The Trump Administration is no friend to renewable energy, but it seems that the US Department of Defense has other ideas. The Air Force is forging ahead with solar projects in California and New Jersey, and now the Navy is giving itself a big pat on the back for helping to develop a new device for harvesting ambient energy from rivers, tides, and ocean currents.The Navy seems particularly excited about the potential for providing remote villages in Alaska with relief from the high cost of diesel fuel for
Amazfit, a US based wearable tech company, today introduced its first ceramic-based activity tracker by the same name.This stylish, slim and sleek device allows you to track and record steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It will also monitor sleep quality and receive incoming call vibration alerts. Retailing for around $80, the tracker sits somewhere between budget and mainstream wearables.
With Fitbit’s Charge and Flex sports trackers nearly two and three years old, there are rumors floating around the web about the launch of Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 on November 27. The rumor broke following a recent trademark listing, which gave a hint that the new models will arrive soon. If rumor mills are to be believed, the images of the upcoming Flex 2 and Change 2 along with their technical specifications were leaked on a popular tech portal. Upon inspection, we found that the Flex 2 has re-oriented the indicator lights. We can also spot several holes on the backside. Meanwhile, the Charge 2 features a bigger display and interchangeable bands in blue, violet and black colors.
Wearable technology is often touted as one of the greatest applications of the Internet of Things, and with good reason. Wearable electronics that consumers can display on their bodies have the potential to transform the way we live. Devices from Fitbit and its peer companies allow people to track their health and exercise progress in previously impossible ways. And smartwatches bring the power of smartphones directly to the wearer’s wrist. But IoT devices didn’t just crop up out of nowhere. This wearable technology can trace its roots back further than you might think, and the road ahead for wearable devices looks bright.
As technology advances inexorably, the domination of wearables seems increasingly inevitable. And it seems that the mainstream fashion industry is gradually waking up to the necessity to embrace the trend, teaming up with tech brands to ensuring that their trackers, smart devices and other connected items acquiesce with the rules of stylish design. With tech brands such as Fitbit and Jawbone straining to streamline and polish their products in order to reposition themselves as stylish accessories, several retail brands are also embracing the strategy of incorporating connected items into their collections.
Telular Corporation, a technology leader and provider of IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, today announced that it has surpassed one million IoT subscribers in the commercial telematics and security markets. To drive continued growth, the company has strengthened its position in the commercial telematics space by realigning its recent acquisitions under the SkyBitz business unit.
smart things solutions GmbH, in Wessling near Munich, is defending its “smart things” brand against Samsung Electronics GmbH in a trademark dispute. The products from the smart things brand are used globally for home automation solutions based on the Apple iPad, among others. As Samsung Electronics registered the “Samsung SmartThings” brand for the EU at a later time and this has led to confusion, smart things filed an injunction against Samsung Deutschland. The hearing is scheduled for 10 November 2016 before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany.
New research from Unisys Corporation reveals that law enforcement is expected to lead the incorporation of biometrics into wearable technology. However privacy concerns around the security of biometric data stored in the cloud need to be addressed as adoption becomes more mainstream.The survey of 54 biometrics professionals was conducted by Unisys at the Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference held in Sydney, May 24-26, 2016.
There are no rulebooks when it comes to automating your home. You can incorporate as little or as much technology as you deem necessary or that your budget allows. You can start out small and grow your smart system gradually. You can focus on one room or on the entire house. You can even concentrate your automation efforts on a particular element of your home. The owners of this luxurious London residence chose the latter approach, utilizing a Lutron HomeWorks QS system to automate their home’s more than 7
“Neural dust” is a term used to describe tiny sensors designed by the EECS department of UC Berkeley. In a paper released this month, Berkeley researchers revealed that they’ve recorded the first in-vivo readings from implanted dust.This research is a long time coming. In 2013, the team published research detailing their research on their use of ultrasound with CMOS circuitry. In 2015, they released another paper that further focused on theory, modeling, and scaling.The resultant prototype in this most recent announcement is a step towards sensors that can be safely implanted in the brain. It’s also a step towards a future where wearable technology could be implanted directly inside the body.