We’re answering some tough questions this week on the podcast starting with what’s that up in the sky and ending with, why hasn’t my smart lock shipped yet. Read more »
Home builders are getting hip to the smart home, with Lennar signing a deal to put Savant’s smart home control software in one of its developments and KB Homes apparently installing an energy management system that will lay the groundwork for later home control upgrades in all new homes it builds. An article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal has an interview with a KB Homes VP about how the homebuilder has so far implemented technology into its homes, and the user reaction. I wish there was indication on how open KB’s systems are, but it’s still worth a read.
Google Fiber started as a project to show how broadband could be improved in the U.S. On its earnings call yesterday its CFO shared a statement that shows it had accomplished that mission. Read more »
Bringing everyday physical objects online is going to shake up the chip industry in a major way. There are new opportunities for startups and even Intel knows it has to change. Read more »
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has written to Netflix asking its opinion on Comcast’s efforts to buy Time Warner Cable, implying that Netflix is a good indicator of the potential consumer and content harms of the deal. In his letter, Franken touches on peering challenge, noting that Comcast implied that it was no big thing in its hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee. Since Netflix wasn’t at the hearing, perhaps Sen. Franken just wants to get Netflix’s comments on the record. And while, we aren’t Netflix, if Sen. Franken is interested, here’s how we think regulators should view the deal.
If Comcast buys Time Warner Cable many more Americans will find themselves with a broadband cap. We take a look at how many might join the capped majority if the deal goes through. Read more »
Woohoo! SmartThings has added support for TCP Lighting, Quirky Pivot Power Genius, and my personal favorite, the ecobee thermostat. This will allow people who currently use apps to control these devices to control them through the SmartThings app, cutting down the number of places you have to go to control your home and giving users a way to set automation plans that incorporate the newly supported gadgets. I’m excited because I’ll now be able to program an away mode that will lower my thermostats, cut my lights off, lock my doors and shut my blinds.
The conditional rule setting service, If This Then That (IFTTT) is on a roll with some new channels for internet of things lovers. The site has new options for the connected Quirky products that use the Wink app. So now your connected egg tray, piggy bank, A/C unit or even your power supply can tie into your email or other web services. I haven’t shelled out (heehee) for the Egg minder yet, but if I did I’d set up a recipe connecting it to Evernote so when I’m close to empty I could add eggs to my grocery list.
Like many of its chipmaking competitors, Texas Instruments is really stoked about the promise of connected devices. It all boils down to more chips sold. So TI has built out a partner program for the internet of things to help manufacturers link together devices and services from different companies. Participants in TI’s ecosystem include 2lemetry, ARM, Arrayent, Exosite, IBM, LogMeIn (Xively), Spark, and Thingsquare. Basically if a company buys TI chips they’ll work with software, hardware or cloud offerings from the above vendors.
Runscope, a startup providing API debugging tools for developers and enterprises, has raised $6M in first found funding led by General Catalyst Partners. Read more »
Another day, another crowdfunding campaign for a smart home hub. This one uses Android and has a cellular radio that makes it a more reliable home security choice. Read more »
Home automation company iControl has purchased BlackSumac, the maker of the Piper connected home security device. The move gets iControl into the DIY market and is a successful exit for an Indiegogo-backed hardware startup. Read more »
Google Fiber won’t start connecting customers in Austin until much later this year. A local news station has discovered that and where Google has so far applied for permits. Read more »
Comcast kicked off the federal regulatory review of it’s merger with Time Warner Cable. Regulators should view this deal through eyes that recognize how IP has changed communications, not through the old paradigm. Read more »
There aren’t a lot of companies seeking to get into the chip design business nowadays, but Ineda Systems is bucking that trend with a new architecture aimed at wearables and the data center. Read more »
Bridging the protocols and different data formats spoken by our connected devices is going to take a lot of integration, or maybe just some pattern recognition software and contextual analysis. Read more »
I can talk to my house, but it doesn’t yet know what I’m saying. Plus, we chat with a well-funded, 8-year-old company that wants to package the internet of things as a service. Read more »
There are many companies trying to solve problems with the internet of things, but few of them have over $100 million in funding when they are only eight years old. Read more »
Philips has a been a steady innovator when it comes to connected devices, so I try to discover how the consumer products giant is thinking about the opportunity connectivity presents. Read more »
It’s likely that the FCC will take a close look at the peering issue, and it will begin that process as part of its review of the Comcast purchase of Time Warner Cable. Read more »
“[The internet of things] is not necessarily about the Internet, or connectivity. Instead, it’s about recognizing that you can’t replace everything in your life with a mobile app, and embracing that dedicated physical objects and interfaces are usually better tools than touch screens. Everything has a brain, now, and everything is speaking relatively understandable languages.” Some great thoughts here. Go read it.
Nest is halting the sales of its smoke detector product while it tries to fix a flaw that could delay the alarm notifying the homeowner of a fire. A solution could take months. Read more »
Meal logging and calorie counting is still a pretty painful process, but SRI is working on an image recognition technology that could change that. Read more »
As the internet of things heats up, so do the number of businesses hoping to claim a piece of the pie. Senaptics has launched to help municipalities connect their cities. Read more »
Apple has set the timing for its World Wide Developers Conference and you have to apply to be randomly selected to attend. Read more »
Do you love the connected home and Samsung? then the consumer electronics giant has a home automation story you’ll love. Everyone else will have to wait. Read more »
The Andromeda virtualized network that underlies some of Google’s services is now available to certain customers of Google’s Compute Engine with more zones coming on in the coming months. Read more »
Apple appears to be continuing on its path to ever more vertical integration as Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported that the consumer electronics giant is in talks with Japan’s Renesas Electronics to take over a unit that supplies all of Apple’s iPhone liquid crystal displays. Displays aren’t only the “face” of the phone, they are also the largest consumer of battery power. With such IP in-house, I’m sure Apple’s engineers can not only create a reliable supply of these components, but also improve the most important customer-facing aspect of a phone or tablet. Apple is reportedly seeking to buy a 55 percent stake of Renesas SP Drivers, a joint venture Renesas has with Sharp and Powerchip.
Whelp, it looks like the FCC isn’t buying the Netflix and Level 3 arguments that peering is a network neutrality issue. But the agency held out hope that it might review the practice if it felt the need. Read more »
Interested in building the next hot wearable device? Then check out the Kickstarter campaign for MetaWear, a $30 Bluetooth and sensor module the size of a quarter. Read more »
How do you disconnect a connected home? Kevin discusses what he’ll take in his upcoming move, and I interview MachineShop’s CEO about the industrial internet and business models for the services economy. Read more »
It’s about time. On Monday Arista, the company behind a generation of superfast and scalable networking gear, filed to raise up to $200 million via an initial public offering. For Arista’s history and goals check out Om Malik’s epic profile on the company. Unfortunately, as software defined networking has exploded, Arista had been caught with a proprietary operating system that ran counter to the trends we’re seeing with open source code and merchant silicon boxes. Yet, Arista had sales of $361.2 million — up 87 percent from 2012 — and net income of $42.5 million, about double from the year before. Not too shabby compared to many tech IPO hopefuls that are all revenue and no profits.
As more things get connected, more data is available for businesses to use as a competitive weapon. But much of that data is more useful when pooled with other sources, forcing rivals to become friends. Read more »
After the launch of a connected device, for many people the waiting begins. They are waiting for the actual product, or an integration or even a promise that the device can’t deliver. Read more »
Philips is expanding its line of connected light bulbs with a cheaper options, a fancy, design-centric option and a wall-mounted switch. I’ll probably buy the switch. Read more »
Get ready from some serious hype. Five of the largest companies touting the industrial internet have teamed up to form a standards organization to show us what connectivity and data can do. Read more »
Using big data for public health is a common example of technology’s promise, but at the Centers for Disease Control, most data takes a long time to arrive and public health workers don’t have everything they need. Read more »
Qualcomm’s executive chairman isn’t sure that virtual reality is the next big computing platform, but he’s not willing to get too judgy about the $2 billion Facebook paid for Oculus Rift. Read more »