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Spy on your smart home with this open source research tool

By | chromium, Gadgets, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT Inspector, Princeton University, privacy, privacy research, Security, smart devices, smart home devices, traffic analyzer, WireShark

Researchers at Princeton University have built a web app that lets you (and them) spy on your smart home devices to see what they’re up to. The open source tool, called IoT Inspector, is available for download here. (Currently it’s Mac OS only, with a wait list for Windows or Linux.) In a blog about […]

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Amazon stops selling stick-on Dash buttons

By | Amazon, amazon dash, api, button, connected objects, Dash, dash button, Dash Replenishment, e-commerce, eCommerce, Gadgets, Germany, Internet of Things, IoT, voice assistant

Amazon has confirmed it has retired physical stick-on Dash buttons from sale — in favor of virtual alternatives that let Prime Members tap a digital button to reorder a staple product. It also points to its Dash Replenishment service — which offers an API for device makers wanting to build internet-connected appliances that can automatically […]

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Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable ‘parasite’

By | Advertising Tech, Alexa, Artificial Intelligence, connected devices, Europe, Gadgets, GitHub, Google, google home, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, IoT, neural network, privacy, Security, smart assistant, smart speaker, Speaker

What do you get when you put one internet-connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob’s mission is to whisper […]

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Bumblebees bearing high-tech backpacks act as a living data collection platform

By | bees, Biotech, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, IoT, Science, TC, university of washington, Wearables

There’s lots of research going into tiny drones, but one of the many hard parts is keeping them in the air for any real amount of time. Why not hitch a ride on something that already flies all day? That’s the idea behind this project that equips bumble bees with sensor-filled backpacks that charge wirelessly and collect data on the fields they visit.

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LifeDoor crowdfunds the production version of its fire-thwarting door-closer

By | Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, IoT, lifedoor, Safety, smart home

At CES in January I was pleasantly surprised by the LifeDoor, a smart home gadget that’s actually worth having. These little boxes automatically close doors when smoke detectors go off, inhibiting the spread of fire and smoke. The company is heading to KickStarter to fund the production version of the device, which has several improvements over the prototype I saw.

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Arm chips with Nvidia AI could change the Internet of Things

By | ARM, ARM Holdings, Artificial Intelligence, computing, Gadgets, Intel, Internet of Things, IoT, IP Group, machine learning, microwave, mobile devices, neural networks, nvidia, TC, Technology, tegra, trillium, vp

Nvidia and Arm today announced a partnership that’s aimed at making it easier for chip makers to incorporate deep learning capabilities into next-generation consumer gadgets, mobile devices and Internet of Things objects. Mostly, thanks to this partnership, artificial intelligence could be coming to doorbell cams or smart speakers soon. Arm intends to integrate Nvidia’s open-source […]

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Call to ban sale of IoT toys with proven security flaws

By | child safety, CloudPets, connected toys, consumer protection, Europe, Furby Connect, Gadgets, I-Que Intelligent Robot, IoT, privacy, Security, TC, Toy-fi Teddy

 Ahead of 2017’s present buying season, UK consumer rights group Which? has warned parents about the risks of giving connected toys to their children, and called for devices with known security and/or privacy risks to be banned from sale on kids safety grounds. Read More

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