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Why is IoT the Buzzword of the Decade?

As the car was approaching home, her GPS location was sent to the home thermostat. After a long tiring day, she entered her perfectly dim lit, warm home, to her favorite playlist playing in the background. As she sunk into the couch, over a conversation with her virtual assistant on the home speaker, she reviewed how her day went and the virtual assistant ordered pizza for dinner ..” – This isn’t an excerpt out of a movie. This is right now, we are already in the future. Well, almost. Since the term ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ was coined first, the definition has evolved a lot. In a generic sense though, this is a highly intelligent Machine-to-Machine technology which has potential to revolutionise how we live and work.

From music speakers, to thermostats, to lights and accessories, everything has some sort of intelligence; We are living in tech heaven, to be precise. Having moved from keypads to touch interfaces, we are currently in the no interface era. All the tech giants are focussing on getting maximum done with very little interaction with the device, and that means voice-activated computing powered by artificial intelligence.

When we say IoT, they include things we use on an everyday basis, from wearables to medical parameter sensors, to geographical and environmental sensors, and sensors monitoring the working and the lifecycle of devices.

Think about it, there are so many devices we use everyday, that possibly generate so much data when connected to respective sensors. This data could lead to so many different insights on user behavior and the device lifecycle.

Sensors and Wearables:

Internet-equipped sensors on any device make it possible to tap all the unused data, and analysis of this data lead into inferences about things that are usually considered ‘offline’. This can lead to better productivity, reduce cost, and can bring about a sustainable lifestyle. The thing that makes everyone excited about the future of IoT is the versatility of solutions it provides. This makes IoT the buzzword of the decade because we can expect an explosion of IoT solutions in various sectors.

google glass wearables IoT

Wearable technology enabled clothes are connected to the phone and are recording data about everything from blood pressure to the posture. Also speaking of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is not just the companies building consumer facing products that are a big deal, there are many companies providing wireless power solutions, and cloud based solutions that are more useful to a developer.

Challenges in IoT:

One big issue in the evolution of the Internet of Things is however, the interoperability, inability to connect to all the devices using just one app. There are many companies currently aiming to solve this issue by giving cloud based solutions to connect devices among each other.

Building a successful IoT environment will require massive amounts of cooperation and coordination between firms. But now more platforms like the Google cloud platform is coming up to sync up devices on a data level, and not just with respect to connectivity alone.

Some impressive products have already been around in the market for a while now; Smart pill reminders, that provides a smart and simple solution for patients forgetting to take their daily medicine dosage, or stick to the prescribed amount of medicine. Smart door bells, that combine computer vision, facial recognition and Artificial Intelligence to bring about a revolution in door bell systems.

Just like any other field, there are many skeptics around in tech industry as well. They predict IoT as a whole as a bubble that would burst very soon. But for the rest of us, we are definitely heading towards a better, sustainable future where there’s going to be a lot more evolution happening on the IoT front.

Did you like what you read? check out this article on how to Build your first IoT Application using Raspberry Pi.

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Alcatel OneTouch launch Idol Series and Hero smartphones

Alcatel One Touch, a brand of TCL Communication and one of the top ten mobile phone manufacturing company in the world, today launched a new series of smartphones for its customers in India with a focus on south and west regions. The launch announced smartphones in two series; Idol and Hero. The two series consist of smartphones in the mid and high range and are targeted at consumers across various age groups.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Steven Zhao, Country Manager APAC – India Business Unit said, “We are delighted to launch our series of smartphones specially designed to cater to the demands of the Indian customers. ALCATEL ONE TOUCH brings a great value product by redefining user experience with its innovative design, display and technology. We want our products to be one of the prime enablers to the life that our consumer aspire for and we are confident that with our quality and expertise we will deliver the best to our customers and establish ourselves as a leading player.“

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South market is one of the growing engine for the company. In the phase I, we are planning to launch ALCATEL ONE TOUCH mobile phones in top ten cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Hugli, Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Vizag, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cochin etc. Apart from retail advertising, effort would be to have extensive retail programs.

The range of mobile phones would be made available in leading wireless chains apart from regular multi brand outlets.

The Idol series comes fully loaded with features such as ‘pic to the left’, a functionality that allows users to swipe and flips through the photo gallery and share easily with friends. The phones come with an insanely sharp full HD display and large viewing angle ensures that color remains crisp and true and offers an ultra-realistic visual experience. It comes with a large screen segment from 4.3 inch to 5 inch display with a tiny 2.4mm bezel which makes it the most compact and slim smartphone. The phone supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, ensuring full time connectivity for the social media buffs. The phone comes with difference memory size like 4 GB, 8GB & 16 GB also with sufficient internal memory size that will full fill the user requirements, so that external memory option closed.

The Hero, a high-end category phone comes with a 6’inch HD display with 440 pixels behind every inch. The phone comes with features like dual screen display, compact design and handwriting recognition and many more attractive features which make it a great value for money smartphone. The phone has a 13 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera with an advanced picture quality comes with 16GB expandable up to 32 GB and 2GB as internal memory. The 3400 mAh battery makes this phone out of the box in the same smartphone segment. With a compact design with 6’inch display and super slim sleek design at 7.9 mm, the phones is the sleekest and smartest in the category. Hero comes with black crystal touch panel and brushed metallic finish which further adds style to this phone.

The smartphones will be available at 4 premium colors. The smartphones range from 10,000 price to 30000 price. For the detailed technical specifications, download this spreadsheet.

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Recently, Alcatel One Touch partnered with wholesale mobility distributor BrightPoint to distribute and market its smartphones across west and south India. This partnership will enable easy availability of innovative and attractive smartphones, as the full range of products will now be available in the open market.

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Intex Announce & Price Aqua Style Smart Phone at Rs.5990/-

Intex technologies today launched Aqua Style, the new aqua range at a magnum opus event organized in Bangalore today. The company has also roped Sudeep as its brand ambassador for Karnataka, to reiterate its commitment to the local market.

The all new Aqua Style runs on 4.4.2 Kitkat operating system and is powered by 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor. The smartphone comes with 5 MP rear camera that allows you to take pictures in different modes including Panorama, HDR and Continous shot. Boasting its dual-sim capabilities, the phone supports Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi, ensuring full time connectivity for the social media buffs. The phone has dedicated 1 GB RAM & 4GB ROM with an option for a expandable storage micro SD.

Aqua Style Specs

Available in two premium colors – White & Black and also with a free flip cover at a price of just Rs. 5,990 /- the phone can easily be purchased from Intex retail stores, hypermarkets and leading e-commerce portals across India to match the convenient purchasing pattern of today’s customer.

Intex-Aqua-Style Sudeep has been signed for 1 year. During this period, he will be seen in the company’s television commercials besides being the face of the company on a series of brand activations across Karnataka. Sudeep “It is an honor to be a part of such a prestigious organization like Intex. I have always looked up to the brand for its diverse mobile handset portfolio. It gives me immense pleasure to say that Intex believes in understanding what the customer wants and at what price points. This is one of the main reasons for their success across India despite such a competitive environment. ” said Sudeep. Talking about the launch, Keshav Bansal, Director Marketing, Intex Technologies said, “We are delighted to partner with Sudeep, who is known for his style and class. With Sudeep being our Brand Ambassador for Karnataka, we believe that our customers will connect better with our brand. We look forward to a long innings with the youth icon.” Speaking on the focus of the brand, Keshav said that, “Karnataka is an important market for Intex Mobiles and our focus will remain on providing good quality products at every price point. The traction in the market has given us the confidence to invest more in the region. Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Senior General Manager– Mobile Business, Intex Technologies (India) Ltd. said, “The Aqua range has been widely accepted by our customers across India. The Aqua Style has been designed keeping in mind, the need for style and quality. We are focused on increasing our footprint in Karnataka and I am certain that our association with Sudeep will be well accepted by the regional audiences. With Aqua Style, we aim to empower youngsters looking for a mobile that speaks about their personality.”

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Maps, Drive, City Lens, Traffic and Nokia Transport – Overview

At the Nokia Strategy Summit, the team from Nokia provided the foundation for the location-aware world. Nokia has been dedicated to the art and science of location for more than two decades, with maps that are used more than 100 million times a day using a wide variety of devices, services, and apps; more than 2.4 million changes are made to the maps every day.

Some of the solutions discussed at the Summit are here:

City Lens: This is a new way to easily find information and services on the go. It is a fun and easy way to discover what is around you. Simply launch the app on your phone and City Lens will display the points of interests in the Camera viewfinder.

It connects you to what you’re looking for – and more – exactly when and where you want it. Select your interests in many different categories – City Lens will filter the points of interests and present your choices. Go a step further and get details, read reviews of restaurants and hotels. With one tap you can make a reservation, or navigate to the location via turn by turn walking map. In India, City Lens is available for all mapped cities.

Nokia Transport: This makes available detailed local public transport information for 460 cities in 46 countries. In India it is available for 11 cities. With just a few taps you can instantly see the routes and connections you need, how long each leg of your trip will take, and even when the next train, bus, or tram will arrive.

The application allows consumers to easily find public transport stations /stops, addresses, and points of interest, as well as choose from multiple routes and connections.

You can also view earlier and later departure times to make smarter travel choices and save favourite routes from different locations as a tile on your phone home screen for instant access from anywhere.

Nokia Traffic: It is a real-time traffic service on Nokia smart-phones for its users in Delhi and Mumbai. Recently released in India, the application is available to any smart-phone that has Symbian and Microsoft’s Windows operating systems free of cost. All you need to pay is data services charges from you telecom service providers. Supported at the backend by NAVTEQ Traffic Pro (owned by Nokia Location & Commerce), this live service offers superior coverage with detailed info about traffic speeds on motorways, as well as on main and secondary roads. Helping you get more accurate routes and better estimated travel timings even while saving on fuel and time.

Nokia Maps and Drive: Nokia Maps is a free mapping solution and service by Nokia for its mobile phones and smartphone devices. In India, Nokia maps are available for over 2195 cities including over 2 crore points of interest across the country. Currently maps are available for 100 countries in over 50 languages, including Hindi. The Maps also have a search feature covering millions points of interest globally – allowing easy search for locations and the best directions to get there. You can also search by genre. For example foodies who love to sample the local fare in each city know that with Nokia Maps they will easily find the their restaurant and cuisine of choice Nokia Drive further enhances user experience with free turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, designed for an effortless driving experience and provides a fully-fledged PND-like experience. It helps users save costs with pre-loadable country map data and navigation voices. The on-device Map Loader also helps manage maps and navigation voices through Wi-Fi or 3G connections. Drive can also be used offline.

Nokia Drive is available on Nokia Store as well as for Nokia Lumia users which gives an augmented experience comfortable for people to use while they are driving. The solution benefits from both 2D and 3D map views. So if you’re looking for extra definition to your route and some clear landmarks, you can quickly change your perspective in settings. It also supports day and night mode as well as allows you to change the navigation voice if you want to or download a brand new one.

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New Era in Smartphone Imaging starts with Nokia 808 PureView

Set to unveil the next generation of smartphone imaging for the Indian audiences, the much anticipated Nokia 808 PureView will start shipping in India in the middle of June 2012. The Nokia 808 PureView is the first smartphone to feature exclusive Nokia PureView Imaging Technologies that will enable a range of high-end imaging experiences into Nokia products over the coming years.

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The Nokia 808 PureView combines a large, high-resolution 41-Megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss Optics and Nokia Developed Pixel over-sampling technology. This means incredibly sharp, detailed images, superior low light performance and the capability to save images in compact file sizes for sharing in email, MMS and on social networks.

The Nokia 808 PureView also includes Nokia Rich recording for CD-like quality audio recording, full HD 1080p  vide recording and playback, and exclusive Dolby Headphone technology to transform any stereo content into a personal surround sound experience over any stereo headphones.

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Nokia Lumia 900 and 610 to be Available in India in Q3 2012

News from the Nokia Strategy Summit which happened in Chennai a couple of days back. Lumia 900 and 610 will be available in India in the third quarter of 2012. The price has not been disclosed yet. As the other Lumia series, this phone will also run on the Windows Phone Platform.

The Nokia Lumia 900 features a 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display for a superior touch and viewing experience. It also features Nokia’s highest capacity battery making it the perfect Lumia phone for enjoying media and entertainment on the move. The primary camera on the Nokia Lumia 900 has exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, a large aperture for improved performance in low light conditions and wide angle focal length for capturing full 16:9 images. It is also the first Lumia phone to feature a front-facing camera, with large aperture and wide-angle lens for sharp, bright images and video calling out of the box. The Nokia Lumia 900 will be available in white, cyan and black.

The new Nokia Lumia 610 is Nokia’s fourth and most affordable Lumia smartphone, designed as the perfect introduction to Windows Phone for a younger audience. The Nokia Lumia 610 makes it easy to keep in touch with friends, providing instant access to social networks and bringing all mobile, email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts into one place. It also makes it easier to browse the Web with Internet Explorer and to access games through Xbox Live. Available with Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and Nokia Music, people can also choose from thousands of apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace to further personalize the experience. With a distinctive profile and finely beveled metallic edges, the Nokia Lumia 610 is built to convey both quality and aspiration. It comes in white, cyan, magenta and black.

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Nokia Browser 2.0 – Major Recent Update in the Asha Smartphone family

The new Asha devices take full advantage of the Nokia Browser 2.0, a major recent update which uses Nokia’s cloud technology to reduce data consumption by up to 90%, meaning that consumers can enjoy faster and cheaper internet access. Web sites load up to three times faster in comparison to devices without cloud-accelerated browsing, making it simple for users to find and select from more than 10,000 web apps available for download. They deliver a richer and more interactive consumer experience whilst using less data than a stand-alone internet connected app.

Consumers can easily stay connected with friends and family at the touch of a button as well as share files and links across their social networks. Furthermore, the Nokia Browser’s Download Manager feature helps consumers to manage external content easily, saving music, video or pictures on a memory card, while surfing the internet.

The Asha smartphone family is also getting positive support from developers and consumers. Nokia Store has just broken the 5 billion downloads landmark. From January to April, 42% of all content downloaded from Nokia Store was delivered to Asha and other Nokia devices based on the Java ecosystem. Just one year ago, that number was 10%. Also, there are 410 Nokia developers with apps which have achieved more than 1 million downloads. Indiagames and Pico Brothers just passed 100 million.

As well as providing a great, social online experience, the Nokia Asha 305 and Asha 311 have been created with entertainment in mind. All users will receive an exclusive gift of 40 EA games to download for free* and keep forever. These games range across action, arcade and sports, and include titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed: The Run and FIFA 2012. The Nokia Asha 311 also comes with 15 levels of Angry Birds pre-loaded onto the phone, perfect for making the most of the touchscreen and 1GHz processor.

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Nokia Introduces Asha Touch device range to Accelerate the Journey to Mobile Internet

Taking another step towards connecting the next billion consumers, Nokia today unveiled the Asha Touch family of mobile devices in India, introducing the full touch experience at new price points. The two new phone models – the Nokia Asha 305 and Nokia Asha 311 – further expand the successful Asha smartphone familyproviding young, social consumers with a choice of phones to match their own lifestyle. With a focus on being closer to the market, the devices will be manufactured from Nokia’s Sriperumbudur, Chennai manufacturing unit.

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“The Nokia Asha 305 and Nokia Asha 311 will provide the Indian consumer with full touch capabilities at new price points and also deliver attractive and intuitive experience for connecting to the internet, to their friends, and to a world of entertainment, web apps and content. We believe the Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing unit has been instrumental in helping us deliver on our commitment to connect the next billion of consumers by helping us meet the increasing demand for the Asha series of devices,” said D Shivakumar, Senior Vice President, IMEA, Nokia.

D.Shivakumar, Senior VP-IMEA, Nokia explains on how the Indian Consumer would adopt to the Asha series phone

These latest phones have been designed to provide an incredibly rich, smartphone experiences to consumers who want to be set free from excessive data consumption costs and short battery life. The Nokia Asha 305 and Asha 311 offer a new, fully re-designed touch user interface, combining the proven ease-of-use from Nokia’s heritage with digital design innovations specifically fit for the purpose.

Sari Harju, Head Mobile Phones, Nokia doing a curtain raiser of Nokia Asha 305 and Nokia Asha 311 in Chennai.

The beautifully crafted Nokia Asha 311 is a fast and fluid 3.5G capacitive touchscreen device, powered by a 1GHz processor to provide a great internet experience. The bright and edgy Nokia Asha 305 is a fun and affordable phone, featuring the exclusive Easy Swap dual SIM.

The Nokia Asha 311 is a colourful, compact touch screen device that comes with all the features you’d expect for a fun and easy mobile experience. It boasts a bright and colourful, scratch resistant capacitive glass screen with polarization filters ensuring users get the best experience from the unique and visually entertaining user interface. The Nokia Asha 311 also features a 3.2MP camera and pre-installed Nokia Maps, in addition to the 15 level pre-bundled version of Angry Birds.

The pre-loaded social client makes accessing Facebook, Twitter and many other global social networks simple while Nokia Browser makes using mobile internet fast and affordable. It also includes the most popular messaging services.

The Nokia Asha 305 is a fun and entertaining Easy Swap dual SIM phone, helping users make the most of their phone while retaining control of their costs. The phone features a bright and colorful 3” WQVGA resistive touch screen along with Bluetooth and Dual Band connectivity. Forty EA games are available for download with every phone as well as a 2MP camera, Nokia Maps and the revolutionary Nokia Browser which helps significantly lower data costs.

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