Connected Characters Created To Help Parents from A to Z 
Who said sensors need to be impersonal and boring? Bleep Bleeps is a bunch of connected objects and devices that are designed to help you through out every stage of parenting. The company has given their line of IoT products a quirky twist by making each of them a character with a name and a story. Their launch product, Sammy Screamer, is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
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Sammy Screamer, is a cute little movement sensor that lets you know when something has been moved. Sammy has a magnetic backing which is great for things like fridges, laundry machines and cookie tins and a loop option which lets you tie her to a bag, a door handle or your baby’s stroller. 
All of the connected characters, including Sammy, are controlled using the Bleep Bleeps app. For Sammy, you are able to control how loud you want her to scream and how sensitive she should be to movement. When someone moves the object Sammy is watching, she will physically scream and will also send a push notification to your smartphone.

The Bleep Bleeps cast of characters also include:
Tony Tempa - an ear thermometer
Cecil G - a GPS bracelet
Ultra San - Ultrasound Pregnancy Scanner
Master Bates - Male Fertility Tester
David Camera - Video Baby Monitor
Olivia P Sticks - Ovulation Tester
Lilly Loco - GPS Device 
Bleep Bleeps’ crowdfunding campaign is doing quite well. With 10 days to go they have already tripled their goal, having raised over $66,000 to date. Backers can still grab Sammy for $65 for an August 2014 shipping date.

Connected Characters Created To Help Parents from A to Z

Who said sensors need to be impersonal and boring? Bleep Bleeps is a bunch of connected objects and devices that are designed to help you through out every stage of parenting. The company has given their line of IoT products a quirky twist by making each of them a character with a name and a story. Their launch product, Sammy Screamer, is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

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The Toothbrush Gets Connected with Kolibree
The Internet of Things is starting to reach a vast array of objects. At CES we saw connected hair dryers, connected doorbells and Kolibree, the World’s First Connected Toothbrush.
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Kolibree has been called the “Fitbit for Teeth”. The electric toothbrush not only helps you clean your teeth, but monitors, analyzes and even rewards your brushing habit. The toothbrush collects data such as the time spent brushing and the areas in your mouth you’ve cleaned and sends that data to a free smartphone application.
One app can house up to five toothbrushes which is perfect for families. You can share your data between family members and even your dentist or keep it private. One of the best features for kids is the earning of badges and other rewards to gamify the brushing experience which can help encourage better dental hygiene in a fun and engaging way.
The toothbrush can last up to one week of brushing with four brushes a day with Bluetooth turned on before having to be put on the magnetic charging base.
According to DigitalTrends, the company will be releasing a number of toothbrush models ranging in price between $100-$200 in the third quarter of this year, possibly as a Kickstarter campaign to begin with.

The Toothbrush Gets Connected with Kolibree

The Internet of Things is starting to reach a vast array of objects. At CES we saw connected hair dryers, connected doorbells and Kolibree, the World’s First Connected Toothbrush.

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Pebble Steel, MakerBot and Myo Make List of Best of CES 2014
Another CES has come and gone. This year we saw the Internet of Everything: Connected Things and a Connected You (Wearables) as the biggest trend. 
Digital Trends has put together a list of the “Best of CES 2014”. We’ve highlighted the ones from wearables, Internet of Things and 3D printing which made the cut. 
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Best Wearable Tech: Pebble Steel
Best Cool Tech: Thalmic Lab’s Myo gesture-control armband
Best Sports & Fitness: Razer Nabu Fitness Band
Best Home: Withing Aura wake-up light
Best Home: Kolibree Connected Toothbrush
Best in Show: MakerBot Replicator Mini
You can check out the full list of winners on their site. If you were at CES or were following along, what tech would you choose to be on this list?

Pebble Steel, MakerBot and Myo Make List of Best of CES 2014

Another CES has come and gone. This year we saw the Internet of Everything: Connected Things and a Connected You (Wearables) as the biggest trend. 

Digital Trends has put together a list of the “Best of CES 2014”. We’ve highlighted the ones from wearables, Internet of Things and 3D printing which made the cut. 

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Don’t Just Read About Future Tech - Live It! 
As you know I am a total Future Geek. I sometimes stare at my Twitter feed paralyzed with excitement at the amount of new devices and technology being designed and developed on a daily basis. The future is now and it’s happening fast.
Reading about this new tech is one thing but experiencing it is another, which is why I am extremely excited to announce that we are taking Designers of Things off the “page” and onto the streets.
On September 23 & 24, 2014, we will be transforming the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco into a world of 3D printing, wearable tech and the Internet of Things. 
Not only will you have the chance to play around with some of the hottest tech  in this space but we are also bringing together the community of designers, developers and innovators behind these projects for you to hear from and learn. 
Head on over to our fancy new site to check out more about the conference and sign up to our newsletter for updates.
And see you there!

Don’t Just Read About Future Tech - Live It!

As you know I am a total Future Geek. I sometimes stare at my Twitter feed paralyzed with excitement at the amount of new devices and technology being designed and developed on a daily basis. The future is now and it’s happening fast.

Reading about this new tech is one thing but experiencing it is another, which is why I am extremely excited to announce that we are taking Designers of Things off the “page” and onto the streets.

On September 23 & 24, 2014, we will be transforming the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco into a world of 3D printing, wearable tech and the Internet of Things. 

Not only will you have the chance to play around with some of the hottest tech  in this space but we are also bringing together the community of designers, developers and innovators behind these projects for you to hear from and learn. 

Head on over to our fancy new site to check out more about the conference and sign up to our newsletter for updates.

And see you there!

SmartThings Wants To Make Your Home Work For You

Don’t you wish you could just tell your appliances what to do and they could make it so. Or be able to run out your front door and have it make sure that it remembers to lock itself? 

This is the dream SmartThings wants to make a reality.

SmartThings is a home automation system which revolves around a smart hub and your smartphone to monitor and control connected things around your home. It is part of the internet of things trend and works very similar to Wemo or Phiiips Hue if you are familiar with these. 

To get started, SmartThings sells a starter kit. This Kit contains easy-to-use devices that allow you to use your smartphone like a remote to control devices from wherever you are. Secure your home, control energy use, and perform different actions when people or pets are present with the push of a button.

The SmartThings Kit sells for $299 USD and comes with:

  • 1 SmartThings Hub
  • 2 open/close, vibration, and temperature sensors
  • 2 presence sensors
  • 1 Jasco Light & Appliance Plug-and-Control Power Outlet
  • 1 motion sensor
  • Batteries, Ethernet cable, power cord, and adhesive tape

The app for SmartThings is available for both iOS and Android.

SmartThings was just listed on Mashable’s 10 startups to watch in 2014. SmartThings raised $12.5 million in a series A fund round back in November of this year.

Wearable Tech - Its Anyone’s Game: Nissan To Enter Smartwatch Space

The connected car meets the connected you with Nissan’s new smartwatch the Nissan Nismo. 

According to the press release:

· First smartwatch concept to connect driver and car
· Nismo Watch showcases Nissan’s intent to deliver biometric data that enhances driver performance and efficiency
· Nissan is investigating heart and brain monitoring technologies for future wearable tech

The watch, unveiled today ahead of its display at the Frankfurt Motor Show (10th – 22nd September 2013), is Nissan’s first step into wearable technology and epitomises its ‘fan first’ approach to performance.

The Nissan Nismo Watch will allow drivers to:

− monitor the efficiency of their vehicle with average speed and fuel consumption readings;

− access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track;

− capture biometric data via a heart rate monitor;

− connect to the car using a smartphone app via Bluetooth Low Energy;

− receive tailored car messages from Nissan;

Concept Shows Smart Home, Smart Office and Smart City

I am a sucker for concept art! Especially that which depicts the “future” . Wonder when we will all get sick of the word “smart” LOL

gaemungsmental:

Smart life in CeBIT 2011 / Composite graphic

designed by gaemung

Customizable smart lamp wakes up users during light sleep phases
Getting up in the morning isn’t easy – or helped by irritating beepers. We’ve already seen the Uniqlo Wake Up app tailor its alarm to the weather each day, and now the iwaku is a smartphone-connected lamp that eases sleepers into the morning by detecting light sleep phases. READ MORE…
via: springwise

Customizable smart lamp wakes up users during light sleep phases

Getting up in the morning isn’t easy – or helped by irritating beepers. We’ve already seen the Uniqlo Wake Up app tailor its alarm to the weather each day, and now the iwaku is a smartphone-connected lamp that eases sleepers into the morning by detecting light sleep phases. READ MORE…

via: springwise

Collaboration Aims to Support Smart Cities
CEA-Leti today announced that a group of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities will work together in the ClouT project to deliver ways for cities to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing to become smart cities.ClouT, which stands for “cloud of things,” will develop infrastructure, services, tools and applications for municipalities and their various stakeholders – including citizens, service developers and application integrators – to create, deploy and manage user-centric applications that capitalize on the latest advances in IoT and cloud computing.Read more: www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/07/collaboration-aims-support-smart-cities
via: laboratoryequipment

Collaboration Aims to Support Smart Cities

CEA-Leti today announced that a group of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities will work together in the ClouT project to deliver ways for cities to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing to become smart cities.

ClouT, which stands for “cloud of things,” will develop infrastructure, services, tools and applications for municipalities and their various stakeholders – including citizens, service developers and application integrators – to create, deploy and manage user-centric applications that capitalize on the latest advances in IoT and cloud computing.

Read more: www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/07/collaboration-aims-support-smart-cities

via: laboratoryequipment

Smart shirt helps wearers keep track of their mental and physical wellbeing
The quantified self movement has already spawned apps such as Xpression and Soma Analytics to help users track their own moods and emotions. Looking to the future, OMsignal has developed a shirt embedded with sensors able to detect and track the wearer’s emotional state, and even share the data socially. READ MORE…

Smart shirt helps wearers keep track of their mental and physical wellbeing

The quantified self movement has already spawned apps such as Xpression and Soma Analytics to help users track their own moods and emotions. Looking to the future, OMsignal has developed a shirt embedded with sensors able to detect and track the wearer’s emotional state, and even share the data socially. READ MORE…

‘Smart Ball’ and app help soccer players improve their game
Improving professional sports performance these days is aided by rigorous health and training regimes informed by lots of information about the individual athlete. We’ve already seen the 94Fifty bring smartphone-enabled data collection and analysis to basketball, and now the adidas Smart Ball aims to do the same for soccer. READ MORE…
via: springwise

‘Smart Ball’ and app help soccer players improve their game

Improving professional sports performance these days is aided by rigorous health and training regimes informed by lots of information about the individual athlete. We’ve already seen the 94Fifty bring smartphone-enabled data collection and analysis to basketball, and now the adidas Smart Ball aims to do the same for soccer. READ MORE…

via: springwise

The Coming Age of Networked Matter

From the Institute for the Future:

Over the next decade, a confluence of breakthroughs will give us new lenses to observe the wondrous interconnections surrounding us and within us. The coming Age of Networked Matter is a world where everyday objects will blog, robots will have social networks, microbes will talk to kitchens, and forests will “friend” cities. We will look at the emerging technologies in computation, sensing and actuation, wireless, materials science, and even biology that will underpin this coming world, and interact with creators as they reimagine and reinvent the changing context and meaning of our lives.

[via io9] [IFTF]

via: futurescope

Smart Socks Act As Your Running Coach
You call Google Glass wearable tech? Heapsylon makes sensor-rich fabric. Three former Microsoft employees believe clothing will be the computer, and to that end they invested three years of their lives building a sensor-infused material that they promptly turned into … a pair of socks.
The socks can track a runner’s steps, distance, speed and calories. The technology also serves as a “virtual coach”, detecting where you land on your feet and how you stride. There are wrong ways to run (such as overpronation), so the app aims to help you prevent injuries.
This startup is entering a growing space with more established fitness tracker competitors like the Nike+ FuelBand and the Fitbit Flex. But it’s unique that Heapsylon designed its technology in a sock, rather than a wristband.

via: radstake

Smart Socks Act As Your Running Coach

You call Google Glass wearable tech? Heapsylon makes sensor-rich fabric. Three former Microsoft employees believe clothing will be the computer, and to that end they invested three years of their lives building a sensor-infused material that they promptly turned into … a pair of socks.

The socks can track a runner’s steps, distance, speed and calories. The technology also serves as a “virtual coach”, detecting where you land on your feet and how you stride. There are wrong ways to run (such as overpronation), so the app aims to help you prevent injuries.

This startup is entering a growing space with more established fitness tracker competitors like the Nike+ FuelBand and the Fitbit Flex. But it’s unique that Heapsylon designed its technology in a sock, rather than a wristband.

via: radstake

We are not just ourselves anymore. Each one of us has a new, statistical self living in databases around the world. It’s those selves, uniquely identified bundles of behavior, that marketers target and companies try to reach. These are remarkable, distributed portraits of what we read, what we eat, and where we sleep.

Forget Kinect! WiSee Wants To Bring Gesture Recognition to Your Whole Home

WiSee Whole-Home Gesture System lets you use Gesture Recognition where ever you are in the home - on the couch, in the kitchen etc.

The system uses available wireless signals already in your home including your router, smartphone and laptop. The signals reflect off the human body which sends signals back to these devices. Their unique algorithm makes senses of this signal to translate it into a gesture. 

This system reminds me of the Myo only from the perspective that you are able to use gestures anywhere you are in order to control connected things. But I love that the founders are taking it one step further to remove the wearable device completely.

Removing wearable devices from the gesture picture is definitely the way of the future.

From futurist-foresight:

This wifi / gesture controlled interface may just be the future of the smart home.

From futurescope:

Wi-Fi Signals Enable Gesture Recognition Throughout Entire Home

University of Washington computer scientists have developed gesture-recognition technology that brings this a step closer to reality. Researchers have shown it’s possible to leverage Wi-Fi signals around us to detect specific movements without needing sensors on the human body or cameras.

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(via futurist-foresight)