Enterprise Tech News: Microsoft Launched Open Translators to Things, Google Open-Sourced Walt, Grunt 1.0 Released

08 Apr. 2016 Enterprise Tech News

This week’s tech news roundup features: Microsoft launches Open Translators to Things that bring interoperability to IoT, Google open-sources a latency testing tool called Walt, and Grunt team releases Grunt 1.0.

Microsoft Launches Open Translators to Things to Streamline IoT App Development

Microsoft Open Translators to Things for IOT

Microsoft has launched Open Translators to Things, a new open source project, to simplify Internet of Things (IoT) application development. People can collaborate on translators that help developers to build apps that interact with various internet-connected devices. It is a software based on Node.js server-side JavaScript framework and expected to run from a public cloud or an IoT gateway.

Being a Microsoft-led project, it supports Windows by default and aims to bring support to OS X, Android, and iOS. The Open Translators to Things builds on Microsoft’s IoT initiatives, comprising Windows 10 IoT Core and Azure IoT Hub cloud service. But its lower-level technology makes it different, quickening the incorporation of IoT in applications.

This technology will eventually become handy to make personal digital assistants like Cortana smart enough for controlling IoT devices. A lot of open-source codes including translators, sample apps, and a console app are available on GitHub for developers.

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Google Open-Sources Walt for Measuring Touch and Voice Commands

Google Testing Tool Walt

Google Open-sources Walt, a tool to test touch and audio latency on Android and Chrome OS. It is an in-house tool from Google that help people identify the time taken by a device to respond to touch or voice input. The company has been utilizing this tool to conduct performance tests on Android devices and Chromebooks.

Walt is compatible with hardware like a laser, an accelerometer board, and a microcontroller. Mark Koudritsky, Google’s software engineer, wrote in a blog post that, “An important innovation in WALT (a descendant of QuickStep) is that it synchronizes an external hardware clock with the Android device or Chromebook to within a millisecond. This allows it to measure input and output latencies separately as opposed to measuring a round-trip latency.” He further stated that the entire kit will cost less than $50. The software is available on GitHub under an open-source Apache license.

Grunt JavaScript Task-runner Releases Grunt 1.0

Grunt 1.0

Grunt, a popular task runner for automating JavaScript tasks, has released version 1.0. Grunt features plug-ins and acts as a build tool for setting up a project. Plug-ins can be availed through the NPM JavaScript package manager, and example plug-ins can run predefined tasks, duplicate files, run various tasks concurrently, and validate JSON files.

The release includes the following:

  • Prevention of the async callback function
  • Duplicate BOM handling
  • Updated command-line interface

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