Batteries are a necessary evil for our connected life, but research from the University of Washington has built a way for devices to communicate without their own power source. This is big for the internet of things. Read more »
Think the FCC can’t do anything to make Time Warner Cable and CBS figure out their differences in the retransmission war the two are currently waging? Think again. Harold Feld delves into the wonky realities and options available to regulators.
Comcast’s internet essentials program that offers low-cost broadband gets a speed boost. I think Google’s efforts to offer more broadband for less may be driving Comcast’s change and others. Read more »
How will you bank when you can check your balance on your watch? Will mobile payments seem quaint when we’re waving our fingers to make a purchase? We discuss all this and more during this week’s podcast. Read more »
A glowing, plastic polar bear out to save his real-world counterparts uses real-time data and electricity consumption sensors to change people’s habits. It’s a good example of how real-time data and ambient information could influence behavior. Read more »
Glass Apps can be a harbinger of the future of wearable UIs or they can look like a truncated version of the web. Fidelity’s Glass app shows how to take financial info into the wearable age. Read more »
Tegile Systems, which provides hybrid flash and hard drive storage arrays, has raised $35 million in a Series C round of funding. The round was led by Meritech Capital Partners. Original investor August Capital and strategic partners Western Digital and SanDisk also participated.
Dragon Innovation has helped startups behind the Pebble Watch and the Sphero build their products. Now it has raised $2.3 million to help other hardware companies get their ideas funded. Read more »
The industrial internet isn’t just some marketing speak thought up by GE. There are different considerations when handling jet engine data compared to a connected door lock. We discuss those on this week’s podcast. Read more »
The founders of Twilio, Android and the Pebble watch will all be onstage at Mobilize 2013 in October as well as a host of experts in design, infrastructure and data. Make sure you come. Read more »
Some of the best and most innovative thinkers on the internet of things are in Europe, whether they are product designers in London or building sensors in Germany. Read more »
An open sourced software defined radio project on Kickstarter called HackRF is taking hard-wired radios and making them a thing of the past. Which means, in the future you could see a global iPhone. Read more »
Thanks to the mass market shift to e-commerce and the rise of maker-oriented sites, the way we shop is changing. The Grommet a startup out of Boston wants to help innovative products navigate the changing retail landscape. Read more »
Letting your fingers do the talking is becoming more of a reality with gesture-based user interfaces and related startups popping up everywhere. Pebbles Interfaces, an Israeli-based startup making a gesture-UI just scored $11 million for its hardware and software to enable gesture-based computing.
Like Time Warner Cable, Comcast is introducing a low-end capped broadband plan that gives users a $5 discount if they agree to a 5 GB cap. This is a crummy deal for users and they broadband-buying public. Read more »
When you add mobility to computing you change everything. But when you add computing to every device, you change everything again. We will explore these shifts in infrastructure, business and our social lives at Mobilize 2013. Read more »
An article in Wired argues that Google is violating network neutrality laws, but the bigger issue here is about how we adjust our rules and regulations when we have gigabit speeds, and are trying to encourage innovation. Read more »
Dropcam has been a success story in its four years on the market, but a $30 million round will help it expand its camera business and tackle the tough problem of computer vision. Read more »
Remember those sensor-packed socks I covered in May? Heapsylon, the company behind the socks — and eventually other sensor-filled clothes — has launched its pre-order campaign. Pledge $120 and you get a pair of Sensoria socks and an anklet reader that will track your fitness.
Losing your stuff happens all the time, but a connected tag called Tile wants to use Bluetooth and your smartphone to make finding your keys — or even a stolen bike — easier. Read more »
Our digital packrat natures means we’re amassing gigabytes of content, while our broadband isn’t quite keeping up. Or at least that’s what the launch of a new service from iDrive indicates. Read more »
Computer Sciences Corporation, the IT services company, is broadening its expertise into the internet of things thanks to a partnership with ThingWorx. While this is a great deal for the five-year-old IoT platform provider, its competitors Axeda or Arrayent might be bummed.
Tags, tags, everywhere are tags. I can’t go two days without a new sensor tag product launching. But what’s behind this cornucopia of connected tags? Let me tell you. Read more »
A big dose of activity and biometric data feeds the Filament Labs recommendation app, which aims to help patients lead healthier lives by getting them to change their habits. Read more »
Tracking your dog via GPS seems like a good idea, but what about popping a fitness tracker on your pup to make sure he’s getting enough exercise? FitBark hopes you want to do just that. Read more »
Forget the idea of the connected fridge for moment. What other kitchen gadgets might you connect if you had the means? In this week’s podcast we talk to Supermechanical’s John Kestner about it’s new connected thermometer. Read more »
Supermechanical, the design shop behind the Twine sensor has launched two connected thermometers for cooking. The Range thermometers might be the beginning of quantified cooking and a slew of connected kitchen gadgets. Read more »
Juniper’s CEO Kevin Johnson said he plans to retire from his role as soon as the company’s board finds a successor. Given the changes happening in networking it might be time for new blood. Read more »
Suvolta, a seven-year-old chip technology firm, has proven that it can reduce power consumption on an ARM microcontroller by 50 percent. This is a big deal for the internet of things. Read more »
Intel today said it was making custom chips for larger customers. If true, that would be a huge shift and might break the chip giant’s advantage that comes from its manufacturing economies of scale. Read more »
It’s not Google Fiber gigabit service, but Verizon does have a new 500 Mbps FiOS download tier complete with 100 Mbps uploads. Those speeds won’t come cheaply though: You’re looking at $300 a month or more. Read more »
The $80 Leap motion controller is out on the market at last. With a UI that allows for 3D gestures, and an app store full of games, does it live up to the hype? Read more »
The internet of things connects locks, thermostats and pedometers, but a new wave are trying to create home security systems out of a collection of sensors and devices. Or in the case of Canary, one device. Read more »
Atlanta is more famous as the home of The Coca-Cola Company than as a hub for technology, but the city is trying to put itself forward as a hotbed for mobile and security startups. Read more »
CDN provider EdgeCast has raised $54 million in debt and equity to help it add new products and sales staff. The company is profitable despite the competitive nature of the content delivery market. Read more »
When you wander the malls or roam the aisles of your favorite boutique it’s increasingly likely that the retailer is watching where you walk via sensors and your phone. Is this a bad thing? Read more »
Microsoft launched its Lab of Things framework on Monday to tie its connected home operating system back to its Azure cloud. Is this Redmond’s internet of things platform effort? Read more »
The architecture of our mobile networks is going to have to change to keep up with more people and devices, and crowdfunded options like the Serval Project and BRCK may show us a path forward. Read more »
Right now people control their home automatio nsystems via keypads, smartphones or dedicated remotes. But in this demo from Revolv, an engineer uses Google Glass. Is this the future? Read more »
If you think bring your own device is throwing CIOs for a loop inside big companies, wait until everyone, including the business assets are packing a connected sensor. Read more »