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.
Bandwidth caps are a bad idea, but a story from earlier this month shows how our love of connected devices and the increasing prevalence of caps could lead to consumer angst. Read more »
Staples, the office supply chain, is doubling down in the smart home. It’s expanding of the number of stores that sell its Staples Connect hub and is supporting more radios and devices. Read more »
Microsoft will sell Insteon kits in its retail stores, joining the rush of tech firms and retail stores in getting connected products in front of customers. Read more »
Replacing dumb kitchen appliances with smarter ones will likely take decades, and given the fights over who will control the home, you may not want to start yet. Here’s a retrofit that may help. Read more »
As part of the fanfare around the launch GE-backed Quirky launching Wink as a separate company dedicated to the connected home, GE is opening up pre-orders for a connected light bulb that will work with the Wink app and only costs $14.97. For a connected, white-light LED that is a crazy low price tag. The upcoming Belkin, LG and Philips Hue light bulbs that will be white-light only are between $30 and $40 per bulb and the colorful connected bulbs are in the $60 to $100 range. TCP has connected white bulbs that are between $27-$33 per bulb, and are on the market today. The GE lights will be in Home Depot stores in the fall, so I can’t wait to see how they work.
An analyst firm has estimated the European and U.S. smart home market, but what’s more revealing is how it is thinking about the market categories. Read more »
Apple is reportedly assembling a team of people to possibly, maybe build hardware for the smart home. If it does so, here are a few ideas for it. Read more »
Should the smart home be programmable, or should it react to your needs before you even recognize them? A Time package shows the conflict between current smart home visions. Read more »
Beacons, the proximity radios that communicate with consumers’s phones when they are near the beacon, are popular with retailers for advertising, but they could do so much more. Read more »
Every quarter Akamai tracks the trends in broadband — from speeds to IPv6 readiness and security threats. This year the percentage of people who have speeds greater than 10 Mbps hit 20 percent for the first time. Read more »
The smart home could get a compelling new DIY product that converts your existing landline-dependent alarm system into something more modern and open thanks to Scout. Read more »
GE’s efforts to build a business around the industrial internet doesn’t stop at corporate alliances and software investments; it’s also supporting a new incubator with Frost Data Capital. Read more »
Kleiner Perkins has led a $37 million series C round in a five-year old chip firm called mCube that aims to change the economics of motion sensing. Read more »
In the wake of Quirky spinning off Wink and Nest announcing its developer program, we talk to a 60-year-old company that’s working with both Nest and Apple’s HomeKit about how it chooses its partners. Read more »
Nest is opening up its API for developers at long last starting with integrations from Chamberlain, LIFX, Whirlpool and more. Check out its ideas and see where it needs to go. Read more »
Oracle said it will pay $68 per share for Micros Systems, a company that makes cash register software for the retail and hospitality industry. The deal is valued at about $5.3 billion, or at $4.6 billion when taking into account Micros’s cash. The deal gets Oracle deeper into the retail market where its rival SAP is fairly strong, and is the biggest acquisition for Oracle since buying Sun Microsystems in 2010 for $7.4 billion. The Micro deal is expected to close in the second half of this year.
Quirky will launch Wink, its connected home brand, as a separate company. But the real test of Wink’s success in the market will depend on awesome software and a distribution channel that educates consumers. Read more »
Sequoia Capital has led a $12 million investment into LIFX, the makers of a Wi-Fi capable LED light bulb that competes with Philips Hue. Read more »
Nvidia has teamed up with ARM to offer a combo of graphics processors and ARM-based CPUs for the high performance computing market. But is ARM ready to take on HPC? Read more »
To ensure that ARM or other alternative architectures don’t gain ground in the data center, Intel is launching a customizable chip that marries its Xeon CPUs with an FPGA. Read more »
Facebook has built its own networking switch and developed a Linux-based operating systems to run it. The goal is to create networking infrastructure that mimics a server in terms of how its managed and configured. Read more »
The Nest Protect smoke detectors is back on the Google Play store with a lower price and the feature that led to a recall in April disabled. Read more »
Timing is everything, and getting both the time right and making sure it stays synchronized across unreliable networks for the internet of things is the key challenge behind a recent NSF grant. Read more »
Microsoft has been experimenting with its own custom chip effort in order to make its data centers more efficient, and these chips aren’t centered around ARM-based cores, but rather FPGAs from Altera. Read more »
Texas Instruments has created a family of chips that lets you connect your devices to the internet without much ado. The TI SimpleLink chips connect directly to the existing ecosystem of cloud partners that TI has signed up, making it easy to prototype a product and get it running along with an app. One version comes with a programmable ARM-based microcontroller while the other offers Wi-Fi only. It reminds me of what Electric Imp is doing with its Wi-Fi modules, and may signal trouble for the startup, whose chips are inside popular products like Lockitron locks and the Rachio connected sprinklers.
Google is adding persistent flash storage and http load balancing to its Google Cloud platform. The load balancing is an awesome example of how software-defined networks can change cloud computing. Read more »
Boulder, Colo. is in many ways an ideal location for Google to build it’s fiber-to-the-home network. But it didn’t because of a state law that required voter approval for any muni-led network effort. Read more »
The FCC is taking on the interconnection battles between Netflix and several large ISPs with a call for data. It already has the agreements between Netflix and two large ISPs. Read more »
Want to track your calories or caffeine intake without manually entering your last cup of coffee? A new connected cup promises to track everything for you thanks to a network of sensors inside. Read more »
Cities around the world are investing in sensor networks and the software to manage them, but what actually makes a city smart as opposed to merely connected? Read more »
Glenn Britt spent four decades in the cable industry and saw the transition of the pay TV business from selling analog TV to selling digital services, including broadband. Read more »
Dropbox, in its quest for enterprise customers, has acquired MobileSpan, a company that lets people access corporate files on their own devices. Read more »
Ringly, a startup that graduated from the PCH incubator, launched its initial line of Bluetooth-connected jewelry — four rings that extend your smartphone’s notifications to your hand. The rings, which will sell for $195 at retail ($145 during the pre-order period) tie into an app that lets you set notification settings for different people and apps. So your ring could vibrate when your mom texts or flash red when you get a direct message on Twitter. Supported apps include Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Poshmark, Tinder and Uber. The rings will ship in the fall.
Bluetooth boosters rejoice! Here’s a home hub just for you. Read more »
Every year Cisco puts out its estimates for how the internet and IP traffic will grow. By 2018, it believes global IP traffic will reach 1.6 zettabytes, or 1.6 trillion gigabytes. Read more »
Honeywell has finally come up with it’s answer to the Nest thermostat with Lyric — a thermostat that doesn’t try to learn your family’s habits, but does adjust to your comings and goings. Read more »
So far the internet of things hasn’t made much headway into patient care in the medical setting, but consumers are buying wellness devices for a variety of reasons. Will the medical world embrace that data? Read more »
The internet of things is a way to deliver cheap information that could be used for good or ill. So let’s start talking about what we want as a society. A good place to start is at Structure Connect, this October in San Francisco. Read more »
Peering may feel esoteric and difficult to understand, but here’s an example why consumers should care about how these interconnection fights play out between Netflix and ISPs. Read more »