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Archive for March, 2014

Sewio Offers Open Sniffer of 15.4 Networks

sewioSewio (officially Sewio Networks s.r.o.) is characterized by the openness of their wireless solutions, which are available to the wide WSN community. Sewio offers unique dual band Open Sniffer for the IEEE 802.15.4 based networks. The Open Sniffer is multiplatform, multiband, time-precise and low-cost packet analyser, which operates among various frequency bands with the remote configuration capabilities. The Open sniffer supports worldwide 2.4 GHz band, EU/US 915/868 MHz band and also China band of 780 MHz.

The communication realized through the Ethernet interface can be easily visualized in the Wireshark, which does not require any operation license.

The product name Open Sniffer got the sniffer thanks the Sewio effort to provide this tool for free for the WSN community. The PCB layout with the bill of materials together with the latest firmware are available at their web page in Download section, see “Apart from nowadays available 15.4 sniffers, the user doesn’t need to go through the painful process of the product activation, license management  and reactivation process in case when the sniffer is connected to another computer, says Sewio”. For the impatient developers, they sale Open Sniffer Kit with ready-to-go sniffer for the easy start.

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Web-Enabled Toothbrushes Join the Internet of Things

What the world needs now is a Web-enabled toothbrush. That part is clear to several oral-hygiene companies. What they can’t agree on is who was first to put teeth into the smartphone.

The giant Procter & Gamble Co. last week demonstrated what it calls the “World’s First Available Interactive Electric Toothbrush.” It links with a smartphone and records brushing habits, while an app gives mouth-care tips alongside news headlines.

A French startup bristles at that claim. Paris-based Kolibree also last week touted the “World’s First Connected Electric Toothbrush.” The 12-person company says it was first because it showed its device, which also records dental data via smartphone, in January.

Kolibree Chief Executive Thomas Serval last week trekked to the yearly Mobile World Congress here to show off his brush a few minutes’ walk from P&G’s “connected bathroom” display.

“To be honest, I wasn’t going to come here,” he says. “But I wanted to make sure no one could say they are ‘first’ when they are not.”

via Web-Enabled Toothbrushes Join the Internet of Things –

Samsung creates medical test bed to prove Internet of Things is worth the effort | ZDNet

Samsung has smartphones and smart watches, and will soon smart sensors for the medical research field.

The partnership between Samsung and the University of California, San Francisco sets out with a single goal: to develop a test bed for medical sensors in efforts to validate the worth of emerging Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, otherwise known as the Internet of Things.

The South Korean giant’s joint project with medical professionals will work to develop network-connected sensors for gadgets, signalling a divergence in the company’s strategy by focusing on health and the wider medical world.

Based at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, some of the world’s leading researchers will come together to develop and run trials to see how these gadgets can be used to create and accelerate the adoption of new preventative health solutions.

Samsung Electronics chief strategy officer and semiconductor veteran Young Sohn said in remarks on Friday the test bed environment is “aimed at enabling great new ideas to be tested, validated, and commercialized more quickly, thereby making lives better for millions of people around the world.”

Dr. Michael Blum, UCSF’s associate vice-chancellor for informatics, said evaluations by federal agencies will be required for devices that offer medical diagnoses, but could one day play a part in preventative measures, such as weight loss or gain and other health-related activities.

Ten investments have been made so far into the joint venture, Samsung said. The company said these technologies will likely eventually make their way to smartphones and other consumer devices, like wearables.

via Samsung creates medical test bed to prove Internet of Things is worth the effort | ZDNet.