This is the second part of our article concerning our latest Q&A live session on Discord. Please read the first part before the following.
A few days ago, we held our first live Q&A session on Discord, and it was a pleasure to exchange with all of you. This session was organized on August 10, 2022.
If you missed it or want to discover it again, we have concatenated all your questions in this article and completed them with precise answers.
If you have other questions concerning Luos, our open source project, or the embedded world, feel free to join our Discord community. We are +4000 community as of right now and keep in touch with our members daily to create a strong community and an inspiring place for everyone.
Certainly, you have already used or heard about ROS, the Robot Operating System. Using the functionalities provided in ROS libraries, you can develop software applications and control your robots easily and optimally.
Some IoT, edge and embedded projects should not involve such a dependence on hardware.
The dependency would lead to a limitation of possibilities.
Open source has opened the gate to a new way of thinking in the embedded domain. Breaking away from the monolithic vision to focus on microservices is a choice that has many advantages.
With the Luos development team, we are constantly working on integrating our solution with the tools you use.
Great News! Luos engine is now plug-and-play-compatible with the ESP32 family!
At Luos, we often talk about embedded systems and edge, but a term often resurfaces in our everyday vocabulary: Cyber-physical systems (CPS).
This is the term that best describes the type of smart system Luos can manage since it is totally designed as a network of MCU that interact with each other through physical inputs and outputs. CPSs are, therefore, somewhat different from embedded and edge systems, which are autonomous interacting devices.
What is the problem here?
At Luos, we deal with distributed (multi-MCU) critical and real-time environments. Everything in our technology has been thought to be fast and lightweight. The Robus protocol (our basic protocol) has been designed to have the minimal latency possible, but we still have some!
Marie#9390 in our Discord has developed a biometric security system using Luos.
As you know, in 2021, a global semiconductor crisis occurred as the industry's capacity failed to meet the increasing demand for semiconductors. This leads to a sharp increase in prices and a shortage of semiconductors available on the market.
Let's talk about Embedded Services.
A family photo shared on a social network. An interesting news article. A funny video of a cat. It all starts with a website. A website needs a few things, notably a database. You ask for the website for your link, and the website gets data from different services, formats it into something pretty, and then returns that to you. The World Wide Web is literally that, a web of services. Websites fetching data from other websites, from databases, from authentification services, from data storage servers... And you don't need to know where those services are. They might be located on the same server, or they might be in the same building, or they might even be on the other side of the planet. Everything just works.
Imagine the liberty of being on a sailboat, alone, in the middle of the ocean. What skills would you require for that? First of all, basic (or even advanced) knowledge of sailing, you are all alone, with only the wind to help you move. Secondly, navigation, the art of knowing where you are, where you want to go, and how. Cooking, there are no delivery services possible, and you need to survive for over a month. Medical skills, if something goes wrong and you hurt yourself, you are the only first responder. Maintenance, fixing things that break down? And this is only part of a very long list.
Back in the past of the history of flight
A 193,1 million USD loss because of a bad conversion
The way electronic devices are made never evolved
The issue. To talk about Edge and Embedded systems, let’s consider the place where related issues are their climax: Robotics. For a long time now, there has been talks of a robotic revolution that seems to be continually pushed back to the next day. Robot vacuum cleaners, IOT, the autonomous cars are the beginnings of this change. But why is it so slow?
This article is about the path taken during a couple years to explain what Luos is. Although Luos is a name for the company and the technology behind it, it’s the technology in particular I will mostly talk about, and how we sometimes struggled to explain it. Regarding the company in general, we will see why Luos is not a robotics company.