The Robot Operating System (ROS) is an open source collection of software frameworks and provides capabilities that you would expect from an operating system, like hardware abstraction, low-level device control, implementation of commonly-used functionality, message-passing between processes, and package management. ROS is a collection of tools, libraries, and conventions that aim to simplify the task of creating complex and robust robot behavior across a wide variety of robotic platforms by encouraging collaborative robotics software development. For example, one laboratory might have experts in mapping indoor environments, and could contribute a world-class system for producing maps. Another group might have experts at using maps to navigate, and yet another group might have discovered a computer vision approach that works well for recognizing small objects in clutter. ROS was designed specifically for groups like these to collaborate and build upon each other’s work. Continue reading Enabling ROS on our Qualcomm Snapdragon based Products
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand its reach extensively, as more and more devices get connected to collaborate together with the intent of gathering and sharing data. This ecosystem consists of diverse devices, different networks, varied protocols, connections, clouds and databases. Devices range from sensors and single purpose modules, to powerful gateways that route communications for groups of devices. The use cases and requirements for IoT operators too vary significantly across industries. Installed devices will need software updates and bug fixes and a few may need to be repaired or replaced owing to hardware failures. For applications reliant on this ecosystem to deliver transformative business value, a scalable and dependable IoT device management solution is necessary that ensures that all devices are current, always accessible and secure. Device management refers to all of the tools, capabilities and processes necessary to support IoT solutions effectively at scale. Continue reading IoT Device Management on SMART Wireless Products
Google’s latest version of Android was released in September of 2019. Android 10 was a big improvement over the previous version and Google also moved away from the tradition of using alphabetical nomenclature based on desserts with this update. Let us look at some of the advantages of using Android 10 over the previous versions of Android like Pie and Oreo.
The Android project (AOSP) is an open source operating system development project supported by Google. Google oversees this project’s general direction and the bulk of development. This project contains everything necessary to build Android but misses a few things necessary for creating a market ready hardware device and these include peripheral device drivers or processor architecture related optimizations. The Code Aurora Foundation (CAF) maintained by Qualcomm, serves their SoC driven ecosystem by hosting optimized, tested Android open source code needed to provide upstream enablement. Continue reading Enabling Google Mobile Services on our Android Devices
SMART Wireless’s next product launch is a market ready compact turnkey solution based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 450™ core. The Inforce 6310™ Application Ready Platform is designed exclusively to drive digital signage and display use-cases by enabling distribution of your Full HD resolution video content smoothly. Just plug-and-play and experience the platform’s capabilities through the pre-loaded fully functional Android Board Support Package! Continue reading Product launch – A Compact Turnkey Solution for Digital Signage
In this issue of our Newsletter, we provide insights on how we address the challenge of delivering high performance on devices with power and thermal constraints through creating optimal and thermal efficient product designs. In our next article, we talk about creating IoT product solutions that can pass all regulatory compliances to enable manufacturers to productize in all geographies seamlessly. We also share details on Industrial IoT system-level solutions that are integrated seamlessly aside traditional workforces!
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With the recent changes to workplaces required by the coronavirus pandemic, the need for solutions capable of supporting reduced workforces and socially distant operations has been given an unprecedented level of urgency. Industry has been on a steady march toward automation for decades, incorporating robotics, sensors, and automatic data capture and processing tools to reduce reliance on large workforces and improve quality. We are now on the cusp of a new revolution in automation driven by improvements in computer vision technology and corresponding reductions in cost and complexity of the sensors and computing solutions required to power them. Automation solutions are now more generally capable, cost less, and can be implemented as system level solutions that are integrated seamlessly aside traditional workforces. Continue reading Snapdragon Smart Vision Improves Robotic Material Handling & Tracking
Innovative technologies and an expanded Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem have transformed how the world connects, computes and communicates today. Consumer adoption of connected devices has exponentially increased and this can lead to potential issues with electromagnetic interference if the devices being sold do not conform to regulatory guidelines. Imagine a doctor’s handheld device’s signal interferes with the operation of a medical equipment that was being used to monitor a patient in intensive care! Continue reading Emission Compliant IoT Solutions from SMART Wireless
As IoT devices become more capable, delivering the necessary performance to enable immersive experiences to users is a complex challenge owing to the power and thermal constraints on these devices. To address this challenge, a design approach that specifically caters to portable devices without a constant power source is essential. An optimal and thermal efficient design is only possible by taking a holistic approach to power management across the system including the choice of materials for the product enclosures. Continue reading Thermal Dissipation Techniques on Snapdragon Systems