Kasra Kangarloo: Why WeatherBug wants to program your thermostat

Germantown-based WeatherBug has partnered with Honeywell to equip WiFi thermostats with weather-tracking technology, a move that pushes the company squarely into the growing Internet of Things business.

Honeywell thermostats can now be automatically programmed to the ideal temperature setting based on local weather data, as well as data about the home itself — whether or not there are any leaky windows or doors, for example — to generate energy savings and lower the strain on power grids.

Jonathan Camhi: Here's what happened in Internet of Things this week

On Wednesday night FitBit announced its official IPO price of $20 per share. The IPO raised $732 million for the wearables maker, valuing FitBit at $4.1 billion. The stock then opened Thursday morning at $30.40 per share, raising that valuation to $6.3 billion. The stock closed Thursday trading at $29.68 per share, a 48% increase from its IPO price.

Bill Hardgrave: Shopping the Planet, RFID enables retailers to turn local inventory into global inventory.

As I discussed in my Consumers Rule! column, Pam Sweeney, Macy's senior VP of logistics systems, and I were on an RFID panel about omnichannel retailing at the National Retail Federation conference in January. I spoke about the value of seeing the "last unit." Pam said, "it is not the last unit, it is the single unit."

Brad Reed: Who Needs Nest? A Finnish Startup Wants to Give You the Power to Design and Program Your Own ‘Smart Home’ Devices

The next big battle for tech giants is in the realm of the “Internet of things,” which is an industry buzzword used to describe the way all our home gadgets and appliances will soon be connected to the web and will be able to communicate with one another.

Mark Honigsbaum: Fitbit is the start of a revolution in digital health, but is it good for us?

In the cult 1970s television show, The Six Million Dollar Man, astronaut Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors) is shown crash landing on Earth, then being whisked into a hi-tech operating theatre. “Gentleman, we have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man,” intones the narrator over the opening credits. “Steve Austin will be that man… Better, stronger, faster.”

Today, you don’t need $6m to be Steve Austin, not when £60 will buy you an entry-level wristband from Fitbit that can monitor your workout routine and send you reward “badges” to keep you motivated 24/7.

Rajiv Makhni: Welcome to the future with the Internet of Things

It’s the sad but consistent rule of technology that all cool future inventions must be given really terrible, confusing, complex and obtuse names.

The first time electronic products like washing machines and dishwashers got their own brains and were able to figure things out for themselves, the name given to that technology was Fuzzy Logic.

The first time computing and storage power was taken offsite and made available from a remote location, the simple name it was given was Cloud Computing. This was heralded as the new technology that would change the world.

What happened to the “Things”

We are all very caught up in the “Internet of Things” phenomenon.  There isn’t a day goes by when we don’t see an article (or sixteen) on the topic.  We see statistics quoted here there and everywhere about this is going to/already is affecting our lives, yet almost none of these articles seems to see the big picture.

Samuel Greengard: What the Internet of Things Reveals About People

When data sources from a wide range of Internet of things devices are combined and analyzed, a broader and deeper understanding of the world, and humans, ensues.

One of the inescapable realities of today's technology is that what seems like science fiction one month or year is suddenly mainstream IT a few years later. Travel on the Wayback Machine to 2005 and it's clear that smartphones were mostly dumbphones, clouds were still relegated to the sky and big data was anything more than what a DVD holds.

Alex Brisbourne: 6 Steps Developers Need To Take To Harness The Internet Of Things

With the promise of limitless applications, the Internet of Things has commanded the attention of developers and tech professionals alike. In fact, Google just announced that its new Brillo operating system is designed specifically to position Google as a key player in this burgeoning field. Brillo could help business users harness the Internet of Things with next-generation devices. But how can developers join the movement now?

Paul Bray: Future tech: prepare for the internet of things

Phil Smith, 57, is chief executive of Cisco UK and Ireland. He read microbiology at the University of Glasgow before joining Philips as a computer programmer. After a stint at IBM he was headhunted by Cisco in 1994, rising to become chief executive officer in 2008. He is also chairman of Innovate UK, which supports and connects innovative small businesses, and the Tech Partnership, a network of employers inspiring and assisting young people into careers in technology.

10th Summer School on IoT and its Applications - senZations'15. August 30 - September 4, 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and as far as we know we are the oldest summer school on IoT in the world. Not bad, ha? To mark this occasion we plan to prepare even more exciting educational program - and social activities as well.

Join us! Register and book your place. 

Joao Lima: IIC fosters common language for Industrial Internet of Things

Providing a common language to enable faster Industrial IoT (iIoT) development and a blueprint for standards development, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has introduced an Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA).

Talking at the Industrial Internet Berlin Forum today, the organisation said the document offers a common language for the elements of Industrial Internet systems and the relationships between them.

Larry Magid: Internet of Things ready to take off

From a product standpoint, the so-called Internet of Things or IoT is in its infancy but, if some prognosticators are correct, it's poised for enormous growth over the next couple of decades.

Intel put the size of the IoT market at 2 billion devices in 2006, 15 billion in 2015 and an estimated 200 billion by 2020 — less than five years from today. IDC predicts that Internet of Things spending will reach $1.7 trillion by 2020.


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