“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.
Forget the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s more like the Internet of Whatever among consumers right now.Despite the hype growing around smart homes – from fridges that can tell you what items you’ve run out of, to controlling your lights from a smartphone – the majority of people don’t have much interest in the new technology, new research reveals.Almost three quarters of consumers are not bothered about having smart technology in their homes in the coming years, according to a survey of more than 2,000 people by PwC.
Qualcomm holds the most IoT-related patents right now, and those patents have a very high value, according to a new study by LexInnova, which provides research and consulting on patent law. The study found that Qualcomm holds 724 IoT-related patents, just ahead of Intel’s 688.Chinese networking provider ZTE, which came in third place, only has 351 IoT patents.
As Tesla prepares to unveil its Model 3 electric vehicles, new data from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) shows that the 200,000 sales milestone for electric vehicles in California is more than just a number, making a real difference for the state. The research attributes continued policy leadership by the California Air Resources Board and a proliferation of new vehicle models to growing EV sales.
There’s good and bad news resonating from a recent study of consumers revealing which amenities they want in a newly constructed home.The study, conducted by research firm IMRE on behalf of national builder KB Home and door-lock-maker Kwikset, reveals two-thirds of consumers want smart home products in their newly constructed homes, with nearly half (45 percent) willing to spend an additional $5,000 or more to incorporate smart products. Read the complete findings here.
The US Energy Storage Market for Residential Solar and Commercial Solar is poised to grow significantly over the next five years according to a recently published research report by GTM Research/ESA U.S. Energy Storage Monitor. Total US energy storage deployments grew 243% between 2014 to 2015; from 65 MW to 221 MW, and represents just the beginning of what is forecast to be a strong period of growth. Behind the meter storage (i.e. not a utility company) grew almost five times in the last four years (see chart).
Any homeowner knows a lot of free time goes into taking care of your house. But what if your house could take care of you? That’s the dream of the “smart home,” and while there’s no true sci-fi intelligent homes that can do everything you need, we’re getting closer.
Every day, an average 5.5 million smart devices are being connected in homes around the world, according to research firm Gartner. It further estimates there will be 6.4 billion of these “Internet of Things” devices by year’s end, and 20.8 billion IoT devices by 2020. If you want to get in on the ground floor, here are some gadgets you can buy today.
More than half of UK businesses (54 percent) plan to employ a chief IoT officer within the next year.This is especially so in the education (63 percent), retail (63 percent) and telecomms (64 percent) sectors, research commissioned by cybersecurity specialist Webroot and data centre organisation IO has revealed.
The Internet of Things has brought a mix of excitement and confusion to field service. But through it all — the warnings, the hype, the predictions, the promises — is a consistent message for service leaders: Big changes are coming. Don’t risk getting left behind.Joe Barkai, a longtime analyst (formerly VP of research at IDC) helps companies figure out what, exactly, not “getting left behind” means. “Service has been the Rodney Dangerfield within many companies,” Barkai says. “It never got any respect.”But the IoT is helping to change that reputation. We sat down with Barkai to talk about how organizations can capitalize on the IoT excitement in service.
Innovations sometimes pop up unexpectedly — something the up-and-coming smart home operation at Nucleus learned right around the time of its founding.Today, the New York-based firm stands behind a clever central control hub for smart homes that’s been endorsed by the likes of Amazon and Lowe’s. And while the firm couldn’t be happier about its progress, Cofounder and CEO Jonathan Frankel had a much simpler goal in mind at the start.All he wanted was an intercom system to keep track of his three rather energetic young boys while at home, and his research revealed that even a relatively simple intercom system would cost multiple thousands of dollars and require drilling some fairly serious holes in his walls.