According to some projections, there will be tens of billions of connected devices by 2020. This so-called "Internet of Things" (IoT) may involve simple devices, but software development won't be simple without a standards-based development platform. And that's why the ARM® mbed™ IoT Device Platform made its first appearance at ARM TechCon on Oct. 1, 2014.
In his keynote speech, ARM CTO Mike Muller (right) described the new platform and the reasons behind it. The platform includes mbed OS, a free operating system for ARM Cortex®-M-based devices, and mbed Device Server, which provides the needed server-side technologies to connect and manage IoT devices. The new platform leverages and extends the existing mbed community, which includes more than 70,000 developers around the world.
In a humorous note, Muller traced his interest in IoT back to 2001, when he came up with an idea for an Internet-enabled toaster that printed a weather forecast on toast. Another early idea was a coffee maker that could automatically re-order coffee capsules. While these "little data" hypothetical devices only needed one or two bits of information over an Internet link, obtaining this information and pushing it up into the cloud "turned out to be a quite difficult problem," Muller said.
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