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London startup SAM Labs wants everyone to try out IoT

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SAM Labs, a London-based startup, wants to educate everyone on the Internet of Things (IoT), by providing an easy-to-learn programming platform and tools to let people be creative.

Currently, IoT is a buzzword for most people outside of the tech industry, but Joachim Horn believes that people of all ages can learn how to program for IoT without coming from an engineering background.

See Also: School wearables to surge over the next five years

SAM Labs offers a variety of development kits that provide components like a button, an LED light, a motor, a slider, and a buzzer. From there, users can connect the components together to create a drawing machine, toy car, or several other tutorial devices, using a drag-and-click programming language.

Advanced users are able to build devices outside of the tutorials or even connect third-party components and implement JavaScript, if they find SAM Labs’ tutorials too easy.

SAM Labs trying to making coding accessible to all

The project is perfect for schools, which are trying to come up with ways to make coding accessible, but still powerful. Being able to show the capabilities of IoT, all the while allowing kids to explore their creative side, could be a real winner in the education market.

Outside of education, Horn sees removing the barriers to coding and IoT as a pivotal step, if we’re ever going to see a major surge in computer scientists and engineers in the workplace. It could also provide engineers with a new outlook on IoT and hardware development, according to Horn.

Accessibility has been a key factor in all tech revolutions over the past 50 years, so SAM Labs efforts in combination with more money being invested into edu-tech could make the next generation of learners as adept in coding as they are in English, maths, and science.

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Self-driving tech startup Otto wants truckers to keep on…napping

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Founded by Google and Tesla vets, new long-haul trucking tech startup Otto wants to truckers to take it easy — but hopefully not the point of the sound of their own wheels driving them crazy.

The firm is building unique sensors, vehicle hardware, and state-of-the-art self-driving software that, when combined, offers a safe, scalable self-driving solution for the highway. The sensors  – camera, radar, lasers – sit high on top of the truck, offering an elevated vantage point of the highway. The in-truck computer system and software make realtime driving decisions based on those sensors, which then control the truck.

See also: How about a self-driving highway – from Canada to Mexico?

Self-driving trucks aren’t really new; plenty of firms are working on the same challenges.

Mercedes Benz has already begun testing its long-haul trucks in Germany and Nevada. Volvo – the makers of Otto’s three-truck fleet of VNL 780’s – and Volkswagen have also started testing autonomous trucks in Europe, with Volkswagen’s managing over 2,000 kilometers without a human taking over the controls.

But while these truck makers are looking to future models to roll out this technology, Otto’s aim is to go after the existing fleet, retrofitting trucks on the road already with their system.

Their real goal to to reduce road accidents involving truckers — an industry notorious for long hours, bad lifestyles and high turnover rates – and to let these newly relabeled “truck attendants” watch movies or read books instead of constantly watching the road.

In the US, about 2.6 million long-haul – or Class 8 – trucks are on the roads, driven by 1.7 million drivers. Otto says they had over 200,000 accidents in 2014, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Otto price not yet set

Founded in January this year and based in San Francisco, the company currently has 40 employees who’ve come from a “who’s who” of self-driving car tech developers – Tesla, Apple, Google and Cruise to name a few. The firm currently runs its test fleet on California highways.

To date, they’ve been financed entirely via employee and founder capital.

The technology is currently in its testing phase so there is no price tag as of yet. But with the average big rig running up to $200,000, team Otto expects their technology to cost truck owners a “small fraction” of that.

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Truck tech startup Otto wants truckers to keep on reading

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Founded by Google and Tesla vets, new long-haul trucking tech startup Otto wants to truckers to take it easy — but hopefully not the point of the sound of their own wheels driving them crazy.

The firm is building unique sensors, vehicle hardware, and state-of-the-art self-driving software that, when combined, offers a safe, scalable self-driving solution for the highway. The sensors  – camera, radar, lasers – sit high on top of the truck, offering an elevated vantage point of the highway. The in-truck computer system and software make realtime driving decisions based on those sensors, which then control the truck.

See also: How about a self-driving highway – from Canada to Mexico?

Self-driving trucks aren’t really new; plenty of firms are working on the same challenges.

Mercedes Benz has already begun testing its long-haul trucks in Germany and Nevada. Volvo – the makers of Otto’s three-truck fleet of VNL 780’s – and Volkswagen have also started testing autonomous trucks in Europe, with Volkswagen’s managing over 2,000 kilometers without a human taking over the controls.

But while these truck makers are looking to future models to roll out this technology, Otto’s aim is to go after the existing fleet, retrofitting trucks on the road already with their system.

Their real goal to to reduce road accidents involving truckers — an industry notorious for long hours, bad lifestyles and high turnover rates – and to let these newly relabeled “truck attendants” watch movies or read books instead of constantly watching the road.

In the US, about 2.6 million long-haul – or Class 8 – trucks are on the roads, driven by 1.7 million drivers. Otto says they had over 200,000 accidents in 2014, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Otto price not yet set

Founded in January this year and based in San Francisco, the company currently has 40 employees who’ve come from a “who’s who” of self-driving car tech developers – Tesla, Apple, Google and Cruise to name a few. The firm currently runs its test fleet on California highways.

To date, they’ve been financed entirely via employee and founder capital.

The technology is currently in its testing phase so there is no price tag as of yet. But with the average big rig running up to $200,000, team Otto expects their technology to cost truck owners a “small fraction” of that.

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