01. July 2017 · Comments Off on Hives subscription smart home kit needs to sweeten the deal · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Hives Welcome Home Standard ZigBee automation kit includes a thermostat, two smart plugs, two door sensors, one motion sensor, four LED bulbs and a hub. Set schedules, create custom automations and opt in to alerts in the responsive and smartly designed Hive app. Enlist your voice platform of choice — Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant — to control your devices without ever picking up your phone. It sounds pretty good, right? Not so fast.

Source: Hives subscription smart home kit needs to sweeten the deal – CNET

09. September 2016 · Comments Off on “Neural Dust” Sensors Could Lead to Implantable Wearables · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

“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.

Source: “Neural Dust” Sensors Could Lead to Implantable Wearables – News

28. June 2016 · Comments Off on The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all  · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? In our age of technological whiz-bang, not much floors us anymore. But I confess, I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can.Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary garbage pickups. That may not sound so impressive — at least compared to driverless cars or sending regular folk into space — but when the dumbest of items gains intelligence, we need to pay attention.

Source: The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all | TechCrunch

12. June 2016 · Comments Off on Miniature IoT sensor has five little superpowers · Categories: News · Tags: ,

Wireless beacon firm Netclearance has announced an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor the size of a penny that comes with five embedded sensors. Named the mBeaconSense sensor, it can measure acceleration, light, magnetic force, temperature, and vibration. The sensor also has a clock, an RFID tag, and a coin battery that lasts for several years.

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06. June 2016 · Comments Off on The Top Internet of Things Patent Holders: Qualcomm and Intel · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Joon Ian Wong reports in Quartz, “Most of the innovation on the so-called Internet of Things is locked up in patents held by the companies that make the innards of sensors, routers, and other devices, according to a study by LexInnova, a consultancy. The study finds that the companies with the greatest number of IoT patents globally are the chip-makers Qualcomm and Intel, followed by Chinese network-gear maker ZTE… But not all patents are created equal. Only 1.5% of all patents are litigated, according to a seminal 2000 paper on the subject by Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford. That suggests only a sliver of patents are worth the cost of enforcing. Lemley and three other co-authors devised a system to sift through patents and find the most valuable ones.”

Source: The Top Internet of Things Patent Holders: Qualcomm and Intel – DATAVERSITY