The second and final day of Works With wrapped up this afternoon with an agenda packed with how-to developer sessions and expert takes on the future of the smart home. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
Matt Johnson, Silicon Labs Senior Vice President and General Manager of IoT, kicked off the day with a keynote featuring Jamie Siminoff, Founder and Chief Inventor of Ring. Jamie talked about inventing what has become one of the most popular Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbells and went over some of the challenges facing developers as the industry scales to billions of connected devices. He shared how to use data in a way that helps us build things with trust and security in mind and discussed how the decreasing cost of IoT components is allowing developers to think bigger.
Matt asked Jamie about Amazon Sidewalk and why developers should care about it. Jamie emphasized the long-term vision of Sidewalk, which he described as the neighborhood version of network sharing, and how it will unlock even more opportunities for smart home developers by providing cellular-like connectivity to devices. He went on to say it is not just another protocol – it's connectivity, and it’s about just connecting your device to the internet and then controlling it from there. He envisions connectivity being similar to electricity – we don’t talk about how to get electricity to the house anymore – it's a utility that everyone should have, and imagine what humanity can achieve if we give the world unlimited connectivity!
The keynote was full of insights from Jamie’s experience starting Ring, which included his share of challenges. He even said that people used to tell him that the doorbell was an ugly product! He told the audience that their passions will drive their inventions. “Linear inputs will achieve linear outputs...” he said, “We survey our products into mediocrity. If you want to do something great, you typically get friction early on.” But he encouraged listeners to keep on going and pushing the envelope. He said he’s excited to see what ideas come out of Works With. (We are, too!)
After his discussion with Jamie, Matt shared some of the recent announcements from Silicon Labs that are moving the IoT industry forward, including the recent announcement about our expanded portfolio of industry-leading RF performance Bluetooth® Low Energy solutions for IoT developers with best-in-class power, size and security solutions for Bluetooth Low Energy:
BGM220S – At just 6x6 mm, BGM220S is one of the world's smallest Bluetooth SiPs an ultra-compact, low-cost, long battery life SiP module that adds turnkey Bluetooth connectivity to extremely small products.
BGM220P – a slightly larger PCB variant optimized for wireless performance along with a better link budget for greater range and among the first Bluetooth modules to support Bluetooth Direction Finding, all while delivering up to ten-year battery life from a single coin cell.
Bluetooth Xpress BGX220 – pre-certified PCB and SiP modules. Launching by the end of September, BGX220 UART to Bluetooth Low Energy bridge modules are expected to offer the fastest path to deliver secure, Bluetooth Low Energy connected products to market.
Secure Vault – The line of Bluetooth Low Energy products is infused with our new suite of state-of-the-art security features, Secure Vault. As the most advanced suite of hardware and software security protections available today for IoT devices, Secure Vault makes it easier for device manufacturers to protect their brand, product designs and consumer data.
We also recently announced the latest version of our Integrated Developer Environment (IDE), Simplicity Studio 5. Engineered to simplify the development of wireless System-on-Chips (SoCs) and modules, microcontrollers, and other embedded products for IoT devices, Simplicity Studio 5 provides developers with the same access, security configuration, and code portability across IoT SoCs and modules, significantly reducing device development time.
Matt’s presentation was followed by 14 different sessions, including practical, real-world discussions and demos.
The “From Chip to Cloud: Building the Whole Product” session featured a discussion with David Ewing and Donnie Pitts from Firia, Inc. about some of the questions developers need to answer when planning an IoT device.
Fritz Werder, Tuya’s North American GM, hosted the “IoT Product Development Made Easy” session in which he outlined how his company’s IoT developer platform can improve time-to-market, profitability and customer experience.
Mike Dow, our Sr. Product Manager of IoT Security, and Brad Ree, CTO of IoT Solutions at ioXt Alliance led a session on the importance of IoT security, covering everything from modern ransomware and unifying security standards to cyber security legislation and “pivot attacks.”
There were also sessions on home automation and environmental sensing and hands-on tutorials on building an LED bulbs, touchless temperature monitors, door locks, sensors and more.
If you were unable to attend any of the sessions, you can watch the on-demand recordings by registering here and selecting the appropriate session on the agenda.
Works WIth 2020 may have ended, but we know the conversations and creative ideas are just beginning. We look forward to continuing to work with you to make IoT solutions that will build a smarter, more connected world. And we can’t wait to see you again at Works With 2021!