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Smart workwear a new way to promote craftsmens health

Neue Labs client, Snickers Workwear, is beta-testing their smart workwear.

Snickers is renowned for it’s modern design and innovation functions. They are market-leading in fabric technology. Now they have initiated this wearable IoT project called Tracker 1. 100 craftsmen across five countries are taking part in a beta-test to see how wearable tech can improve working health.

The key feature is to measure spent time on knees and the quality of the knee pad protection. It also measures noise levels and more features can be added in future tests.

Neue Labs has been an active partner in the idea and innovation phase and the Tracker 1 has Automat built in. We have also been involved in setting up the software workflow and back end parts.

You can read more about the project here:
http://www.snickersworkwear.co.uk/news-promo/wearable-technology-to-improve-craftsmens-health/

Swedish pressrelease:
http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/hultafors-group-sverige-ab/pressreleases/stort-slarv-med-skyddsutrustning-bland-svenska-hantverkare-sex-av-tio-drabbade-av-skador-i-jobbet-1798658

Interested in a future collaboration? Contact kim.gustafsson@neue-labs.com for a chat.

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Automat at London College of Fashion

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Automat at London College of Fashion

Fredrik demos the app for LCF

Fredrik demos the app for LCF

On Wednesday, we sneaked away from the Wearable Technology Show in Docklands to give a workshop at the London College of Fashion at Oxford Circus (we flew in our algorithms expert, Oscar Hag, to man the booth at WTS - thanks Oscar!!).

Several groups of LCF students presented their ongoing projects and we discussed how we might use Automat with their designs. It was great fun and we came away from the workshop with a whole bunch of new ideas. 

So THANKS to the students and organisers, we hope to drop by again soon!

   

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Automat at Giants

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Automat at Giants

Neue Labs was asked by makertjej if we could have an AUTOMAT workshop at an event called Giants. It was a one day event for 100 young women interested in studying at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm). It was an intense and super fun day where we hooked up 100 automats to the internet and sent a tweet when it was too warm :-)

 

Picture from makertjej.se

Picture from makertjej.se

Ad for the event

Ad for the event

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A mix of useful tips

Once again, we have surfed the web and collected some entertaining, inspiring and/or insightful links (you can judge for yourself which link is which). We hope they are useful or maybe even prompt you to get that killer idea for a product or service that you’re looking for!

In the textile industry and in apparel retail, IoT is gaining ground:

http://news.apparelresources.com/textile-mills-news/internet-of-things-makes-its-way-into-japanese-textile-industry/

Smart textiles can detect, react and adapt. This is an inspiration piece for those of us who believe technology is the future of fashion:

http://fashnerd.com/2016/02/when-fashion-and-lifestyle-textiles-are-getting-smart/

Fashion and technology is a match for the future. And it is happening:

http://www.wareable.com/fashion/dutch-designer-joins-new-fashion-tech-lab-2354

A lot of IoT gadgets (and a delegation from Automat!) were present at World Mobile Congress in Barcelona 2016. Here are a few examples of the gadgets:

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/02/25/quirky-iot-at-mwc-robotic-pet-toys-and-more-mwc16/

IoT is a lot of things. It can be fashion and gadgets. But it can be industrial production and city planning and more. Your imagination is the limit. Here’s some more examples of what it can be:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3036528/iots-not-all-futuristic-industry-pioneer-jasper-makes-more-connections.html

Until next time: good luck creating!

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Mobile World Congress 2016!

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Mobile World Congress 2016!

Visit us at Mobile World Congress Barcelona, or MWC, is an annual gathering for the mobile industry and related industries, organised by the GSMA, and held in Barcelona, Spain, the Mobile World Capital. As part of the EIT Digital innovation program we are attending MWC 2016. Meet us during 22-25th in Hall 8.0 Stand 8.0D42 (EIT Digital).

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more info. You can also follow this hashtag #MWC16 on Twitter.

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Tips on wearables, business and IoT

As we browse the web, we sometimes encounter interesting web pages, articles, videos and stuff that we find entertaining, educational or useful. We’ve shared some before, and now we feel it’s time to do it again. This time, we’ve looked a little bit more at the business side of the Internet of Things. But there are a couple of other links as well.

Wearables are part and parcel of the IoT revolution. This is why.

Internet of Things and its consequences for business models.

IoT and the creation of recurring revenue.

IoT as both a marketing and a business opportunity.

Connected devices create new gaming possibilities. Board games, for instance. Have a look at this one!

That’s it for today, stay tuned for more link tips, articles about the Internet of Things and more. If you want to be absolutely sure never to miss anything, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

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Neue Labs nominated for startup of the year!

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Neue Labs nominated for startup of the year!

Every year there is a huge gala, organised by Mobilbusiness, Mobile institute and the magazine Mobil. It’s called the Swedish Mobile Awards (in Swedish: Mobilgalan). This year the Swedish Mobile Awards will happen on January 28th, yes that’s on Thursday this week!

It is with no small amount of pride we tell you that NeueLabs have been nominated for the category Startup of the Year!

Companies that have been awarded in different categories in previous years are for example Skype, Minecraft, King, Soundcloud, Swish and many more.

We at NeueLabs are humbled just to be in the company of those nominated. But it would of course be super cool to win as well.

Check out the Swedish Mobile Awards, and maybe join us there! Or, stay tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and we’ll tell you how it goes!

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Come help us change the world!

Are you an Android developer? Do you want to be part of changing the world?

If your answer to these questions are yes, then we have an exciting project for you!

We are looking for a freelance Android developer with experience in working with external web API:s. If you also have experience in iBeacons, BLE and iOS development then this project just might be a perfect fit for you.

The initial task is to port a fairly small app from iOS to Android, and in future stages to expand it with a lot more functionality. The app is being made for a groundbreaking and successful Swedish company.

Does this sound interesting? Send your CV to hello@neue-labs.com. No need to wait, do it now!

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Some links for inspiration

In a previous blog post we wrote about some of the wonderful things you can make for the Internet of Things. Some of you may have been curious about the sneaker we mentioned that changes color, so we figured we should give you a peek. Here it is, the “chameleon” sneaker:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5XhzmjUVnk

There are many interesting and inspirational things to read about Internet of Things. There are also an infinite number of ideas that can become reality with machine to machine communication and the Internet of Things. Some fun, some really useful and some that are both.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140722072521-64875646-the-21-coolest-internet-of-things-gadgets-you-will-want-today?trk=mp-author-card

Also, there are some of questionable use:

https://www.blacksocks.com/us/en/socks/calfsocksblack-plus

...and some with no use at all beyond possibly entertainment:

http://www.necomimi.com

If you have an idea of your own, go with it! Prototyping will be a whole lot easier with the hardware and software platforms of Automat. You can start creating soon! Using the Automat platform for both prototyping and production will cut the time significantly from idea to viable product on the market. Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned for news on Automat and the Internet of Things.

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Get rid of OCD with IoT

You know that feeling, monday morning, with just one single cup of coffee (at the most) in your system? You’re leaving for work or school, maybe a little stressed heading for the car, or the bus or the subway. Halfway there you realize you’re unsure about the coffee maker, the stereo, the lights, the door. Did I turn everything off? Did I lock the door?

We’ve all been there at one point or another. That mild morning case of “OCD” (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could check that all is well on the home front and adjust whatever might need adjusting? Or, if your home was so smart you felt perfectly at ease and didn’t have to check?

With more and more devices, appliances and home functions connected, the Internet of Things (IOT) is becoming a reality. The Internet of Things is a concept that revolves around connected devices communicating with each other and with us. We can automate things and control others remotely, all the while making our lives easier. According to renowned market research company Gartner, there will be 4.9 Billion things connected to the internet this year. Almost 3 Billion of those are expected to be consumer products, and the numbers are increasing rapidly. The market for wearable devices is also increasing at a staggering rate with fitbits and Apple Watches becoming more and more common. Our smartphones fuel this development, and it’s mainly through them we receive the data or control wearables and smart homes. There are between 2 and 3 Billion smartphone subscriptions in the world, and the number is growing.

This opens up a whole new market of products and services that has yet to be developed. Some interesting things are already out there, such as systems for controlling lights, power consumption and more according to household habits. The really good news is that, since this is in some sense uncharted territory with the potential to change our lives entirely, there are many products and services waiting to be invented. We’ve only just scratched the surface with the products already out there.

It really is a bummer that someone already thought of the sneaker that can change its look on command. But, how about a suit that changes look depending on time of day? No more worrying about not being dressed the right way. With smart materials, sensors and apps this could very well be within our reach. On the even more useful side, how about clothes or watches that monitor our health and communicate it to our doctor of choice (or, perhaps, our personal trainer), smart homes that adjust heating when we’re away to decrease power consumption, change lighting when we move from room to room and more?

A lot of “crazy” ideas have been proposed about what we can do with more things connected and machine to machine communication. The Internet of Things is changing the game altogether. You can solve daily life problems the rest of us weren’t even aware existed.

We should all start brainstorming ideas on what we could create, and then move on to changing the world.

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Neue Labs are demonstrating Automat on Hard Talk Stockholm

Hard Talk Stockholm (HTS) is hosted by Hardware Club, the first exclusive club for hardware startups. They have featured partnerships with companies like Amazon, Intel and Foxconn.

HTS is a mix of keynotes, panel discussions and demos from the hottest Swedish hardware startups. In the audience you will find founders, product designers, distributors and of course, investors. 

The event is co-organized by People People and Narrative and sponsored by Indiegogo, Intel and Sigfox. 

We will demonstrate what Automat can do as a hardware together with our IoT-platform. Check back tomorrow, hopefully we will have a video clip from our demo.

Line up at HTS

Speakers and startups

Speakers and startups

Read more about the speakers and the event here:
https://hardtalkstockholm.splashthat.com

If your interested in what Hardware Club is doing, please visit their webpage:
http://hardwareclub.co

You can also follow this hashtag on Twitter: #HardTalkSTHLM

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Season's greetings from Neue Labs!

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Season's greetings from Neue Labs!

Here are 9 Automat solderboards and baseboards being controlled by our new app.

The structure is built using the fantastic Maker Beam kit, which works really well with the solderboards. No soldering was necessary in this project - it uses the tree structure itself as ground, meaning there is only a need for one wire from each of the solderboards.

The whole setup is powered via USB on a powerboard connected to another solderboard screwed to the back of the tree. Again, no soldering. 

Now we just have to find space for it in the workshop front window...and when we do, we'll tell you more about what it can do with the help of the Automat app and platform. Watch this seasonally-illuminated space!

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Big Success at the Internet Discovery Day

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Big Success at the Internet Discovery Day

Last week was a real whirlwind for us. We met lots of people at the Internet Discovery Day and won two awards! Then we got featured in DI Digital.

Anders and Fredrik on stage | Best Silicon Valley Potential Awards


Anders and Fredrik on stage | Best Silicon Valley Potential Awards

The award for "Silicon Valley Potential" was given by Silicon Vikings, a 20,000+ networkconnecting Silicon Valley and the Nordics/Baltics, and Wistrand Law Firm, one of the largest law firms in Sweden specialising in business law. We were chosen because our idea is "easy to sell to a giant, like Facebook or Google, as well as entrepreneurs at a mingle event in South of Market (SoMa) or, for that sake, over dinner with a Silicon Valley angel."

The second award was the "Almi Invest Internet Discovery Investment of the Year". Almi Invest is the venture capital subsidiary of Almi Företagspartner AB.

Anders and Fredrik on stage, again | Almi Investment of the Year Award


Anders and Fredrik on stage, again | Almi Investment of the Year Award

"The company has found its niche in the IoT, wearables, and smart products. Through its unique platform, Neue Labs opens the way for more IoT innovations to reach the market in a fast, uncomplicated, and cost-effective way. The company unlocks revolutionary opportunities in the rapidly growing IoT market for a range of applications within B2B and B2C," says Johan Crona, Fund Manager at Almi Invest.

Read more in the article Almi posted on their website.

"We are very happy and proud of these awards. The whole Neue Labs team have put a lot of effort and love to create the best hardware, software, and last but not least, an open IoT platform. We have really believed in our ideas way before the Internet of Things exploded or even before it became an expression. This awards our belief and true conviction even more. It's also validation that what we do is very good stuff. Of course, it also gives us loads of new energy to carry on in our development,” says Fredrik

After winning our awards, Di Digital, Dagens Industri's website for tech, startups, and net culture, wrote an article about us too. During the interview, Fredrik got to answer one of the questions we often get asked: How is Automat different from other platforms, such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi?

"They are amazing platforms, but they aren't the same. Our strengths are our smallness, power efficiency, and flexibility. Arduino is more for makers and DIYers, where we should not be competing,” says Fredrik.

Check out the entire article.

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Neue Labs on Internet Discovery Day (Internetdagarna)

We are attending the Internet Discovery Day. Please stop by and say hello to the Neue Labs team.

About
Internet Discovery Days is the event where the upcoming Swedish entrepreneurs within digital technology present their new projects and ideas.

Date: Tuesday the 24th of November
Time: 14-17
Place: Stockholm Waterfront

How: A brown paper and some color pens is all what is needed. Let us simply show our project – Automat- and the vast number of opportunities for IoT and Wearables.
Are you registered? Take a chance to meet us there, regardless if you are supporter, customer or investor.

Please visit Internet Discovery Day for more info.

In the end of the day they will announce the winner of the IDD Awards (Live investments), if you like our stuff, please give us some hearts.

See you!

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Automat. The plot thickens...

Screens like this are beginning to emerge from the Neue Labs workshop. We're working hard on the new look app, enhanced Automat firmware and a powerful platform behind the scenes. We're also preparing some documentation that we hope will help get you all building cool stuff with Automat. I've been testing things out myself this weekend, and it's a hell of a lot of fun. More on that later...

Many thanks to Ellen Sundh of Coda Collective for the inspiration for this functionality. Ellen is doing some great Maker and IoT-related work, so be sure to check out the site!

 

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Apple tv hack with Automat hardware!

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Apple tv hack with Automat hardware!

Sune and the Greatworks team looking forward to the tests with real beer in the glass :)

Sune and the Greatworks team looking forward to the tests with real beer in the glass :)

As we write, there's a hack going on just round the corner from us at Hornstull here in Stockholm. A select group of developers are at the Apple TV Hackathon. Here are Sune and the Greatworks team (and Emil from Neue Labs, of course) working with Automat's Analog In to produce a mysterious project involving a fluid level sensor...

Half empty or half full...? The fluid sensor will let you know, with some help from Automat and now on your Apple Tv...

Half empty or half full...? The fluid sensor will let you know, with some help from Automat and now on your Apple Tv...





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Power to the maker people...

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Power to the maker people...

A glimpse of the new power boards, just before birth!

These came in with the latest batch of Automat boards. Also on the way are more solder boards for easily hooking up to analog in, I2C, digital ins and outs and coin cell batteries. 

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