Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Others Put Power of IoT in Developers' Hands

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-09-29

The Internet of things (IoT) and wearable devices were a significant focus for Intel at the chip maker's annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in early September. In particular, CEO Brian Krzanich and other executives introduced platforms—such as Edison and A-Wear—to encourage hardware and software developers to leverage Intel's technologies when they develop the systems and software that will make up the IoT. And Intel isn't alone in such efforts. A growing number of tech vendors are looking to give developers and do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts the tools they need to easily create connected devices, as well as the software that will connect and run them, and collect and analyze the data from them. Most tech companies are looking for some traction in the nascent IoT and wearable markets, and for good reason—both are going to grow rapidly over the next few years. Cisco Systems has said that by 2020, there will be more than 50 billion connected devices worldwide, and IDC analysts believe IoT revenues by that time will hit $7.1 trillion. They also expect that by 2018, 111.9 million wearable devices will ship. This eWEEK slide show highlights some of the developer kits that have recently been unveiled.


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