The “Lego” of IoT, LittleBits, Coming to Radio Shack in August
Tinkering just got easier. Technology retailer, Radio Shack, will be piloting distribution of LittleBits in select stores in August. LittleBits is a modular electronic system that snap together with magnets making it easy to create workable electronics without the need to solder, wire or even program.
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The magnet connectors are a huge draw for the electronic kit as is the color coding they use on each module to make it easy to understand what the components do and how they should be put together. LittleBits uses a four color system to indicate which modules are for power, output, input or are wires and if you are stuck on ideas the kits come with starter projects to help you get making. As the LittleBits library currently has 264 modules, the sky is the limit to create inventions with this system, catering to young makers to engineers and agencies looking to rapid prototype. 
To connect creations made with LittleBits to the Internet of Things, LittleBits has introduced cloudBit. Like other modules, cloudBit connects to other modules in the LittleBits library using magnets. Once given a power source, it enables the creation to talk to the internet and vice versa. For programmers, LittleBits offers a cloud API or the LittleBits Arduino module for customization. But if that’s not your thing, they have also support automating services through IFTTT. This allows users to create inventions which trigger events on popular online services like Facebook, Instagram and hardware systems like NEST and Philips Hue.
For a limited time, LittleBits is offering its Cloud Starter Bundle for $99. The kit includes six modules, wall power and mounting boards and is ready to go create intro projects like building a remote pet feeder or modifying your doorbell to text you when someone is at your door.  
According to a report by Bloomberg, Radio Shack expects to roll out LittleBits in over 2,000 stores in the Fall and is just one of many inventions that it will stock its shelves with in an effort to re-invent the chain and increase sales.

The “Lego” of IoT, LittleBits, Coming to Radio Shack in August

Tinkering just got easier. Technology retailer, Radio Shack, will be piloting distribution of LittleBits in select stores in August. LittleBits is a modular electronic system that snap together with magnets making it easy to create workable electronics without the need to solder, wire or even program.

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Celebrate the First Moonwalk with 25% Off DoT 2014
The 2014 Designers of Things conference – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Register here before July 26, 2014 and save 25% on VIP and Tech passes.
[[MORE]]The conference schedule continues to grow. Check out a few recently added sessions:
Designing for Quantified OtherSteven Eidelman | Co-founder, Whistle
Challenges of a 3D Printing StartupMarcus Foley, Aaron Rowley, Joseph White | Co-founders, Electroloom
Identification, Authentication and Customization with BiometricsKarl Martin | CO-founder & CEO, Bionym
View the latest conference agenda.

Celebrate the First Moonwalk with 25% Off DoT 2014

The 2014 Designers of Things conference – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Register here before July 26, 2014 and save 25% on VIP and Tech passes.

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Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things
Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.
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The Thread Group’s mission is to “create the very best way to connect and control products in the home”. The consortium got together to tackle relevant IoT issues such as battery life, dependency on one device as a hub and an often confusing user experience.
Their solution is Thread, a standard for connected products that is designed to be secure, simple to use, power efficient and runs on a robotic mesh network with no single point of failure. A version of Thread is already shipping in products today and the group has indicated that “millions of 802.15.4 wireless devices already on the market can run Thread with just a software enhancement — no new hardware required”.
"Existing wireless networking approaches were introduced long before the Internet of Things gained ground," said Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist, Google, and advisor to the Thread Group. "The Thread protocol takes existing technologies and combines the best parts of each to provide a better way to connect products in the home."
Thread Group is one of many groups being created to try to standardize the fast-growing connected world. The group joins the Open Interconnect Consortium which was just recently formed by Intel and Samsung and AllSeen Alliance which is backed by Qualcomm. 

Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things

Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.

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Your Flowerbed Gets Smarter with the Edyn Smart Garden System
The Internet of Things is trickling into all facets of our life including the garden. Edyn is a smart garden system which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The system monitors and tracks environmental conditions of your garden bed giving you advice to keep your plants staying greener and living longer. If you aren’t a green thumb - this sensor is for you!
[[MORE]]When inserted into your garden bed, the Edyn sensor gathers information about your soils condition as well as the changing weather condition. This data is then sent to the Edyn smartphone app where users can keep track of your garden’s performance including soil nutrition, moisture, light and temperature.  
One of the really unique features of Edyn is that the Garden Sensor cross-references the information it gathers with plant, soil science and weather databases specific to your region. The app uses your current garden condition and information specific to your area to provide insights and recommendations to keep your garden green.
Edyn has already well surpassed its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter, nearly tripling its original $100K goal with over $280,000 funded.  Backers can grab one garden sensor for $99 with a shipping date of Spring of next year.

Your Flowerbed Gets Smarter with the Edyn Smart Garden System

The Internet of Things is trickling into all facets of our life including the garden. Edyn is a smart garden system which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The system monitors and tracks environmental conditions of your garden bed giving you advice to keep your plants staying greener and living longer. If you aren’t a green thumb - this sensor is for you!

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GE’s Connected Bulb, Link, Available for Pre-Order Today
GE is getting into the connected lighting game with Link, a cost-effective way to light up your smart home. Starting below $15, Link connected LED bulbs are available today for pre-order on HomeDepot.com and will be in-store this Fall. 
[[MORE]]GE is offering Link as three popular lighting applications including a 60-watt general purpose LED bulb, a flood light and a spotlight. All of the bulbs can be managed remotely using the Wink app. The Wink app is the hub of many connected home items built in partnership with GE through the Quirky community including a connected alarm clock and multi-purpose sensor. 
"Our very own Thomas Edison built the first commercially viable bulb, and today we’re proud to announce the first commercially viable connected bulb designed for Wink users," says John Strainic, General Manager, North America Consumer Lighting for GE. "We know the quality of light consumers love and want in their homes, and we’re a brand they trust."
Like most other smart lighting systems, Link requires a hub in order for your Android or iOS smartphone to be able to communicate to the bulbs. The Link hub plugs directly into a wall socket and costs $30. According to CNET, GE will be offering a starter kit which includes a hub and two 60-watt bulbs for $50. 

GE’s Connected Bulb, Link, Available for Pre-Order Today

GE is getting into the connected lighting game with Link, a cost-effective way to light up your smart home. Starting below $15, Link connected LED bulbs are available today for pre-order on HomeDepot.com and will be in-store this Fall. 

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The Connected World of 2025
A recent report from Pew Research Centre looked at the future of the Internet by the year 2025. Over 1,800 experts weighed in on the survey with the majority agreeing that by 2025 the Internet will be so entrenched in our everyday lives and environments that it will become “like electricity”. 
[[MORE]]The report envisioned a world where people wear devices to connect with the Internet, inform them about their own wellbeing and be able to monitor others like children.
Homes and communities will be lit up as smart environments which can be accessed and controlled remotely. And just as the Internet will allow people to monitor themselves, these connected environments will provide data about themselves to identify efficiencies and problems.
Pew also highlighted how the Internet of Things will help drive speedier and reliable manufacturing and distribution of goods as factories and supply chains rely on sensors and readers to smooth out the process.
Expert respondent, Patrick Tucker, author of “The Naked Future: What Happens In a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?” nicely summed up the benefits of the Internet of Things as being able to “bring much more situational intelligence to bear on the act of planning our day, avoiding delays (or unfortunate encounters), and meeting our personal goals”.
It is exciting to think of a world in which technology works behind the scenes to ensure that our environments and ourselves are at our best. But not all aspects from the report were positive ones. Pew’s study also points out concerns related to privacy, security and stability of this new connected world which suggest that as old problems are corrected by this smarter world of 2025, new problems will arise for us to tackle. 

The Connected World of 2025

A recent report from Pew Research Centre looked at the future of the Internet by the year 2025. Over 1,800 experts weighed in on the survey with the majority agreeing that by 2025 the Internet will be so entrenched in our everyday lives and environments that it will become “like electricity”. 

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Happy Internet of Things Day!
Today is Worldwide Internet of Things day. To celebrate this emerging connected world we found this fantastic infographic that breaks down everything you need to know about IoT. We especially like the mashup of Godzilla and a refrigerator.
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Happy Internet of Things Day!

Today is Worldwide Internet of Things day. To celebrate this emerging connected world we found this fantastic infographic that breaks down everything you need to know about IoT. We especially like the mashup of Godzilla and a refrigerator.

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Postscapes IoT Award Winners Announced
Internet of Things database and industry resource, Postscapes, have wrapped up their annual IoT awards and have announced the winners. The award program honours the best connected products in multiple categories as selected by the Postscapes Editorial team and voted by the People. This year’s top winners included connected home product, Neurio and connected body product, Angel Sensor. 
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Neurio is a connected home technology system that combines a sensor with the cloud and an app to turn an ordinary home smart. The Neurio sensor is connected to your home’s breaker panel and measures your home’s energy use. The sensor then sends you notifications and reports based on appliance use. 
The system is expected to start to ship later this year. A basic package, which includes a sensor, the app and free subscription to the Neurio cloud, is being offered for $249.00. 

Angel Sensor (title picture) took home the editor’s choice in the Connected Body category. Angel is the first open sensor for health and fitness which monitors activity, vitals, weight & calories, and sleep.
The wristband collects your body’s vital signs 24/7 and then sends this information to a companion app on your smartphone. The device is expected to be equipped with acoustic, optical, acceleration and temperature sensors.
Although Angel is still under development, they say that once they have completed its wearable they will be able to detect certain health conditions and warn you and your physician. Bold claims. 
But Angel Sensor and Neurio were only two winners from this year’s awards. Here are the full list of winners who took home the Editor’s Choice award:
Best Connected Home Product: Neurio
Best Connected Body Product: Angel Sensor
Best Smart City Application: Bitlock
Best Entreprise Application: HyGreen
Best Technical Enabler: Raspberry Pi
Social Impact Potential: BRCK
Best Networked Art Project: MIMMI
Best Design Fiction Project: Counting Sheep
Best IoT DIY Project: FUKUSHIMA Wheel
Best IoT Open Source Project: The Thing System
IoT Breakout Startup of the Year: NinjaBlocks
To see the companies that won People’s Choice and Runner-up head on over to the Postscapes site.

Postscapes IoT Award Winners Announced

Internet of Things database and industry resource, Postscapes, have wrapped up their annual IoT awards and have announced the winners. The award program honours the best connected products in multiple categories as selected by the Postscapes Editorial team and voted by the People. This year’s top winners included connected home product, Neurio and connected body product, Angel Sensor. 

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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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Iro Wants to Be The Nest For Sprinkler Systems

WiFi-enabled systems are set to change the way we take care of our home. And the lawn is no exception. Iro is a smart sprinkler system by Denver-based startup Rachio that wants you to spend less time maintaining your landscaped yard and more time enjoying it.

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Who Will Win Connected Product of 2013?
If you had to pick your top IoT product what would it be? Nest? Mother? What about in wearables? The Nymi? This is exactly what Denver-based Postscapes hopes to discover in their Internet of Things awards.  
Postscapes, a leading voice in the world of IoT, have opened up voting for their IoT awards which are now in their third year. There are twelve categories in total covering anything from Connected Home Product, to Connected Body Product along with Startup of the Year. And they want your input to pick the winners. 
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The awards are a great way for users to have their say in where they see value in this growing ecospace. But it also serve as a fantastic resource to discover new companies, products and projects that haven’t had as much media coverage. 
The Smart City Application category, for instance, is filled with with fantastic examples of how IoT is changing our urban environments. And some of it is just as much for fun as it is function. Take for example English project, Hello Lamp Post, which is turning Bristol into a playground by enabling lamp posts, post boxes, benches and the like literally converse with pedestrians. Pretty crazy, right?

Voting ends in just over 7 days, so you still have time to head on over and pick your favourites. But even more than that - take some time to browse. You’ll be amazed at what’s all happening.

Who Will Win Connected Product of 2013?

If you had to pick your top IoT product what would it be? Nest? Mother? What about in wearables? The Nymi? This is exactly what Denver-based Postscapes hopes to discover in their Internet of Things awards.  

Postscapes, a leading voice in the world of IoT, have opened up voting for their IoT awards which are now in their third year. There are twelve categories in total covering anything from Connected Home Product, to Connected Body Product along with Startup of the Year. And they want your input to pick the winners. 

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Google’s Recent Investments Paint A Picture Of Their Tomorrow

Robots, Home automation, Driverless cars - Bloomberg released a video last week summarizing the five most recent investments that Google has made which speak to their vision of the future.

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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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