The Verge explores Ikea’s push into smart home technology and why that’s a big deal.

For seven years, Ikea has treated the smart home as a hobby. That’s changing now that Björn Block’s Home Smart division has been promoted to the same importance as Living Room, Bedroom, and all the other Ikea businesses that have come to define the company. Ikea faces the challenge of teaming up with Google, Amazon, Apple, and other tech giants while also battling them for primacy in the home.

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Azure Time Series Insights (TSI) now integrates with Microsoft Power BI.

In this episode of the IoT Show, Deepak Palled, Product Manager, Azure TSI, discusses the two top scenarios for this new capability:

  1. You can integrate data in Azure TSI with other data from line of business applications charted in Power BI to gain new business insights,
  2. You can access additional charting options in Power BI for your Azure TSI data to identify patterns or trends.

Watch Deepak demo how Azure TSI processes data coming from live sensors in Building 121 on the Microsoft Redmond campus and how this the data flows into Power BI for charting.

SandDance provides data visualization in the context of the data you are operating in and gives you interactive data exploration where you can quickly find pattern, trends and anomalies from the data.

It’s rich interactive 3D viewer gives the effects of different attributes on the data and its ease of use provides data engineers with a powerful in place tool to visualize their data.

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Recent advances in quantum computing means that we are that much closer to solving big problems like protein folding and traffic routing.

Speaking of the latter, Ford, along with Microsoft, recently unveiled some research along the line of improving traffic in Seattle with the use of “Quantum-inspired” computing — something that came up quite a bit at MLADS a few weeks ago.

“Our growing quantum computing team is working with Microsoft and others to investigate how this technology can be used in areas ranging from robotics to aerodynamics,” Ford Chief Technology Officer Ken Washington said in a blog post Tuesday. “While we’re still in the early stages of quantum computing development, encouraging progress has been made that can help us take what we’ve learned in the field and start to apply it to problems we want to solve today, while scaling to more complex problems tomorrow.”

An Ugly Sweaters are a great tradition but how can we make them even better (https://aka.ms/IoTShow/UglySweater) is an IoT-enabled Ugly Sweater.

In this episode of the IoT Show, Olivier Bloch is joined by Jim Bennett, a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. Jim has built an Ugly Sweater using Azure IoT Central, Microsoft’s IoT app platform, and a Raspberry Pi Zero. Dive into Jim’s Python code and learn how Azure IoT Central is able to connect IoT devices to the cloud faster than any other platform. See how Jim uses IoT Central’s extensibility APIs to control his Ugly Sweater via Twitter. This code is on GitHub for you to play with and extend. Get started today!

There are a lot of new technologies coming out at an ever increasing pace.

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Learn how Microsoft is simplifying IoT with the evolution of Azure IoT Central.

Step through a live demo of the new IoT Central retail application template with Avneet Singh, Senior Program Manager, IoT Solutions team.

Learn how this IoT app platform keeps devices connected with built-in device management.

Understand IoT Central makes it easy to integrate into business applications to deliver insights to business decision makers.