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Remember the excitement when you got your first smartphone? Your curiosity the first time you typed “@” online? As the world becomes increasingly digital, we expect great experiences in every interaction with every business and organization. What does this mean for user experience (UX) designers?

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TeamViewer launches dedicated user interface for the IoT

TeamViewer launches dedicated user interface for the IoT

Remote monitoring specialist TeamViewer is aiming to provide a GUI for the IoT generation, giving insight into how smart devices are functioning.

Online support and collaboration software company TeamViewer has released a new dedicated IoT solution to combine remote access, machine and monitoring capabilities.

IoT remote management software is a key enabling technology for the devices that we seek to bring online in smart cities, industrial civil engineering deployments and inside our connected homes.

As these software tools and platforms proliferate, TeamViewer’s differentiator may be its ability to access and control IoT devices from anywhere in the world.

Read more: TeamViewer: IoT project teams need to ‘think like CEOs’

A GUI for the IoT generation

In many ways, TeamViewer is aiming to provide a graphical user interface (GUI) for the IoT generation. The company argues that, although many smart entities are being developed with new advances looking to connected devices without the use of a screen (voice recognition, gesture control and so on), we still need to be realistic.

“These [new user interface paradigms] will take some time and not all industries will know how that will work for their business straight away. Graphical user interfaces are therefore still being used and are likely to be used for some time,” said the firm, in a media advisory.

TeamViewer IoT comes with support for Raspbian, an open source operating system born on the Raspberry Pi single-board computer well-suited to small modular device deployments. Alongside Raspbian, TeamViewer IoT can port to other Linux distributions.

Read more: Here to stay: Why the ‘plan, build, run’ model is still relevant to IoT

Aimed at the channel

To be clear on this product’s positioning, TeamViewer IoT is aimed at value added resellers (VARs), system integrators (SIs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and technology enthusiasts.

It is built with end-to-end encryption, two-factor authentication and what TeamViewer cheekily calls its ‘Easy Access’ function – basically a route to connecting related devices within the same physical or virtual network, so that devices can share data without the need to provide an additional layer of credentials.

“With a TeamViewer account, users can quickly set up the web-based dashboard and install the software on a Raspberry Pi. Furthermore, TeamViewer provides an SDK plus an MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) API so users can collect the data they need and include it in their dashboard,” explained Raffi M. Kassarjian, the company’s general manager for emerging products.

Read more: ISO formalises MQTT foundational IoT standard

Wiggle your widgets, if you want

Kassarjian elaborates, saying that the dashboard is flexible enough to provide users with the possibility to tailor their widgets according to their needs. It also provides a means to trigger an alert when a critical metrics threshold is crossed.

Users can integrate the data – by means of a Cloud REST (Representational State Transfer) API – in a different system if they need to do so.

The technology should deliver business benefits in a variety of industries and use cases, according to Kassarjian. “In industrial settings, TeamViewer IoT allows production managers and equipment suppliers to increase machine productivity, monitor operational efficiency and carry out preventive maintenance from anywhere in the world. Additionally, building owners and operators can use [it] in conjunction with smart building technologies to monitor and optimise energy usage, space usage and long-term capacity planning,” he says.

IoT platforms are, obviously, proliferating and developing at an exponential space, so TeamViewer’s claims that it has ‘key differentiators’, unique positioning or has achieved an industry first are somewhat dubious.

But as we’ve said before on Internet of Business in relation to TeamViewer, technical teams working on IoT projects need to elevate their device deployments in the total IT stack and and look at the bigger operational opportunities that the IoT can bring. Giving users a more familiar GUI-feel connection point to these devices could well be a first step on that road.

Read more: Barriers to IoT adoption: Removing inhibitors may create new opportunities

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Developing and designing for user freedom in VR

Whether you are a veteran developer or new to the community, designing experiences for virtual reality (VR) requires careful consideration of a user’s sensory experience. We previously covered getting started with developing for six degrees of freedom (6DoF), and now want to take a deeper dive into design principles for VR and 6DoF. But before we get into the details of designing for 6DoF let’s take a step back and have a brief look at its history.

A brief history of immersive entertainment

People have been striving for engaging and immersive entertainment for centuries. In the 19th century people first used the Stereoscope to view a single moment in time captured in full 3D. At the start of the 20th century 3D film was first shown using the classic red/green anaglyph format, says Hiren Bhinde, director product management (VR / AR) at Qualcomm.

By the 1970s the military was experimenting with VR for flight simulations, which allowed for the control of looking in different directions using three degrees of freedom (3DoF). However, it wasn’t until the 2010s that fully-immersive 6DoF 3D was introduced allowing control over the rotation and position of the user. This technology is being widely used in applications such as video gaming, manufacturing, and medical training.

Unlike any previous technology, 6DoF gives the user unprecedented levels of interaction and control over their virtual world. In the design phase of development, it is important to be mindful of a user’s possible sensory experiences. When using 6DoF design tools such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR Development Kit, ask yourself two essential questions: What will your users see and hear? How will they move in the virtual world?

The user’s senses of sight and sound as well as the physical space and movement are key components to keep in mind when designing a 6DoF experience in VR.

Delivering the right sight

The first interaction that users have with VR is what they see. When there is a disconnect between what your eyes are seeing and what your inner ear is feeling you can start to feel sick. As a result, it is important to keep the two in sync by ensuring a high level of fidelity between the headset’s movement and the camera’s movement. If your experience allows for it, try anchoring the view by using a cockpit. This can help users remain grounded and avoid nausea.

Ideally the camera’s position is directly tied to the player’s real-world position. However, when your experience requires a disconnect between these two, it is best to move the user with a quick “blink” where you fade to black, move the player, and then fade back in at the new position. Another alternative is to use “fast motion” where you move them to their new position very quickly.

Tricking the eyes for a smooth experience can be more complicated than it seems. Your experience must run at a high framerate (60+ fps) so that users do not experience eye strain and headaches. So be aware of the power of your platform and the requirements of your […]

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Baidu and Xiaomi partner to use combined powers of AI and IoT to offer smart user experience

Chinese web services company Baidu has partnered with Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi to establish in-depth cooperation that will amplify their strengths and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership will bring to table a more compelling user experience in consumer electronics and smart devices.

Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, said: "Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and products, and Baidu has deep experience in artificial intelligence technologies, including solid capabilities in voice, images, natural language processing and deep learning. We are delighted to reach a strategic partnership in artificial intelligence with Baidu. This powerful collaboration between the two companies will enable more people to experience the excitement of using AI technologies."

Qi Lu, Baidu vice chairman, group president and COO, said: "The two companies have joined forces in forming a strong partnership to make users' experience more compelling, moving on to the next stage in AI development. Xiaomi has accumulated solid experience in smart hardware, big data and established a smart device ecosystem. It is the world's leading company in the IoT industry. Baidu has strong technological fundamentals in AI, and with Baidu's conversational AI system DuerOS, we are using our world-leading AI technologies and information ecosystems to support the development of the IoT industry.”

The duo will start in-depth cooperation in voice, computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge graph, deep learning, augmented reality and virtual reality. In the future, the two companies seek to offer an enhanced experience to users by gaining a better understanding of real scenarios, users and their needs by integrating AI with IoT. Latest from the homepage

New Electric Imp Dev Center Features Enhanced Database Searches, Improved User Interface, and Much More

Electric Imp has a large and growing IoT developer community which now extends to more than 20,000 users. Consequently, we need to support ever wider ranges of experience and expertise among our developer community. That is the task of the Electric Imp Dev Center, which has evolved into a world-class hub for IoT product creation and Squirrel documentation. The Dev Center now hosts more than 900 pages of content — three times the number of pages three years ago. In that time, the IoT has matured, and our developers are innovating quickly.

Now the time has come to lay the foundations for the expansion of our communities and the Dev Center over the next three years and beyond. So we are excited to bring you our next-generation Dev Center.


A colorful new paint job overlays a powerful engine

The brand new site, created from the ground up, uses Drupal. For those who haven’t heard of it, Drupal is one of the leading lights in the world of online publishing content management systems. It is an open source product that has many big-name users around the globe and is backed by a diverse community of coders who keep it up to date, secure and ensure its relevance for many years to come.

Drupal brings some immediate benefits to Dev Center users:

  • More rapid updates
  • Faster, more accurate search
  • Responsive user interface
  • Platform for great new developer features

Drupal also allows us to provide a Dev Center that can continue to grow at the pace we’ve experienced over the past four years — roll on the next 900 pages! — while remaining responsive to developers accessing its resources from their browsers, and to Electric Imp’s engineers and writers as they keep the existing content up to date and add more.

You can get a taste of this flexibility in the new Dev Center’s Knowledgebase, which provides a speedily searchable database of technical notes, known issues, hints and tips, and FAQs organized by subject matter. We couldn’t offer that with Jekyll, the system we currently use to build the Dev Center.


The new Electric Imp Knowledgebase

We have also taken the opportunity to brighten up the design. In particular, we have made finding your way around the site much more intuitive and quick. The site has been reorganized into functional areas: getting started, software development, hardware design, manufacturing information, tools documentation and, with the Knowledgebase, a beefed up help section — all with the intention of making it easier for a given user to get straight to the information they need.

The primary site navigation — moved from the right to the left of the screen — is section-specific and expandable, enabling you to reach the content you want quickly without cluttering your workspace. New and updated content is flagged on the homepage, and within each of the sections, along with popular documents and library refreshes.


Improved navigation

Finally, we have given the new site its own location on the web, so please update your bookmarks. The new Dev Center can be found at

For an initial period, we’ll continue to host, but not update, the old Dev Center, so please begin making use of the new site straight away. All the content from the original site is available in the new one, which is already being updated as Electric Imp’s impCentral™ rollout continues. We’re aware of some small presentation issues, which we’re working on at the moment, but please feel free to drop us a line via the Electric Imp Forum if you spot any issues.

You are Electric Imp’s community of developers and customers, and the Dev Center is your resource. All the changes have been implemented to create a site that is more responsive and accessible for makers, engineers and manufacturers, so please do let us know if  you have comments or suggestions for improvements.

We appreciate you helping us build a resource that is here to assist you for the long haul.

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