IoT news for the week of September 16, 2022 – Stacey on IoT


The EU offers some good safety rules for connected hardware: On Thursday, the EU proposed a cyber resilience law that would require connected products to come with specific security rules. One of the rules is that a device comes with a specified support timeframe or the device is supported for up to five years if the manufacturer does not provide a specific timeframe. It’s getting closer to an expiration date on connected hardware, something I’ve been asking for for years. Other rules require a device to be designed with safety in mind and, in an interesting new addition for this type of legislation, requires the device manufacturer to consider the entire lifecycle of the product, not just its creation and early years. It also calls on companies to minimize the amount of data collected. The law borrows from laws already passed in California, the UK, and NIST recommendations, and I expect to see the usual complaints that it goes too far and will increase the cost of devices. It will, but we can’t sacrifice security for cheap electronics. (European Commission)

This assistive robot uses machine learning to prevent falls: Researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital have designed an assistive robot that tracks patients at risk of falling and uses AI to anticipate or recognize a fall. When the AI ​​detects the fall, it deploys a harness that grabs the person and prevents them from hitting the ground. Since falls are a huge source of cost and can lead to rapid decline in aging populations, keeping people upright is a very good idea. This device was tested for three days on a population of 29 people who apparently did not fall all the time. I wish this test was longer, so we can see if something that will likely cost as much as this traveling robot is the better option. (

Ask Alexa and get a sponsored result: After eight years of being able to ask Alexa to turn on the lights or what the capital of South Dakota is without ads, that’s about to change. At a user conference, Amazon announced a new feature that would allow brands to submit answers to popular questions customers ask Alexa. So if you ask Alexa how to clean a washing machine, Whirlpool may sponsor an answer that recommends using its Affresh brand of washing machine cleaning tablets as a good option. It’s not clear how Amazon would indicate that a search result is sponsored, but I’m 100% sure consumers won’t be thrilled to get a purchased and paid audio response. Unlike on the web, where you can scroll through ads, in audio they are intrusive and time-consuming. (The edge)

Firewalla has a new device for larger pipes: We like Firewalla devices to show us what’s happening on our network. The Firewalla box connects to a home’s modem or router to monitor network traffic in real time, sending alerts and blocking traffic if necessary. But some customers with very fast multi-gigabit networks will need a more powerful and faster firewall that can monitor a stream of traffic rather than a stream. Firewalla has therefore introduced the Firewalla Gold Plus, which can handle 2.5 gigabits of network traffic on the box. It costs $569 and is suitable for small businesses and homes with super-fast connections. If you order the Gold Plus, it will arrive between December and January. (Firewalla)

Stop with silly data entry: Given the frequency of data breaches and the frequency with which consumers are asked to register and give up personal data in their personal lives, this article really resonated with me. The author complains that smart TVs shouldn’t require users to register in order to operate their basic features, such as downloading an app for TV streaming. I agree. That’s one of the things that excites me about Matter. For basic devices, I will be able to ditch creating an account and just add a device to my existing smart home controller and in doing so save myself from creating another password to be lost in another data breach . (Tech Radar)

A French chip company offers microcontrollers based on RISC-V: While the Arm architecture has no lock in the microcontroller market, its M class of silicon is very popular. But now Arm has a new competitor with the RISC-V architecture. So far, that hasn’t made a splash in the IoT world of microcontrollers, but that could change as more companies develop low-power, stress-tested chips using gaming. of RISC-V instructions. Cortus, a French chip company, has announced new RISC-V-based microcontrollers focused on security and low power consumption for the automotive industry. Keep an eye out for this trend. (Design reuse)

Tonal raises funds for its fitness system: Bloomberg reports that home fitness company Tonal raises over $100 million in funding at a $1.9 billion valuation. For those of us watching Peloton trying to recover from the rapid swings in fortune caused by the pandemic, see Tonal about to embark on a big fundraiser with a high valuation for a smart home fitness product. and subscription-based looks like a rerun – a crazy relaunch where investors forget the lessons learned last year. But even dodgy investors are likely to pony up because, as Bloomberg notes, the latter investors will be paid first if Tonal is sold. Such conditions tend to reward inflated valuations and large fundraisings while penalizing early investors who cannot afford to continue to increase their stake. This leads to larger funds overall and is a symptom of how the tech funding ecosystem has spun out of control. (Bloomberg)

Hunter Douglas’ new smart tints will support Matter: I don’t know if there are many users of this product, but if you have 3rd generation Hunter Douglas smart shades, you will get a Matter update, unlike users of previous shades. However, if you want Matter supported on your third-generation blinds, you’ll need to spend $195 on the new PowerView gateway. So wait maybe a minute after the launch of the Matter certificate and SDK before investing. This way you can see if you will really benefit from it. (The edge)

Times are changing: This week I received a mass email press release about Hubble Connected baby products. And while I don’t like the trend of electronic monitoring in the nursery, I know that many parents feel better about having eyes or at least an AI on their child 24/7. But I was curious if the company had made any concessions to basic device security and whether or not anyone could answer some questions about data encryption and the underlying cloud provider. Back in 2015 or even 2014 when I asked these questions, most baby tech companies didn’t have much to say. This has changed. I’ve heard that Hubble uses AWS and encrypts its data at AES level 128 encryption in transit and at rest. Additionally, Hubble’s connection to its network provider Orbweb is certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program. We are improving. (Hubble Connected)


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