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Buffers open for business
The British telecoms regulator Ofcom has formally approved the deployment of white-space broadband technology in the U.K., following trials. White space broadband…
Sigfox, the French startup that’s rolling out an international internet-of-things network, mostly by partnering with local network operators, has scored a massive…
The internet of shhhh
Noise is a significant problem in hospitals, costing them patient satisfaction and possibly dollars now that certain payments are tied to satisfaction…
Minivans making maps
San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX has been following a mysterious minivan tooling around Concord, California, with a roof rack fool of advanced…
The internet of pets
When Whistle first came on the scene with in 2013 with its dog activity monitor, there was already an established player in the…
Power to the people
One of the factors in the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT)—the networking of the physical world within existing Internet infrastructure—is…
Smart homes for small towns
Regional mobile carrier US Cellular announced a new home automation and security service called OnLook, which looks to be aimed squarely at…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to tighten the rule for regulating ground-level ozone, or smog, a move that regulators hope will spark new technology development to reduce emissions.
Quantified driving Zendrive doesn’t just want to grade our own behaviors behind the wheel, but also those of the taxi drivers and car-sharers that chauffeur us around our cities.
It might seem like the world is awash is in connected devices, but we haven’t seen anything yet. But the companies storing data from all those sensors say they’re not worried about how much there’ll be as much as about making it easy to use.
A Brooklyn nonprofit has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund air quality monitors that it hopes to deploy around the country to get people involved in reducing pollution.
Microsoft Health works with Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices. Much of it is based on Microsoft’s cloud-based “intelligence engine”, and the company wants startups to build health-related services around it.
The hub’s development is only on the Spanish carrier group’s to-do list, so there are scant details right now, but it will handle the fixed lighting and heating that Thinking Things can’t yet control.
If hospitals can convince nurses, doctors and other staff to track their movements, everyone — patients included — stand to win. At Structure Connect, a hospital executive explained how her institution got staff on board and some of the insights they’ve discovered as a result.
Weather tracking isn’t just Android owners any more. OpenSignal has made its crowdsourced climate-monitoring app available on iOS though only iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can take measurements.
As the global population increases, weather volatility grows, and fuel prices surge, there will be more incentives to use data and analytics on the farm to increase yields and minimize risks.
Biosensors are on the verge of changing the way we use our smartphones to investigate the world around us.
TV white spaces haven’t emerged as global networking band like Weightless had hoped. So now it’s planning to build its internet-of-things connectivity network on the same industrial bands used by ZigBee, Z-Wave and Sigfox.
Real-time analytics, driven by sensor data and online event logging, allows companies to transform their services, products, and even their business models.…
As much as we like to think of the internet of things as something linked by standards, it will be a hodgepodge of trapped sensor data for quite some time.
The promise of the internet of things is in cheap data, but we need to turn that data into insights to make it useful. And before we do that, we need business models for sharing data.
A company called FarmLink has raised $40 million in equity capital to further its business of analyzing sensor data to determine how much food a field can ideally yield. It’s just the latest in a string of investments at the intersection of agriculture and data.
Part of the original “PayPal Mafia” and also formerly of Slide, Max Levchin has made a return to financial services startups with his newest venture, Affirm.
Think Wall Street is just about money? A recent trip to the heart of New York’s financial district shows a paradise of urban planning springing up.
PlaceMe uses every sensor in the phone to track your activity. Now PlaceUs is doing the same except it’s tracking the combined activity of a family or small group of friends.
With the help of StormTag, OpenSignal wants to open up its WeatherSignal crowdsourcing program to the iPhone as well as collect new types of climate data.
Can we turn ordinary plants into sensors, in order to learn more about the environment? A bunch of European researchers with nearly $1.5 million in funding think it can be done.
A new experimental feature takes advantage of the sensors inside Google Glass. When Glass receives a new notification and sounds a chime, users simply have to look at the small display to see it appear thanks to eye-detection.
Building more powerful user interfaces isn’t just about software, such as the newly launched product from Aquifi, but about providing more context. This will make UIs better and programming harder.
The tiny sensor also powers itself with TV signals, which already fill the air around us. The team behind the device says it could have big applications for the internet of things.
That devices will communicate with the cloud is the default setting for most thinking on architecting a connected world. But that’s not the only way it could play out.
The British telco is playing around with a pioneering platform that’s designed to be the connectivity glue for smart cities.
The jury is still out on if wearing Google Glass while driving is a smart idea. Falling asleep at the wheel is never a good thing though and DriveSafe, a new app for Glass, can alert you if you nod at the wheel.
Mature computing, advanced screen technology, and the explosion in better sensor technology have created what looks to be the perfect storm for wearables across a number of categories.
Developed by a German research firm, the sensor-studded shoes should be available for purchase by early 2015.
A team at Georgia Tech has come up with an ingenious way to steer a wheelchair if you can’t move your limbs…
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.
Finnish researchers have devised an algorithm that accurately determines mobile phone users’ modes of transportation by analyzing data from their phones’ accelerometers. Useful? Absolutely! Annoying? Possibly …
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.
Technology buyers in some sectors drool over the promise of things like cloud computing and big data, but those words don’t mean a whole lot in places like warehouses or manufacturing plants, where how something works is far less important than that it works.
Neul will ship its first white space radio modules for $12 a pop to sensor and device makers in the first quarter and launch its first networks in the U.S. and U.K. in the second.
How much would it cost to make your iPhone 5s able to track your emotions? Less than $1, Freescale Semiconductor’s Kaivan Karimi said at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference Thursday.
The mobile landscape isn’t comprised of just the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy 4 and Moto X. Thousands of different devices access an average mobile site, and they all have different processors, batteries, sensors and networks. That means an opportunity for personalization like never before.
Whistle’s dog activity trackers are making their way into university labs. Researchers hope the data gathered from them could help them better understand and treat canine epilepsy and other animal health problems.
Field service technicians carry around a lot of specialized equipment that remains largely unconnected to any network. GigaOM Mobilize Showcase finalist ShowSigSense hopes to bring all of that gear into the internet of things.
New York-based digital health academy StartUp Health has picked its latest class of digital health startups.
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 Dr. Christian Assad-Kottner explains what this means for medicine.
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.
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.
Research out of Georgia Tech demonstrates a new way to read pressure at high speed and resolution.
Researchers created a 16×16 pixel screen that responds to pressure by lighting up. It could be used to create interactive wallpaper.
OMsignal hopes to launch a compression shirt by the end of the year. Their software could also connect loved ones by letting them know when there is a worrisome spike in vital signs.
Figuring out how to monitor someone’s health in their home, while also respecting their privacy isn’t easy. But Iggy Fanlo, CEO of Lively says he thinks his company has cracked the code.
Pills, tattoos, scans and smart implants — as these technologies grow, will they become the keys to our digital world?
New research enables silicon sensors to be inserted into the body for routine diagnostic tests, such as checking if transplant patients will reject an organ.
A handful of companies are putting the final touches on products that bring big data to sports. The hard part is not the development of the technology but the lack of good business models.
San Francisco digital health accelerator Rock Health’s newest class includes startups developing apps for Google Glass, creating wearable sensors and building systems for self-diagnosis.
University of Illinois researchers have created an app and a sensor-filled cradle that turn an iPhone into a mobile spectrophotometer. The combination of that mobile lab data and metadata such as location might prove very valuable.
A new industrial strategy for the continent aims to unlock €100 billion in private-sector funding through the use of targeted public-sector funding for R&D in the fields of nanoelectronics and microelectronics.
The first summit in London, which is produced in partnership with Google’s Solve For X initiative, will focus on emerging tech such as the internet of things, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and sensors.
Google will use Arduinos to pick up on motion and sound at this week’s Google I/O conference. While it could help Google better use its conference space in the future, it could also inspire developers.
A montly look at where in health tech investors put their money.
Sensors, data analysis and connectivity can be a boon when it comes to preventing a variety of ills (and illnesses) but the combo can also be used in less benign ways. Do employees need more rights?
Danish weather app firm Robocat plans to move into hardware with Thermodo, a tiny digital thermometer for mobile devices. An SDK is promised, too, opening possibilities for new temperature-aware apps.
Sensors designed for the internet of things are promising today, but sensors designed to give humans extra abilities are further out, but even more exciting. Here are two researchers melding man and machine.
What does a $200 dollar make-up mirror that uses LED lights, charges via a USB, and has built-in sensors have to do with the connected future? A lot actually.
It’s a color sensor, a weather station, a gas leak detector, a thermometer for everything around you, and so much more: Check out Node, the ultimate sensor device.
Can your current smartphone be any smarter? Sure it can, if the device knows how to better understand its surroundings with the help of internal sensors. Qualcomm’s Project Gimbal does just that for app developers. Here’s a peek at how Paramount is using the technology.
The takeover will not stop Overlay’s hush-hush work with handset manufacturers, which should see exciting new context-awareness features added to smartphones soon. Meanwhile, the choice of new CEO at rival Madvertise also highlights the important of tech innovation in the mobile advertising arms race.
Walking and running centric personalized health devices like Nike FuelBand and Jawbone Up will soon have company in the market place, thanks to Scanadu, which is making a vital health signs monitor, Scanadu Scout. Soon to follow, Scanadu Flu and other gadgets, FDA willing, of course.
Soon, your phone will know more about your health history and fitness goals than your doctor does. And according RunKeeper founder Jason Jacobs, when this plays out at scale, it will change the dynamic between you, your doctor and the traditional healthcare system.
Better sensors could change the way consumers diagnose and monitor their physical ailments. So maybe your smartphone becomes an EKG monitor, or perhaps you buy a device that measures 5 vital signs at once as opposed to a digital thermometer. We learn more in this video.
NASA is experimenting with new satellites that use off-the-shelf electronics to cut down on costs. At the heart of its new nanosatellite is a Google Nexus smartphone, which has both the processing power to run the orbiter and the sensors it needs to perform its mission.
Nokia EVP Michael Halbherr thinks that the next set of sensors in our smartphones will track humidity and pressure, which will used to generate more accurate crowdsourced weather forecasts. He believes as our devices become more sophisticated, they’ll be increasingly enlisted to serve the public good.
Intel is betting that sensors will play a greater role in the city of the future to help manage and use resources, from water and power to communication and transportation systems, much more efficiently.
Thin Film, a company that prints memory and logic circuits onto plastic films, has signed partnerships with three companies to create a cheap, disposable temperature sensor. The resulting product could be the start of the stupid web and an initial step to the Internet of Things.
Every year, IBM comes up with a list of five innovations it believes will become popular within the next five years. For 2011, it has come up with the following technologies it thinks will gain traction. I also look back at some of its previous predictions.
Tribogenics, which spun out of DARPA-backed physics project at UCLA, announced today it has raised $2.5 million from Flywheel Ventures and other angels to build X-Ray machines the size of thick iPhones. The company is using a new technology to create X-Rays from static electricity.
What happens when you place the equivalent of 1024 neurons in parallel on a chip? Well, you get a new form of computing for cloud computing and sensor networks as well as toys that can recognize cue cards, better artificial intelligence and pattern recognition.
Smartphones are packing more sensors these days, and application developers continue to find new ways to gain additional value from the sensors. Popular exercise app RunKeeper is the latest. Its software for iPhone and Android handsets includes an auto-pause function and new heart rate zone targeting.
Long-time GPS hardware maker, Garmin, released its first fitness app for $0.99 in the iTunes App Store and Android Market. Gone are the days when companies can focus on single-purpose hardware; thanks to smartphones, sensors and connectivity, software is where the real action is at.
As revolutionary as the mobile ecosystem is, it’s the interactions of more intelligent connected devices with people outside the context of phones or computers that will drive more innovation says Mark Rolston, the chief creative officer at Frog Design at an event on Monday.
New York Road Runners and MapMyRUN are collaborating to share real-time athlete data from this year’s New York Marathon, thanks to GPS sensors, RFID tags and software. This combination of sports, sensor and social brings a shared experience between athletes and spectators. Here’s why it matters.
Devices like Fitbit and smartphone apps like Runkeeper have the ability to act as powerful health sensors. But one of the most promising ventures in this field is an upcoming product from Pulse Tracer called Basis, a watch monitor that packs in a bunch of sensors.
The biggest frustration I have with my iPhone is when the phone switches between Wi-Fi and 3G networks and just hangs. In solving this problem, MIT researchers used motion sensors, showing how mobile devices need to become an extension of us.