The Internet of Things
A new mobility report from Ericsson projects that the number of net-connected devices will increase by three or four times over the next five years. There were some 200 million machine-to-machine devices online by the end of 2013 — a broad term that describes any device that exchanges information across a network without need for Continue Reading →
Apple announced a new “Home” app and service that allows an iPhone or iPad to control smart appliances, lights and locks around the home. The Home app will securely connect to third-party products such as the Philips Hue lightbulbs, Honeywell’s thermostats and Withing’s smart alarm clocks. “We’ve come up with HomeKit to allow secure pairing Continue Reading →
Place Lamp
What if your desk lamp knew where you were at all times, and could broadcast your whereabouts to inquiring coworkers? Strange as it may sound, that’s exactly what the Place Lamp prototype does. Created by Seattle-based designer Sam Stubblefield, this elegant, cylindrical lamp connects with your smartphone and lets you set up invisible, GPS geofences Continue Reading →
Nest Labs is already well known by early tech adopters for its “smart,” energy-saving thermostats and smoke detectors. And it’s not only consumers that have taken notice: Internet giant Google acquired Nest Labs earlier this year for $3.2 billion dollars. But Nest, led by former Apple iPod executive Tony Fadell, says it is exploring a Continue Reading →
Clothes are the original “wearables,” but Intel wants to make them smarter. At the Code Conference on Wednesday, the company showed off a shirt with conductive fibers for tracking your heart rate. Designed by partner AIQ, the shirt uses Intel’s Edison development board to stream EKG information over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The box of electronics Continue Reading →
Nest Thermostat
Connected devices company Nest, now owned by Google, has been lauded — mostly, it must be said, by the tech press — for turning its attention to the utilitarian devices in your home. The ones no-one loves. The no-frills, (usually) beige plastic devices that squat on the wall or ceiling of your home doing one Continue Reading →