At IBM IMPACT 2014, ARM and IBM teamed up to create an IoT technology demonstration of ARM Sensinode and MQTT enabled smart street lights that are controlled through the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC). The demo illustrates viability in expanding IBM IOC connectivity through ARM’s Sensinode technology as well as through MQTT integration. IBM Informix database technology was utilized to help provide the connectivity “glue” to the IBM IOC.

Wearables Technology Meetup Summary

Last week I attended a Meetup for people who are enthusiastic about wearable technology in London! I have to say first off, that the event was awesome! This meet was well organised and had a great range of speakers who were all involved with exciting and innovative tech projects. The Meetup consisted of 5 talks about their experiences and projects with wearable technology.

The first talk was delivered by a business student called Max who took an interest in wearable technology having networked with some computer science students. Max decided to co-host a wearables hackathon that eventually gained a large volume of sponsors including the likes of Microsoft. Max showed us videos of the cool presentations that the hackathon participants gave. Some of his most noteworthy hackathon competition entries included developing an Google glass app that used image recognition to view a runic cube then use a simulator video to tell the user the next move - TRUELY AWESOME! Other innovative hack included a Google glass app that help people with dyslexia by using voice recognition to detect when they struggled with certain words as they read them out and then whispered the word into the user’s ear to help them.

The second talk was presented by a lady who was part of a team at the hackathon mentioned above. Her team designed an app for Google glass that allowed a user to find items in a shop with turn by turn directions. Seen as that was as far as that app went It wasn’t a product that solves a problem, more a latent need. Most people are familiar with their grocery shops… That said this app was only V1, by the time they get to V3 I hope they might use Google glass’ image recognition / bar codes to look up product reviews to help purchasers make better informed decisions about buying products.

The third talk was by a group who developed a google glass app that could provide subtitles for audio the google glass’ picked up. This was very useful say if you were watching a movie with your friends who may have different native languages. The app would display the subtitles on the google glass as you watch the film (in real-time of course!).

The forth talk was from a company called HeadsUp Ventures. These guys have designed a really clever app that allows a user to control the Google glass’ UI from a mobile device, the demo showed off the apps easy to understand UI. To be honest, this product has a long way to go really provide value to Google glass users.

The fifth and final speaker was an aerospace engineer student that has developed his own wearable watch. His design was made from very low cost materials and had a very stylish UI. This watch was extremely light and had a battery life of 4 weeks due to its built in solar panels.

Overall the event was a fun and insightful experience.  The buzz around wearable technology is awesome and seeing such innovative google glass hacks was inspiring. Whilst there are many challenges facing wearable technology products such as battery life for small but powerful products like Google Glass, wearable technology is only going to become more popular and I can’t wait to see what problems developers will solve with this new breed of technology.

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Blog post written by Nick Downs, Social Strategist for IBM Internet of Things Product Management. Twitter: @btwNick

In the next five years, buying local will beat online. Merging the tactility and immediacy of physical retail with the richness and personalization of online, local shops will make online-only stores seem downright quaint.

Every year IBM makes predictions about 5 technology innovations that stand to change the way we live within the next 5 years. This set of predictions, narrated by Mo Rocca, is all about personalization. See the other predictions athttp://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/e…

IBM Internet of Things and Retail

It’s no hidden secret that brick-and-mortar retail stores are facing increasing competition from online retailers, infact the online retail channel saw its share nearly double to 27 percent of shoppers versus 14 percent last year. But brick-and-mortar retailers need not fear, IBM is here to help.

Before we dive into some new solutions IBM is offering retailers, let’s have a look at some facts and trends that are effecting the retail industry. We surveyed 30,554 consumers in 16 countries to discover their attitudes about shopping, particularly as it pertains to adopting omnichannel capabilities.

  • Mobile traffic and sales grew 40% in the last quarter.
  • Retailers face growing expectations from consumers that want to use technology in all aspects of their shopping experience - from online to mobile to in-store
  • Shoppers place the highest value on receiving consistent prices, product availability and shipping options regardless of which channel they use to buy.

It is becoming all the more critical for retailers to connect with consumers one-on-one. IBM investigated three contact methods: Social handle, Location and Mobile number (SoLoMo) and found that shoppers’ SoLoMo adoption levels ultimately revealed four distinct consumer groups:

Leading grocers like Wakefern Food Corp. - one of the largest U.S. retail cooperatives and operator of more than 300 stores are leveraging IBM’s cloud analytics to build sophisticated, real-time analytics to help its store owners make better business decisions on a regional basis.

Wakefern has adopted IBM DemandTec, which delivers as a cloud-based service, to deliver dynamic promotions to their customers. The new solution allows Wakefern to respond to changes in real-time demand by using predictive analytics to build and execute promotions, while maintaining the proper product mix in stores.

Client Quote

"In a highly competitive market, we need to quickly respond to changing consumer demand and preferences, be it promoting the latest new product or a trending flavor profile," said Joseph Colalillo, Chairman and CEO, Wakefern Food Corp. "IBM gives us the power, speed and flexibility to be in touch with our customer’s needs and provide the exceptional brand experience that they expect from us every day."

Summary

If you want your retail business to meet the demands of today’s and the future’s tech savvy consumers, then have a look at IBM’s Commerce on Cloud that delivers an extended e-commerce platform on the cloud to help your business quickly establish and enhance its online presence.

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The Internet of Things and IBM MessageSight for developers

If you’re a developer looking to get involved with the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine technology then we have the perfect FREE offering for you!

IBM MessageSight for Developers is a virtual messaging appliance designed to process large volumes of events in near real time and to handle a large number of concurrently connected devices (sensors or mobile devices).

The benefit of this developer-focused virtual appliance is that it enables developers to get started quickly in coding and testing applications to work with IBM MessageSight. It’s a virtual appliance which is suitable for deploying in VMWare and VirtualBox environments, and so enables rapid application development.

Here’s the download page: https://ibm.biz/BdR25q

When IBM MessageSight for Developers is used with our Mobile Messaging and M2M Client Pack and the IBM MessageSight JMS Client Pack, it provides developers with a comprehensive toolbox to create and test M2M and mobile messaging applications quickly and easily.

Thanks for reading and please share with us what you make with this developer software!