(IoT) – The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) if you are not familiar with the term, is the future of ALL technology. The Internet of Things is going to connect 50 billion devices by 2020. You see, in order for the Internet of Things to work – every device must have one piece of software… A tiny piece of technology called MEMS, which is short for microelectromechanical systems.

MEMS are tiny low-power sensors… so tiny that 100 of them can fit on a dime. Some versions are just a thousandth of an inch in size. The Internet of Things will be able to sense, think and act, but only with these sensors. They are, quite literally, the eyes and ears of the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.

Everything from the phones we carry in our pockets, to the cars we drive, to the buildings in which we work and live, will be linked to massive networks of data.

Coming soon will be a global system of interconnected computer networks, sensors, actuators, and devices all using the internet protocol which hold so much potential to change our lives that it is often referred to as the internet’s next generation.

The Internet of Things is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items-embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

In other words, devices will be able to connect with other devices with or without human intervention. When a machine is fitted with sensors, it can know what condition it is in and, whenever necessary, initiate its own maintenance.

Ten Million driverless cars are expected to be on the road by 2020 and are expected to reduce traffic fatalities by 90%. In order to get you to your destination safely, cars will be talking to other cars, to the weather station, to the Dept of Transportation, stop lights and the very road you drive on.

The IoT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention.

Everything from the phones we carry in our pockets, to the cars we drive, to the buildings in which we work and live, are linked to massive networks of data. There will be 25 billion connected objects, 90% of cars will be connected.

It now enables communication among physical objects… devices now connecting and communicating with other devices and is helping to create a more connected world. Still in its infancy, The Internet of Things is growing.

 

Should You Buy a Kindle Voyage Sleeve?

Your Kindle Voyage is an amazing device. For readers everywhere the very first Amazon Kindle was a life changing device, at least when it came to reading. The new Amazon Kindle Voyage continues to evolve the Kindle lineup and refining the basic formula into a something that makes the process of finding books, acquiring the books you want and then reading them, as easy and painless as possible. The Kindle Voyage lets you carry thousands of books at a time and access a library of millions more on a device that is easy to carry around and lasts for weeks on a single charge. And of course if you are a crazy book lover, you must be very protective of your device.

Why Kindle Sleeves?

Kindle voyage leather sleeves are the best way to go! Unlike cases or hard covers, sleeves don’t add bulk to your device. They are soft and light products which protect your device from scratches and bumps. The felt and real leather used in the sleeves makes them both luxurious to look at, touch and hold, it also keeps your Kindle screen clean and scratch free. There is nothing as luxurious as leather. It is the best material to store expensive devices and only gets better with time. The 100% natural leather that is dry-milled to achieve a smooth texture will never disappoint you. Tablet sleeves are thin and offer the perfect level of protection. They are either like envelopes or have an open top for easy access to the product. They fit the tablet perfectly. Few of them also have an additional pocket for storage which allows you to carry your documents and cables along.

You don’t need to carry the burden of a kindle case anymore! Buy one of the bags for the kindle voyage instead. There is an incredible variety of designer tablet sleeves available online. If you hesitate about buying one, just browse the stylish designs that would perfectly reflect your personality, don’t worry about drawing too much attention though! There are also some classic designs available online that you would definitely adore. Makers of designer cases and tablet sleeves offer you the ability to buy online and have the products shipped anywhere in the world for free! Unlike most electronic devices, a Kindle can last for many years without becoming obsolete, so you should really protect it as much as you can.

 

How To Add 3D Touch To Your IOS App

3D Touch Utility
The 3D Touch technology was first introduced on the iPhone 6s and 6s+. Devices supporting 3D Touch are equipped with a tap force sensitive display, measuring the pressure on the screen. The 3D Touch technology allows users to press an app icon on the Home screen and get a quick access to some functionality presented in the app. Also, within an app, a user can get access to some features.

From iOS 9, Apple made 3D Touch APIs available:

  • Home Screen Quick Action API
  • UIKit peek and pop API
  • Web view peek and pop API
  • UITouch force properties

In order to find out whether a device supports the 3D Touch technology, you have to read out the forceTouchCapability values. While the app is working, a user can turn off 3D Touch, so this value has to be checked in the traitCollectionDidChange delegate method.

- (void)traitCollectionDidChange:(UITraitCollection *)previousTraitCollection {

if (self.traitCollection.forceTouchCapability == UIForceTouchCapabilityAvailable) {

NSLog(@"3D Touch is available");

} else {

NSLog(@"3D Touch is not available on this device");

}

}

3D Touch Quick Actions
There are two types of Home Screen Quick Actions: dynamic and static.

Static actions are defined in the Info.plist file within the UIApplicationShortcutItems array.

Dynamic actions have to be added to the UIApplication application object in the shortcutItems property. You can use two methods for creation:

Method 1

init(type: String,

localizedTitle: String,

localizedSubtitle: String?,

icon: UIApplicationShortcutIcon?,

userInfo: [AnyHashable: Any]? = nil)

This method creates a Home screen dynamic quick action with a header, optional subheader, optional icon, and optional user info dictionary.

Method 2

convenience init(type: String,

localizedTitle: String)

Creates a Home screen dynamic quick action with a header but with no icon.

Quick Actions Handler
func application(application: UIApplication,

performActionForShortcutItem shortcutItem: UIApplicationShortcutItem, completionHandler: Bool -> Void) {

let didHandle: Bool = /* handle the quick action using shortcutItem */

completionHandler(didHandle)

}

func application(application: UIApplication,didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [NSObject: AnyObject]?) -> Bool {

var performAdditionalHandling = true

if let shortcutItem = launchOptions?[UIApplicationLaunchOptionsShortcutItemKey]

as? UIApplicationShortcutItem {

/* handle the quick action using shortcutItem */

performAdditionalHandling = false

}

return performAdditionalHandling

}

UIKit peek and pop API
This API is used for content preview (quick) and further transition to it. New methods in UIViewController for ViewController registration and registration cancellation allow notifications as to whether it is going to be used by 3D Touch. Additionally added are new protocols for 3D Touch support.

ViewController registration:
-(id)registerForPreviewingWithDelegate:(id)delegate sourceView:(UIView *)sourceView;

Peek:

– (UIViewController *)previewingContext: (id)previewingContext viewControllerForLocation:(CGPoint)location {

// check if we’re not already displaying a preview controller

if ([self.presentedViewController isKindOfClass:[PreviewViewController class]]) {

return nil;

 

What Are Indoor Positioning Systems?

Is the Indoor Positioning System (IPS) something new to you? If so, you should know that it is similar to a GPS that is designed for indoor environments. IPS is used to locate objects or people in a building through a smartphone or tablet. While the technology is new, services that make use of IPS are getting popular in airports, shopping malls, and other venues where LBS and navigation are required.

How does this system work?

This technology uses the internal sensors of a smartphone to locate the indoor position of the device with mathematical algorithms. It’s possible to get an accurate location by combining the data from the sensors.

For better user experience, IPS depends upon three elements: the IPS apps, beacons that send signals and the positioning platform.

The technology options

The Indoor Positioning Systems has several approaches. For instance, you can take systems that use RFID, Bluetooth, WiFi or a combo of these technologies. Moreover, when doing the evaluation of the IPS technology, you may want to consider how the extra expensive infrastructure can be minimized and the costs are reduced. As far as the lowest cost and simplest option is concerned, you may want to go for a WiFi-based system.

WiFi-based positioning

WiFi-based systems make use of the current infrastructure in order to locate devices without the hardware calibration. For instance, you can read up on the Cupid system of HP that can locate any WiFi-enabled device with an accuracy of 2 meters.

Actually, this type of system sends and receives wireless signals. On the other hand, the WiFi-based system works through the measurement of the distance of the signal from different access points in order to calibrate the position of the device. The access point sends the data back to the relevant “location service”. This is the server that runs the analytics and algorithms in order to pinpoint the exact location.

Benefits of the IPS in the office

IPS allows asset tracking, physical security, smart buildings and network management. For instance, if you know the location of a certain device in an office, you may adjust the security settings whenever the device is taken out of the building.

In a big office, you may choose to make it easier for the staff to look for the roaming staff, printers or the conference room. Aside from this, you may also monitor the device location over a certain period and show the staff activity in the office.

As far as practical uses are concerned, IPS has a lot to offer. As a matter of fact, it’s become an emerging technology in different industries like hospitality, health and retail, just to name a few. So, if you are looking for a way to improve your customer experience or staff productivity, we suggest that you try out an IPS.

So, this was a brief introduction to the Indoor Positioning System (IPS). If you have an office, we suggest that you use this system to improve the production of your staff and manage other things.

 

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