Novatel buys Internet of Things firm for $25 million

Novatel buys Internet of Things firm for $25 million

Acquisition of Feeney Wireless will boost MiFi maker’s IoT footprint by: Mark Freeman 4.10.15 MiFi maker Novatel Wireless has acquired family-owned Internet of Things technology provider Feeney Wireless for $25 million in stock and cash – furthering the San Diego company’s strategy of bulking up though acquisitions. Novatel, which announced the deal last week, said the total purchase price could rise to $50 million over the next four years if Feeney hits financial targets. “This…

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Product Design and The Internet of Things

Product Design and The Internet of Things

5 Ways Product Design Needs to Evolve for the Internet of Things Paul Daugherty Prith Banerjee Allan Alter NOVEMBER 14, 2014 What does product design mean when products are no longer just physical goods? That’s the difficult question facing designers today. When machines are both connected and intelligent, they become a hybrid of products and services. Examples include pumps that anticipate when they will stop working, elevator banks that cut wait times by knowing where riders…

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Boston’s Dynamic Robots Will Take Jobs Away from Dog Too.

Boston’s Dynamic Robots Will Take Jobs Away from Dog Too.

Boston Dynamic’s robots will take jobs away from dogs too By Justin Beach, National Monitor | February 14, 2015 The new robo-dog “Spot” from Google owned Boston Dynamics shows the potential to take over many jobs currently done by working dogs and do them better and more safely. A well known report from the Oxford Martin school, published in 2013, says that 47 percent of US jobs will be automated in 20 years. While people have, understandably been focused on…

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The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable

We’re at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself — as with the Internet of Things. These embedded computers are riddled with vulnerabilities, and there’s no good way to patch them. It’s not unlike what happened in the mid-1990s, when the insecurity of personal computers was reaching crisis levels. Software and operating systems were riddled with security vulnerabilities, and there was no…

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Quirky Wants To Win the Smart Home Wars With This $50 Hub

Quirky Wants To Win the Smart Home Wars With This $50 Hub

50$ allows an average home owner the ability to connect to The Internet of Things. Smart homes sound awesome. The idea sounded awesome 15 years ago, when Microsoft teased some of their ideas in a concept video, and it sounded awesome when Apple announced HomeKit last month. But do you know anybody that actually lives in a smart home and reaps all that awesomeness? Probably not. And Quirky wants to change that. This week, Quirky…

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LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home

Now anyone can build a cloud bit that allows them to connect to the Internet of Things. We’ve known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy Google products necessary. It’s an…

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As Objects Go Online Via The Internet Of Things

As Objects Go Online Via The Internet Of Things

The Promise (and Pitfalls) of the Internet of Things By Neil Gershenfeld and JP Vasseur Since 1969, when the first bit of data was transmitted over what would come to be known as the Internet, that global network has evolved from linking mainframe computers to connecting personal computers and now mobile devices. By 2010, the number of computers on the Internet had surpassed the number of people on earth. Yet that impressive growth is about…

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The IoT service opportunity – The Next Business 3.0

The IoT service opportunity – The Next Business 3.0

The internet of things (IoT) is a powerful, unstoppable, world-changing force. Analysts predict that 20 billion to 30 billion “things” will be connected to the internet by 2020. As such, launching an IoT business is quickly becoming an imperative across industries and around the world. Most companies have websites. If they didn’t, we’d question their viability. Fast forward 15 years from now, and we’ll be even more shocked when we hear of companies operating outside…

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A New Gadget That Lets You Invent Your Own Internet of Things

A New Gadget That Lets You Invent Your Own Internet of Things

It’s a familiar adage in the tech world that hardware is hard. After all, a single coder can ship an app, armed with just a computer. But a new piece of hardware has to go through design revisions, materials tests, and manufacturing regulations before it sees the light of day. This is why Ville Ylläsjärvi thinks Thingsee One, the open source, Internet of Things gadget his company is Kickstarting, will have staying power. Thingsee One…

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