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  • GE’s small robots could solve big problems inspecting gas turbines

    GE’s small robots could solve big problems inspecting gas turbines

    Imagine the difficulty of trying to inspect a working gas turbine. There is not only intense heat, blades are constantly spinning, making getting a camera inside to examine the operating turbine a huge challenge. A team at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York has been working on several small experimental robots designed to solve some of these issues. Traditionally… Read More

  • GE's Edge Lab looks for new ways to integrate technology

    How GE avoided Kodak’s fate

    George Eastman founded Kodak in 1888 in Rochester, New York. Four years later and 200 miles down the road, Thomas Edison and some pals founded General Electric. The two industrial giants chugged along for more than 100 years, but GE is still here and Kodak is (mostly) gone, flushed down the disruption pipes of late-20th-century digitization. How did GE manage to avoid the same fate? Read More

  • GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    Seems Alexa’s made her way into everything these days. Between Amazon’s own Echo offerings and an ever-growing array of third-party participation, the steady home automation takeover of the company’s AI assistant appears to be going about as well as could be expected. Between Alexa connected washing machines and a detergent ordering Dash-enabled dishwasher, GE’s… Read More

  • GE Digital snags ServiceMax for $915 million

    GE Digital snags ServiceMax for $915 million

    GE Digital announced today it was buying ServiceMax, a cloud-based field service management company, for $915 million. GE Ventures had been an investor in the company as part of the $82 million Series F round in 2015. The two companies have more in common than you might think. GE is building the Predix Platform, on top of which it hopes companies will build applications that take advantage… Read More

  • GE’s WiFi dishwasher orders detergent through Amazon Dash

    GE’s WiFi dishwasher orders detergent through Amazon Dash

    The press release for GE’s newest washing machine opens with the words, “Life is complicated enough.” I mean, fair enough. Thus far the week has been marked by one of the most bizarre presidential debates in the history of the office and a Samsung phone that just can’t seem to stop catching fire – and it’s only the Tuesday of a four-day work week. If… Read More

  • Carbon raises $81 million for international expansion of its rapid 3D-printing tech

    Carbon raises $81 million for international expansion of its rapid 3D-printing tech

    Large manufacturers of high-tech products, from luxury vehicles to elastomers and resins, have lined up to invest in and partner with Carbon (formerly known as Carbon 3D) the Redwood City, Calif. company known for its rapid, 3D-printing technologies. The three-year-old startup added $81 million in venture funding to its Series C round from strategic investors, including BMW Group, GE, Nikon… Read More

  • Pivotal scores $253 million Series C led by Ford on hefty $2.8 billion valuation

    Pivotal scores $253 million Series C led by Ford on hefty $2.8 billion valuation

    Pivotal has a couple of new friends with big wallets. Today it announced that Ford and Microsoft were joining EMC, VMware and GE as investment partners on a massive $253 million Series C investment with a whopping $2.8 billion valuation. It’s not a coincidence that Pivotal has been working closely with Ford over the last year to help it in its own transformation from a car company to… Read More

  • FirstBuild launches Pique, a faster cold-brew coffee maker for the home

    GE’s gadget-invention partner FirstBuild is launching Pique, a cold-brew coffee maker for the home. Coffee has turned from a daily routine into somewhat of an art form in the last few years, with drip makers, the French press, single-serve cups, pour-over and an endless supply of the latest hi-tech machines that will whip up any bean-flavored concoction to your liking. Note most… Read More

  • Poncho Launches An Alarm App So You Can Wake Up To Weather Forecasts

    Poncho Launches An Alarm App So You Can Wake Up To Weather Forecasts

    Poncho, the text/email-based weather service with personality, has today launched an iOS app that acts as an alarm clock to wake you up. Poncho launched out of betaworks in 2013 with a very simple premise: deliver the weather in a way that makes sense to the user. Instead of launching a fancy-shmancy weather app, the team launched a text and email service where the ‘Weather Cat’… Read More

  • Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist

    Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist

    It has often been said that every company is a software company or even a big data company, but as I attended the Intel Capital Global Summit last week, another thought occurred to me: every company is now also an investment company. The star of the show last week was Intel Capital of course, the venture arm of Intel Corporation, but it’s far from alone. Over dinner strictly by… Read More

  • GE Predicts Predix Platform Will Generate $6B In Revenue This Year

    GE Predicts Predix Platform Will Generate $6B In Revenue This Year

    Like many big companies, GE has been in the process of trying to reinvent itself, and Predix, its Industrial Internet of Things platform has been a big part of that. Today, at its annual Minds + Machine conference in San Francisco, GE announced that the Predix platform had grown into a big business with $5 billion in revenues and $6 billion in orders expected this year. The company… Read More

  • GE Adds Infrastructure Services To Internet Of Things Platform

    GE Adds Infrastructure Services To Internet Of Things Platform

    GE announced today that it was expanding its Predix Internet of Things platform to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The IaaS market is dominated by Amazon Web Services with many others, including Microsoft, Google and IBM vying for a piece of the action. GE hopes to differentiate itself from these companies by offering infrastructure services specifically tuned to the needs… Read More

  • GE Spotlights New Smart Street Lamps

    GE Spotlights New Smart Street Lamps

    GE has a new smart street light in early production, and it hopes that over time, cities and third-party developers will begin to take advantage of the platform to build smart city apps. The light itself is a super-efficient LED that could last up to 20 years. Where it gets interesting is that GE is including a sensor pack with each bulb with capabilities such as video, light and weather… Read More

  • Airware’s Drone Operating System Gets Strategic Investment, Tech, Clients From GE Ventures

    Airware’s Drone Operating System Gets Strategic Investment, Tech, Clients From GE Ventures

    Dull, dirty, and dangerous. Those are the tasks robots are best for, but it also describes jobs with General Electric’s Field Services division, inspecting wind turbines and oil pipelines. So today GE Ventures made one of its first major strategic investments in robotics through a new partnership with drone hardware, software, and cloud services platform startup Airware. GE will provide… Read More

  • Quirky, GE Unveil Their Vision For The Connected Home

    Quirky, GE Unveil Their Vision For The Connected Home

    At their headquarters in Chelsea, crowdsourced invention engine Quirky and its manufacturing juggernaut of a partner General Electric threw back the curtains on their play for the connected home. They re-launched their spinout, Wink, announced seven new gadgets for the connected home, and the development of something the company is calling a “microfactory” in San Francisco that… Read More

  • The Path To Successful Digital Transformation Starts With Pockets Of Innovation

    The Path To Successful Digital Transformation Starts With Pockets Of Innovation

    I’ve been hearing about “Digital Transformation” for a couple of years now, and as I’ve wandered the halls of Web Summit this week in Dublin, I’ve heard lots of talk about how companies must transform and change the way they approach development and IT, while searching for innovative ways of doing business. But doing that remains daunting and scary for many… Read More

  • Watch Jeff Goldblum’s GE Link Spot, The Smartest Smart Home Ad Ever

    Watch Jeff Goldblum’s GE Link Spot, The Smartest Smart Home Ad Ever

    Hey, who here gets excited about smart lightbulbs? Probably four of you raised your hands, and two of them were me. GE has taken a different approach to selling its new Link connected bulbs, eschewing sales pitches of convenience and connectivity in favor of trotting out a shirtless (and well-preserved) Jeff Goldblum. The celebrated chaos theoretician is doing what’s known as… Read More

  • Box Scores Huge Win With GE

    Box Scores Huge Win With GE

    Box announced a huge customer score this morning with General Electric agreeing to use Box across the entire organization. According to Box, this will involve rolling out the service to 300,000 GE employees across 170 countries. GE is betting that Box will help them collaborate internally and externally with partners and take advantage of mobile and the cloud. In a time when companies are… Read More

  • Quirky And GE Show Pity On Those Nest Left Out With A Smart Window AC Unit

    Quirky And GE Show Pity On Those Nest Left Out With A Smart Window AC Unit

    Though Nest has made a dent in home automation with its smart thermostat, the company hasn’t really addressed those of us who live in old apartment buildings with window AC units as our only summer salvation. But GE and Quirky haven’t forgotten. Today, they’ve announced a brand new smart AC unit called the Aros, as part of their existing multi-billion dollar partnership. Read More

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