The Padlock Gets Disrupted with Noke
I currently have three padlocks in a drawer all without keys. That’s pretty much the story with most padlocks. They do the trick but you often risk locking the item you are protecting away for good because the keys are just so tiny and are easy to lose. And we all know that combination locks aren’t any better. That’s why I am pretty excited about Noke, the first bluetooth padlock which is crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
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Noke (pronounced No + Key) uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a smartphone to check if the authentication key is available. Once there is a match, the lock opens up. There are no keys. No combinations. And better yet, you don’t even need to take your phone out of your pocket. You simply push the shackle on the lock and as long as your phone is in range (10 feet), the lock will open and you are on your way.
Noke also lets you easily share access to a lock by sending time-based invites to your friends via the Noke smartphone app. The app keeps a history of when the lock is used which adds an extra level of visibility you obviously wouldn’t get with a traditional dumb lock.
But what if your phone dies? Well, the FUZ Designs, the company behind the product, has a patent-pending solution called Quick-Click technology. This allows you to set a code which you input on the lock by pressing the shackle. Key in the code and the lock will release.
Backers can grab a Noke right now at $59 which is $30 off retail. At the time of this article, FUZ Designs has raised over $230,000 from its campaign which had an original goal of $100,000 with 27 days to go. I’ve already started to empty my drawers in anticipation.  

The Padlock Gets Disrupted with Noke

I currently have three padlocks in a drawer all without keys. That’s pretty much the story with most padlocks. They do the trick but you often risk locking the item you are protecting away for good because the keys are just so tiny and are easy to lose. And we all know that combination locks aren’t any better. That’s why I am pretty excited about Noke, the first bluetooth padlock which is crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

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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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DoT 2014’s Early Bird Rates End on Friday
The Early Bird rates for Designers of Things 2014 – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – are expiring this Friday, June 27.  If you register now, you can save up to $250 on your VIP Pass and get access to all the sessions.
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Sessions include: 
3D IP: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES FOR INNOVATORS, Patience Jones (Graphicmachine)
CREATIVITY MEETS TECH: REDEFINING FASHION IN THE DIGITAL AGE, Mary Huang (Continuum Fashion)
BE KIND TO YOUR USERS: SECURITY AND ETHICS IN WEARABLES DESIGN, Jen Costillo (Rebelbot)
CHALLENGES OF A 3D PRINTING STARTUP, Marcus Foley (Electroloom), Aaron Rowley (Electroloom), Joseph White (Electroloom)
GETTING STARTED WITH iBEACONS, Daniel Luxemburg (Bandwagon)
View the conference agenda.

DoT 2014’s Early Bird Rates End on Friday

The Early Bird rates for Designers of Things 2014 – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – are expiring this Friday, June 27.  If you register now, you can save up to $250 on your VIP Pass and get access to all the sessions.

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Honeywell Gets Into Home Automation with Nest Competitor Lyric
Move over Nest, there is another smart thermostat coming to town this August. Honeywell, a leader in home security and control for over 125 years, introduced Lyric earlier this week, its first smart thermostat for the consumer market.
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The round thermostat, connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi to allow you to control the temperature and view reports remotely. The design of the thermostat may seem very similar to the Nest but Honeywell insists that the Lyric’s design is based on the Round Thermostat they introduced to the market back in 1953.
Unlike Nest which tries to learn your heating and cooling patterns and then make decisions for you, Lyric uses geo-fencing to understand if you are home, away or on your way to change the temperature according to your settings. You can always change your temperature while at home directly on the device or via the app, which also comes in handy when you want to change settings remotely.
Another big difference between Nest and Lyric is the Fine Tune feature which factors in indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its alogrithm to provide the optimal temperature for homeowners. 
In the Lyric app, Honeywell has allowed for shortcuts which can be set for specific, recurring situations, say for when you are working out at home, or when your in-laws who are always cold come over. With one-tap your Lyric can change no matter where you are. Honeywell has also equipped the app with push notifications for when your temperature or humidity reaches certain levels in the home for you to action. 
According to Honeywell, Lyric is the first in a family of connected home products that we should see out of the company. The Lyric thermostat is available now via professional heating and cooling contractors, and will be available at retail beginning in August 2014 for $279 (MSRP).

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Honeywell Gets Into Home Automation with Nest Competitor Lyric

Move over Nest, there is another smart thermostat coming to town this August. Honeywell, a leader in home security and control for over 125 years, introduced Lyric earlier this week, its first smart thermostat for the consumer market.

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Designers of Things 2014 Posts Conference Agenda 
The Designers of Things 2014 conference schedule is now live on the website! Designers of Things 2014 takes place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco, and covers the latest strategies and techniques behind the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and IoT.
[[MORE]]At the inaugural event you can expect sessions that dive deep into topics like:
3D Manufacturing and IoT: Bringing on an Intelligent Industrial Renaissance
Cut Power and Enhance Haptic Feedback with Impedance Matching
Designing in a Data-Driven World: Keys to Success for Creative-Minded Entrepreneurs
Desktop 3D Printing: Hype, Reality and Sustainability
Identification, Authentication and Customization with Biometrics
More sessions will be added soon!
DoT 2014 also features keynote Gadi Amit, New Deal Design, and speakers from Rebelbot, Autodesk, Nuance Communications, Inc., Mighty Cast, Plantronics, Whistle, Bandwagon, Hexoskin, Wellograph and more.
You can start customizing your agenda online and don’t forget that you can save $250 on your VIP Pass by registering before June 27.

Designers of Things 2014 Posts Conference Agenda

The Designers of Things 2014 conference schedule is now live on the website! Designers of Things 2014 takes place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco, and covers the latest strategies and techniques behind the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and IoT.

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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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Map Your Mind While Cycling with MindRider
Riding your bike in the city can be a stressful experience. Avoiding traffic, pedestrians and dogs off their leash requires a tremendous amount of focus and courage. Imagine being able to map your bike routes to show not just where you’ve travelled but your state of mind getting there. This is the intent of a wearable project called MindRider.
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MindRider is a brain-reading bike helmet that uses commercial EEG sensors you would find in the likes of NeuroSky, Emotiv or the upcoming Muse to monitor and measure your brain activity. 
Paired with LED lights, MindRider can show your state of mind while cycling to the outside world by changing the color of the lights on your helmet. Blinking red if you are panicking or hopefully a consistent green to indicate you are driving calm and and focused. 

When combined with GPS, MindRider can begin to map your mind state against the bike route you’ve taken that day. These “Experience Maps” geo-locate brain activity to help you better understand the relationship between cycling and your environment. This type of information could help you make better decisions on the bike route you take in the morning to avoid being overly stressed out when you reach the office. 
Right now MindRider is in the process of development and market analysis with no date for launch. They are currently inviting interested users to sign-up for a chance to win a unit in 2014. 

Map Your Mind While Cycling with MindRider

Riding your bike in the city can be a stressful experience. Avoiding traffic, pedestrians and dogs off their leash requires a tremendous amount of focus and courage. Imagine being able to map your bike routes to show not just where you’ve travelled but your state of mind getting there. This is the intent of a wearable project called MindRider.

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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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Are You A Designer of Things? We Need You!
Help shape the content, program and features of the hottest new event in Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and IoT – the Designers of Things conference!
The DoT conference is inviting applications from technical experts to be a part of the Advisory Committee.
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If you want to be a part of this cutting edge event, send an email to Katie Stern, Event Director, at katie.stern@ubm.com, with your resume and a brief description of why you’re interested and qualified to join the Committee.
Advisory Committee members will need to have the expertise, experience and deep understanding of the current issues and challenges most relevant to designers and developers in these spaces.
You will:
Attend planning meetings & monthly calls
Assist in the development of tracks
Review submissions & select sessions
Recruit speakers & review presentations
Assist in promoting DoT…and more.
Don’t miss your opportunity to help design a world-class conference on the biggest trends in future tech! The deadline for applications is: Friday, February 21, 2014.
Download more information on the Advisory role here.  

Are You A Designer of Things? We Need You!

Help shape the content, program and features of the hottest new event in Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and IoT – the Designers of Things conference!

The DoT conference is inviting applications from technical experts to be a part of the Advisory Committee.

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