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Here's what it's like to control your lights with Siri

For the most part, setting up a HomeKit product — even these HomeKit products — is fairly easy. My first time through, with Lutron, everything went so smoothly that I had almost no expectation that it would actually work when I first asked Siri to turn off the lights. But Siri heard the command and …

Home Automation

FLIR releases 2nd-gen FLIR ONE, iOS-ready thermal camera, dropping 1st-gen’s price

FLIR, maker of standalone and accessory thermal imaging cameras, has officially released <b>FLIR ONE for iOS</b> ($250), the improved sequel to FLIR ONE for iPhone 5/5s. A victim of unfortunate timing, the original FLIR ONE hit stores just before Apple released the iPhone 6, but only fit the iPhone 5/5s, …

Apple Obtains Touch ID-Related Patents From Biometric Security Firm Privaris

Apple has been working to acquire the intellectual property assets of Charlottesville, Virginia-based biometric security firm Privaris, according to <i>CNN</i>. Privaris recently transferred 26 of its 31 patents to the iPhone maker, including 4 patents in December 2012 and dozens more in October 2014.<p>The …

Digitizing The World Through The Internet of Things Could Be Worth $11 Trillion By 2025

Creating the "Internet of Things" by connecting everyday objects like factory machines, vehicles and buildings to the web could be worth between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 2025, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute.<p>McKinsey's research suggests that connecting many …

Internet of Things

These Students Built A Working Hyperloop (A Very Tiny One)

'What is this? A Hyperloop for ants!?'<p>Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is an idea as ambitious as it is fantastical. A train that travels at 760 mph through a pressurized tube is a hard sell, even with it gracing the latest cover of *Popular Science magazine. So it's pretty cool to see a real, working version …

University of Illinois

The Berlin Startup Ecosystem Needs An IPO In The U.S.

Kalie Moore Contributor<p>Kalie Moore writes about startup ecosystems at Berlin Startup Girl.<p>On the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of the Berlin startup darling 6Wunderkinder for a price between $100 and $200 million, the debate rages on about whether Berlin startups should be bolder and wait longer …

Stock Markets

HoloLens is about to transform the space station

Two pairs of HoloLens glasses will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) on 28 June to allow astronauts to carry out augmented …

Robotic vines illustrate chaos theory and the Butterfly Effect

We've seen capacitive-touch-enabled plants before, but the robotic vines and leaves of <i>Branching Systems</i> are something altogether different. And, perhaps craziest of all, they respond to your presence. The leaves react to your inputs, and then nearby leaves react to those reactions and so on.</i> …