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Internet of Things

Alyt is a voice commanded smart home integration system powered by Android

The trickle of devices looking to turn the family home into smart homes whereby residents can remotely control everything from household lighting to security systems has turned into a flood recently. The latest device promising to help usher in this suburban technological utopia is the Alyt, an Android-powered smart home system that can be controlled not only through an app on a mobile device, but also via voice commands.  Read More

Tado Cooling is a WiFi-enabled unit that turns any air conditioning unit controlled via IR...

As internet-connected appliances continue to make their way into the modern home, you'd probably think that cooling your house with a smart air conditioner would involve going out and buying a new one. German company Tado is looking to bring your existing unit up to speed with its Tado Cooling system, a Wi-Fi-enabled device that turns any old air conditioner operated by infrared remote control into a smart device.  Read More

The WhistleGPS pet activity tracker adds GPS capabilities and is the first consumer device...

Billed as a Fitbit for dogs when it hit the market last year, Whistle's compact activity monitor uses a 3-axis accelerometer to monitor Fido's daily exercise. The company has now added GPS capabilities to allow the tracking of location to the device, as well as making it the first consumer product to tap into Sigfox's low-power Internet of Things (IoT) network.  Read More

In Freeboard, Bug Labs is hoping to provide a platform where developers can easily build a...

According to Gartner, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things will reach 26 billion by 2020, marking substantial growth from the 0.9 billion in 2009. With this amount of data streaming from our fridges, phones and things that don't even exist yet, it is little wonder many are looking at ways to organize and make sense of this impending tsunami of information. New York-based Bug Labs has focused its attention on this problem, last week launching Freeboard, a simple Web-based dashboard that tracks different Web-connected devices in real time.  Read More

The Smart Composite Human-Computer Interfaces (Smarcos) project can track users' actions o...

The Smart Composite Human-Computer Interfaces (Smarcos) project is developing a system that will allow the rising number of internet-connected devices to observe and predict consumers' actions in real time, so they can intelligently coordinate their efforts and bring up relevant information whenever needed, with the least amount of human intervention.  Read More

The Grush system is designed to make brushing your teeth more enjoyable by incorporating v...

For even the most persuasive of parents, getting the children to form healthy dental habits certainly has its challenges. San Francisco-based start-up Grush is aiming to make the brushing experience a little more appealing by incorporating elements of something much more enjoyable: video games.  Read More

Lynx plans to put the Internet-connected Smart Grill on the market in 2015

Spring is in the air, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. The temperatures have warmed; the snow has melted; flowers are blooming; and the smell of beef sizzling outdoors is once again teasing our noses. For many enthusiasts, grilling is as much a relaxing pastime as it is a household chore, but for those that might view it more as the latter, one grill manufacturer is planning an easier future. The voice-activated design of the Lynx Smart Grill lets you do more grilling from the comfort of your deck chair.  Read More

Samsung has announced the launch of Samsung Smart Home

An explosion in the number of devices connected to the internet is expected over the next decade and in turn, our homes will become increasingly "smart." With this in mind, Samsung has today announced its own Smart Home service, which will provide home automation via an app.  Read More

Hue tap allows users control over their hue light bulbs without using their smart device

Looking to add further functionality to its range of smartphone-controlled hue LED light bulbs, Philips has announced a kinetic-powered switch to extend control over color settings at times when your smart device might be out of reach.  Read More

The Industrial Internet Consortium's ambitions include delivering reference architecture a...

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel are the latest companies to band together with the aim of standardizing interoperability across smart machines and ultimately, drive adoption of an Internet of Things. Announced last week, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is a not-for-profit open membership group created to establish common frameworks for development of inter-connected cyber and physical worlds.  Read More

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