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Atari Is Going To Build IoT Devices (pcmag.com) 84

angry tapir quotes a report from Computerworld: The latest entrant in the Internet of Things is legendary gaming company Atari, which plans to make consumer devices that communicate over the SigFox low-power network. The devices will be for homes, pets, lifestyle, and safety. Atari has signed a deal with the communications service provider, Sigfox. "The initial product line will include categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety," the companies said in a statement. "By connecting to SigFox's global network, the products will benefit from its competitive advantages: a very long battery life and a simple solution that does not require local Internet connectivity and pairing. As soon as the battery is inserted in the object, it is immediately connected to the network."
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Atari Is Going To Build IoT Devices

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  • Oh god no (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I assosociate Atari with 70s tech and failure. It's over Atari, hang it up.

    • Re:Oh god no (Score:5, Interesting)

      by creimer ( 824291 ) on Tuesday May 31, 2016 @11:59PM (#52223159) Homepage

      The original Atari filed for bankruptcy in the 1980's. The IP floated around the industry for years until Infogrames bought Hasbro Interactive, moved their San Jose headquarters (previously known as Accolade) to Sunnyvale, and renamed the company to Atari. The name didn't help them survive the dot com bust. Eventually, after selling off studios that they paid two to four times actual value for pennies on the dollar, and exploiting every legacy property that they had on the books, the "new" Atari filed for bankruptcy in 2013.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari,_SA [wikipedia.org]

      I worked there for six years, starting off at Accolade in 1997 and leaving Atari in 2004. Three years as a tester, three years as a lead tester. Fun times. But I saw the writing on the wall when I became a lead tester, went back to school to learn computer programming, and got into IT support work for the rest of my career.

  • The Atari of today has little to do with the legendary gaming company of yore. The name has been bought and sold and licensed and is now basically just a marketing shell. There's something called "Atari", yes...

    I grew up in the Atari 2600 era. I remember the first Pong machines showing up in restaurants in the early 70's, where two players would sit down at the machine. It was a great company then, and it changed the world. That company has not existed for a long time.

    Also:

    As soon as the battery is inserted in the object, it is immediately connected to the network.

    Not at my house it doesn't.

    • by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Tuesday May 31, 2016 @09:43PM (#52222643)

      Not at my house it doesn't.

      Just to be clear. Yeah, if the battery goes in, then it does.

      This is an... interesting... and disturbing trend for the future. Right now the home internet other than a few specific "mobile" devices like smartphones or onstar needs to connect to YOUR network, that YOU control.

      This represents a shift where they connect to networks directly that you do not control. They don't run through your router, they aren't subject to your monitoring or blocking.

      The future samsung smarttv won't need to connect to your network to get ads... it'll just connect to cellular or something directly and get ads.

      The only solution... not even sure what it will be. Not to buy one (even today avoiding a smartTV is a PITA but not connecting it to the net is easy)?? Jammers ? Probalbly not going to be legal or easy to deploy in populated areas -- hardware hacks to render their antenna useless? Maybe? OR maybe their is no escape but to move into a log cabin in the woods...

      • by swb ( 14022 )

        This is a kind of disturbing development. I don't know what the actual hard costs to a manufacturer to give a device on-demand data access through a cellular type network, but my guess is that it's rapidly declining and that ultimately cellular network operators will be hungry enough for growth and have built out enough network capacity that selling capped data-only plans to IoT type companies will become appealing to them, especially if they can manage to get existing smartphone users to pay for them.

        The

      • >OR maybe their is no escape but to move into a log cabin in the woods...

        Yeah, like my buddy Ted. His advice: make sure your cabin is somewhere that still has good snailmail service. Can't attach the explosives to e-mail.

    • It's just the company that owns the Atari trademark.

  • FTFS:

    The devices will be for homes, pets, lifestyle, and safety.

    I asked the dogs, but they don't have any money for this sh*t. It's not part of their lifestyle, and they're dogs - they provide the safety for the home already.

    Another IoT (Idiots obtaining Turdware) loser.

    • Collar for the dog with transponder. Finally you can find out who is leaving out the smelly rotting fish that Rex is rolling in every night.

      • by creimer ( 824291 )

        Collar for the dog with transponder.

        You get microchips for cats and dogs. Use the collar on the kids instead.

        • Collar for the dog with transponder.

          You get microchips for cats and dogs. Use the collar on the kids instead.

          Better to use them on the parents of the 4-year-old who was lest to climb into the gorilla enclosure [mirror.co.uk]. The worst part is that the edited video that makes the rounds makes the gorilla look aggressive, whereas it's clear in this video that's not the case. A copy of the video had been turned over to the zoo and police, so which one made the edited version?

  • by bobstreo ( 1320787 ) on Tuesday May 31, 2016 @09:22PM (#52222565)

    In 30 years or so, someone can discover the landfill where Atari buried all the failed IOT devices.

  • Time to break out the port scanner.

  • by reemul ( 1554 ) on Tuesday May 31, 2016 @09:33PM (#52222601)

    Atari ought to be good on customer privacy issues - the last time they brought out a product designed to "phone home", it took the whole company down. Doubt they'll want to go through that again. ;)

  • This business plan makes sure they remain irrelevant.

  • I couldn't see anything in either link about what the products are, or will do, for homes, pets, lifestyle, and safety.
    Am I missing something or is this just a press release from SigFox saying that Atari wants to use their network?

  • by AbRASiON ( 589899 ) * on Tuesday May 31, 2016 @10:49PM (#52222911) Journal

    "IoT" or "Internet of Things" christ I miss the days that only hardcore nerds gave a shit about IT, Computers, technology, gadgets, etc.

    Sorry, I'm super sick of hearing about "IoT" just be fucking descriptive, this shit is as bad as "the cloud" (actually it might even be worse)

  • by MadX ( 99132 ) on Wednesday June 01, 2016 @05:09AM (#52223939)

    I just want to know if there will be phillips head screws to take it apart so I can re-align the button pads ....

  • I am collecting more fitting expansions for the acronym, my current favorites are:
    "Internet of Terror"
    "Insecure Online Things"
    "Insecure Omnipresent Technology"
  • by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Wednesday June 01, 2016 @08:54AM (#52224603)
    Commodore's IoT offering is bound to be superior.
  • by Chas ( 5144 )

    Implicity Dumb Internet of Things.

    This is basically the sate of IoT due to an almost total lack of security.

  • That's all I care about. All the Asteroids emulators were fine and good, but none of them play exactly like the original vectorscan black-and-white game, running on a 6502 processor and a discrete logic state machine/vector generator. Lots of fun to debug failures on the logic board, and you'd always need to keep a supply of 2N3716 and 2N3792 power transistors on hand to repair the monitors. The heck with the Internet of Things, bring back classic Asteroids!

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