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Got a WICED™ Idea? What Would You Build with Broadcom’s Embedded Wireless Tech?

Broadcom’s WICED™ platform has sparked the imaginations of Internet of Things developers, smart engineers who are rolling out products and applications that showcase the power – and potential – of the technology.

In recent weeks, Broadcom and its partners have made a slew of announcements for new devices that tap the out-of-the –box connectivity experience that WICED offers to developers, entrepreneurs and startups.

  • Netatmo is using WICED™ Wi-Fi to enable a collaboration with French designer Philippe Starke for a stylish, smartphone-controlled thermostat. Not only does the device enable consumers to control their home temperature settings through a cloud-connected app, but the thermostat can evaluate user habits, such as sleep patterns, and learn over time to adjust the temperature to the consumer’s preferences.
  • Parrot is taking WICED™ to new heights with a line of remote control flying MiniDrones, which feature a mounted camera for real-time streaming. The WICED Wi-Fi technology enables seamless pairing between the drones and any smartphone or tablet.
  • WICED™ Smart is redefining wearables by putting Bluetooth connectivity on consumers’ backs with AiQ’s  Intelligent Sensor Shirt, a garment filled with conductive fibers that sense and measure the wearer’s heart rate, skin temperature and breathing rate. The shirt uses WICED tech to send the recorded data to a device that is worn on the user’s sleeve. That device then pairs with a tablet, phone or other mobile device via Bluetooth and an app syncs the info with a health care provider system, allowing for constant monitoring.

These types of innovative devices, and many others, are set to be demonstrated at a Bay Area event for media, analysts and developers this week where Broadcom and its partners will show how WICED connectivity has helped their product vision become a reality.

Attendees include all-stars of IoT design, including Electric Imp, General Electric, Quirky, Highway 1, Nod Inc. and others. They will engage in a discussion about the future of the Internet of Things and get a hands-on look at new products.

Broadcom will also be demonstrating technologies in the Galaxy Gear 2 from Samsung, the iGrill thermometer from iDevices and a Nest smoke alarm.

The sheer variety of these devices shows how versatile the WICED platform can be. The beauty of the platform is that it empowers developers to flex their skills and realize their product vision.

“The keys to creating a total ecosystem of Internet of Things products that all work well standing alone, and also with each other, are design flexibility and standards,” said Brian Bedrosian, senior director of embedded wireless, Broadband and Connectivity Group at Broadcom.

The WICED platform and design kits allow inventors and OEMs to create connected devices with little need for hardware expertise or expensive prototyping. This means faster time-to-market, smoother development cycles and lower costs.

The WICED boards come in two varieties – WICED Wi-Fi and WICED Smart (Bluetooth low energy). Alongside Bluetooth Smart or Wi-Fi connectivity, the SoCs pack GPS, software, power management and more on one tiny chip, perfect for integrating into any type of device.

WICED—which first launched in 2011—recently added a variety of new upgrades, including security enhancements, and  support for  Near Field Communication (NFC) tech Apple’s HomeKit  and iBeacon. Broadcom wants to know: What would you create with WICED? Join in the conversation on our Community website and get news from Broadcom on Twitter by using the hash tag #GetWICED.

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