IoT

  • thethings.iO Pulls In $270k To Expand Its IoT Platform

    thethings.iO Pulls In $270k To Expand Its IoT Platform

    Barcelona-based Internet of Things startup thethings.iO has bagged a €250,000 round of business angel funding to build out its backend platform for IoT. Read More

  • French IoT Startup Actility Raises $25M From Foxconn, Orange And More

    French IoT Startup Actility Raises $25M From Foxconn, Orange And More

    Startup activity in France around Internet of Things continues to heat up. Following yesterday’s news that Samsung had taken an investment in Sigfox, today another IoT startup, Actility, announced that it has raised €22.5 million ($25 million), led by Ginko Ventures, the European investment arm of Foxconn. Others in the round include the carriers Orange (which has disclosed a €3… Read More

  • ‘Things’ Are People, Too Crunch Network

    ‘Things’ Are People, Too

    If you’re thinking this article is about creating a historical record that our future robot overlords may read and reward me for, you’re not entirely right. To keep this particular writing distanced from Terminator-induced concerns, I will constrain the definition of “things” to devices that empower us and our loved ones with light, comfort, safety and security, as well… Read More

  • We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right Crunch Network

    We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

    Nowadays, it seems that everything is connected to the Internet. There are connected socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars, and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a key role in shaping our future, we need to get a few thingsright. The statement, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” has never… Read More

  • Reimagining Everyday Objects Crunch Network

    Reimagining Everyday Objects

    Can we agree that the term “internet of things” should go away when we’re talking about consumer products? Like the “world wide web” before it, the internet of things phrase is a relic from the past. I don’t need a connected washing machine or internet-enabled color changing LED light bulb and nor does anyone else. “Things” don’t need… Read More

  • Amazon Has Quietly Acquired 2lemetry To Build Out Its Internet Of Things Strategy

    Amazon Has Quietly Acquired 2lemetry To Build Out Its Internet Of Things Strategy

    Amazon is taking another step into the Internet of Things. TechCrunch has learned, and confirmed, that the e-commerce and cloud services giant has acquired 2lemetry, a startup based out of Denver that has developed an enterprise-focused platform to track and manage IP-enabled machines and other connected devices. Terms of the deal, which we heard was finalized earlier this week, were not… Read More

  • IoT’s Mortal Enemy Is The Product Owner Crunch Network

    IoT’s Mortal Enemy Is The Product Owner

    We understand that the Internet of Things is going to be big. As employees and consumers, we will be able to make decisions based on more accurate data. As managers, we will have new tools that reduce waste and inefficiencies in the workplace. But if this highly anticipated future is to happen, we must explore how financial rationalization, strategic partnering, and platform complexity… Read More

  • The FTC Warns Internet Of Things Businesses To Bake In Privacy And Security

    The FTC Warns Internet Of Things Businesses To Bake In Privacy And Security

    The FTC has raised concerns about the complexity and privacy risks posed by the rise of an Internet of Things, with some 25 billion connected objects predicted to be online in 2015, and so-called smart home devices predicted to number around 25 million this year. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang:: Not Fade Away

    Gillmor Gang: Not Fade Away

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 5, 2014. As notifications and deep linking are built out, the Gillmor Gang is implementing a series of interconnected apps and services including a forthcoming Gillmor Gang app. Read More

  • The Problem With The Internet Of Things Crunch Network

    The Problem With The Internet Of Things

    Lightbulbs, washing machines, thermostats, fridges and locks. If you believe the Internet Of Things salespeople, over the next 10 years, everything in your home is set to become connected. Imagine a world where you could turn on your porch light from the office, or unlock your door for a visitor, all from a smartphone app. Well, like a growing number of early smart home adopters, I have seen… Read More

  • The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity Crunch Network

    The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity

    The frenzy around the Internet of Things (IoT) should be reaching its final countdown. There has been a period of extraordinary activity in the IoT space since this original attempt at charting the ecosystem for TechCrunch. While the Internet of Things will inevitably ride the ups and downs of inflated hype and unmet expectations, at this stage there’s no putting the genie back in… Read More

  • Weaved Hauls Your Raspberry Pi Projects Online

    Weaved Hauls Your Raspberry Pi Projects Online

    Playing with Raspberry Pi is a lot of fun, but what happens when you want to get some real work done? While it’s not difficult to make a RaspPi board do cool stuff, getting it to communicate with the wider world is a bit of a challenge. That’s why Ryo Koyama, Mike Johnson, and Doug Olekin made Weaved. While the goal is a bit broad – “Weaved is looking to enable Internet… Read More

  • To Hit Fast Forward On The Internet Of Things, Get Personal Crunch Network

    To Hit Fast Forward On The Internet Of Things, Get Personal

    Try asking your parents or any friends who live in the suburbs what “IoT” or “smart home” means, and more often than not, you’ll get a blank stare in return. In Silicon Valley it seems like technology is ingrained in every aspect of life, but to the rest of the world, the question still remains, “Why do I want or need that?” Read More

  • LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners

    LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners

    Nokia made its name in mobile phones, breaking new ground and holding the title of world’s biggest handset maker for a number of years before the onslaught of competition from OEMs like Samsung and Apple reversed its fortunes. Now that Nokia has sold that business on to Microsoft, the pared-down, enterprise-heavy remaining Nokia is looking for the next big thing in communications. Read More

  • Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift Crunch Network

    Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other. Read More

  • If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right? Crunch Network

    If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right?

    It looks like this IoT trend is starting to catch on with the developer community. At least, that’s a conclusion one could draw from the reported results of a new Evans Data Corporation survey. Of the 1,400 developers who participated in this survey,40% percent said they were either working on applications for connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) now or expect to begin work… Read More

  • Open Garden Expands Its Mesh Network To The Internet Of Things

    Open Garden Expands Its Mesh Network To The Internet Of Things

    Open Garden launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY more than two years ago. At that time, the company was focused on building a mesh network for Android phones, but since then, it has also found success through its FireChat app for offline chatting. Today, the company is expanding into the Internet of Things. Open Garden’s Mobile Network for IoT devices allows devices to talk to each other… Read More

  • Startupbootcamp Launches Barcelona-Based IoT Accelerator

    Startupbootcamp Launches Barcelona-Based IoT Accelerator

    Hola Internet of Things! Startupbootcamp, the pan-European accelerator based loosely on the Techstars model, has opened applications for a new program in Barcelona dedicated to accelerating IoT and related ‘Big Data’ startups. Read More

  • Smart Building Technologies Could Expose Companies To A New Breed Of Cyber Attack Crunch Network

    Smart Building Technologies Could Expose Companies To A New Breed Of Cyber Attack

    Last month major corporations and household names such as Evernote, TweetDeck and Feedly were held ransom by Internet hackers. Many found this concerning, but even more serious is that some businesses may not realize how highly vulnerable they are to such an attack. What if it were your building that was held ransom? Are there things that could have been done to prevent a cyber-attack? Read More

  • Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS

    Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS

    Spark Labs, the same folks who made this open-source Nest-like thermostat, has raised $4.9 million in Series A funding led by Lion Wells Capital, and with participation from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, SOSventures, and Collaborative Fund, as well as a host of angel investors. Read More