UPDATED 18:32 EDT / AUGUST 05 2013

Weekly Internet of Things Recap: The Ubuntu Superphone

The Internet of Things keeps on growing. This week Canonical’s Victor Palau leaked new details about his company’s upcoming Ubuntu device, MIT researchers pulled the curtains back on a 3-D printer that can produce food, and Nvidia’s long anticipated SHIELD console finally hit stores.

Canonical is looking to strengthen its foothold in the enterprise with a crowdfunded Ubuntu smartphone that, if fully funded, will offer companies a superior alternative to the consumer-oriented devices that are currently on the market. Victor Palau, Canonical’s head of engineering, explained in an interview this week that his firm’s device will enable organizations to reduce costs associated with traditional hardware and software licenses. He also highlighted that Ubuntu’s compatibility OpenStack and SaaS technologies can make it easier for CTOs to future proof their BYOD strategy.

While Canonical is busy raising funds for the next generation enterprise smartphone, MIT’s Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran are working on a 3-D printer that can cook food. The device, dubbed Cornucopia by its creators, mixes ingredients into “cooking layers” and then prints them onto the serving tray.

The Internet of Things is expanding in all directions, and the gaming industry is no exception. Nvidia is leading the charge with SHIELD, an Android-based handheld console that became available in the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday. The critically acclaimed device packs an Nvidia Tegra 4 mobile processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 720p display.


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