Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industries. In this essay, Arrayent’s Shane Dyer talks about reducing complexity in our products. Read more »
SolarCity has scooped up rooftop solar equipment provider Zep Solar for $158 million. The public company is looking to cut costs and solar system installation times and the news is the second acquisition after SolarCity announced back in August that it plans to buy a direct marketing company.
The massive solar farms that are planned for the deserts of the west are now coming online. Introducing Solana, which is the first in the U.S. to commercially use molten salt energy storage tech. Read more »
Tesla’s CTO is a visionary when it comes to auto tech, making an early bet on small format batteries to drive electric cars. He’s just as bullish on autonomous vehicle technology. Read more »
Energy software startup Opower says it’s now collectively saved 3 terawatt hours of energy — or enough to power the homes in Las Vegas for a year — across its 22 million utility customers and 90 utility clients. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Opower . . .IPO? More work with its thermostat software?
Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industries. In this essay SmartThings’ Alex Hawkinson details the programmable home of the future. Read more »
So far this year GE has made $290 million in revenue from its industrial internet products. The two-year effort gets new partners Wednesday, and we learn how it plans to stay open and still build a barrier to entry. Read more »
Ford is testing two new autonomous driving technologies. One will let a car park itself even if the driver is outside the vehicle. The other will assume control over the car at highway speeds to avoid collisions. Read more »
The long strings of plastic 3D printers print with are expensive. A machine coming onto the market would allow users to print with recycled plastic. Read more »
Our bodies are filled with bacteria, and scientists are very interested in studying their impact on our lives. University of Texas researchers recently traded the traditional petri dish for tiny enclosures 3D printed out of protein. They say the cages better mimic conditions inside the body.
The emergence of Industrial Internet is not only going to make older industries more efficient, by making them data-smart, but in addition this will lead to more opportunities and create new jobs, GE economists argue in a new report, The Industrial Internet@Work. Read more »
From the startup that reimagined the thermostat, comes a reinvented . . . smoke detector. And of course design, smart sensors, innovative UI and wireless connections are behind the new Nest device. Read more »
Flat, flexible power generators only need to be rubbed or tapped to generate small amounts of power suited to devices like Kindles. Read more »
The power sources for data centers are becoming both cleaner and less dependent on the power grid. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially responds to the Model S fire this week. Read more »
A young startup is building a business around installing solar panels and batteries. Innovation in the energy industry isn’t just about new technologies, it’s about new business models, too. Read more »
GE is pushing new technology that uses hundreds of sensors and advanced analytics to make its fleet of gas turbines run more efficiently. GE is a big fan of big data, investing more than $100 million in tech companies this year alone. Read more »
The iBox, one of eight finalists for GigaOM’s Mobilize Product Showcase, is designed to help manufacturers understand what connectivity can add to their products and analyze the kinds of data the internet of things will churn out. Read more »
The viral video showing one of Tesla’s cars on fire, might not be a major safety problem for the car maker. But it could be a significant issue for the company’s brand. Read more »
Biogas from decomposing waste at landfills, farms and water waste treatment facilities could be powering a bus or car near you. The clean fuel is going on sale at natural gas fueling stations in California. Read more »
There will be a wealth of innovations that will emerge out of the intersection of resource management and data/software over the coming years. And this is actually something Silicon Valley can do right. Read more »
Idaho’s cows produce a lot of manure in a year. One research team is using that manure to create biodegradable plastic. Read more »
There’s a lot of energy in the wireless charging space of late: First Qualcomm joined all three major standards groups and now the Bluetooth SIG is helping to create a new class of smarter wireless charging devices. Read more »
Monsanto says it will pay almost $1 billion to bring Climate Corp.’s data analytics in house. The acquisition is an example of how the marriage of data and sensors will rapidly change established industries. Read more »
There’s currently a trio of main wireless charging groups, each with its own standardized solution, and now Qualcomm is a member of all three. Here’s why this gives hope for a single standard. Read more »
The National Science Foundation recently awarded $745,000 to Graphene Frontiers, which wants to adapt roll-to-roll manufacturing to the emerging material. Read more »
A startup building smart networking tech for the power grid has gotten an investment from Bill Gates. Read more »
Are we finally inching closer to a wireless charging standard? Perhaps, now that Samsung has invested in PowerbyProxi. The company is working on support for spatial freedom and multiple device support in the Qi standard, something already offered by the A4WP group. Read more »
Soon we’ll be able to connect our cars directly to the mobile internet just like our smartphones, but unlike your smartphone your new car is going to be linked to a specific carrier. Read more »
Wireless device charging doesn’t necessarily mean a charging pad on your desk or nightstand. Mugen’s new N11 battery pack is portable and can wirelessly charge a phone or tablet anywhere thanks to the included Qi support. Read more »
Livio has developed in-car connectivity technology remarkably similar to Ford’s Sync AppLink system. Ford says that’s no coincidence. It plans to use Livio’s software to further its plans to build a connected infotainment system standard. Read more »
Investor Vinod Khosla continues to pledge support for next-gen biofuel maker Kior. Despite the company missing its production targets, Khosla and his firm are pledging another $50M to help Kior double its production. Read more »
The world’s first data center powered primarily with fuel cells has finally been switched on in Utah by its owner, eBay. Its an unusual test bed which will give eBay insight into cleaner power and distributed energy. Read more »
German researchers have come up with a cheap way to spray gas sensors, based on a relatively new material, onto thin film. If health fears are cleared, this could result in smart food packaging — perhaps with sprayed-on radio antennas, too. Read more »
Learning thermostat startup Nest Labs launched a developer program and a web API on Wednesday. The company made the comments at the CEDIA Expo 2013, and the news follows the reports earlier this week that Nest plans to launch a smoke detector.
Manufacturing the emerging nanomaterial is difficult and expensive. The new method is simpler and potentially better for the environment. Read more »
The largest test site in the world for trialing technologies that capture, recycle and store carbon emissions is the $1 billion, 350-MW Technology Centre Mongstad plant in Norway. The Norwegian government and a group of energy companies launched the site last year (behind schedule and over budget), but its ten times as big as the largest carbon capture pilots around the world.
Wearable devices will benefit from stretchy displays, which could also be incorporated into clothing, robots and our surroundings. Read more »
It looks like Nest may have tipped its hand to reveal its next connected home venture: the smoke detector. Read more »
Yesterday, Google announced the winners of its annual Science Fair, which rewards kids who push beyond the standard baking soda volcano. Out of the 15 projects selected to compete, Google’s panel selected three winners: In the 13-14 bracket, Viney Kumar of Australia created methods to help emergency vehicles better notify cars of their approach. In 15-16, Ann Makosinski of Canada designed a battery-less flashlight. And the 17-18 and Grand Prize winner, Eric Chen of the USA, explored new flu medicines and earned himself $50,000 in scholarship money on top of other prizes. So much for that volcano.