Google launches Android based Brillo OS for Internet of Things

Brillo is Google’s new operating system for low-power, Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It’s based on Android, which should make it relatively easy for developers familiar with Android to work with Brillo. But it’s a stripped down version of Android designed for low-power, inexpensive devices with as little as 32MB of RAM and 128MB of storage. […]

LG SmartThinQ Sensor makes dumb appliances smart(er)

LG offers a line of smart home appliances under its SmartThinQ brand, letting you connect your refrigerator, oven, or other products to the internet so you can control them from a phone. Now the company is preparing to launch a device that can turn existing appliances into smart home devices. The new SmartThinQ Sensor can be […]

Freescale unveils tiny Single Chip Modules for Internet of Things

Single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi may seem small… but chip maker Freescale figures it can go smaller. The company has unveiled a new product category it calls a Single Chip Module (SCM), which measures just 17mm x 14mm x 17mm (0.67″ x 0.55″ x 0.67″). That makes the 3.4″ x 2.2″ x 0.8″ Raspberry […]

Would you put Google’s connected cameras around your house?

Google is moving into the internet-of-things space. Last year the company acquired smart thermostat maker Nest, and opened a developer program to let Nest products interact with third-party apps and devices. The company also acquired connected camera maker Dropcam. More recently, Google introduced an Android-based operating system for connected devices called Brillo, which the company hopes […]

Allwinner unveils R58 octa-core chip for laptops, TV boxes

Chinese chip maker Allwinner is introducing a new line of ARM-based processors aimed at  a variety of devices including laptops, TV boxes, and “Internet of Things” connected devices such as smart Bluetooth speakers. The most powerful of the bunch is the Allwinner R58 octa-core chip which could power devices like laptop computers. In fact, Charbax […]

Google unveils Brillo, an operating system for Internet of Things

As expected, Google is developing an operating system for the Internet of Things. It’s called Brillo, and it’s based on Google Android, but Brillo is designed for simple devices like connected light bulbs, refrigerators, thermostats, and ovens. Brillo will be available as a developer preview in the third quarter of 2015, and Google plans to […]

Google to launch “Brillo” OS for Internet of Things (maybe)

Google has an operating system for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and TVs. It also has one for laptops and desktops. Soon Google may also have an operating system for refrigerators, light bulbs, locks, and other smart devices that make up the “Internet of Things.” The company may launch its new IoT operating system at the Google […]

Raspberry Pi 2 can run Windows 10, Ubuntu Core (and more)

The new $35 Raspberry Pi 2 mini-computer isn’t just faster than the original model that launched 3 years ago. It’s also more versatile: in addition to supporting Raspbian and other Linux-based operating systems, the single-board computer will also be able to run a version of Windows 10. Later this year Microsoft will offer Windows 10 […]

ARM launches mbed operating system for Internet of Things

Chip designer ARM makes the processors that power millions of smartphones and tablets. But the company also designs lower-power processors aimed at wearable devices, home automation systems, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. While there are a number of companies working to make sure your refrigerator can talk to your toaster, your smartphone, your […]