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Published on Apr 23, 2014
"U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers.
But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior but as a humanitarian machine that would rescue victims in the rubble of a natural disaster, officials said on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-2-inch Atlas is one of the entrants in a contest designed to produce a man-like life-saver machine, the brainchild of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)."
"We expect millions of devices to be connected over the next few years, but there are significant challenges to overcome to enable the Internet of Things," said Sierra Wireless CTO Philippe Guillemette.
"One of these challenges is the time and investment required to get a new M2M application from design to deployment and beyond. In building Legato, our aim is to provide a complete device to cloud solution for developers, along with tools, support, and a development community to help streamline these efforts and give embedded M2M projects a head start."
Belkin’s first “Internet of Things” system was WeMo, a simply WiFi-based home automation network. WeMo might automatically cool or heat your home, turn on and off lights, and otherwise set up one’s home for automatic control (i.e. you could change or set controls for your garage door, or turn on the porch lights — from your smartphone or any computer).
As everything becomes wired, where does that leave us?