The ‘internet of things’ can conjure up grand visions of driverless cars speeding around ‘smart cities’ blanketed by billions of sensors communicating over 5G mobile networks. At a grassroots level, however, groups of citizens are starting to use the data and sensors for their own purposes.Read more
Google’s futuristic wearable tech platform just took a big leap forward. After more than two years of testing, Jacquard, the company’s project to embed technology into clothes, is ready to launch.Read more
Google wants to hear you say ‘yes’…and ‘no’, and maybe also ‘on’ and ‘off’ too.
The firm is gathering speech samples from people across the globe, as part of a push to get simple voice recognition everywhere, paving the way for voice commands to be added to appliances and gadgets throughout our homes.Read more
As Dorothy famously said in The Wizard of Oz, there’s no place like home. Home is where we go to rest and recharge. It’s familiar, comfortable, and our own. We take care of our homes by cleaning and maintaining them, and fixing things that break or go wrong.Read more
We’ve mostly moved past the point where our Internet of Things devices leak private information to anyone watching via unsecured connections, but that doesn’t mean you can stop being afraid. Never, ever stop being afraid.Read more
A UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED truth about living in New York City is that there’s very little space to go around. What passes for an entire apartment in Manhattan is considered a walk-in closet in Des Moines.Read more
THE “SMART HOME” has not yet distinguished itself. Sure, you might dim your lights with an app; you might even talk to your large appliances. But despite years of promised ubiquity, the connected home has yet to cleave with mainstream reality.Read more
A woman falls asleep on the floor. She wakes, terrified and in excruciating pain to find a robot vacuum cleaner chewing up her hair. The cuddly toy you bought your toddler daughter turns out to be secretly recording your private conversations.Read more
Lucas Lundgren sat at his desk as he watched prison cell doors hundreds of miles away from him opening and closing.
He could see the various commands floating across his screen in unencrypted plain text.
The Internet of Things, a giant web of connected devices, is ever expanding and it’s predicted there will be 8.4 billion connected items online by the end of this year.Read more
Here’s some advice: Don’t try to break into Andy Rubin’s house. As soon as your car turns into the driveway at his sprawling pad in the Silicon Valley hills, a camera will snap a photo of your vehicle.Read more