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Ticwatch 2 is a slick smartwatch that raised $500K on Kickstarter in just 3 days

If you haven’t been tempted to buy a smartwatch yet, or have been disappointed by your purchase of an Apple Watch, one of Samsung’s (many) Gear wearables or others, there may be another option to consider.<p>Last year we shot a video story about Ticwatch, a Chinese smartwatch that really stood out …

Apple Watch

Project Jacquard could be Google's best shot at a wearable platform

Think of Google's wearables you likely think of Google Glass (R.I.P) or Android Wear, which is getting better but still not widely used.<p>But this week …

Amazon just released a Dash button for AWS IoT

Believe it or not, there is now an Amazon Dash button that can integrate with AWS IoT, the managed services from cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).<p>“The AWS IoT Button is a programmable button based on the Amazon Dash Button hardware,” Amazon says in a description of the new …

Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime

Who says playing around is a waste of time?<p>Researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) said that's exactly what they were doing when …

Circuit Simulator Lets You Play Around with Electronics Components in Your Browser

Part of the fun of DIY electronics projects is tinkering with things to learn how they work, but that doesn’t mean planning ahead isn’t a smarter …

Amazon improves Alexa Voice Services, which lets developers add Alexa’s voice control to their own devices

Last year, Amazon announced a set of tools that allowed third-party developers to integrate its virtual assistant Alexa, which today powers devices like the Echo speaker and Fire TV, into their own apps. Now, the company has introduced a number of improvements to one of these tools, Alexa Voice …

Smart Homes

IDC: Apple Watch to hold smartwatch lead through 2020 as Android Wear closes gap

IDC’s latest report is out today with new estimates based on worldwide wearable shipments, and in it is a prediction that Apple Watch will hold the market lead this year and through 2020 as competitors begin to close the gap.<p>While the report shows estimates based on overall wearable shipments, …

Amazon and Brita's Wi-fi Water Pitcher Automatically Buys New Filters for You

Amazon has teamed up with Brita to bring e-commerce straight into your fridge: Their new, internet-connected pitcher automatically orders fresh Brita …

Smart Homes

Gartner's Top 10 Internet Of Things Technologies For 2017 & 2018

• Gartner predicts that low-power short-range networks will dominate wireless IoT connectivity through 2025, far outnumbering connections using wide-area IoT networks.<br>• For enterprises to adopt and gain the full value of these technologies, significantly higher investments in training are …

Fitbit will remain the dominant leader in the wearables market

Fitbit's dominance over the world of wearables continues as it remains the worldwide leader in the industry.<p>The company reported fourth-quarter revenue of $712 million, which blew away analysts' expectations of $648 million. For the full year, Fitbit totaled revenue of $1.86 billion.<p>Fitbit sold 8.2 …

Toshiba Scraps Wearable Device a Week Before Launch

Now you see it, now you don’t. Toshiba Corp. has scrapped the sale of a glasses-type wearable device just six weeks after announcing it, and a week before the products were scheduled for shipment.<p>The Wearvue TG-01 was supposed to be used by workers in warehouses and or factories who needed a …

Wearable Tech

Fitbit Remains The Worldwide Leader In Wearables, But Xiaomi Is Quickly Gaining

Fitbit has long been the king of wearables and an IDC report released today says James Park and Co. still wear the crown. But Xiaomi is quickly gaining power. A lot of power.<p>Fitbit managed to ship 21 million devices in 2015, up 93.2% over 2014’s amount of 10.9 million units. That said, even by …

Wearable Tech

Nokia Growth Partners Announces $350M Fund Focused On IoT

What do you finance if you’re in the network business and need to encourage your customers to upgrade faster to the next generation of cellular tech (aka 5G)? Why the Internet of Things of course…<p>The Nokia-funded VC firm Nokia Growth Partners has just announced a new $350 million fund focused …

Startups

Barbie's smart home is a party house

Barbie's new connected Hello Dreamhouse may not have a Nest thermostat, but we still saw many other smart-home features at Toy Fair this week -- as many as an 11.5-inch plastic doll might need from a $299 plastic house, anyway.<p>Gallery: Barbie Hello Dreamhouse & Hoverboard | 10 Photos<p>10<p>The six-room …

Smart Homes

As venture investment in medical devices stalls, companies get creative

Today’s venture capital market is one where a company with less than 200 employees can rake in more than $100 million from investors. But one corner of the market has largely been left behind: companies offering new medical devices.<p>Total venture funding for medical device companies dropped after …

Consumers aren't ready for an Internet of Things world

While estimates vary, nearly all agree that billions of IoT devices are expected to be integrated into our lives over the next five years, amounting to trillions of dollars being spent by both businesses and consumers. Everything from smart cars and cities to connected homes that adapt to our …

Cisco to Pay $1.4 Billion for Internet-of-Things Company Jasper

The networking giant grabs an IoT leader with 3,500 customers.<p>Networking giant Cisco Systems has agreed to pay $1.4 billion for Jasper, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that focuses on technology for connecting smart devices to the Internet — the so-called Internet of Things.<p>Jasper had raised …

Internet of Things

This guy has a built-in Google Now display in his mirror and it’s perfect

It’s pretty hard these days to come up with an original idea. The internet is flooded with real, conceptual and on-the-way products that fill nearly every void in our lives. Evidently, for a guy named Max Braun, he found a need that couldn’t be met. After setting out to find a better bathroom …

Fitbit captures exact moment man's heart breaks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Wearables have become a popular way of tracking our daily workout, eating habits and sleep cycles. But for one man -- it had an extra feature -- it tracked the precise moment his heart broke.<p>It was a normal Saturday for Israeli student Koby Soto. The 28-year-old juggles a few things -- …

The Future of Jobs | World Economic Forum

<i>The Annual Meeting is taking place in Davos from 20 to 23 January, under the theme “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Stay up-to-date with</i> …

World Economic Forum

Amazon is now selling its own ARM-based chips

Israeli subsidiary announces Alpine line of semiconductors, one year after acquisition<p>An Israeli company acquired by Amazon last year has announced a new line of semiconductors, marking Amazon's first foray into the chipmaking market. The company, Annapurna Labs, announced its Alpine line of …

Polar finally has a fitness tracker that can monitor your heart

As the optical heart-rate monitoring has improved, the technology has increasingly become a must-have feature for most serious fitness trackers. One notable holdout from this club was Polar, probably because it made a name for itself in chest-worn heart rate straps and, as such, had a little more …

Why Can't the U.S. Build Consumer Electronic Products?

Shenzhen is to the making of these products as Silicon Valley is to the designing them.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>I recently returned from a short trip to Shenzhen, the …

Silicon Valley

Amazon makes a Dash to take lead in the internet of things | Financial Times

Amazon has stepped up its push to be part of the “internet of things” by teaming up with manufacturers to incorporate automatic reordering into their …

General Electric

Build Your Own Tiny, Automatically Updating Weather Display

Want to install a cool little digital weather display in your house but don’t want to spend much money? Over on Adafruit, they show you how to build …

Freevolt generates power from thin air

What you see above may look like an unremarkable slice of electronics, but it can theoretically power a low-energy device forever, and for free. If that sounds like a big deal, well... that's because it is. Drayson Technologies today announced Freevolt, a system that harvests energy from radio …

Batteries

Exploride combines the best iPhone features into one safe head-up display unit for your car

For better or worse, we’re using our phones more and more each day. While technology has made our lives easier, it is also a potentially dangerous tool. The hazard of driving and using a smartphone is well known. While there are car mounts that elevate your device to eye-level, some users desire a …

Broadcom’s new Wi-Fi chip turns your phone into an IoT hub

At Mobile World Congress, Broadcom released a new chipset designed to bring Wi-Fi’s speediest technology, 802.11ac, into smartphones. What makes this …

Wi-Fi

Pebble introduces its first round smartwatch

The Time Round is all metal, making it more similar to the Pebble Time Steel than the less-costly plastic Time. It has a 38.5mm face, though the round display does not fill it. Instead, a large bezel surrounds the screen, which makes the effective display size much smaller. Though multiple-day …

Smartwatches