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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2014 CES Trends to Watch
Chief Economist and Senior Director of Research, Consumer Electronics Association, Shawn G. DuBravac, presented the four major trends he sees coming out of this year’s International CES at an event held for press yesterday.
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The first major trend was mass customization which is exemplified in the growth of the 3D printer market. With 3D printing bringing manufacturing down to a individual level, we are seeing products customized in a whole new way. 3D printer shipments are expected to reach 99 million this year, still a nascent market but definitely growing.
The second trend was the expansion of the screen. First there was TV, then the computer, then the smartphone and tablet. This year we are expected to see continued growth in the tablet space and the introduction of wearables like smartwatches emerging as a new display segment. The smartwatch market is expected to grow from 1 million this year to 1.5 million in 2014. In addition, we are expected to see growth in ultra high definition display formats both for TVs and other displays like smartphones.
The use of sensors to create an “Age of Autonomy” was DuBravac’s third trend. Sensors have become more accessible and cheaper making them easier for manufacturers to use, thus increasing the number of devices that incorporate them. Sensors that monitor and make adjustments on our behalf are expected to be widespread this year especially in home automation. DuBravac suggests that sensor use will continue to solve individual problems but eventually we will connect these solutions to create autonomous ones. For example, today we may have a sensor that helps us park or adapts cruise control on our car. Tomorrow, these sensors and others combined will provide us with the self driving car.
The final trend to come out of CES this year is curation and context. This trend is when our data gathered from sensors (wearables, the Internet of Things etc.) provides a curated experience, product or service. DuBravac used Netflix as an example where our content suggestions could become even more refined if Netflix were able to tap into much more than just our viewing habits but our eating habits, sleeping and even health patterns. 

2014 CES Trends to Watch

Chief Economist and Senior Director of Research, Consumer Electronics Association, Shawn GDuBravac, presented the four major trends he sees coming out of this year’s International CES at an event held for press yesterday.

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Smart Things Will Be Big at CES 2014

Next week thousands of people will flock to Vegas to get a glimpse at the latest and greatest in consumer electronics at International CES. 

In the past, CES has been known to unveil new smartphones, tablets, TVs and even cars but this year the show will be dominated by emerging tech. Wearable technology especially for health, smart things to automate your home, and 3D printing all have their own zones this year in the TechZone area of the exhibition.

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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.

Quirky Products Make Dumb Things Around Your House Smart, Even Your Egg Tray

The “Smart” things are coming. IDC expects the installed base of the Internet of Things will be approximately 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020.

We are already starting to see IoT (or the internet of things) light up “dumb” things in our home - making them “smart”-er. Smart TV’s are an example of this. But there are so many other things in our home that could be doing much more for us.

This is where Quirky comes in. They have launched a new line of Smart Home items thanks to their partnership with GE.

Quirky’s line of “Smart Things” really start to drive home how powerful IoT is in changing our everyday lives. Right now Quirky has five items to choose from but I am sure this will grow as the inventions come in and are brought to life.

Here are two of my favorites:

1. Egg Minder - Smart Egg Tray

Egg minder is a smart egg tray that not only keeps track of how many of the 14 eggs its holds is left in the fridge but also uses LED lights to show you which egg is the oldest and should be used first. How many times have you been at the grocery store and wondered how many eggs you had left? The Quirky app will let you see how many eggs you have left anywhere you are so no more guesswork is needed.

2. Nimbus - Your Personal Dashboard

Nimbus is a smart alarm clock of sorts. A highly customizable 4-dial dashboard it can be personalized using your mobile device to monitor your commute traffic, weather, email, calendar, social media networks, and more. It even works with Fitbit and other products in the Quirky + GE collection.

Quirky is a crowdsourcing company headquartered in New York City that brings products to the marketplace through interaction between the online global community and Quirky’s product design staff. The community can invent, influence and purchase items.  

Quirky recently partnered with GE to provide the Quirky community access to GE’s technology which is what is facilitating the creation of IoT items.

Sources: IDC, Quirky

Future Tech Report is Now Designers Of Things
Future Geeks! We certainly have been on a wild ride. Our community has grown more than four times in just one month to over 20,000. We are no longer a village. We are a town! And next stop is definitely one big city.
To mark our growth, Future Tech Report is shedding its skin and rebranding as Designers of Things.
Why Designers of Things? It’s because we have reached a time when we are ALL creators. Together we are innovating and developing a new world filled with new and exciting technological wonders. And this blog is here to celebrate that.
We have a new look and a new name but what won’t change is our focus on future technology especially wearable tech, 3D printing and the Internet of Things. 
What also isn’t changing is my commitment to you to continue to share stories of this crazy cool, “I can’t believe this exists” technology that is disrupting our every day lives.
Shoot me an email or add a comment to the post to let me know what you think.
And in the wise words of Yoda “Always in motion the future is”.

Future Tech Report is Now Designers Of Things

Future Geeks! We certainly have been on a wild ride. Our community has grown more than four times in just one month to over 20,000. We are no longer a village. We are a town! And next stop is definitely one big city.

To mark our growth, Future Tech Report is shedding its skin and rebranding as Designers of Things.

Why Designers of Things? It’s because we have reached a time when we are ALL creators. Together we are innovating and developing a new world filled with new and exciting technological wonders. And this blog is here to celebrate that.

We have a new look and a new name but what won’t change is our focus on future technology especially wearable tech, 3D printing and the Internet of Things. 

What also isn’t changing is my commitment to you to continue to share stories of this crazy cool, “I can’t believe this exists” technology that is disrupting our every day lives.

Shoot me an email or add a comment to the post to let me know what you think.

And in the wise words of Yoda “Always in motion the future is”.