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How the Internet of Things is becoming the 'Internet of Commerce’

The 29th Mobile World Congress is in full swing, and amid the flurry of new device announcements, the main conversation piece in Barcelona has been …

Stretchy circuits will make for better wearables and robots

Smart clothing and robots alike might soon get better thanks to a breakthrough from a team of Swiss researchers. They created relatively thin electronic circuits that can be stretched like rubber up to four times their original length in any direction. In addition, it can be cycled that way nearly …

This Bionic Fingertip Lets Amputees Feel Rough and Smooth

Most of us take the the subtle difference between rough and smooth beneath our fingertips for granted. But a new device could allow amputees to …

This Wearable Patch Monitors Blood Sugar and Injects Drugs

This little patch may look like a waterproof Band-Aid, but it’s much more intelligent than that. Its gold-and-graphene circuitry is capable of …

Samsung creates headgear prototype to help monitor concussions in sports

Samsung Australia has created a prototype for a device to be worn during contact sports, in an effort to monitor concussions.<p>The BrainBand, of which …

Ringly’s gorgeous Aries smart bracelet now comes in silver

When it comes to smart jewelry, Ringly is a true pioneer. Its smart rings were among the very first wearables to emerge on the scene that were …

Meet the first beautiful E-bike from the future

Every time you think of the words ‘electric bike’ you probably think of something unattractive, with a huge bulky battery. E-bikes, or electric bikes, have traditionally been heavy, ugly, overpriced or all three of these things.<p>Amsterdam-based VanMoof plans to change that with its new ‘Electrified …

What's Driving All The Home Automation Growth?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what exactly is driving the recent explosion of home automation applications and equipment. Over the past few years we have seen a great deal of change. The plethora of equipment includes (and this is a small sample, not an exhaustive list):<p>Do it yourself …

Security Sphere

Say hello to Odini – your loyal guardian and companion. Unlike traditional, static security cameras, Odini is a discreet mobile solution which aims …

A Digi Roll-up!

The Samsung Flexible Roll applies future flex tech to create the most portable tablet/laptop ever. Inspired by ancient scrolls, the design’s screen …

Someone Stole My Startup Idea: Are Those My Initials?

In my 21 years of startups I’ve had my ideas “stolen” twice. Once it almost mattered. This is about the time it didn’t.<p><b>Worries from the garage</b><br>One of …

Go Sense Crazy!

Clime Inc’s smart sensors maximize home connectivity while minimizing complexity! The tiny devices, called Climes, monitor everything from …

Shaped by Light

Eliza is an artistic LED lamp created from folded brass and powered by a micro-USB cable. It’s asymmetric structure consists of triangular forms that …

Bluetooth starts weaving its mesh for IoT

Backers of Bluetooth plan to give the technology a way to form mesh networks, dramatically extending its range and potentially its role in the …

Internet of Things

Ready For The Internet of Things? 5 Skills You'll Need

November marks the season when high school students plug away at their college applications, and executives draw up business plans for the coming year. It’s a time when thoughts about the future dominate conversations from the dinner table to the Board Room. Yet despite age gaps between college …

Levitating Mars speaker takes your music to new heights

As you've no doubt noticed -- especially with the bombardment of post-Thanksgiving specials and sales -- there is no shortage of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. So in such a crowded field, it takes something truly innovative to rise above the rest. The Mars speaker from Crazybaby does …

Short-Range Low Power Wireless Devices and IoT

This paper discusses the topic of the “last 100 meters connectivity” in systems where small devices (such as various sensors) are connected to …

Invent your own smart home with new LittleBits kit

Your old appliances can now learn new tricks.<p>Looking to gain a foothold in the fast-expanding smart-home market -- and potentially save a bunch of old and unloved coffeemakers and refrigerators from the junkyard -- New York startup LittleBits on Tuesday came out with its new Smart Home Kit. The …

Will National Instruments Lead In The Next Generation Of IoT Tools?

One would have to have been living under a rock to not realize how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the world around us. But what you may not consider is how the growing need for devices to be both connected and intelligent impacts the way technology providers design, test and measure each …

Nixie wearable camera drone takes top prize in Intel tech contest

Nixie, the world’s first camera-equipped wearable drone, has scooped the top prize in Intel’s international ‘Make It Wearable’ tech contest.<p>Beating …

“The Internet of Things is More Than Just “Things” – Five Technology Pillars to Pay Attention To

It has been 15 years since Kevin Ashton popularized the term the Internet of Things. How could we have known then what that would come to mean and the huge impact that it would have on our lives? Cisco projects that 50 Billion things (or devices) will be connected to the Internet by 2020; or, the …

From The Designers Of Fitbit, A Digital Tattoo Implanted Under Your Skin

For Co.Design’s Wearables Week, NewDealDesign created a concept for a digital tattoo. But they think they can actually build the thing.<p>From the Jawbone Up to the Apple Watch, wrist-based designs have become the de facto form factor for wearable technology. But we’re already wrist-banded out. So …

The Problem With Designing For Smart Homes

<i>Henrik Holen is the CEO and co-founder of Viva Labs, a next-generation smart home platform for ISPs, cable companies and utilities.</i><p>Want to make a bazillion dollars? Build a dishwasher that empties itself.<p>These days, it’s easy to mock many of the smart products that appear on the market, but a …

This Tiny 3G Chip Will Pump the Internet Into Anything

It might not look much, but this is the world's smallest 3G chip—and it could help bring Internet connectivity to even the tiniest of devices.<p>The …

Ex-Tesla and NASA Engineers Make a Light Bulb That's Smarter Than You

Sometime in early 2013, one of the delivery operations engineers at Tesla leaned back in his chair and took a look around the Silicon Valley office. “It was a sunny day, and I looked up and I thought, ‘Why are these lights on with full power, when full sunlight is coming through the window?’” says …

Home Automation

The 5 Essential Traits To Achieve Entrepreneurial Excellence

Our five Essential Traits for Entrepreneurial Excellence are: Work Hard, Work Smart, Stay Humble, Serve Others, and Stay Hungry!<p>We have featured the entrepreneurial wisdom of MJ Gottlieb in several columns. His business partner Gary O’Neil recently shared some advice on how we can all up our game …

Bluetooth Speaker Is A Levitating Death Star Of Sound

The Om One is a Bluetooth speaker with an anti-gravitational twist. It hovers and spins in mid-air, spitting out tunes like some sleek Death Star of sound.<p>Weighing just three-quarters of a pound, this black sphere maintains its position in the air with the help of a magnetic base. But the Om One …

15 Everyday Objects That Have Been 'Enchanted' By Technology

These objects are not only fun but also may hold the key to a better way for humans to use new technology — as opposed to what Rose considers a bleak future in which every tool will be crammed into a computer screen.<p>Rose, whose gadget-filled home was recently featured in The New York Times, has a …

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