IoT News Roundup

Parse announces IoT development kits; Senate resolution backs IoT, FTC launches group to study IoT; Konekt surges past Kickstarter goal; Silicon Labs launches IoT contest.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Mar 27, 2015

Facebook's Parse Launches IoT Platform
Parse, a startup that Facebook acquired in 2013, offers developers platforms for developing mobile and desktop applications. But now, Parse is also helping developers looking to link hardware to the Internet, through Parse for IoT, a line of software development kits (SDKs) made specifically for embedded devices, according to an announcement that the company made this week at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference, in San Francisco.

The first SDKs to be released are made to be deployed on either the Arduino Yún or Raspberry Pi computer boards. Chipmakers can use an SDK that utilizes Embedded C (language extension for the C programming language) targeted for Linux and Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS).

According to Parse, early users of its IoT SDKs include garage door opener company Chamberlain; Milestone Sports, which makes the Milestone Pod, a wearable device that tracks a runner's mileage and form; and Roost, which makes a lithium battery with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities designed for use in smoke alarms.

Senate Makes Resolution, FTC Creates Tech Oversight Group
Last month, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation convened with a panel of investors, technologists and end users of Internet of Things devices, to discuss the IoT's emergence in commercial and consumer applications, as well as its current and future impacts on data privacy and security.

This week, the bipartisan group of committee members who called for the hearing—Senators Kelly Ayotte, Cory Booker, Deb Fischer and Brian Schatz—passed Senate Resolution 110, or The Internet of Things Resolution. The resolution states that "the United States should develop a strategy to incentivize the development of the Internet of Things in a way that maximizes the promise connected technologies hold to empower consumers, foster future economic growth, and improve our collective social well-being."

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