These Tiny Stickers Want To Connect Your Belongings To the Internet

Raise your hand if you're a little bit sick of hearing about the Internet of Things and how it's going to change everybody's lives, like, tomorrow. It's been a slow and frustrating process to watch so many products make big promises and so few live up to them. Estimote's latest promise, however, has me intrigued. » 8/21/14 6:53pm Yesterday 6:53pm

Internet-Connected Appliances Are a Hacker's Dream Come True

The web-connected appliances on the "internet of things" promise to make life way more convenient for you and me. But according to a security study by Hewlett-Packard, the most popular smart devices are about as secure as an unlocked screen door. Think twice before you share your street address with your TV. » 8/02/14 11:00am 8/02/14 11:00am

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home

We've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy… » 7/23/14 10:00am 7/23/14 10:00am

Nest and Friends Are Giving the Internet of Things a Fresh Start

A consortium of companies just announced a new wireless networking protocol for the home called Thread. It's designed to help build low-power, wireless mesh networks so that devices can seamlessly connect to form a true internet of things. In a way, Thread promises to create little mini internet for your home. » 7/15/14 12:42pm 7/15/14 12:42pm

Quirky Wants To Win the Smart Home Wars With This $50 Hub

Smart homes sound awesome. The idea sounded awesome 15 years ago, when Microsoft teased some of their ideas in a concept video, and it sounded awesome when Apple announced HomeKit last month. But do you know anybody that actually lives in a smart home and reaps all that awesomeness? Probably not. And Quirky wants to… » 7/02/14 4:52pm 7/02/14 4:52pm

These Printed Circuits Could Connect Any Object For Just a Few Cents

When we think about the connected world, we think about hardware—from Twine to Nest—that connects our household appliances to the web for a pretty penny. But according to Quartz, one firm is pioneering an alternative that's cheap, easy to make, and embeddable in nearly any product. » 7/01/14 6:30pm 7/01/14 6:30pm

Cone: A Speaker That Knows What You Want to Hear Before You Do

Music is personal. It's tied to our identities, our emotions, even our friends. So the idea that a complex algorithm could make us smarter about music is counter-intuitive. The creators of Cone, a wireless speaker that learns what you like and builds on it, think they've cracked the code. » 3/04/14 11:00am 3/04/14 11:00am

11 Super Smart Gifts That Connect Your Home to the Internet of Things

Sure, we've been told that ubiquitous computing is just over the horizon for decades—at least since the days of The Jetsons. But over the past 12 months, the Internet of Things has come of age, from smart fire alarms to app-controlled door locks. If you're looking for a gift for the resident home automatist in your… » 12/10/13 12:32pm 12/10/13 12:32pm

Goji: Here's Your Semi-Perfect Camera-Equipped Smart Lock

Smart Locks are now a thing. Believe it or not. UniKey arguably kicked off the whole craze last year when they appeared on ABC's Shark Tank, then Lockitron got some buzz with its latest iteration (though it did first pop up in early 2011) and just last week August launched its smart lock. This week its a… » 6/04/13 7:00am 6/04/13 7:00am

Here's Your Smart Lock of the Future, Today

In an ever increasing world of connected smart things, the most important home appliance, the front door lock, is just now getting automated. August, co-founded by Yves Behar and Jason Johnson, today announced the company's first product, a $200 lock aptly named Smart Lock. Now you never have to pull out your key or… » 5/29/13 8:15pm 5/29/13 8:15pm

Facebook's Messenger Protocol Will Power the Internet of Things

One of the big problems with creating a connected house—where thermostats talk to light swtiches which talk to coffee-making robots—is that there’s a lot of communication protocols, and most of them are proprietary. But never fear, a new standard’s been agreed on: um, Faccebook Messenger. » 5/01/13 5:27am 5/01/13 5:27am