Internet of Things Stories March 28, 2016

We haven’t brought the Internet of Things to our wine yet? Ok, so let’s do that. Kuvée is a new project from a Boston startup that has a plan to re-shape the multi-billion dollar wine industry. At its core, this product and wine delivery service is an internet-connected take on the Keurig. With a built-in display for finding new drinks and automatic reminders of when your wine is best to consume, Kuvée offers a lot of potential for tech-savvy vino enthusiasts…

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Internet of Things Stories February 2, 2016

It’s pretty hard these days to come up with an original idea. The internet is flooded with real, conceptual and on-the-way products that fill nearly every void in our lives. Evidently, for a guy named Max Braun, he found a need that couldn’t be met. After setting out to find a better bathroom mirror, he came to the conclusion that this product category has largely been untouched by the Internet of Things.

So what did he do? He built a pretty sweet two-way mirror with a built-in display that shows the latest info from Google Now. With a mixture of Android and assorted APIs, he found his way to a surprisingly polished product. More details and a gallery below.

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Internet of Things Stories February 1, 2016

expiredAmazon Gold Box–Everything for your home computer network: SSDs from $40, NAS from $159, Wifi Range Extenders from $33

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If you been looking to upgrade your home computers or network, today’s Amazon Gold Box is bound to have some deals for you. You can find nearly 5 star rated SATA 3 SSDs from Transcend and PNY in 128GB-480GB sizes range from $39.99-$124.99. Some match for all time lows.

If you are want to up your NAS game, you can pick up a highly-rated 6TB Internal Seagate Hard Drives for $214.99/ea. Where to put them? I love this QNAP TAS idea of adding a Streamer with Remote Keyboard to their NASes allowing you an end to end solution for putting large amounts of videos on your TVs. At $159/$259 for 1/2 drive bays and 4/5 star ratings you really can’t go wrong here.

If you want a monster NAS, Western Digital NAS  are $362.99 for 8TB or $438.99 for 12TB. These are no brainer prices and frankly cost less than the bare drives inside them. If you have a superior Synology NAS, you could buy this 12TB WD NAS, rip out the drives and still be ahead.

For those looking to up their networking game, Amazon offers the DD-WRT compatible Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual Band router in their classic Blue enclosure. This is basically one of the best  routers out there at its lowest price ever. Does your current router need to reach further out? Want to steam music while you garden or mow your yard? Pick up one of two TP-Link AC Range extenders from $32.99-$79.99. Or, if you want to extend your Ethernet network over your powerlines, nab this D-Link AV2 2000 Gigabit extender for $59.99. Speaking of D-Link Gigabit, I don’t recall a good 24-port Gigabit hub being less than $65. Today’s the day.

There are some other knick knacks inside today’s Goldbox as well starting at just $4. Check out everything.

 

 

Internet of Things Stories September 17, 2015

iRobot is finally giving its Roomba vacuums the smart home treatment. Today, it was announced that the new Roomba 980 would include Wi-Fi connectivity that enables cloud-based administration and more. Coinciding with today’s release is the new iRobot HOME app that brings smartphone management of this new vacuum to life. The 980 will even make a virtual map of your home with its new on-board camera. All of these new features are going to cost you though.  expand full story

Internet of Things Stories May 14, 2015

With so many Internet of Things (IoT) devices dominating our homes, the ability to control them all continues to be a journey of trial and error. We continue to hear that Apple’s HomeKit is coming down the pipeline but its ultimate usefulness has yet to be seen. In the meantime, there is a Kickstarter project called Nuimo that plans on bringing all of the controls for SONOS, Philips Hue and others typically found in your iPhone to a physical knob and display. It has already blown past its goal in just a few days… expand full story

Internet of Things Stories April 15, 2015

After years of varying success with trying to bring DIY carbonated beverages to the home, SodaStream is now showing off a new product that it hopes will bring its brand into the mainstream. This electronic bartender marries carbonation and alcohol with a twist of internet connectivity… expand full story

Internet of Things Stories March 31, 2015

Amazon’s new Dash Replenishment Service brings push button ordering to your washing machine

Today’s big news comes from Amazon, who announced a new venture that aims to make ordering household supplies easier… almost too easy. Its Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) offers an internet connected device that makes stocking up on supplies as easy as a push of a button. The little stick-on devices can go a number of places, with washing machines being a prime example. After a consumer would see a need for laundry soap, they would simply press the button and more would come their way.

Amazon is also offering integration with appliances, with early adoption planned from companies such as Whirlpool, Brita and Quirky. DRS is also available with Amazon’s Fresh service, the included wand allows users to scan bar codes of food that needs replenished, instantly adding it to the customer’s cart online.

There is no denying that this little project from Amazon, which is currently in beta, would close the gap between Amazon and its customers even more. Just make sure you keep it out of your children’s reach – that could be a problem.

Internet of Things Stories February 2, 2015

The big news of the morning comes way of the Raspberry Pi foundation, which has announced its latest generation microcomputer. Starting today, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will be available for purchase at the same $35 price point that we’ve come to expect. The big jump in performance will open a whole new world of computing for hobbyist, hackers and educators.

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Internet of Things Stories January 30, 2015

London-based Imagination Technologies has announced that it is now shipping its Creator CI20 microcomputer. This direct competitor to little-computer king, Raspberry Pi, is noted specifically for its low-power requirements while still pumping out high-performance graphics. Particularly, the C120 is capable of running the Quake 3 game engine at 1080p while using just 2.5 watts of power at a very competitive price point.

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Internet of Things Stories January 27, 2015

If you are interested in a better sleep experience, but find the Sleep Cycle app or an expensive mattress aren’t the answer, you may want to check out the Luna smart mattress cover. What was born out of an Indiegogo campaign is set to become a reality later this year. Instead of re-making an entire mattress, that would ultimately prove to be very costly, Luna is a mattress cover that fits many beds. It is covered in sensors, which helps track your movement, sleeping habits and interacts with your data to monitor your overall health.

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Internet of Things Stories January 21, 2015

The physical world and ‘Internet of Things‘ movement continues to grow closer and closer together and today that gap got a bit smaller with the new Internet Button from Spark. Known for its ‘Photon‘ stamp-sized WiFi module, Spark is taking it a step further today with a physical button that can trigger a lot of action on the internet. If you are someone that has a frequent repeated task that is compatible with If This Then That (IFTTT), then you won’t want to miss the new Internet Button.

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