The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

How to stop hackers letting the gas flow in your connected oven? Bitcoin has the answer 17 Apr 2015 at 05:02, Mark Pesce A few months ago I had a chat about the Internet of Things with the design head of a well-known home appliance manufacturer. Gartner had just published 2014’s hype chart,, and with the Internet of Things sitting at the very peak of the hype cycle, he reckoned it might be an interesting…

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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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How to Use the Internet of Things for Agriculture

How to Use the Internet of Things for Agriculture

Internet of Things: 5 applications in Agriculture Ryan Huang / May 4, 2014 For instance in China, pilot projects are underway to tap on the potential applications of IoT for agriculture projects. An initiative was launched in January this year to modernize the industry in cities such as Tianjin, Shanghai, and Anhui. Here’s a look at some of ideas already being implemented to help the agriculture industry grow. 1) Climate control in greenhouses Temperature, humidity, light intensity,…

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The Internet of Things Poses a Serious Threat to Privacy and Cyber Security

The Internet of Things Poses a Serious Threat to Privacy and Cyber Security

Where will personal privacy go if 20 billion devices are connected inside you home? Team GoTIoT The Internet of Things poses a serious danger to privacy, writes Hamza Shaban in an article for The Verge. Reporting on the US Federal Trade Commission’s recent report, Shaban worries that the commission’s recommendations do not go far enough to protect consumers. Shaban’s main concern is not usual issue of potential government abuse of new technology, but rather the insidious creeping…

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Why Your Things Need the Cloud

Why Your Things Need the Cloud

Building the Next Big Thing Will Require Cloud Based Systems To Manage IoT Technology. By GotIoT  Every few years there is a new “next big thing” in the fast-changing computing industry. Sometimes these “next big things” have proven to be fads or simply repackaged versions of what has come before. But sometimes the latest craze is worth paying attention to because it signals a more significant shift to new capabilities and applications that will have a more profound…

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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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IoT Incubator Breed Reply Backs Smart Home Security Device Cocoon

IoT Incubator Breed Reply Backs Smart Home Security Device Cocoon

Breed Reply, the London-based Internet of Things (IoT) incubator run by Italian publicly listed Reply, has announced that it’s backed three new startups in the smart home, health and energy sectors: Cocoon, the UK smart home security startup; BrainControl, an Italian startup that has developed an assistive technology to let disabled people control a computer with brainwaves; and Netherlands’ Greeniant, which provides analytics for smart meters. In total, this amounts to an investment of just…

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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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The 8 Cool New Tricks Your Nest Can Do

The 8 Cool New Tricks Your Nest Can Do

Nest Developer Program Goes Live on the Internet of Things. Late last night, Nest announced its Developer Program: An initiative that’s going to allow more than 5,000 developers to tinker and build new Nest functionality. To kick things off, it’s launching with a handful of partner-enabled features, from your Benz telling your thermostat when you get close to home to your LIFX bulbs flashing red if Protect detects smoke. Keep in mind, this is just…

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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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