A Smarter Planet

Jul 29

Report: Smart meter data shown to change customer behaviors -

utilitydive.com

Utility customers who study their usage data get more efficient.

Jul 28

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…

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,…

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,…

Jul 27

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…

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…

Jul 26

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…

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…

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…

Jul 23

crowdcurator:

Blink
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

crowdcurator:

Blink

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…

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 …

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 …

Jul 22

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…

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…

Jul 21

Smarter Planet on the App Store on iTunesapple.com

Smarter Planet on the App Store on iTunes
apple.com

Jul 20

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…

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…

Jul 19

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…

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…

Jul 18

smartercities:

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.

smartercities:

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.