Last week MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) provided developers with a signal that it may be emerging as the de facto protocol for the IoT. This validation comes in the light of positive MQTT Interoperability Test Day results that were published by the host of the event: The Eclipse Foundation and the Eclipse IoT Working Group.
Google this week unveiled a first release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit; Google is calling it an MDK rather than SDK. The kit is truly in an alpha state at version 0.10. Despite its far-from-finished status, Google wanted to offer developers a peek at what they’ll be able to do with Project Ara.
Some of life’s biggest sources of frustration often seem trivial. Take, for instance, the process of finding a parking spot. When you can’t find one, few things can be more stressful. Fortunately, one company is using technology in an effort to eradicate parking nightmares. California-based Streetline has partnered with cities, universities, parking garages and transit agencies in the United States and internationally to build a large, smart parking network that helps those partners increase efficiency.
Nokia this week released version 1.2 of its Imaging SDK. The new developer tools, which were announced by CEO Stephen Elop at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco, will allow developers to add a wide range of new features to their own camera applications. The SDK applies to devices running Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1. Nokia claims the SDK will let even entry-level devices run compelling and complex imaging applications thanks to optimization and low-memory requirements.
Historically, entrepreneurs and businesses in need of capital to bring their ideas to life had limited options, such as venture capital, bank loans and credit cards. But thanks to crowdfunding services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it’s now possible for entrepreneurs and businesses to raise money from consumers willing to pre-order their wares.
Before the first iPhone was released in June 2007, it was remarkably easy to question just how large the consumer market for smart phones would be. Similar questions are being raised about “wearable” internet-connected devices but perhaps with the iPhone lesson in mind, a growing number of companies are unveiling offerings targeting the nascent wearables space. The latest: Google.
Samsung and the Tizen Association recently made the Tizen Software Development Kit for Wearables available from the Tizen developer web site. The SDK supports any wearable running Samsung’s Tizen operating system, but that’s an extremely limited number of devices at the moment, with just the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches filling the space.
Last month, ProgrammableWeb caught up with Alessandro Usseglio Viretta of CR8 • CREATE who deployed the first 3D printing API on Mashape. Three-dimensional printing continues to dominate headlines and cause disruption. As we close 2013, PW followed up with Viretta to discuss his API and get some insight into an emerging technology that is bound to stir the waters in 2014.
It may take some getting used to, but with more control over applications, developers will have to assume a lot more responsibility for their performance. At the Node Summit yesterday, F5 Networks announced that it is leveraging technology gained via its acquisition of LineRate Systems to allow developers to customize Web traffic via an API created using the Node.js framework.
With the delivery of the latest service pack for the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform, SAP has begun putting the tools in place that developers need to build applications on top of the HANA API.