such as Manuel Sanromá (CIO Barcelona City Council), Josep Ramon Ferrer i Escoda (Smart City Strategy Director), and Pilar Conesa (Congress Director Smart City). From that day, we have been sharing experiences, initiatives, and pilots within both of our cities. As Barcelona is a well advanced and progressive city, we are keen to learn from them so we can use this knowledge to deploy our own smart city agenda in Liverpool.

Some of you may be aware that Barcelona is no longer using the term ‘Smart City’ but uses ‘Mobile’, or as their brand new city programme is called: “Mobile World Capital Barcelona”. This programme explains Barcelona’s understanding that the ICT industry is one of the main driving forces behind social progress and that its development is essential to drive economic growth and society’s transformation. Their stand was one of the eye-catcher during the conference.

We ended day 2 with an Exclusive Networking Reception at the Connected City stand of the GSMA, a real city street complete with a car showroom, office, town hall, department store, mobile shop, apartment, electrical store, hotel and café, where companies like AT&T where showcasing their innovation in the field.

Day 3 was filled with interesting seminars and talks such as ‘The Mobile Consumer’ given by Nielsen, and ‘Mobile Innovation 2023′ given by such experts in the field as the CEO of Deloitte and the CEO of Telefonica.

The final day of the conference was a big one for Connected Liverpool as we received Kevin McManus of Liverpool Vision to speak about the International Festival of Business 2014 and Connected Liverpool’s smart city agenda for Liverpool on the Mobile Monday event. One of the chairs of this event was Ajit Jaokar, who led the panel into an interesting discussion around venture capitalists, start-up funding and round 2 funding. See pictures below!

Just before the end of the day, we joined the Barcelona City Council crew at their Barcelona Fashion&Trend Festival celebration (planned for September 2013). This will be a creative and digital event around Fashion and another opportunity for the city to showcase its innovation.

Overall an amazing event with lots of networking opportunities, making the right connections to drive our Liverpool Smart City Agenda, and a rich source of cutting edge information when it comes to the future of mobile technology in our daily lives. A very big thank you to Svetlana Grant and the GSMA for the amazing experience!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telefónica: new M2M innovations

Telefónica Digital has unveiled some of the innovations its researchers have been working on in the field of Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. It’s latest concept “Thinking Things” connects almost all devices wirelessly to the internet, enabling physical objects to be controlled remotely via a web page.

The Thinking Things concept exists of a physical module containing core communications and logic, energy via a battery or AC module, and a variety of sensors and actuators.

According to Telefónica, modules are connected together and then connected to the device they will control. The company gave the example of plugging in modules into a lamp to enable remote control of home lighting. Once connected, a new web page is created for the new device providing web-based access to control the functions of the physical modules.

All the web functions are offered through an API, so developers can build their own applications on top of the platform. The final element of Thinking Things will be a data services ecosystem. This will offer access to metadata from Telefónica’s network, leading to the development of tailored services and the ability to commercialise them.