In keeping with their release model, the Rust development team has announced the first Rust release of 2016, 1.6. The biggest new feature that Rust 1.6 brings is libcore stabilization, which aims to make it possible to use stable Rust for OS and embedded software development.
Google has organized this week the Ubiquity Dev Summit 2016 with sessions on their IoT technologies - Brillo, Weave, Beacons – and other technologies for wearable, TVs and Auto.
Tech startup Afero has launched a new platform that addresses both hardware and software necessities for securely connecting the internet of things (IoT). The platform interfaces IoT devices with a secure Bluetooth smart module, which communicates with a mobile phone that interfaces with the Afero cloud. All communications between the Bluetooth smart module node and the cloud are encrypted.
Nest has made available to developers the Weave protocol used to connect various IoT devices.
Parse for IoT, the line of SDKs that Parse announced at F8 2015, has been extended to include support for four additional microcontrollers.
The ARM mbed OS has entered beta and a number of components have been or will be open sourced in the following weeks.
At the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference Mary Shaw talked about progress towards an engineering discipline of software. She explored what it means to have an engineering discipline, how far we have progressed toward having one for software, and what can be the next steps.
Yesterday the BBC unveiled the final plans for the BBC MicroBit, a system-on-a-chip-on-a-board with a 5x5 LED matrix aimed at getting children interested in programming. Announced in March 2015, the BBC MicroBit is now finalised and will be given to children in year 7 across the UK, and available for purchase towards the end of 2015. InfoQ looks at what it will provide.
An interview with Rob Howe, host of the MDSE session at the software engineering conference and CEO of Verum, about the state of practice and recent developments in model driven software engineering, the usage of this technology, whether he considers model driven software engineering to be a proven mature technology, and what the future will bring us in model driven software engineering.
MODE is an IoT platform deployed in the cloud and providing support for registration, management and control of smart devices.
Azul Systems has released Zulu Embedded, a new open source embedded JDK, based on OpenJDK. It is targeted at companies that have embedded Java-based products such as mobile and IoT devices. Examples include routers and switches, ATM machines, avionics systems, automotive electronics and Point of Sale (POS) systems.
Oracle has released Java ME Embedded 8.1 Early Access #3, which supports the Freescale FRDM-K64F board running the mbed RTOS. The Freescale FRDM-K64F is an ultra-low-cost hardware and development platform which utilizes Kinetis K64 MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M4 cores. This early access release adds support for the ARM Cortex-M architecture.
Devices are becoming increasingly interconnected through the internet where they are communicating directly with each other. Testing such machine to machine (M2M) systems can be difficult due to their complexity and the usage of different platforms, as Peter Varhol explained in his talk about testing in the M2M world at the QA&Test 2014 conference.
Testing embedded software and systems for the Internet of Things has to involve physical, sensory and emotional interactions says Gerie Owen, Business Solutions Analyst from Northeast Utilities. InfoQ interviewed Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol about how testing differs for the internet of things and embedded software and systems, and on dealing with expectations and experiences of people in testing.