The internet of things is about data. So this week’s podcast we talk to a Splunk executive who connected his home and uses the data to inform his lifestyle and purchases. Read more »
Most companies are connecting the kitchen in isolation via individual tools, but a better approach is to view cooking like an business process that needs data from the supply chain to the finished product. Read more »
People always ask me where they can buy a smart home. The answer shows how far the industry needs to come if it wants to serve mainstream consumers. Read more »
Many ISPs will see an erosion of their pay TV subscribers as broadband provide more entertainment options. ISPs know this, and here’s how they plan to stay in business while the market shifts. Read more »
The internet of things won’t just change your home life. It will also affect the way you drive, by keeping you alert and preventing you from causing accidents. Read more »
A spot check of Home Depot’s push into the connected home yields uneven results. Read more »
Ambient lighting for your television viewing may be a good reason to pick up a few Hue light bulbs. If you want to try out the experience here are two apps to download. Read more »
PTC, a company selling software to manufacturers, has become a surprise buyer of industrial internet companies. Today it said it would buy Axeda in a deal valued at $170 million. Read more »
Attention, ISPs who have vague terms of service or promise one thing and then fail to deliver: The FCC is keeping an eye on you. Read more »
Want the best broadband? Fiber to the home is increasingly the gold standard of high quality connectivity. Too bad more people can’t get it. Read more »
Fans of the Lowe’s Iris smart home platform can now automate their pet doors, garage doors, hoses and window blinds. The hose timer is actually pretty interesting, especially for folks that might not have an irrigation system or just want to water some plants while they are on vacation. The automated blinds will likely also prove popular. Lowe’s has been offering the Iris platform since 2012, and was one of the first DIY providers in this market, but this summer Home Depot has gotten aggressive offering the Wink platform and a variety of other connected devices.
After years as a toy company, LittleBits is ready to advance to the next phase of its strategy — becoming a platform that makes it easy for novices to build and prototype hardware. Read more »
In preparation for it’s European expansion, Netflix is readying a monumental amount of bandwidth in France. Read more »
Big Switch, a company that has shifted from building a controller for software defined networks to building an OS to run atop bare metal switches, is trying to make enterprise networks run like webscale networks. Read more »
The internet of things is primarily about deriving value from data, but we need to have mroe conversations about how that data is shared. Today we talk to the CEO of Truste about IoT and privacy. Read more »
Two former Bechtel executives have build code that links devices across protocols and platforms to let them communicate. They want to turn that code into a real business. Read more »
Cisco has launched a program to train developers to use its APIs and help them program its gear to work with products from Cisco partners. Can this program keep Cisco relevant in a software-defined world? Read more »
Verizon will upgrade its fiber-to-the-home service to symmetrical broadband connections at no extra charge for customers. That means customers get the same speeds when uploading data as they do downloading data (So my colleague Kevin Tofel’s speeds up above should soon match up.) Verizon says this is because people are creating a lot more content, but it’s also smart marketing. Fiber doesn’t face the same constraints as copper or cable, so symmetrical speeds are a relatively cheap way of offering customers more value, especially customers irked about the ISP’s Netflix fight. The upgrades will be phased out in the coming months.
Blink, a Wi-Fi-capable home security camera that’s also battery powered, is a cool gadget, but it’s also a chance for a chip startup to attract new buyers for its latest tech. Read more »
Good news for the people who have Hue lights and are sick of opening an app to turn them on. The Hue tap remote control that lets you press a button to control your Hue lights, hit the Apple store a bit ahead of schedule. The device costs $59.95 and I’m eager to try it out to see if it helps me keep my phone in my pocket. The tap is powered by pressing any one of the four buttons, which let you program four different scenes.
It’s been almost 10 months since consumers began complaining about poor Netflix streaming because of congestion where the last-mile ISP network met Netflix’s network. Why is this still an issue? Read more »
A startup that just raised $10.4 million in funding from NEA has me questioning the future of the best-effort internet. Here’s the scoop on IIX’s plan to change peering. Read more »
Samsung is in talks to buy smart home hub startup SmartThings in a deal valued at $200 million. If so, this is a win for both companies. Read more »
Data is the gold that’s luring businesses to the internet of things and connected home. Consumers benefit, but absent a conversation about rights and appropriate uses of data we may give up more than we realize. Read more »
Kosta Grammatis, who believes broadband is a fundamental human right that should be available to everyone, has a new startup and business model. The startup, Oluvus, buys bandwidth from an undisclosed telco and then offers free mobile phone service to the U.S. The hope is that people will shell out for extra services and fund broadband services for other parts of the world. The model reminds me of Toms Shoes, where each purchased pair of shoes pays for a pair for a needy child. Whether or not Grammatis succeeds, the Wired article detailing his efforts and failures is worth a read.
This week we are all about internet of things standards and certifications as we welcome the head of the AllSeen Alliance to the show and discuss a new radio certification introduced by Samsung, Nest, ARM and others. Read more »
Does the smart home need a new network? Some really big companies have created Thread, a new standard that aims to supplant Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee as the ideal radio tech for the home. Read more »
Apple has put a dedicated beacon device through FCC testing, but as it is outlined in the documents, the product seems clunky and odd. Read more »
SparkFun, a company that supplies products to people building electronic devices for fun, has launched an online place for makers to store their data as connectivity becomes an essential element in electronic projects. Read more »
Attention people with ideas for connected products: We want to send 30 of you to Gigaom’s Structure Connect event in October and give you space to show off your connected device in our Garage@Connect program. Read more »
The practice of network peering is gaining ground, which is good news for everyone on the web except for those companies providing transit. Will that continue? Read more »
In this week’s podcast we tackle some big issues, such as whether we want to put in the effort to train the anticipatory home and if the internet of things needs an OS. Read more »
Spark Labs, a company building a platform for the internet of things, has raised $4.9 million, making it another well-funded participant in this space. Read more »
It’s Tuesday, so here’s another standards effort for the internet of things! Intel, Samsung, Broadcom, Atmel and Intel subsidiary Wind River have formed the Open Interconnect Consortium to aid in product discovery and authentication. Read more »
It’s hot outside, so I’ve been spending my time inside testing connected devices. It’s been about a year since I turned my home into a living lab, so here are the devices I’ve liked enough to buy. Read more »
Measuring what’s happening with your body has never been easier, but measuring what goes in, is still an analog process of journals and maybe photos. A GE researcher wants to change that. Read more »
Good broadband isn’t just fast, it’s consistent as I’ve learned in the last few months when my service decided to get a bit dodgy. Read more »
The connected home needs amazing software, and no one company has cracked that yet, but Wink, a newly created company spun out of Quirky plans to try. Read more »
Microsoft is joining the AllSeen Alliance, a group dedicated to creating an open protocol for devices connected to the internet. Read more »
The web-based integration service If This Then That, which is trying to tie your physical connected devices to your digital services (and everything to each other), now supports the Nest thermostat. Or rather the Nest thermostat, which is the subject of a new open developer program, now supports IFTTT. So now readers could geo-fence their Nest to their phones, change their temps based on incoming emails (your ex sends an email the temp drops 30 degrees!) or whatever other recipes you’d like. Yes, all this will likely be available via the Nest developer program, but IFTTT is a way to bring in devices that may not yet be supported.