Report: Smart meter data shown to change customer behaviors -
Utility customers who study their usage data get more efficient.
The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR
Ben Gilbert, engadget.com
Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the “hardware” is open source —here are instructions to make your own, right now!
But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to…
Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods
Darrell Etherington, techcrunch.com
Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry,…
Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare
Catherine Pickavet, techcrunch.com
Editor’s note: Tim Chang is managing director at Mayfield Fund where he leads consumer investing practice with a focus on the Internet of Things, consumerized health & wellness, crowdsourcing, collaborative consumptio…
Five Ways Watson Will Change Computing
NEAL UNGERLEIDER, fastcompany.com
We all have data problems. Mike Rhodin, the head of IBM’s Watson division, plans on fixing them.
Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence computing platform, is changing the way we compute. From its roots as a robotic contestant on…
Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy
Eliza Barclay, npr.org
While testing whether a dash of yeast could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it’s pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.
Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched…
Blink is simply too good to be true. And while it’s not unusual for a crowd funded product to make enormous claims and under deliver, Blink earns a feature just because we want so desperately for it to deliver on what it promises.
Blink is a wireless home security system that has some serious appeal to it. It will ultimately provide live HD video streaming, temperature sensors, night vision, motion detection and more, and all without a monthly fee. But it’s the supposed 1 year battery life that’s raising the most eye brows in the comments section.
No firm answers on Nest or HomeKit support, but the creators talk of IFTTT integration after launch.
Back on Kickstarter
Drone pilot locates missing 82-year-old man after three-day search
Jeff John Roberts, gigaom.com
The case for consumer drones got a boost after an amateur pilot ended a search-and-rescue effort last weekend by locating a missing ophthalmologist, who suffers from dementia, in a bean field in Wisconsin.
David Lesh, who normally…
Mobile, Cloud and Data Lead Next Era of Business Transformation
Bridget van Kralingen, IBM, wired.com
The mobile revolution has transformed the way we connect, relax, navigate, enjoy our music and document our lives in photography. Yet, for the most part, the impact of all this native capability on the devices we carry hasn’t penetrated the world …
This British startup is building a super solar material
Ucilia Wang, gigaom.com
Two years ago, British researcher and entrepreneur Henry Snaith, and his team at Oxford University, were experimenting with a new class of compounds and discovered something rather unusual. Using these new compounds called…
How Smartphones Have Unleashed Humanity’s Creative Potential -
Robert Capps, wired.com
Andy Gilmore Look at your smartphone. Think about the decisions you will make on it today. You may snag a dinner reservation, tell your spouse you’re running late, or craft a response to an email from your boss. But you might also decide that the…
Smarter Planet on the App Store on iTunes
Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions
Leo King, forbes.com
Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes – in one of a number of moves focused squarely on billions of dollars of potential revenue available across the total…
Nest’s Smart Home Plan Is A Hot Mesh
Adriana Lee, readwrite.com
This week, Nest and six other companies announced their master plan to make smart homes better. The secret, they say, lies in mesh networking, which lets gadgets talk to each other directly—no centralized hub necessary. To help the cau…
Using Big Data to Make Education Smarter | P4SC
Numbers have always been a core part of any education. Now with smart analytics, schools can harness the power of data to better measure and track student performance in real time. Read how that adds up to fewer dropouts at one school system that has instituted a program of prevention through prediction.