IoT and embedded systems products 2018

This post is here to comments links and news on intetesting IoT products I see. I plan to post mainly information on new products, but sometimes I can post also information on older but what I see still relevat IoT products. I might also post here some embedded systems products that are not directly related to IoT as well.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Machinon Takes the Hard Work Out of Building a Raspberry Pi Home Automation System

    Home automation is becoming increasingly popular, and the Internet of Things (IoT) promises to make it easy to create a smart home. There are just two major problems: nothing in your house was built for IoT, and new IoT-ready appliances are a proprietary nightmare. Comprehensive plug-and-play solutions don’t exist, so you have to build your own. Machinon is hardware designed to make that easy to do with a Raspberry Pi.

    46 Smart I/Os
    Industrial design
    Real Time Clock
    Raspberry Pi ready
    Open Source ready

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nerdonic Introduces the Arduino-Compatible Exen Proto Microcontroller

    Nerdonic recently launched their popular Exen Mini, which they touted as the “world’s smallest 32-bit Arduino-compatible microcontroller.” The tiny 14.9 X 14.9 X 4.4mm development board is powered by Microchip’s SAM D21 Cortex-M0+ MCU

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tachyon – The lightning fast 120MHz Arduino compatible!
    Rabid Prototypes
    By Rabid Prototypes
    Tachyon – The lightning fast 120MHz Arduino compatible!
    Rabid Prototypes
    By Rabid Prototypes
    The Tachyon features a 120MHz 32-bit Cortex M4F Arduino Zero compatible ATSAMD51 microcontroller w/ 128K of ram!

    The Tachyon features a 120MHz 32-bit Cortex M4F Arduino Zero compatible ATSAMD51 microcontroller w/ 128K of ram!

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ROHM – Sensor node integrates multiple sensors with Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth LE SoC

    ROHM and Kionix have introduced the RoKi Sensor Node, a key component in the new RoKi IoT Platform. The sensor node uses Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth LE advanced multiprotocol SoC, providing better throughput and longer range compared to the Bluetooth 4.2. It also offers better coexistence with other wireless devices, and an improved broadcast capacity enhancing beacon functionality.

    A key feature of the sensor node is its focus on power, both regarding flexibility and low power consumption. It can be run by a rechargeable Li-Polymer battery, replaceable coin cell batteries, or via MicroUSB. The automated power consumption system of the Bluetooth 5 SoC, and the configurable power management modes of the sensors, make the device a long-running, low power consuming system with a small footprint. The active time is approximately eight hours of typical usage, and an estimated standby time of 200 hours.

    The node comes in a compact (42mm x 67mm x 22mm) housing and has a programmable RGY LED, expansion ability with extended I/O connectors, and 64Mb of flash memory.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Piranha—an Arduino MKR-Like Board with a 32-bit MIPS Processor

    The Arduino classic form factor is dying. The Uno-like boards that became a de facto standard in the maker world are now quietly on the way out. While the ‘legacy’ Uno-like form factor is still around and viable, increasingly newer boards from Arduino use the MKR form factor.

    the community has seemingly begun to line up behind Adafruit’s Feather form factor. With Arduino’s own, somewhat similar MKR form factor, lagging behind in popularity.

    The Fishino Piranha follows the release of their Uno-inspired “Fishino 32” board, which was released near the start of last year. The Piranha has tthe same 32-bit Microchip PIC32MX as their previous board with a MIPS core clocked at 120MHz, along with 128 kB RAM and 512 kB Flash memory, and has the same form factor as the new Arduino MKR boards.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WiFiBoy32: An ESP32-Based IoT Dev Kit and Portable Game Console

    The ESP32-WROOM-32 Wi-Fi module is a popular IoT development microcontroller that has been used to create everything from weather stations to wearable cigarette lighters. Developer Derek Lai took his ESP32 to design a portable game console that doubles as an IoT development kit.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Emlid Neutis N5 Module

    Based around an Allwinner H5 quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 processor, with a Mali 450 MP4 GPU, the new Emlid Neutis N5 is a tiny module aimed directly at pro makers and hardware startups.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Qorvo® First to be Certified for Zigbee® Green Power v1.1 Multi-sensor and Generic Switch Extension

    Qorvo® today announced it has been awarded certification for the multi-sensor and generic switch features of Zigbee® Green Power v1.1. These new features greatly expand the types of smart home sensors that can be powered by energy harvesting, eliminating the need for batteries or enabling ultra-long battery life.

    The multi-sensor extension to the Green Power specification significantly compresses data to reduce the length of Green Power communication frames. These ultra-short, ultra-dense data packets result in longer battery life and enable support for multiple types of smart home sensors in a single device. For example, the multi-sensor feature measures temperature, humidity, light levels and air quality in a single indoor device. The extension adds support for ultra-low power door and window sensors, motion sensors and leakage detectors.

    Functions can be assigned to the various switches on a device during commissioning – in a user-friendly way – by using the generic switch extension. This enhances flexibility for the end customer and reduces the volume of part numbers (SKUs) for the product manufacturer.

    “There are hundreds of millions of smart home devices worldwide and Zigbee has the largest market share1,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “Creating battery-free systems is a growing trend, and Zigbee Green Power is the solution for developers to create interoperable Zigbee products that are powered with energy harvesting.”

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Blueberry Pi, Just Another Fruity SBC?

    The Raspberry Pi is a the uncontested winner of the single-board computing market. The form factor has become a de facto standard, and the community that has gathered around the board has made it one of the pillars of the maker movement.

    However, there isn’t any way you can build a Raspberry Pi yourself. The board is mostly open hardware, but the notable exception is the Broadcom chip that the Pi is based on.

    Which is where the Blueberry Pi, made by Marcel Thürmer, might come in?

    The Blueberry Pi is equipped with an Allwinner V3s, an SoC original intended for the action camera market. The V3s has an Arm Cortex-A7 core running at 1.2GHz, along with 64 MB of RAM and Ethernet built-in on the chip.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tomu is a fingernail-sized computer that is easy to swallow

    I’m a huge fan of single board computers, especially if they’re small enough to swallow. That’s why I like the Tomu. This teeny-tiny ARM processor essentially interfaces with your computer via the USB port and contains two LEDs and two buttons. Once it’s plugged in the little computer can simulate a hard drive or mouse, send MIDI data, and even blink quickly.

    The Tomu runs the Silicon Labs Happy Gecko EFM32HG309 and can also act as a Universal 2nd Factor security token. It is completely open source and all the code is on their GitHub.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    An Olimex ESP32-Based Board with PoE

    We’ve seen a rash of boards supporting Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) recently. First was the Raspberry Pi 3, Model B+, which shipped with PoE support and an optional PoE HAT, but more recently boards like the Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero have also started to pop up.

    It looks like Olimex are preparing to join in, with an announcement towards the end of last month of their own ESP32-based PoE board.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Adafruit’s New “Grand Central” Board, a Return to the Arduino MEGA?

    The Arduino classic form factor is dying. The Uno-like boards that became a de facto standard in the maker world are now quietly on the way out.

    So with the size of new boards tending smaller, it’s interesting to see Adafruit resurrecting the Arduino MEGA form factor.

    Unlike the old Arduino MEGA board, which was built around the now ageing Microchip ATmega2560, the new Adafruit board is based around the SAM D51 processor, a 32-bit Arm Cortex-M4 running at up to 120 MHz.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Announcing the New AIY Edge TPU Boards

    Custom ASIC for accelerated machine learning on the edge

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Category: SeaConnect IIoT & Cloud I/O

    We put the I/O in IoT™
    With SeaConnect™ hardware and SeaCloud™ software you can monitor and control real-world devices from virtually anywhere with any modern web browser. Sealevel’s SeaCloud software is designed to monitor, track, analyze and control data from SeaConnect and other Sealevel I/O devices. SeaConnect hardware offers a variety of digital, analog and sensor I/O options coupled with SeaCloud’s built-in event engine to trigger actions. Together, SeaCloud and SeaConnect are redefining working remotely.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cat® Connect Remote Asset Monitoring for the Cat® Microgrid system

    Cat® Connect Remote Asset Monitoring offers real-time collection and remote monitoring of site performance data in Cat Microgrid applications. Providing data, visualization, reporting, and alerts from anywhere in the world through an easy-to-use web interface, this technology helps operators and Cat dealers track and manage the operation of the system, confirm desired cost savings, flag potential problems, perform remote troubleshooting, offer long-term archives of site performance history, and identify opportunities for further operational or system enhancement.

    The Cat Microgrid suite is an innovative lineup of power systems that adds environmentally friendly solar panels, state-of-the-art energy conversion and storage technologies, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar’s traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including HFO, natural gas and diesel generator sets, switchgear and automatic transfer switches. The Cat Microgrid technology suite is designed to reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, decrease emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing energy efficiency in even the most challenging environments.

    The Cat Master Microgrid Controller (MMC) keeps loads continuously energized with high-quality power at the lowest cost.

    Cat® Connect helps track and manage the operation of a microgrid system, confirm desired cost savings, flag potential problems, perform remote troubleshooting, offer long-term archives of site performance history, and identify opportunities for further operational or system enhancement

    Cat® Connect delivers site visibility from any location in the world via the Internet.

    The Cat Microgrid suite is an integrated system that includes generator sets, solar panels, state-of-the-art energy conversion and storage technologies, and advanced monitoring and control systems

    The Cat Microgrid offering is designed to reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, decrease emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing energy efficiency

    System reduces unplanned downtime costs by 30% or more

    System improves maintenance efficiency by 15% to 40%

  16. Tomi Engdahl says: promises standardized open source IoT device security

    IoT devices currently lack a standard way of applying security. It leaves consumers, whether business or individuals, left to wonder if their devices are secure and up-to-date., a company that launched today, wants to change that by offering a standard way to secure devices and deliver updates over the air.

    “Our mission is solving the problem of IoT and embedded space where there is no standardized core platform like Android for phones,” CEO George Grey explained.

    providing a way to deliver updates over the air in an automated manner on any device from tiny sensors to smart thermostats to autonomous cars.

    He says this approach will allow manufacturers to apply security patches in a similar way that Apple applies regular updates to iOS. “Manufacturers can continuously make sure their devices can be updated with the latest software to fix security flaws or Zero Day flaws,” he said.

    The company offers two solutions, depending on the size and complexity of your device. The Zephyr RTOS microPlatform is designed for smaller, less complex devices. For those that are more complex, Foundries offers a version of Linux called the Linux OE microPlatform.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Raspberry Pi’s Missing Power Manager Has Arrived!

    In the case of an Arduino where you run your programs on “bare metal” (i.e., no operating system), losing and regaining power typically isn’t too much of a problem. All that happens is that your program restarts from the beginning. Sad to relate, things can be a tad more problematic if you lose power when you are working with a sophisticated operating system like Linux.

    Well, my chum, Lindsay Craig, just told me that his chum, Patrick Van Oosterwijck (Founder and Principal Engineer at Silicognition), has developed a solution that addresses these problems. This solution is called the LiFePO4wered/Pi+, which Patrick recently launched in the form of his LiFePO4wered/Pi+ CrowdSupply Project. This project has already far exceeded its original goal, which shows that users appreciate the need for such a device.

    This little beauty acts as a fully-featured LiFePO4 battery, power manager, and uninterruptable power supply (UPS) for the Raspberry Pi.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Startup Drives Open Source to IoT
    Ex-Linaro execs ride Zephyr RTOS and Linux

    A startup formed by members of Linaro wants to be the Red Hat of the Internet of Things, delivering configurations of Linux and the Zephyr RTOS for end nodes, gateways and cars. aims to provide processor-agnostic code with regular updates at a time when IoT developers have a wide variety of increasingly vendor-specific choices.

    “Today every IoT product is effectively a custom design that has to be tested and maintained, and we believe that causes huge fragmentation. Our concept is to make it as easy to update an embedded product as to update a smartphone, so you don’t need a security expert,” said George Grey, chief executive of

    The startup will offer a Zephyr distribution that can fit into as little as 512 KBytes flash. It’s embedded Linux, based on Open Embedded/Yocto, implements Docker Containers and fits into less than 200 Mbytes. Both will be offered with subscriptions that include over-the-air security patches and other updates initially on a weekly basis.

    The startup is charging $2,500/month or $25,000/year for a Linux product, regardless of how many devices use it. It charges $1,000/month or $10,000/year for Zephyr.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi Trading is offering a Power-over-Ethernet HAT board for the RPi 3 Model B+ for $20 that ships with a small fan. Linux Gizmos notes that the “802.3af-compliant ‘Raspberry Pi PoE HAT’ allows delivery of up to 15W over the RPi 3 B+’s USB-based GbE port without reducing the port’s up to 300Mbps bandwidth.” To purchase, visit here.

    Raspberry Pi’s PoE HAT ships for $20, tosses in a free fan

    Raspberry Pi Trading has launched a $20 Power-over-Ethernet HAT board for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ that delivers up to 15W and ships with a small fan.

    The Power-over-Ethernet HAT that was promised with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ SBC has arrived. The $20, 802.3af-compliant “Raspberry Pi PoE HAT” allows delivery of up to 15W over the RPi 3 B+’s USB-based GbE port without reducing the port’s up to 300Mbps bandwidth.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The New RAK8213 mini-PCIe Card

    The RAK833 LoRaWAN gateway module, released a couple of months ago by RAK Wireless, has already been used to hand-build a gateway for The Things Network. Now they’re back with the RAK8213, an NB-IoT and LTE Cat M1 module in the same mini-PCIe form factor as the RAK833.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Meow Meow Is an Adorable Dev Board That Turns Anything Into a Keyboard

    All modern operating systems support USB HIDs (human interface devices) like keyboards and mice. Creating a custom keyboard is as simple as emulating an HID with a microcontroller. You can do that with an Arduino, but that requires special configuration, and you need to deal with sensors and wiring. Meow Meow is an ARM Cortex-M0 board that dramatically simplifies the process by shipping pre-configured as a USB keyboard, and by providing easy-to-use capacitive touch inputs

    Meow Meow can be programmed with Microsoft MakeCode or the Arduino IDE,

    Meow Meow is currently on Kickstarter

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:


    Control your Raspberry Pi from anywhere.

    Remotely access your device command line.

    Similar to SSH, but without the complex set-up required to get it working behind firewall and NAT.

    Wormhole provides a proper URL for your web control panel which follows your devices across cellular, satellite and fixed networks.

    Dataplicity lets you control, manage and repair your devices even as they roam between cellular, satellite and fixed networks beyond your control.

    Installing Dataplicity at the factory solves your remote support problem before your devices reach your customer.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:


    This week, I had a chance to take three new Particle Xenon boards for a spin. Our engineering teams are hard at work polishing the firmware, mobile apps, and brand-new Mesh APIs, but I was able to walk through the basic experience of claiming and naming three Xenons, setting up a mesh network of three, and interacting with the devices from the Tinker app.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    OpenLogger: Wi-Fi Enabled Data Logger

    Stream and log data with the first high resolution, open source, portable data logger.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dami Lee / The Verge:
    Samsung debuts SmartThings tracker with LTE for real-time location tracking, geofencing alerts, more; coming Sept. 14 for $99 with AT&T, $5/mo. after first year — Samsung is releasing a SmartThings tracker that’s powered by LTE-M (instead of Bluetooth) to help you find stuff.

    Samsung’s SmartThings Tracker uses LTE to find your misplaced items

    Samsung is releasing a SmartThings tracker that’s powered by LTE-M (instead of Bluetooth) to help you find stuff. The cellular network allows it to be used for real-time location tracking for your pets and kids as well as misplaced items. The power button on the tracker, when pressed twice, will send its location through the SmartThings app, and there’s also an option to send an SOS.

    The tracker is compatible with other Samsung SmartThings devices so it can be used in conjunction with other smart home products like lights, thermostats, and security cameras.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    TomTom and STMicroelectronics to Offer Innovative Geolocation-Based Tools and Services

    STMicroelectronics and TomTom today announced a package of development tools in the STM32* Open Development Environment that connect directly to TomTom Maps APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for location, tracking, and mapping data services, accelerating product development and reducing time-to-market and development costs for developers.

    This first-of-its-kind-development package consists of an STM32 Discovery host board for 2G/3G cellular-to-cloud connectivity, a GNSS expansion board based on ST’s industry-proven Teseo satellite navigation technology, and a software Function Pack that connects your Internet-of-Things (IoT) node via a cellular network to a range of TomTom Maps APIs. With this hardware and software package and a TomTom developer account, developers can quickly add location-based services to their IoT and Smart City applications. Among these services are the translation of GPS coordinates into a street address inside a map (Reverse Geocoding), retrieval of nearby point of interests, and the production of accurate navigation directions.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Avnet Releases Low-Cost Gigabit Network FMC Module

    Optimized for Xilinx FPGA and SoC-based industrial Ethernet digital communications systems, the new Dual 1000 Mbps Networking FMC Module supports applications such as cloud-based data centers and industrial automation.

    “By bringing together key technologies from Microchip, Avnet and Xilinx, we have succeeded in developing a Network FMC Module that satisfies customer needs for gigabit Ethernet, while dramatically reducing the cost to deploy,” said Kevin Keryk, technical marketing manager, Avnet. “This Network FMC Module opens up a world of possibilities for designers to accelerate development of industrial IoT and connected factory systems, including Gigabit Ethernet switches, industrial IoT gateways, hardware-accelerated routers and real-time Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN).”

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Consolidate Robot and CNC Controllers in a Single Real-time Windows IPC

    When it comes to machine automation, hardware costs and complexity add up fast. As your requirements expand, so does your ever-growing list of hardware: a controller for robot control. Another for CNC. Another for machine vision. You end up with a lot of controllers, perhaps even proprietary, ultimately end up being a lot of systems to manage – and a lot of dollars out of your pocket.

    Software-based machine control changes that paradigm. With the right software and a single real-time Windows PC, you can consolidate all of those controllers and their associated costs.

    What about the challenges of EtherCAT? While EtherCAT is recognized as the network standard for software motion control, it’s not without issues. That’s why KINGSTAR delivers auto-discovery, auto-configuration, and much more, all in a “plug-and-play,” open and standards-based environment.

    Software-based machine automation also supports the modern needs of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial IoT (IIoT). It enables an OPC UA connection to the cloud for analytics

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Halvalla tikulla kiinni langattomaan laitteeseen

    10 dollaria maksavan USB-tikun, joka liitetään tietokoneeseen. Sen avulla päästään nRF Connect -ohjelmistolla suoraan kiinnin langattomia tekniikoita hyödyntävään laitteeseen.

    Tikku tulee eri Bluetooth-versioita, Thread-protokollaa, ZigBeetä, ANT-protokollaa sekä monia muita 2,4 gigahertsin radion yli toimivia sovelluksia. tikku perustuu Nordicin nRF52840-järjestelmäpiiriin.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft announces the public preview of Windows 10 IoT Core Services

    At Computex a few weeks back, we announced Windows 10 IoT Core Services, which enables our IoT partners to commercialize their solutions running on Windows 10 IoT Core. We are now excited to announce the public preview of this service along with details on purchasing and pricing. As described in our previous blog, IoT Core Services provides 10 years of operating system support along with services to manage device updates and assess device health.

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amazon launches an Alexa Smart Plug

    Amazon wants to make it easier to set up your smart home. Today at its hardware event, the company introduced a new Smart Plug device that brings Alexa’s voice control capabilities to anything you want to control – a coffee pot, a light, or anything else that can be powered on or off at a power outlet

    Amazon launches an Alexa microwave with built-in popcorn Dash button

    One of the stranger rumors ahead of today’s Amazon event has become fact. The company’s attempting to make a big push into home appliances, so it’s leading the way with its very own microwave.

    The Amazon Basics Microwave apparently began life as an in-house reference product, as the company was developing an API for third parties to develop their own Alexa-powered devices.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Easy-to-Use GNSS Module from STMicroelectronics

    STMicroelectronics is making its Teseo III satellite-navigation receiver accessible to a wider designer community by introducing the Teseo-LIV3F module, which integrates essential features to speed application development and also adds up to 16Mbit of Flash memory for firmware updating or data logging without a backup battery.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    TwinCAT IoT Communicator
    TC3 IoT Communicator

    The TC3 IoT Communicator makes it possible to easily transmit process data to multiple end devices, monitor status changes, and send information back to the machine.

    The TC3 IoT Communicator connects the TwinCAT controller to a messaging service, making it easy to set it up within the TwinCAT engineering environment to send and receive push messages and process data between the PLC and mobile operating systems. Since each end device is registered with a unique ID, messages can be transmitted to specific people and/or controllers.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    u-blox C030-R410M IoT Starter Kit

    The u-blox C030-R410M LTE Cat-M1/NB1 mbed-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) Starter Kit is a versatile development platform that allows quick prototyping of a variety of applications for low-power Internet of Things (IoT).

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Introducing Alexa Gadgets Toolkit: Create Fun and Delightful Echo-Connected Accessories

    We’re excited to announce the availability of the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit (Beta), allowing you to build your very own Alexa Gadgets — fun and delightful accessories that pair to compatible Echo devices via Bluetooth. Alexa Gadgets extend Alexa’s capabilities to new modalities with motors, lights, sound chips, and more.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sensything Provides Sensors, Processing, and Wireless on a Single Board

    According to Bangalore-based ProtoCentral, Sensything is an open source, multi-sensor, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-enabled platform that can be used for any number projects that need the ability to detect, monitor, and record data in nearly any environment.


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