I wanted to review the Zuli smartplug, a device that makes a compelling argument for the Internet of Things without requiring consumers…
We’ve all heard the numbers: between 35 billion and 220 billion devices hooked up to the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020;…
Rich peoples' data
We’re finally getting to some of the promise of connected health with the launch of ResearchKit, a framework announced at the Apple…
It all comes together
One of the challenges associated with the internet of things is figuring out where to put all that data. If you have…
Expensive domain sale?
Updated: This story was updated throughout on March 4 to add comments from Liam Casey, CEO of PCH. PCH, the Irish manufacturing…
Batteries not included
The All Seen Alliance has scored an interesting new member with the EnOcean Alliance, a group of 300 companies dedicated to sustainable building…
Renters will love it
What light bulbs and thermostats were to the smart home in 2014, connected locks are shaping up to be in 2015 —…
Luminaire identity parade
The internet-of-things identity management outfit Evrythng, which partnered up with Samsung not long ago, has struck another strategic partnership deal – this…
Components are finally getting small and cheap enough that ladies (and gentlemen) can expect fashionable connected jewelry that won’t break the bank…
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Would you find it creepy if your apartment owner was tracking every time you switched on a light bulb or how much…
Maybe even Whirlpool too
GE Appliance is sending out 20,000 Wi-Fi modules to let customers connect older refrigerators to the Wink smart home system, according to…
Free for all
The Raspberry Pi 2, announced Monday, looks set to be a focal point for the internet-of-things (IoT) development efforts of both Microsoft…
Look ma, no Wi-Fi!
Lockitron, one of the first companies that used crowdfunding to create a connected home product back in 2012, has stopped shipping its…
IoT gets its own network
Tele2, a Swedish cellular carrier has signed a partnership with Aerea, a Dutch company that operates a special ultra-efficient wireless network for…
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We expected CES this year to be about connecting everything from watches to toothbrushes to virtual worlds. We did see a lot…
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The first press day of CES 2015 is drawing to a close, and we’ll have live coverage of Samsung’s evening keynote event…
#tbt to 1999
In 1999, before internet of things was a buzz word and back when we still used floppy disks, there was a movie…
Helicopter cat parenting
For one week, I became a helicopter cat parent. I had just placed a Petcube, a palm-sized cube that contains a camera,…
Meet the new IoT startup
Qualcomm’s former internet of things big idea guy Rob Chandhok has found a new home at a much smaller company, but he’s…
Signal sniffing begone
Bluetooth Special Interest Group has ratified a new version of the Bluetooth Low Energy standard that adds new security features preventing people from sniffing out your Bluetooth signal.
After raising $2 million in seed funding, Drop’s connected scale and corresponding iPad app are now available. The intelligent scale can adjust recipes based on the ingredients you have simply by weighing them as you add them.
Roost, the company that has made a Wi-Fi-enabled 9-volt battery that you can pop into a smoke detector, has launched a Kickstarter…
The wearables market may look cumbersome today, but as this newly available fitness-tracking hat shows, it doesn’t have to be, and likely won’t be.
Nest is releasing a software update to its thermostat that will improve its ability to learn your schedule from your adjustments outside…
Two new startups are taking on the humble smoke detector, not with a new alarm, but with a retrofit that lowers the cost of connecting your old devices.
Drop, the makers of a connected kitchen scale with hopes of remaking recipes for a digital era, raised $2 million in seed…
Home heating and cooling has become downright sexy thanks in part to the success of the Nest thermostat. A Cambridge, Mass. startup hopes to keep pushing HVAC further.
The Mother hub offers a different approach to the smart home that’s more about intelligence and less about automation. We review the $300 system here.
An upcoming beta version of Apple TV software contains support for Apple’s HomeKit framework, igniting speculation that Apple TV could become a…
Zombie technology UWB returns from the dead in a slightly modified format to offer incredibly granular location within a few inches for the internet of things.
Tile, the makers of a bluetooth tag that people stick on their personal objects to avoid losing those objects, has detailed its $13 million raised in the last year and its expansion plans.
This week’s podcast goes from disruption (of the intercom market) to degradation (discussing the inverse of a graceful degradation problem as applied to the smart home. Listen up.
U.K. company PitPat is launching its own quantified canine tracker, but this one aims to undercut Whistle and Tagg in price and exceed them in battery life.
This week’s podcast covers a bunch of topics from a hub to handle your many home hubs, to a smart light bulb that responds to you and your environment.
Another day, another connected home startup awash in funding and ready to change our lives. Meet Leeo, a startup with some big names and $37 million.
The London-based company is ending its current incarnation and going into “hibernation,” which means it’s looking for a buyer for its Little Printer business.
Withings, already offers a connected baby monitor that has video, but now it has a dedicated security camera with environmental sensors and the ability to tell if someone is crying.
The internet of things may make our homes smarter and our car insurance more variable, but it might not mean the end of human intervention in business processes as some fear.
Computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are joining the fight for open source chips with an instruction set architecture called RISC-V. They view it as a true open source project that can empower smaller companies and even researchers to innovate on chip design.
We spend a lot of time on the show discussing standards and how data should move easily around the internet of things, but this week Tom Coates tells us that vision isn’t realistic.
Revolv, whose home hub lets you control a variety of connected devices in one app, has finally released an Android version as…
Two former Bechtel executives have build code that links devices across protocols and platforms to let them communicate. They want to turn that code into a real business.
Data is the gold that’s luring businesses to the internet of things and connected home. Consumers benefit, but absent a conversation about rights and appropriate uses of data we may give up more than we realize.
The agreement will make it easier for companies using Thinfilm’s NFC barcodes and sensor-equipped labels on their products to manage the data flowing from those items, through Evrythng’s identity management platform.
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.
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.
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.
Ringly, a startup that graduated from the PCH incubator, launched its initial line of Bluetooth-connected jewelry — four rings that extend your…
Bluetooth boosters rejoice! Here’s a home hub just for you.
Wearable computing and the internet of things are two trends that are set to take off and ARM(s armh) – the British…
The smart home is still a bit of a dream, but the connected devices for the home are gaining ground. Here are three seen this week at the Solid conference.
After halting sales of the Nest Protect last month over a safety issue, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an official recall earlier today. Affected Nest customers can download an update over the internet which addresses the issue.
BlackBerry is turning its attention to a cloud back end for processing data from connected devices. It hopes its experience with security and open source cloud tools can entice developers to its new platform.
Sigfox has landed its first consumer gadget for its low-power network optimized for the internet of things. Whistle is building a new dog activity tracker that will connect to the internet wherever Rover roams.
You can control your lights and appliances based on time of day, but a Kickstarter that launched Wednesday wants to add daylight to the mix via a connected sensor and closed system.
Here comes a connected device that can measure fertility, testosterone, vitamin D and inflammation, while testing you for the flu. But how valuable is this data without rigorous science backing up the tests?
The system, for which a Kickstarter campaign was launched on Monday, should work with 4 out of 5 existing AC units.
Building a connected pill bottle used to require a cellular connection and a monthly service fee. But a European startup shows us how to build one using Bluetooth with an optional service fee.
I tried out a MyQ connected garage door opener, and found it worth buying. But it would be even better if it could talk to the other gear in my home.
Consumer Reports has tackled the smart home and its recommendations are mostly on point. Readers aren’t likely to rush out to buy a connected device after reading.
Celebration Health is tracking its nurses as they move throughout the day to help set employee-friendly schedules, cluster patients more effectively and manage costs. Learn how on this week’s podcast.
We’re surrounded by data, but it’s locked away in a lot of apps. If you think this is a problem, Numerous might be the personal dashboard for you.
Cisco is investing $150 million into the internet of things, including new investments in Ayla Networks, EVRYTHNG and Alchemist Accelerator.
Korner, a Seattle startup building a home security system, has managed to rethink the open/close sensor, create an app and build a security set up that goes for $99.
Portuguese company Ynvisible created Printoo kits to get flexible, thin electronics out of laboratories and into the hands of makers. It is offering a series of modules on Kickstart as of today that can do just about anything.
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.
Toby Boudreaux: Designing A Technological Environment To Bring People Together [PSFK 2014] “[The internet of things] is not necessarily about the Internet,…
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.
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.
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.
The Internet of Things explosion means there isn’t enough cloud for all workloads. That’s what Cisco says it’s addressing with its global cloud federation effort.
Advances in low-cost and low-power computing are removing the shackles that have constrained the feature sets of wearable devices. IBM’s Paul Brody predicts this will allow devices like smartwatches and fitness monitors to become more contextually aware and start to blur the lines between wearables and smartphones.
Building a connected washing machine requires not only connectivity, but careful thought about the ways that connected appliances can make our lives better. Berg shows off its Cloudwash concept.
4 AXYZ reveals the aesthetics of its additive manufactured furniture and explains how it can make a smart window smarter.
Only a small percentage of the population needs the Cozy connected radiator cover, which makes it an interesting test case for building niche products and crowdfunding a business.
Oral-B launched a connected toothbrush that should be available this summer. But does the world need quantified brushing? The answer is no — not in this format.
Cisco reported financial results Wednesday and while the company saw a drop in both revenue and profits, the company is investing in…
The smart home is fine, but I’m still waiting for it to learn and anticipate my needs as opposed to me having to program them. The team behind an Indiegogo product called Webee feels the same way.
Petnet wants to imbue innocuous pet accessories with intelligence, starting with the food dish.
http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/internet-of-things-investors This data from CB Insights covers a huge swath of technologies from home automation products and health tracking apps to sensors…
Google intends to buy a connected thermostat that knows when you’re home and where you are within it. Given Google’s quest to index all the world’s information, this deal should jumpstart the conversation about privacy and the internet of things.
After buying thousands of dollars in connected devices, plus a hard reset of my Hue light bulbs, I wonder how we’re going to uninstall the connected devices in our homes.
PTC will have another card to play when courting manufacturing companies by adding ThingWorx’s software development tools, which help companies manage the connected devices at the heart of the internet of things.
The smart heating devices in the U.K. score resoundingly poor on usability, and user satisfaction. Time to step up design in the energy field.
Mocana, a company that provides security for enterprise computing and is branching out into securing connected devices, has scored a $15 million…
http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/connected-home-venture-capital Since the start of 2012, home automation startups have raised $468M across 56 deals. Surprisingly, most of those have not been…
Bluetooth is getting a software update that will make it friendlier for connected devices including room for IPv6 support and the ability to act as a hub, instead of only as a peripheral.
In the future everyone will be connected—everywhere, all the time—making space and time no longer an issue for physical devices, people and products.
Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod) unveiled its new destination store concept on Tuesday in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, showing off a…
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.
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.
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.
An MIT professor has created an algorithm he says can work in conjunction with rangefinders and adaptive cruise control systems to keep cars moving at the ideal speeds to limit traffic jams.
Smart appliances need friends too: Samsung wants to make it easier for your fridge, AC and washer to talk to your TV set.
A small Canadian startup says its new health-tracking wristband can track a user’s caloric intake using spectroscopy.
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?
My morning chuckle came from this irritated post over at BusinessWeek, where Drake Bennett complains that everything automated isn’t a robot. His…
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.
If companies want to build out a connected home experience that benefits all consumers, they should learn a lesson from Boxee.
Audience members awarded the people’s choice award to Lively, which helps seniors live independently.
The creators of the $25 credit-card-sized microcomputer Raspberry Pi didn’t intend to start a hacking revolution — they just wanted to encourage a new generation of young computer users to learn how to program.
Experts at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference estimated the internet of things will gain mainstream acceptance in about five years.
Data generated by cloud deployments will grow faster than data center traffic in general over the next few years, according to new Cisco research.
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.
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.
Phone Halo, one of GigaOM’s Mobilize Product Showcase finalists, is set to launch its Button TrackR tag this month, letting you track your valuables on a smartphone. Next year its tags will come embedded in luggage.
If Nest is the modern answer to the thermostat, Rachio is the answer to the lawn sprinkler. GigaOM Mobilize Showcase finalist has a smart sprinkler that knows when, and when not, to water the grass.
The smart home is getting smarter every day, but what it really needs help with is fine-grained presence detection to deliver more context. Thankfully, we’re getting closer.
Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industry. In this essay Wells Fargo’s Miranda Hill tackles the topic of retail banking.
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.
Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industry. In this essay PARC’s Mike Kuniavsky tackles the topic of programming.
When you add thousands of devices to a network it’s going to be impossible to program in the same way we program computers today. IBM is working on Node-RED a tool to help “wire” the internet of things.
The Stir Kinetic Desk is a height-adjustable, connected desk that wants to be part of the quantified self movement. But at almost $4,000 it seems like furniture for a tech bubble — or at least the 1 percent.
The more connected we and our homes become, the more we open ourselves up to security and privacy breaches. We outline the problem and offer a solution for industry stakeholders.
The internet of things is a new world for technologists and consumers, but it also represents an opportunity to change some of the things we got wrong about the web when it comes to trust and privacy.
Wearable computing is a big trend for consumer technology but when will it reach the enterprise? And what will that mean for employees?
A panel of industry business leaders agreed at a Broadcom event last night that the internet of things will need to be seamless, or risk alienating users.
Chip licensing giant ARM has purchased a software company that has built protocols for the internet of things. The deal moves ARM closer to the end developer by making it easier for them to make connected devices.
Have you ever wished for an audio replay of your conversations — like maybe after getting directions or to prove a point in an argument (I swear I said turn right)? Kapture may be the wearable for you.
The local authority in London’s financial district has put the brakes on a startup’s pilot program, which used smart recycling bins to log the identifiers of passing mobile devices.
Want to pair your phone with your computer? Then get the dog out of the house: A Google engineer has figured out how to use ultrasonic sound to network your devices.
Remember those sensor-packed socks I covered in May? Heapsylon, the company behind the socks — and eventually other sensor-filled clothes — has…
Computer Sciences Corporation, the IT services company, is broadening its expertise into the internet of things thanks to a partnership with ThingWorx.…
Glassomics, a new incubator from health technology company Qualcomm Life and California health system Palomar, will test consumer and clinical applications for health-related wearable technology.
Tracking your dog via GPS seems like a good idea, but what about popping a fitness tracker on your pup to make sure he’s getting enough exercise? FitBark hopes you want to do just that.
Supermechanical, the design shop behind the Twine sensor has launched two connected thermometers for cooking. The Range thermometers might be the beginning of quantified cooking and a slew of connected kitchen gadgets.
The internet of things connects locks, thermostats and pedometers, but a new wave are trying to create home security systems out of a collection of sensors and devices. Or in the case of Canary, one device.
Right now people control their home automatio nsystems via keypads, smartphones or dedicated remotes. But in this demo from Revolv, an engineer uses Google Glass. Is this the future?
Did you miss our GigaOM podcasts this holiday week? Here’s a chance to catch up on our audio programs covering a range of technology from Chrome OS tips to health monitoring to deciding if we can live without printers in our lives.
Cisco keeps calling the internet of things the Internet of Everything, because it has decided to put a big focus on the business processes that will help companies take advantage of this shift.
In the future, patients and doctors will monitor health with data collected constantly inside the body and beamed directly to their mobile device or computer.
Smart watches and health trackers are all the rage now, but we humans shouldn’t have all the wearable fun! British Airways will trial a smart wearable for luggage next month, complete with wireless and electronic ink tech.
When people begin interacting with hundreds of connected electronics everyday, they will benefit from a personal cloud of information that follows them from place to place.
AT&T is opening up two more Foundry locations, with the new offices dedicated to the internet of things. The move shows the carrier’s commitment to bringing in new products and services to this space.
Don’t touch that dial! Or that remote. Researchers have worked out a way to use gestures to control your home devices using the Wi-Fi network and an embedded receiver in your router.
The next wave of computing will require new user interfaces, and gesture has proven to be a hot bet. Thalmic Labs, a Canadian startup, just scored $14.5M for its Myo armband.
Connected door locks are the must-launch product for the connected home this summer. Goji has one that offers people access via a smartphone and snaps a picture when someone unlocks your door.
Did you miss our weekly podcasts? Here’s a recap so you can download and catch up. It’s nearly all fun and games on the Chrome show, while the IoT podcast looks at security. And Team GigaOM waxes poetic about Arrested Development.
A startup called Atheer unveiled a platform for superimposing the information form the web on the real world using the cloud and a gesture-interface. But the Atheer glasses raises question about the future of design.
ARe you sick of losing your keys or unlocking your door with a bag full of groceries? The folks at August have a Bluetooth-powered lock that could change your life. Or at least how you open the door.
The internet of things may be largely about connecting everyday objects, but who says design shouldn’t be a major focus? Not Berg and Benetton, who are partnering up on an Italian R&D facility called Sandbox.
Google’s support for the Bluetooth Smart Ready platform in Android is one step forward for the radio technology’s dominance in the internet of things. But the Bluetooth SIG has a lot more up its sleeve.
The internet of things is purportedly going to change our lives, boost our profits and create loads of economic opportunity. I don’t doubt this, but I do want to know how we’ll measure these gains.
Two new developments in RFID research could pave the way for tags that are thinner, cheaper, and more versatile.
AT&T’s home automation and security packages is now available in 15 markets and will appear in more soon. It’s impressive, integrated and AT&T promises it will one day be open.
Execs from Brown Brothers Harriman,Goodyear, the Mayo Clinic and Whirlpool — organizations that have more than 500 years of experience between them — talk about how they fuel innovation.
Combine cheap sensors, smartphones and supercomputers and you have a water quality monitoring project that could go viral. MoboSens, a project from a university research lab is worth a look.
The internet of things is rapidly coming together, but consumers are not aware of it. At a GigaOM meetup in Boulder speakers detailed the roots of the internet of things and where it needs to go.
Microsoft had a handful of journalists at its new Envisioning Center last week to show off its latest and greatest technology. Here’s what it demonstrated.
San Francisco startup Automatic emerges from stealth mode with an iPhone app and a gadget that plugs into your car to monitor driving behavior.
We may accept that the internet of things will become commonplace in the next few years, but how do we build out the network and processing required to support it?
Usman Haque of Cosm shares his hopes and fears for the internet of things (plus a hilarious Tumblr) in this video of his presentation at the GigaOM internet of things meetup last week.
A Boston company has developed a onesie and a smartphone app for parents to monitor babies’ sleeping patterns. Questions remain about whether to share the data for larger audiences and internet of things systems.
Can Arduino devices jam-packed with sensors help you plan your next conference better? That’s what O’Reilly Media is trying to figure out.
The internet of things isn’t all about infrastructure. Evrythng wants to provide the identity management to enable smart new applications on top of that infrastructure, and it’s partnering with the right players to do so.
General Electric, the massive industrial conglomerate, will not be content to let IT leaders like IBM and Google hog all the glory in the internet of things era.
LG’s Smart Thinq connected appliances were all the rage last year at CES and just last week the hit stores in South Korea. The connected fridge is coming soon to the U.S. either next month or in the first quarter of next year.
South Bend, Ind., is using a sensor network and IBM software to prevent its sewer system from dumping sewage into rivers or backing up into citizens’ home, but it’s just a microcosm of global trend toward solving urban maladies using big data.
Thin Film Electronics, a company that makes printed circuits that can be built into packaging materials and Bemis, a manufacturer of both consumer products and wholesale packaging have signed an agreement that will add circuits to your cereal box. Or maybe sensors to your salad bags.
One of the faces behind the Nabaztag — the pioneering French Internet of Things gizmo — is back, with a new spin on the idea of objects you can program to react to the web. And guess what? He’s running a Kickstarter project to get it made.
ARM, the semiconductor company whose chip technology powers most modern smartphones, has come up with a chip for the Internet of things. It is an energy-efficient chip technology that is optimized for use in everything from connected lighting to power controls to other home appliances.
Mark Rolston, Chief Creative Officer of Frog Design was one of the speakers at our inaugural GigaOM RoadMap conference, held earlier this month. In this conversation< he talks about how as computing become all pervasive, we need to rethink computers and how we interact with them.
An Internet-connected, sensor-based and iPad-managed terrarium — a micro ecosystem — by London-based product designer Samuel Wilkinson is an artful marriage of physical living and digital worlds and it could be a precursor for what home and gardens could become in the age of connectedness.
There are 9 billion connected devices at present and by 2020 that number is going to explode to 24 billion devices, according to new statistics released by GSMA. The total number of mobile connected devices doubles from 6 billion today to 12 billion by 2020.
It may be difficult to describe what exactly the phrase “an internet of things” means, but the pieces of the puzzle that are required for that to develop are all here today, ThingM CEO Mike Kuniavsky told attendees at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco.
In 2008, the number of devices that connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people. That number continues to rise, thanks to a growing number of connected devices. Cisco has put together this infographic to showcase the growth of the Internet of things.
Not a week goes by when we don’t hear about some new device with built-in mobile connectivity. It seems we’re all heading towards an Internet of things at a rapid speed. Clues to this connected device future comes from data collected by Berg Insight.
Verizon’s Wireless subscriber additions fell by 20 percent in the third quarter to 997,000 new adds, the lowest figure in a decade for a total of 93.2 million customers. But while the race for subscribers is interesting, another race is emerging for connected devices.