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:

    August’s Smart Locks proved to be the key to my smarthome puzzle

    August Smart Lock Pro, along with the Connect Wi-Fi bridge. It’s the latest connected lock from August, which was acquired by lock industry giant Assa Abloy last year.

    August’s product has a few advantages over more traditional lockmaker connected offerings thanks to a design that means you can keep your old lock. It’s particularly useful for renters

    The lock also has an advantage in terms of connectivity – with just the Smart Lock Pro itself, you get Z-Wave and Bluetooth connectivity, along with HomeKit compatibility, which means you can control it when you’re within BT range, or use a Z-Wave smart home hub (like SmartThings) for broader connectivity. If you add the Connect, however, you get a Wi-Fi bridge that means you can have remote lock access from wherever you are.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google to acquire Xively IoT platform from LogMeIn for $50M

    Google announced today that it intends to buy Xively from LogMeIn for $50 million, giving Google Cloud an established IoT platform to add to their product portfolio.

    In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Google indicated it wants to use this purchase as a springboard into the growing IoT market, which it believes will reach 20 billion connected things by 2020. With Xively they are getting a tool that enables device designers to build connectivity directly into the design process while providing a cloud-mobile connection between the end user app and the connected thing, whatever that happens to be.

    Google announces intent to acquire Xively

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Total System Solution in Embedded Control

    Microchip offers the solutions you need for your embedded designs. As a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, they provide low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IoT Chip Security with Highly Secure Manufacture and Test Service

    The recent Meltdown and Spectre problems have highlighted the vulnerability of computer chips to hacking that can, at least, be addressed through software patches. However, another area that is increasingly a target for hackers is IoT where each node in an IoT network can provide an entry point to a company’s corporate systems, in a similar manner to the way that home security cameras, robot vacuum cleaners, etc. have been hacked. Presto Engineering is offering a comprehensive manufacturing and test service that is tailored to ensure IoT chips are made to high standards of security.

    “According to analysts, there are already billions of IoT chips in use,” said Martin Kingdon, Presto’s VP of Sales. “This figure is predicted to grow exponentially, driven by the ability of IoT to monitor and provide hard data on which actions can be taken, such as scheduling pre-emptive maintenance before a failure can happen. But the rush to design and make IoT chips has often meant that security has been overlooked, or not included, in the drive to a lower price. This is false economy as these chips can be vulnerable to hacking giving access to confidential data streams.”

    Handling these securely in the manufacturing supply chain is vital to an effective security strategy and is covered by the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation standards. These range from the basic Evaluation Assurance Level 1 to Level 7 for government and military, with Level 5 being typical for banks, payment systems, and other highly demanding commercial application.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Saelig Introduces Sol Chip Saturn802 Solar Energy Harvester ICs

    Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced the patented Sol Chip Saturn802 Energy Harvester IC – a unique photovoltaic (PV) cell which can produce output voltage levels of 0.75V, 1.5V, 2.25V, 3.0V, 4.5V, and 9V, which existing solar cells cannot do. The maximum power which can be obtained in full daylight is around 10mW, or 55uW in office lighting, so the Saturn802 IC is targeted at low-power applications. The size of the die is approximately 1cm by 1cm, and the stable voltage levels are available from separate pins of the device. The IC can be used with or without a back-up battery.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Clips camera uses machine learning to capture spontaneous moments in everyday life

    Google has announced the release of Google Clips, a small, hands-free camera that uses a machine learning algorithm to look for good moments to capture in everyday life.

    An image sensor size or model is not named—though The Verge is reporting that a 12 MPixel sensor is being used—but the camera features a 1.55 µm pixel size, auto focus adjustment, a 130° field of view, a frame rate of 15 fps, auto low lux and night mode, 16 GB storage, as well as motion photos (JPEGS with embedded MP4s), MP4, GIF, and JPEG, with no audio. Additionally, the camera has Gorilla Glass 3 for durability, as well as USB-C, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth LE for connectivity.

    Google Clips is a tiny camera that uses AI to automatically photograph family moments

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Traeger’s Wi-Fi connected grill is delicious overkill
    How does the wi-fi help things? Primarily by letting you keep an eye on things from afar. Once you get the grill connected to your home wi-fi you are able to set the temperature and the internal sensor alarms, thereby allowing you full control over your cook. The grill also gets you used to cooking by temperature, not perceived doneness, an improvement that is worth the price of admission alone.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EW18: See the First Demos of the Most Advanced Cellular Discovery Kits

    P-L496G-CELL01 and P-L496G-CELL02 are ST’s first Discovery kits that come with a cellular modem, and they will be one of our demos at Embedded World 2018


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