We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle as part of your home. Read more »
We may think we’re used to the potential harms of sharing too much data on social networks, but what happens when passive data collection from sensors can be shared –sometimes without your knowledge? Read more »
Want a project board that lets you build Bluetooth Low Energy into a variety of places? The LightBlue Cortado project by Punch Designs is just the ticket. Read more »
Others have long been able to build controls for the popular WeMo line of connected outlets, switches and motion sensors, but Belkin is considering a change to that unfettered access. Read more »
How will children play when the first toy they often get is an iPhone or an iPad. We discuss the future of connected toys on this week’s podcast. Read more »
The smart home gets another boost as startup Revolv raises a $4 million round. The money will help the company serve the customers who ordered its device when it launched earlier this month. Read more »
It’s good to be a microcontroller vendor or even a low-end chip firm right now as the world demands smarter devices. Next up to benefit the chip industry is smarter appliances. Read more »
Last summer’s rumors of cable consolidation are back in the spotlight. But if the industry consolidates, it’s not about television, but about what you’ll pay for broadband that regulators should focus on. Read more »
Any day now the DC Circuit Court is expected to rule on Verizon’s case against the FCC’s open internet order — the network neutrality rules. Most analysts expect the court to reverse many parts of the FCC’s order, which would be a devastating blow to consumers and tech firms. But Stifel Nicolaus, a DC investment bank, notes that the expected confirmation for three new Democratic appointees to the D.C. Circuit Court will give the FCC a better chance of winning if it appeals the decision the current 3-judge panel makes. Which basically means more waiting.
Sensors are everywhere, but if we can build a generation of more efficient energy-harvesting chips, sensors could go in even more places. Here’s how researchers are trying to make that happen. Read more »
BIME, a business intelligence software company, has raised $4 million in first round funding and opened a U.S. headquarters in Kansas City. Read more »
Parts of the Lotus team’s F1 cars are printed using a 3D printer, and each car has more than 300 sensors generating 25 MB of data. Read more »
Google posted a little update on its Fiber blog noting that it’s wiring Austin for fiber over the next few months, and reminding residents to get out and ask their neighbors to sign up for the fiber service in order to get access in their neighborhood. Google notes that while it doesn’t have a date, the sign up process will take place next year. Meanwhile AT&T has already announced four neighborhoods where it will deploy fiber at 300 Mbps speeds beginning in December.
As people throw more connected devices into their homes, home modems and gateways need a box with more networking oomph. Qualcomm is building the silicon for that box. Read more »
The FCC Chairman has signaled that he intends to take on the transition from copper networks to all-IP networks starting next year. As the agency preps for this transitions here’s what you should know. Read more »
The FTC is taking a close look at the internet of things, but how it should regulate the potential for security breaches, consumer privacy and transparency around personal data is still a mystery. Read more »
SmartThings, the startup that offers people a hub and sensors so they can connect devices within their home, has fewer than 10,000 people using its hubs since its launch in June (one of which is mine). What’s more interesting is that those homes generate 150 million data points a day according to Jeff Hagins, the CTO of SmartThings, who shared those stats during a question and answer session on the internet of things hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. That’s a lot of data, and the FTC today is wondering what that data availability means for privacy and security.
August, a smart lock company that hopes to launch its product in the spring has raised $8 million in first round capital led by Maveron. But are such locks ready for prime time? Read more »
This week’s episode features two connected devices that at first glance seem frivolous, but could change our scientific knowledge about our bodies and those of our pets’. Read more »
A seattle-based startup has built a tracker that knows when you are sitting or standing. The goal is to help people stand more and sit less. But is it necessary? Read more »
Companies that rent out data center floor space to companies are seeing their business boom as more services move to the cloud. Yet, not all markets or players are created equal. Read more »
We’re not fans of ISPs capping broadband here at Gigaom, so we’re keeping a close eye on how those caps evolve and who they affect. Check out our updated list on who’s capping your broadband. Read more »
The television industry is in the middle of a shift, but so far most consumers are content to keep both their pay TV subscription and shell out of over-the-top services. How long will that be true? Read more »
As people attempt to connect their homes, different protocols post a challenge. Some vendors, like ConnectSense, are doing away with that drama by embracing only Wi-Fi. Read more »
Under Armour has acquired MapMyFitness, an Austin, Texas-based company that uses a phone’s GPS to let people map their runs, bike rides and other workouts and share them among a community for $150 million. It’s akin to the RunKeeper app. Is this the beginning of consolidation in the quantified self arena? Will the market split along sporty and medical lines — leaving room for authentication, provable algorithms and other elements a diagnostic style app or activity tracker might need?
Updated to reflect that RunKeeper is not owned by Nike.
Quirky has raised $79 million in funding with $30 million coming from GE. The two companies are expanding their partnership to bring connected devices into the home and now selling them at Home Depot. Read more »
The maker of Atoms connected toys has raised $2.1 million from former Apple executives and Bono. Up next is a ship date for its products that well before the holiday. Read more »
SmartThings, the connected hub and sensor company that wants to be the brains (and some of the brawn) behind your smart home, has raised $12.5 million. It will need it. Read more »
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 »