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Samsung's 'Smart Home' dreams get bigger with $200 million SmartThings buy

Count Samsung in -- it's officially purchasing home automation startup SmartThings, a move that should help it keep up with the Joneses, aka Apple and Google. <i>TechCrunch</i> has sources confirming a $200 million pricetag, matching the amount it heard last month when rumors of the deal leaked out. In a …

Why the Internet of Things Narrative Has to Change

<i>Wojtek Borowicz is a community evangelist at Estimote, freelance writer and a strong believer in the Internet of Things.</i><p>Internet of Things is the current hip phrase of technology evangelists, geeks and all kinds of clairvoyants. If, according to tech blogs and websites, 2013 was the year of big …

Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million

Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source.<p>(Update: The deal is not done yet, says another.)<p><b>Update</b>: SmartThings has been acquired by Samsung.<p>SmartThings …

Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed …

Evrythng and Thinfilm collaborate on smart labels and barcodes for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Evrythng, the atrociously named, Cisco(s csco)-backed British startup that wants to provide the identity management layer for …

Squink Lets You Print A Circuit Board For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee

3D printing has changed the way engineers test products, allowing them to cut down on time and costs. But what about 3D printing the components that go into most of these products?<p>Botfactory computer engineer Carlos Ospina said that most of the people he encountered didn’t believe it was possible. …

Samsung, Google and ARM Team Up for Thread, Another Internet of Things Industry Standard

The likes of Samsung, Google and ARM have teamed together to form and develop Thread, an IP-based wireless networking protocol.<p>This follows the announcement of Open Interconnect Consortium, which too has been backed by major industry players to support the future of the Internet of Things.<p>The aim …

Smappee's £169 energy monitor can keep tabs on every device in your home

Sure, our homes are getting smarter and allowing us to be greener than before, but the cost of energy has continued to climb. Energy companies have encouraged us keep tabs on our consumption, but it's hard to identify which appliances are responsible for driving up your fuel bill every month. …

Intel, Samsung and others create new Qualcomm-free internet of things consortium

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: S. Higginbotham<p>Like grains of sand on a beach, there are a seemingly infinite number of standards and protocols …

Spark Labs raises $4.9M to make an OS for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Spark Labs<p>Spark Labs, the company that last year built a development board that lets people make connected devices …

Manything’s iOS video monitoring app can now plug into Nest and Hue via IFTTT

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The British startup Manything now has a channel on IFTTT — the first channel on the plug-web-services-together platform that’s …

What’s in my house: Connected devices I’ve liked enough to buy

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Recently I asked my colleagues for a list of the connected devices in their homes to get a sense of what people have and like, …

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GE promises smart light bulbs without the usual steep prices

Many smartphone-controlled light bulbs cost a pretty penny, even if you're not interested in mood-setting colors or other elaborate tricks. How are you supposed to afford enough bulbs to illuminate your entire abode? That's where GE's new Link bulbs could save the day. While you'll need a hub ($30 …

Madrid's parking meters now charge extra if you drive a fuel hog

Madrid has an air quality problem, and it's taking an unusual approach to getting the offending vehicles off the road: it's discouraging their drivers from parking. As of today, the city's smart parking meters charge up to 20 percent extra if you drive a car that's likely to either be a fuel hog or …

The Piper smart hub monitors and manages your home for £119

"Connected home" gadgets are all about giving you greater awareness and control over what's happening in your crib. Most "internet of things" products for the home at targeted to specific uses, such as remote surveillance or heating control. Piper is slightly different, in that it attempts to tie …

Microsoft wearable rumors suggest more fitness tracker, less smartwatch

You may want to dial back your expectations for Microsoft's oft-rumored smartwatch. According to sources speaking to the historically well-informed Paul Thurrott, the wearable isn't intended as a watch -- it's a Gear Fit-style health tracker that happens to deliver phone notifications and …

Get ready for Android Wear's first round of apps

If you've pre-ordered an Android Wear watch and want to have everything ready for the very <i>moment</i> you slap that device on your wrist, Google is more than happy to help; the company has posted everything you'll need on day one. To start, you can both grab the official Android Wear app (needed to link …

HummingBoard is a Raspberry Pi rival that lets you swap out its processor

You'd think the world of hobbyist mini computers would be full, considering that you've got a choice of Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone and even Intel's NUC. That hasn't deterred SolidRun, which is releasing the HummingBoard as a more powerful alternative to the Raspberry Pi. Built on the same …

Pavlok is a habit-forming wearable that will shock you

"Wake up sleepy head... it's time to go to the gym." "Put down those chips!" "Stop wasting time on Facebook." If any of the above statements resonate with you, then you're not alone. Maneesh Sethi, author and Stanford alumnus has said all of the above to himself at one point, and wanted to know …

Smart Garden Sensor Edyn Moves Past Kickstarter Goals, Eyes Android

A month ago, I wrote about an Internet of Things soil sensor called Edyn that tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture data for gardeners.<p>The company, which first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, beat their initial $100,000 goal for a first production run on …

Beast Sensor On Indiegogo Tracks Your Weight-lifting In Real Time

In recent years hardware has appeared to track your gym workouts. PushStrength and GymWatch are both devices that will measure your reps as you grunt and build those muscles lifting weights.<p>A new kid on the block is Beast and it’s currently trying to raise $60,000 on Indiegogo.<p>This little device …

Internet Of Things Brings Harry Potter’s “Marauders Map” To Life

What good is tracking all the devices in your house if you don’t track the people who use them?<p>University of Virginia associate professor Kamin Whitehouse thinks people want to know where everyone is in their house: Who’s taking the long shower? Who left the air conditioner on when they left the …