Automation

  • Take a Tour in the Wink Connected Home

    Bridging The Gap As The Smart Home Industry Expands

    With the smart home market growing, the focus is shifting to the seamless connectivity of different products under one platform, rather than the quality of hardware construction. At the same time, automation is driving technology to react to human interactions — rather than us reacting to it. Read More

  • AngelBlocks Turns Your Ordinary Stuff Into The Ingredients For A Comprehensive Smarthome

    AngelBlocks Turns Your Ordinary Stuff Into The Ingredients For A Comprehensive Smarthome

    A new Kickstarter project plans to offer smart home features to a range of devices, for connecting small apartment buildings to entire enterprises and office buildings. The AngelBlocks gadgets are open source for easy modification, and communicate either 1,000 feet indoors or up to two miles outside, with battery life of just five years. There are different modules for different things… Read More

  • An Algorithm Wrote The LA Times Story About The City’s Earthquake Aftershock Today

    An Algorithm Wrote The LA Times Story About The City’s Earthquake Aftershock Today

    As reporters around the country scrambled to push out stories on early-morning earthquakes that awoke southern California, The LA Times had a machine write its piece. “This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author,” explained the news story, posted 20 minutes after the USGS registered a 2.7… Read More

  • Robin Labs Builds A Rear-View Mirror Personal Assistant For New Strategic Investor Pioneer

    Robin Labs Builds A Rear-View Mirror Personal Assistant For New Strategic Investor Pioneer

    Robin Labs — maker of the eponynous personal assistant app — has been in the news of late because of a leaked video that shows a mobile app personal assistant customized to run on Yahoo services. While that app and their association remain the subject of “ongoing conversations,” Robin Labs has come to CES in Las Vegas with other news: it’s raised funding from… Read More

  • Acting On Your Behalf

    Acting On Your Behalf

    Editor’s note:¬†Daniel Gross is CEO and co-founder of Cue. You can follow him on Twitter here.¬† After meticulously analyzing virtually every aspect of his digital life since 1989, Stephen Wolfram noticed this: “The more routine I can make the basic practical aspects of my life, the more I am able to be energetic—and spontaneous—about intellectual and other things.” Read More

  • Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Last week The New York Times ran a story by John Markoff about robots replacing human workers. Andrew McAfee, co-author of the excellent Race Against The Machine followed up with a post of his own. The gist: technology and automation lead to more job creation than job displacement in the past, but that may be changing. Writing is one of the few areas that McAfee and his co-author Erik… Read More

  • Wibbitz Raises Seed Funding To Turn Articles Into Video Summaries

    Wibbitz Raises Seed Funding To Turn Articles Into Video Summaries

    Wibbitz, a new service that functions as sort of a “play button” for the Web, has just raised a seed round of approximately half a million. The service is similar to former TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki, in that it, too, automatically generates videos on the fly using the content found on a given website. But unlike Qwiki, Wibbitz is positioned as a tool designed specifically… Read More

  • Automated beer brewing courtesy of Arduino

    Automated beer brewing courtesy of Arduino

    Brewing your own beer by hand is soooo 1992. You can now automate most of the process using an Arduino controller and some source code over at Halfluck.com. Read More

  • Eli Manning’s automagical condo

    Eli Manning’s automagical condo

    Say hey, that’s New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, also known as my new fantasy football quarterback since about halfway in to the first quarter of the Patriots-Chiefs game when Tom Brady’s leg exploded along with my dreams of a good season. Anyway, Electronic House has an interesting piece on Eli’s New Jersey condo. It’s apparently an exercise in automated… Read More

  • Automated house construction

    Automated house construction

    Wouldn’t it be great if things could just build their own damn selves? Just press the button and walk away. I’m not talking about some small injection molder churning out car parts; think bigger than that. No, not cars. Bigger. Houses. More details and a cool vid after the jump. Read More

  • Nobu 8" In Wall Touchscreen

    Nobu 8" In Wall Touchscreen

    This new system from Nobu was designed to be the ultimate in wall system. It features an 8″ polyester laminate finger touchscreen within a small casing. The system is run by a fanless 1GHz Intel Celeron M processor, a 4GB embedded disk card and upto 1GB DDR memory. It includes ethernet, but WiFi is optional. I have absolutely no use for one of these things, but I want one all-the-same. I… Read More