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Video Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video) 53

You remember Peter Hoddie, right? He was one of the original QuickTime developers at Apple. He left in 2002 to help found a startup called Kinoma, which started life developing multimedia players and browsers for mobile devices. Kinoma was acquired in 2011 by Marvell Semiconductor, whose management kept it as a separate entity.

The latest creation from Peter and his crew is the 'Kinoma Create,' AKA the 'JavaScript-Powered Internet of Things Construction Kit.' With it, they say, you can 'quickly and easily create personal projects, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things prototypes.' EE Times mentioned it in March, and they're not the only ones to notice this product. Quite a few developers and companies are jumping on the 'Internet of Things' bandwagon, so there may be a decent -- and growing -- market for something like this. (Alternate Video Link)
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Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

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  • Like... before the Battle of Hastings??

  • I know Quicktime is a little long in the tooth, but I didn't know it was THAT old.

  • Shitvertisement (Score:2, Insightful)

    by sexconker ( 1179573 )

    No thanks. The "Internet of Things" isn't happening, your shitty video isn't getting played, and some shitty product isn't getting my attention.
    And for future reference, all thigns on the internet are things - the internet is already an internet of things.

    In fact, everything is a thing, and no thing is nothing. So please go Fuck Yourselves as a Service on the Cloud you rode in on, you worthless marketing fucks.

    • by unimacs ( 597299 )
      Forget the "Internet of Things" buzzwords for the moment and watch the video. In my line of work being able to interact with remote sensors is a huge time saver. There are proprietary devices which allow that already but they have their limitations. The biggest problem with home made solutions like using a Raspberry Pi and a Cell Modem (which this doesn't seem to solve), is powering them for an extended period on a battery.
    • I don't understand why this has been modded as a troll. He took the words right out of my mouth.

      My "things" don't need to be on the internet. I like the Internet being in a neat compartment where I can go when I want it. I don't want it following me around.

      Seriously, what the fuck is so attractive, I mean, given that the Internet has become pretty much a combination of a low-rent shopping mall and the equivalent of having your boss, your government and your phone company looking up your ass every minute

      • Either a sock puppet account trying to make sure people are getting messages about how "cool" the concept is. Or. Someone nerd raging and believing everything technology is cool. Or Finally. The person chose an offensive vocabulary to express their thoughts.

        I'll lean toward the last thing, mixed with the middle.

        I will state that the rating of "Troll" is wrong also, and it agrees with my thoughts (though I'd have expressed them differently). If "Fuck the CIA" can get modded insightful (in a thread yeste

  • Does anyone else loathe the "Internet of Things" buzz word?
    • by geekoid ( 135745 )

      It's not a buzzword, it has a specific definition.
      Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean it's a buzzword.

      • Being a buzzword and having a specific definition are not mutually exclusive. "Paradigm shift" has a specific definition, but is one of the best known examples among buzzwords due to it's overuse, misuse, and the tendency to use it to sound trendy and intelligent.
      • by Desler ( 1608317 )

        It's not a buzzword, it has a specific definition.

        Excellent non sequitur. Buzzword means a trendy term or popular jargon. It in no way explicitly or implicitly means a lack of a definition.

      • by Agares ( 1890982 )
        I understand what it means perfectly well. I just don't like it when companies throw a new name on something to try and make it sound new when it is in fact not.
    • I sort of ignore it. Even IBM is jumping in with their Node-RED []. Maybe I'll toss it on my Raspberry Pi and see what happens.
  • He was one of the original QuickTime developers

    I stopped reading or caring about anything he had to say or had done after that line. I can't be the only person with a deep loathing of quicktime?

    • by geekoid ( 135745 )

      What have you done? what great HR thing have you built?
      QT was cutting edge when it came out.

    • by unimacs ( 597299 )
      QuickTime was pretty impressive when first introduced (if you had a powerful enough Mac). If he was one of the original developers, he's definitely got some talent.
      • Actually, it wasn't bad if you had a less powerful Mac. I remember watching videos on my black and white Mac Plus--dithered appropriately to create faux greyscale at 320x240 (since the screen was 512x384, it took up better than half the screen!).

    • QuickTime was actually an excellent multimedia container platform that integrated what Apple had learned from HyperCard with a multimedia delivery stack. It was technologically way more advanced than Shockwave and the other competitors of the time.

      Unfortunately, the bastard child that was delivered to most Windows web browsers was actually Sorenson codec video in a QuickTime wrapper, pushed through a QuickTime Plugin. This plugin is what everyone has a deep loathing for -- to make QuickTime work on Window

  • by tomhath ( 637240 ) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @05:35PM (#47577591)

    You remember Peter Hoddie, right? He was one of the original QuickTime developers at Apple.

    No. Never heard of him.

  • If Bill Budge had gotten around to finishing Construction Set Construction Set. Oh, well.
  • If you want to quickly try something out this sounds like a great device. I often have ideas I want to try, but when I sit down & look at all the steps I have to go through to just to see if it's a good idea or not, I almost always put it back on the "when I have time shelf". It would also be an easy way for kids to be able to make something that works within their limited attention span. I plan to get one when they come out.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"