This week in IoT: AR comes to the forefront, Wi-Fi for the IoT
January 4, 2016
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The flurry of gift-giving is over and so are the long holiday vacations. January – the month that is chock full of new product and technology announcements but very short on days off – is upon us. As we settle into the New Year, let’s take a look at some IoT stories that are worth a look this week:

IoT is alive and well

A new survey from Tech Pro Research shows that IoT is growing in popularity, with 32% of respondent companies already using IoT devices and another 35% who are planning to use them in the next year. According to the report, “surveillance equipment, RFID chips/tags and building controls were the three most common uses for IoT devices.”

This is the year for augmented reality

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off this week and with it comes a slew of tech predictions. This ZDNet piece takes the business angle and outlines four trends that will rule us all in 2016. Of particular note is trend #3: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) get a purpose. As the article says, “There’s a reason that VR and AR could be the next paradigm shift in computing: Their purpose will go far beyond just games.” (Hint: We already know that AR’s purpose is far beyond gaming. Be sure to sign up for our ThingEvent live stream and see for yourself!)

MIT has jumped into the AR fray by offering their Reality Editor app (iPhones only) that is the result of three years of research. The app, built on open source platform called Open Hybrid, allows the user to essentially edit their reality – at home, in the office, and beyond.

Google Glass is not dead

It seems that Google Glass is not dead – and it’s headed to your workplace! As 9to5Google reports, Google Glass: Enterprise Edition has appeared on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) web site but we await the official debut from Google. The Enterprise Edition has a more robust, foldable design, and includes improvements such as a faster Intel Atom processor and improved battery.

Wearables are a large piece of the IoT pie, and the appearance of Google Glass for the enterprise is surely a game changer. Question is, would you wear one around the office?

Wi-Fi for the IoT gets a name

WiFi for the IoT has a new name. Meet Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced HAY-Low)! In an announcement by the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi HaLow operates on a long range, low power frequency that “will enable a variety of new power-efficient use cases in the Smart Home, connected car, and digital healthcare, as well as industrial, retail, agriculture, and Smart City environments.” You can learn more about Wi-Fi HaLow on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s site.

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