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  • Why the Internet of Things ?

    Whether we like it or not, IOT (better known as the Internet of Things) is the next big wave in technology. A lot will likely fall by the wayside in the efforts to turn this into a viable market, but it is here to stay. So what is the Internet of Things ?

    In short, it is small devices (from wearables to devices in our appliances) which talk to the cloud (internet servers) to share important data.

    While personally I think all the stuff about IOT making it into the home is hype, some of it will eventually make it there and likely stay. But where I think IOT is important is in business. Some of the best uses of IOT likely will come to the business market and it make sense. To illustrate, everyone has a cell phone, but for home use it is nice, useful and at times life saving, but it is still a technology which we really could live without if we wanted to. But in the business world, much would come to a halt without it. In a fast paced world, a cell phone is almost a must for a business. From salesmen on the road to repair men, communication opens up many doors.

    I think IOT will be the same. While it may make it into the home (sadly everybody likes a fad), I think it will make a big mark in the business world.

    Companies like Intel are very serious about IOT. Look at the tiny x86 based chips they are making now (Edison, Curie). They are serious about this and as programmers so should we. But rather than view it as a fad for home use, programmers can look at it as an opportunity for businesses.

    To start this forum here is a good place to start and that is Intels IOT web site:

    As I research this subject of the IOT, particularly how it relates to PowerBasic programmers I will share some of this here in this forum.
    Chris Boss
    Computer Workshop
    Developer of "EZGUI"

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    I have run the OT version of windows on my raspberry pi, and while I see a lot of use for such a thing, I have to agree that it could do wonders for businesses. In fact, I'm trying to figure out why some of these companies that produce pos systems don't just pop it all on a raspberry pi, and sell the whole thing as a done package, with no need for the consumer to purchase expensive hardware/registers/computers as most require. Admittedly, the raspberry pi is an arm processor, and won't run powerbasic (sadly enough) but there are intel alternatives, and if I can get my hands on one, I plan to test it for pb compatibility, I can see loads of uses for such, including gaming machines, digital management (such as libraries, music sellers, audio books, and more). It's a trend that is only going to get larger, and as you've said, unfortunately, not likely to invade the home, unless it's done via appliances or something. If pb had an arm version, you can bet I'd be using it on my windows IOT on my pi, but alas, I'm better off using raspbian and programming in C or free basic, free pascal, or any of the other myriad of languages available on linux distributions. It's a bit more muscle than most folks need, but it does the trick, though it's not a simple setup (unless you sell sd cards with everything already on it for the end users). I of course, don't sell anything, just produce images for folks to download (like gaming machines for the visually impaired, with speech running on raspbian), most don't like the speech on pispeak, but it does the job, and I'm hoping to make it something folks like and want to use. But, anyhow, I apologize for hijacking your thread, just wanted to add to the discussion a bit.]

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      Some x86 alternatives to the Raspberry PI:

      LattePanda comes with Windows 10 -

      Jaguarboard -

      There are also a number of x86 (Windows) TV style boxes (small PC's the size of a Roku).

      Here is one -

      With tiny sized PCs available today for about $100 (with Windows), the Raspberry Pi is less appealing. And the beauty of it, they will run apps we write with PowerBasic.

      Now if one prefers the Windows Embedded route, likely one could strip down Windows to the bare minimum for PB app and the hardware requirements would be much less.
      Chris Boss
      Computer Workshop
      Developer of "EZGUI"