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IoTize: French startup’s journey into IoT-connected designs @ CES 2024

IoTize IoT development systemIoTize, a French startup, provides a no-code solution for IoT (Internet of Things) through a small module. Steve Gessenhoven, the marketing communications manager for IoTize, shares that the company initially supplied tools for designing embedded systems. As they began to receive customer inquiries about IoT-connected designs, they recognized that their embedded systems technology could streamline the design process and remove the need for complex coding.

No-code IoT solution with module

The core of the IoTize solution is a module that can be plugged directly into a microcontroller to retrieve and transmit data without modifying the original code. To demonstrate the capabilities of the module, the company’s designers integrated it with a robot. They configured the module with the addresses where the desired data resides, allowing them to control the robot without any coding required.

The core of the module itself is its I/O (input/output) interface. I/O is used to connect the module to the debugging port of the microcontroller of an electronic board, in the provided example this was the robot, providing full access to all the memory. However, for final products, where leaving a debugging port open is not feasible, the same pins reserved for the debugging port can be used to create a secured access based on the module’s configuration.

Software to streamline the process

In addition to the module, IoTize provides a simple configuration environment and a mobile app that serves as an off-boarded human-machine interface. The mobile app allows users to create a dashboard with different controls associated with the variables identified in the system. For example, buttons can be assigned to turn left, turn right, move forward, or move backward. The app also includes settings for different sensitivities and a monitoring screen that displays data from sensors, such as a radar that detects obstacles.

The main goal of the no-code solution is to provide a plug-and-play, configuration-only approach. However, there are instances where additional coding may be required for more advanced functionalities. To address this, IoTize provides an environment called IoT App Creator, which runs on a PC and offers a drag-and-drop interface for associating variables with buttons, sliders, and graphs. This environment also includes a data flow editor that allows users to combine variables and apply conversions, as well as add Java code for more specialized tasks.

Once the user interface is created and configured, IoTize’s app builder, based on the Ionic toolset, generates native apps for iOS, Android, or web apps that can run on a PC browser. These apps can also be used as cloud dashboards to bring data to the cloud. The generated apps contain all the necessary code, allowing users to further customize and work with the code if desired.

Conclusion: A small device with a robust impact on IoT

When it comes to pricing, IoTize offers a competitive range for their industrial modules. The development kit for these modules is priced at $49, making it accessible for businesses and individuals looking to experiment and develop IoT applications. For small volumes of the device, the price per piece is around $15, which further makes it an affordable option for industrial applications.

For those interested in learning more about IoTize’s platform and its offerings, the company’s website is a valuable resource. It provides information on all their product lines, recently released software, and other relevant details. The website serves as a one-stop destination for anyone looking to explore and engage with IoTize’s solutions.

Overall, IoTize’s industrial modules offer a practical and cost-effective solution for businesses in need of IoT integration. With their availability through popular distributors and competitive pricing, these modules present an accessible option for a wide range of industrial applications. IoTize’s commitment to expanding their product line and providing a comprehensive ecosystem further solidifies their position as a leader in the IoT industry. Their no-code solution and user-friendly approach make it easier for individuals and businesses to harness the power of IoT technology and drive innovation in their respective industries.

In conclusion, IoTize’s no-code IoT solution offers a streamlined approach to designing, implementing, and retrofitting IoT-connected systems. The solution empowers users to create innovative IoT applications more efficiently by eliminating the need for extensive coding. With its user-friendly configuration environment and mobile app, IoTize provides a comprehensive ecosystem for developing and controlling IoT devices. This solution has the potential to revolutionize the IoT industry and enable a wider range of individuals and businesses to harness the power of IoT technology.

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TEIXON: Real-time IoT transmission, collection & management @ CES 2022

TEIXON IoT data collectionThe Internet of Things creates a lot of benefits for individuals and businesses. You can control your home with your voice, or even from your phone while away. You can check on the status of package deliveries, appliances, and even work projects. But, IoT also creates a lot of challenges for developers – transmitting and processing the data collected from these devices. That’s where On-Site product and AI-Fields from TEIXON comes in.

Who is TEIXON?

TEIXON is a company that was established in 2013 with a focus on IT businesses such as consulting, system establishment, information strategy, and video solution development. In particular, the company has been focusing on the development of software for real-time transmission, collection, and management of image information, sensor information, location information, and geographic information. They have also been researching and developing technologies that utilize collected information through AI (Artificial Intelligence). Recently, they showcased their TEXION On-Site product and AI-Fields. TEIXON On-Site is smart field management for drones and IoT which allows users to manage their fields in real-time. TEIXON AI-Fields, which is powered by TEIXION On-Site and their technologies, analyses the information collected from TEIXON On-Site to provide an optimal solution.

What are some of the features of TEIXON?

TEIXON utilizes a variety of IoT devices such as drones, sensors/actuators, LBS (Location-Based Services), GIS (Geographic Information System) in order to collect data such as image information, sensor information, location information and geographic information. The software can be used across multiple industries including agriculture (crop monitoring), distribution (construction site inspection), manufacturing (equipment management or equipment failure prediction models), and more!

While TEIXON provides many customizable features for various industries, their technology can be applied to any industry. They collect image information from cameras on drones, sensor information that measures temperature or humidity values through sensors/actuators installed in facilities such as factories, location information based on GPS coordinates collected by a drone in flight or the movement of people and vehicles in real time. Through TEIXION On-site users can manage their fields more efficiently and analyze the data collected with TEIXION’s AI technologies.

In addition, they offer a platform that can be used in various industries. TEIXON is not limited to a certain industry but provides customizable solutions for specific industries such as agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing. The company has already gathered extensive experience and knowledge through their long-standing businesses and continue researching and developing new technologies that would benefit the users.

TEIXION’s technology can be adapted to just about any IoT project. TEIXON’s software has the capability to process data collected from IoT devices regardless of the industry or type of device. The company offers features that are beneficial for various companies across different sectors. They strive to provide real-time data management for their clients with the help of AI analysis so they can make better strategic decisions for their business.


To learn more about TEIXON and how their technology might help your business or upcoming project, check out their website.

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FaceMe allows for a more personal product experience @ CES 2021

FaceMe by CyberLinkAt CES 2020, we had the opportunity to be introduced to FaceMe by CyberLink. While most people think of CyberLink because of its video-related software, FaceMe takes that video processing knowledge and applies it to one of the most sought after aspects of connected devices – facial detection and recognition.

There has been a lot of talk over the past year about facial recognition and how it can be abused. Generally, the two ways we have seen the technology misused has been in inappropriate implementations and openly accessible data. FaceMe helps to address the concerns through its technology setup. While many systems require uploading images to a centralized server, FaceMe is an entirely closed system. This design allows for companies to create unique experiences while still valuing privacy.

The product came about almost accidentally. It was originally created as a part of another product called YouCam Makeup. This product was designed to allow for virtual makeup trials, which obviously needed the ability to recognize and distinguish a face and its features. After the success of YouCam Makeup, the company saw the value that the underlying technology could hold for themselves and others.

Because FaceMe is designed to be able to be used nearly anywhere, it means that it can help enhance lots of products and services. A developer could use it to create another virtualization product, like what we see with Snapchat filters. Or, a developer could use it to allow for individualization of products, like a pill dispenser. Imagine having a single dispenser in a home and, using embedded technology, can determine who is at the machine in order to only give them their medications.

If you are interested in learning more about FaceMe or engaging CyberLink on integrating the software into your platform, check out the product’s website.

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IBM’s Focus for the Future is the “Cognitive Era”

IBM logoTechnology is improving in ways that not only allow for IOT, but also makes it easier for us to talk to our devices and appliances. IBM’s focus for the future is the “Cognitive Era” – a term they’ve coined and a market that they are going after. The overall goal is to improve the natural language understanding in IOT products.

Don and Scott spoke with Aylee H. Nielsen, who is a Social Media Execution Strategist for IBM. She talked about some of the partnerships that IBM has with different companies, including Under Armour, SoftBank, and Cognitoys. Some of the new products from those companies are IBM Watson powered devices.

Don Baine is the Gadget Professor and he holds classes at TheGadgetProfessor.com.

Scott Ertz is a software developer and video producer at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.


Tom Banks – Liberty Speedway and RC Cars – IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

In this interview, Nick talks to Tom Banks, the Technical Evangelist for WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile. Tom might have the coolest job, as he tries to find new and innovative ways to show off IBM technologies to the masses and has done so with a car that can be driven via your smartphone.

The car has sensors to prevent it from crashing, speed limiters and more, and it is all run off of Raspberry Pi. The application is so compact that it only takes up a small percentage of the resources of the mini-computer.

Video by Nicholas DiMeo of F5 Live and PLuGHiTz Live.

Watson – PitStop Meetup – IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

In this second part of a two-part PitStop Meetup, we move to Watson, IBM’s deep learning and cognitive reasoning technology. The experts discuss several different fields where Watson could improve life. This is the tech that not only has solved problems in the healthcare and finance industries, but has given us amazing food concoctions out of the by using cognitive cooking.

Related reading on deep learning

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Internet of Things – PitStop Meetup – IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

In this first part of a two-part PitStop Meetup, the Internet of things was the point of conversation. From the estimated 20 billion possible connected devices to how to actually use the data these devices are giving you, it was definitely an interesting discussion. Where are we now? What is the future of our data and devices? All of that is talked about in this segment.

Video by Nicholas DiMeo of F5 Live and PLuGHiTz Live.

Attendee Reactions – IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

In this short video from IBM Innovate 2014, we wanted to ask a few attendees what they thought about the convention and what they learned or hoped to take away from it. For Nick, while there was no 3D printer to take away, there is butternut squash BBQ sauce on the horizon!

Video by Nicholas DiMeo of F5 Live and PLuGHiTz Live.

FRC Team 1649 EMS – PitStop Meetup – IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

Long standing fans of our F5 Live and its events will know that seeing a FIRST team at IBM Innovate 2014 was quite refreshing for Nick! FRC Team 1649 EMS was the center of attention for a PitStop Meetup hosted by Veronica Belmont. The team discussed its recent successes in the past two seasons of FIRST competitions and some of the members talked about their plans after high school, which include wanting to become an engineer. There is a lot of crossover between robotics and software development, and that point is really driven home by this panel.

Video by Nicholas DiMeo of F5 Live and PLuGHiTz Live.

Sky Matthews – Connected Car, Jaguar F-Type – IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

A seat in a custom Jaguar F-Type led us to speaking with Sky Matthews about the connected car and the Internet of things. Expanding beyond just a buzzword from a few years ago, Matthews digs deep into what the future could hold for all connected devices around the planet. He also talks about the Jaguar and the potential of what it can do. From advanced notifications about traffic and weather conditions, to giving you real-time information about things happening inside your house or place of work, your car could have the potential to be just one of many devices providing you with useful information at all times.

Video by Nicholas DiMeo of F5 Live and PLuGHiTz Live.