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Project Brillo is rebranded as Android Things

Project Brillo rebranded Android Things

Google has announced changes to its Internet of Things platform. They have recently launched a developer preview of Android Things, which is an updated and rebranded version of their Brillo IoT operating system which was unveiled in 2015.

Google has released a preview of the software, a bare-bones version of Android for connected light bulbs and door locks. It also announced plans for creating a simpler protocol for linking those devices to the cloud.

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Vodafone’s Smart Summer of IoT

Vodafone's Smart Summer of IoT

Vodafone has developed a suite of Internet of Things proof-of-concept connected ‘Smart Summer’ holiday wearables to help protect against damaging UV, keep your children safe on the beach and locate lost luggage.  The suite explores the possibilities of using Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), which enables the communication of data to hard-to-reach places using existing mobile networks. The smart collection includes connected swimwear, children’s sun hats and suitcases with embedded tracking technology.

The connected swimsuit includes hidden UV sensors that detect harmful rays, and alert the user through a smartphone app when it’s safe to come out of the shade.

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Bluetooth 5 – the optimum IoT wireless standard?

With four times the range, two times the speed and eight times the data broadcasting capacity than previous versions, Bluetooth 5 looks set to become the optimum wireless standard for ‘connectionless’ IoT applications.

Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG

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