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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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Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, Internet of Things, IoT, TC

 Google is permanently axing all “top touch” functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldn’t be sure it could fix it or it couldn’t be sure people would trust that it did — so they made the choice to… Read More

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Update bricks smart locks preferred by Airbnb

By | Airbnb, Collaborative Consumption, connected devices, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, IoT, Lockstate, smart lock, TC, vacation rental

 A subset of smart locks made by Lockstate have been bricked after an update. The smart lock vendor is part of Airbnb’s Host Assist program, and integrates with the accommodation rental platform so, for instance, hosts can automatically generate and email one-time codes for their guests to use during check-in. Read More

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