IoT

  • How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer Crunch Network

    How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer

    The transportation industry is associated with high maintenance costs, disasters, accidents, injuries and loss of life. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are losing their lives to car accidents and road disasters every year. Hopefully, this problem can be addressed by the Internet of Things and machine learning, two technologies that are taking the world by storm. Read More

  • To succeed in IoT, hire a chief data officer Crunch Network

    To succeed in IoT, hire a chief data officer

    For many businesses, ownership of the Internet of Things lies within a number of C-suite titles. But IoT demands an interdisciplinary approach, whether the desired outcome is to streamline internal processes, introduce new customer experiences or uncover new revenue. This requires collaboration among multiple business units, some of which traditionally work independently from each other. Read More

  • How Hardware-as-a-Service will save IoT Crunch Network

    How Hardware-as-a-Service will save IoT

    Here’s the dirty little secret about the Internet of Things: The things might not work, and you might not use them. As a consumer, many of your gadgets will collect dust tucked away in a drawer. As a business, many of your devices will not perform as well as expected, turning into maintenance-heavy money pits. Read More

  • Prototype manufacturer Tempo Automation gets $8M Series A to upgrade factory

    Prototype manufacturer Tempo Automation gets $8M Series A to upgrade factory

    There’s little question that we’re living in the midst of a hardware startup renaissance. Crowdfunding, low cost components, rapid prototyping, scalable manufacturing – the stars have aligned perfectly to facilitate a golden age for innovative hardware solutions – but roadblocks still remain. Tempo Automation is a San Francisco-based startup built around the admirable… Read More

  • Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain Crunch Network

    Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain

    Imagine a washer that autonomously contacts suppliers and places orders when it’s low on detergent, performs self-service and maintenance, and schedules its cycles to take advantage of electricity prices; a connected car, smart enough to find and choose the best deal for parts and services; a manufacturing plant where the machinery knows when to order repairs for some of its parts… Read More

  • How the ‘insecurity of things’ creates the next wave of security opportunities Crunch Network

    How the ‘insecurity of things’ creates the next wave of security opportunities

    More than 5 billion IoT devices were installed in 2015. Gartner estimates this will grow to 20 billion by 2020. Unfortunately, experts agree that security is not only an afterthought, but often is actively resisted and circumvented Read More

  • The implications of large IoT ecosystems Crunch Network

    The implications of large IoT ecosystems

    The Internet of Things genie is out of the bottle and growing at an accelerating pace. According to Gartner, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015. This number will soar to more than 20 billion by 2020. Here are some of the changes we’ll face as IoT becomes more ingrained in our lives — and how the tech community is getting prepared… Read More

  • Why Apple wants to be the smart home’s nerve center

    Why Apple wants to be the smart home’s nerve center

    On Monday, Apple announced that it would make an app called Home available to users soon, allowing them to connect and control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart home devices from their iPads, iPhones or even Watches. Per an earlier TechCrunch report live from the event, the Home app will let users control a Fantasia-like orchestra of smart gadgets from one place, including… Read More

  • The future of the IoT job market Crunch Network

    The future of the IoT job market

    Since the dawn of technology, we’ve been afraid of technology eliminating our jobs. Look at the birth of the steam engine. When it was invented in the late 1700s, people believed its arrival signaled the end of manual labor and thousands of hardworking individuals would be out of jobs. Instead, it created completely new jobs in new industries. Nearly 250 years later, in a world defined… Read More

  • Why the recent hype about insurance tech will be just the beginning Crunch Network

    Why the recent hype about insurance tech will be just the beginning

    For those who follow technological innovation, it can often seem like certain areas of investor enthusiasm come out of nowhere — suddenly and with huge momentum. The wave analogy is often used, and not incorrectly — fevered investment propels increasing interest and drives new opportunistic entrepreneurs into a specific industry area, building until it inevitably crashes as… Read More

  • Tile raises $18 million to make personal belongings easy to find

    Tile raises $18 million to make personal belongings easy to find

    To help people find lost, stolen or misplaced personal effects with the proverbial touch of a button, a startup called Tile has raised $18 million in a Series B funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. For the unfamiliar, Tile makes square, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low-energy radio and GPS technology to find objects they’re attached to, like wallets, keychains, purses… Read More

  • Depth-sensing walker monitors and connects the elderly and mobility impaired

    Depth-sensing walker monitors and connects the elderly and mobility impaired

    The so-called Internet of Things is often underwhelming — who really needs a tweeting oven? — but inspiring applications of embedded sensors and ubiquitous connectivity still appear, and sometimes from the most unexpected places. Take this smart walker, for instance: The same tech that goes into tacky toys and frivolous appliances could help an aging generation regain its mobility. Read More

  • One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware Crunch Network

    One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware

    It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming driver of innovation in the technology industry. Many components have made stunning advances to keep up with consumer demand to have sleeker, more powerful devices every year. For chip makers, the pressure has been to produce smaller, more powerful components for each… Read More

  • Who’s afraid of the IoT? Crunch Network

    Who’s afraid of the IoT?

    It’s heeeere! The Internet of Things, I mean. I just spent several days at the Connected Conference in Paris, which focused on IoT hardware. They built a whole home full of connected devices, showcased the War for the WAN and underscored that the IoT is — as always — not quite what we imagined, and not quite what we hoped. Read More

  • The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all Crunch Network

    The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

    Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? Not much floors us anymore in our age of technological whiz-bang, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can. Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups. That may not sound so impressive, but when the dumbest of items… Read More

  • Intel buys computer vision startup Itseez to improve navigation in self-driving cars

    Intel buys computer vision startup Itseez to improve navigation in self-driving cars

    Intel has acquired computer vision and machine learning startup Itseez to develop better navigation for self-driving cars. The value of the deal was undisclosed. Read More

  • How ready is the Internet for IoT? Crunch Network

    How ready is the Internet for IoT?

    We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging from hardware manufacturers and service providers to cloud platforms — are vigorously weighing in to position their offerings in anticipation of windfall rewards… Read More

  • Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

    Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

    Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

  • Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

    Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

    Twilio stormed into the telecoms market several years ago with a set of services that turned core communications features once controlled by carriers, like text messages and phones numbers, into API-based services that any developer could easily customize and use in whatever app or site she or he chose. Today, the company is unveiling its next step in its bid to take on more telecoms… Read More

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