Scanadu wants to put the resources of a doctor’s office in the palm of your hand, and has raised $10.5 million to do so. It’s also beginning FDA trials for its Scanadu Scout diagnostic device. Read more »
I’ve been eager to see the Revolv home hub in action since meeting with the company several months ago. The good news is the hardware is awesome. But the software could use some work. Read more »
Ventana Medical Systems makes a machine that helps deliver quick biopsy results. Because no one wants to wait for a diagnoses, Ventana has added connectivity those these machines to make sure they don’t break down. Read more »
Another cloud for the internet of things has raised funding, with Redwood City, Calif.-based Arrayent scoring $11.9 million in second round funding from Intel Capital and DCM Ventures. Read more »
After almost a year of covering the internet of things, I review what I’ve learned, how my thinking has changed and what we’re looking for in the year ahead. Read more »
Comcast is expanding its usage-based broadband trials. Given the larger roll out, it looks like a 300 GB cap plus a $10 overage fee that gets you 50 more GB is the winner. Read more »
Intel’s formalizing its interest in the internet of things with the creation of a new division that will report up to the chip giant’s executive office. Read more »
In a laughter filled talk, Beth Comstock, SVP and CMO at GE explained how the company is taking advantage of design to keep people relevant in the industrial internet. Read more »
The founders of Fusion-io have raised $50 million for their stealthy startup. The company is planning to offer a product in the software-defined storage space. Read more »
Ahead of Cisco’s Insieme product launch, networking companies are busy explaining where they stand. Cisco’s launch will validate the threat of SDN while also trying to neutralize the threat that it and white-box networking pose to Cisco’s business. Read more »
Can we secure the internet of things? Probably not, but in this week’s podcast Tiffany Rad of Kaspersky Labs offers some common sense ways to make your connected devices more secure. Read more »
The smart home won’t be built using apps and connected devices. To truly embed computing into our home environment we need better computer vision, projectors and a new understanding of computing. Read more »
The Washington Post followed the trail of Comcast’s campaign donations in the Seattle mayoral race and discovered that the ISP was backing the challenger to the current mayor who helped bring gigabit broadband to the city. The current mayor Mike McGinn has been a big proponent of bringing ultrafast broadband to Seattle, and in 2014 certain areas of Seattle are set to get gigabit broadband for $80 thanks to a pilot between the city and Gigabit Squared. I suppose that backing a rival that might not be as gung-ho for a gigabit is probably cheaper than laying fiber.
Wheeler not only has to manage an enormously complex spectrum auction next year, he faces two huge policy debates: the battle over net neutrality and the ramifications of the telecom industry’s transition to IP. Read more »
The NSA is not only accessing Google and Yahoo records with the companies’ permission, but has an overseas program to break into the fiber optic links connecting the companies’ data centers. Read more »
Want to see the zany world of FCC enforcement? Check out this tale of recalcitrant hair salon owner Ronald Bethany, his interference-producing fluorescent lights and AT&T’s affected 700 MHz spectrum. After AT&T noticed interference near a San Antonio strip mall an engineer tracked it down to some lights hanging in Bethany’s salon. Bethany contacted GE over the offending lights and GE offered to replace them. But Bethany wanted cash instead. Now the FCC is involved to force the light replacement. I guess Bethany has a Verizon phone.
For the last few years Intel has had a small line of business manufacturing other companies’ chips — mostly expensive custom chips for companies like Altera and Tabula. This foundry business is getting a publicity boost today as Altera said Intel will let it embed ARM-based cores in chips made on Intel’s hallowed x86 production lines. This is a big deal, not because ARM is Kryptonite to Intel, but because it could signal that Intel under its new CEO is ready to open its fab operations and make that a bigger part of its business. That’s the huge shift for Intel, not that it might make a few ARM-based chips.
A third of businesses are already creating products associated with the internet of things but the evolution of connected networks will likely evolve faster in the corporate, rather than the consumer world. Read more »
Big data, the internet of things, digitizing medicine and even more marketplaces to drive efficiency all were themes at Tuesday’s Techstars Austin demo day. Read more »
If we’re going to build out an easy-to-use internet of things, we’re going to have to figure out how to avoid constantly changing sensor batteries. Which is why Driblet has developed a water sensor that harvests its own energy. Read more »
As the internet of things gathers steam, Cisco creates a new business unit to tackle the opportunity. It plans to do so in traditional Cisco style. Read more »
Connecting your home isn’t just about your lights or thermostat. In this week’s podcast we interview Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf and try to figure out how to connect Kevin Tofel’s chair and discuss connected parking. Read more »
As the Federal TradeCommission looks into privacy and data sharing rules for the internet of things, Google’s chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf will keynote the workshop. Read more »
A new report shows us once again that U.S. customers pay more money for less broadband than many other cities in the world. The conclusion is we need more competition. Read more »
A world where computing is embedded in everyday devices will cause a huge shift in how we advertise to people. Commercials and banner ads don’t make sense with wearables and the internet of things. So what does? Read more »
My morning chuckle came from this irritated post over at BusinessWeek, where Drake Bennett complains that everything automated isn’t a robot. His attempt to get to the bottom of the robot-labeling craze lays the blame on the internet of things, the human tendency to anthropomorphize things and a lack of a clear definition for robots. Basically robots can sense their environment and then affect that environment, but as humans we tend to see any automated thing rolling around and declare it a robot. This irks Bennet. Maybe he’ll write a diatribe against the misuse of the word hacker next.
The FTC is contemplating how it should regulate the internet of things. A recent legal opinion as well as a look at some of the comments filed ahead of the meeting offer a glimpse into the regulatory future. Read more »
We all should probably drink more water. I know that when I track my consumption, I’m barely getting 32 ounces, nowhere near the recommended amount. Sure there are bottles like this one, where you can just flick a counter mechanism to track consumption, or you can log it via an app, but I always forget. That’s why this Kickstarter for connected water bottle with an accelerometer and weight sensor caught my eye. At $70 this is pricey, but I love the automated water tracking. And hopefully over time, that price goes down.
As our devices multiply and our home broadband (and mobile) connections get faster the middle mile and backhaul networks have to keep up. That’s why Comcast’s test of a 1-terabit-per-second network matters. Read more »
Fastly is launching a new streaming media content delivery service. The CDN startup is taking its expertise in small files to handle a large portion of video streams, especially to mobile devices. Read more »
The podcast gets a facelift and we run an interview with Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation on the history of the Pi and what’s next. Read more »
As the internet of machines matures, companies seeking ways to connect devices directly to the cloud instead of through a smartphone or a computer, are adding support for 6LoWPAN — an ugly acronym with a big purpose. Read more »
Most hard drives store data using magnetic properties, but unfortunately those are only good for about 10 years. This might be great for your status updates, but if you’re storing photos or government documents, your best bet for a long-term future might be archival paper (or stone and a chisel). But MIT Tech Review reports that scientists have figured a way to etch data onto sheets of tungsten and silicon nitride in the form of QR codes to store data for the theoretical long term — like a million years. Whether or not we’ll have software to decode it then is another problem altogether.
Underdog chip company AMD reported a profit during its third quarter financial results in part because the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One consoles carrying its chips are getting ready to hit shelves. The highly-anticipated consoles contain custom-built AMD chips from a new group inside AMD, the Embedded and Custom Semi group. AMD estimates that group will generate a fifth of its sales this year, and apparently is already improving the bottom line.
The connected home may not need sensors everywhere. Instead they’ll probably sit at strategic points and convey information generated by an algorithm. Neurio is a Kickstarter project that has this philosophy. Read more »
CenturyLink is planning to upgrade parts of its network to gigabit speeds with fiber to the home deployments in Las Vegas and Omaha, Neb. In an interview, CenturyLink CTO Matt Beal explains why. Read more »
Intel isn’t letting rivals take all the business in the gold rush that is the internet of things. With a new family of chips, a Hadoop distribution and several acquisitions, Intel’s making a big play. Read more »
Revolv, a Boulder, Colo.-based startup, is one of the finalists in GigaOM’s upcoming Mobilize Showcase. It wants to be a hub for your existing connected devices. Read more »
A future of ubiquitous computing — in traditional devices but also in everyday appliances and home goods — is near. Ahead of our Mobilize even next week we asked 10 thought leaders what this means for us. Read more »
When you combine open platforms with many interdependent parts — like today’s online video marketplace or the internet of things — you risk losing accountability for failures in the customer experience. How can industry solve this problem? Read more »