This Week in IoT: Global IoT Day, Arduino’s Manifesto, Vuforia and HoloLens

April 6, 2016

These days, it can be hard to tell the difference between real technology and an April Fools’ Day prank. The IoT and its millions of smart, connected products is confusing or fantastic, depending on whom you ask. The new Google Cardboard Plastic that lets you see “beyond virtual reality”? Fake. The new Amazon Dash Button that lets you order toilet paper (among other things) at the push of a physical button? Real.

Before we get too far down the road in the real vs. fake game, here are five absolutely real IoT stories that turned our heads this week:

Global IoT Day on April 9th

This Saturday, April 9, the world will celebrate Global IoT Day which is billed as a worldwide event for makers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and citizens to discuss the IoT. According to the web site, eighteen countries hosted events last year.

PTC and ThingWorx will participate in Global IoT Day by hosting a Twitter chat about IoT solutions, augmented reality, build vs. buy, and other IoT topics. Join us at 11:00 a.m. ET to participate in the #IoTDay chat.

PTC’s Vuforia Now Supports Microsoft HoloLens

Steven Guggenheimer, vice president at Microsoft Corp., recently demonstrated PTC’s Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform during his keynote at Microsoft Build Developer Conference in San Francisco. As noted by PTC, the demo showcased Vuforia’s support for Microsoft HoloLens and featured other Microsoft technology: “The Build demonstration showcased a scenario where a salesperson could provide 3D visualizations of a Caterpillar® Multi-Terrain Loader to a potential customer. First, a Surface tablet was used to produce a small-scale visualization on a sales brochure. HoloLens was then used to transport the loader to the stage, where it could be observed and configured at actual size.”

Guggenheimer wrote about the event on the Microsoft blog, touting that “Microsoft partnered with Vuforia to bring their application to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). This partnership helped to create one very cool industrial equipment catalog.”

BMW Unveils IoT Concept Video at Build 2016

BMW also made news at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference by debuting a new IoT concept video that shows the many possibilities when a smart car and smart home are well integrated. Augmented reality and connectivity is the centerpiece in the new BMW platform called BMW Connected. As reported by TNW, the platform “utilizes the provided toolset to help build the architecture and scale it to the needs of BMW customers. The first version, out today, focuses on managing your daily mobility needs — estimated drive times, traffic notifications and rerouting and better connectivity between devices, such as your mobile phone, home and vehicle.”

Arduino Writes an IoT Manifesto

Arduino, the open-source electronics platform, has published what it is calling an IoT Manifesto. The manifesto outlines that connected devices should be open, sustainable, and fair – a stance that doesn’t deviate from the group’s mission and message. You can read the full manifesto on their new IoT site at

What’s Wrong with IoT Security and How to Fix It

There are lots of opinions out there about the IoT, and nothing sparks more conversation than the topic of IoT security. Two security analysts recently spoke to TechRepublic and shared their thoughts on IoT hacking and how to protect yourself. In the article, Tod Beardsley, Rapid7’s Senior Security Research Manager, and Timothy Sparapani, Founder of SPQR Strategies and former Director of Public Policy at Facebook, breaks down the current state of IoT security. Sparapani said to TechRepublic: “”The state of IoT security is very poor. We are learning that most IoT systems are essentially insecure.”

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