Three of Tech’s Hottest Trends Collide Tomorrow at Designers of Things
The world is changing. 3D printing is bringing manufacturing to the masses, the Internet is spreading out from our computers to connect all things in the Internet of Things and we are starting to get even more intimate with our technology by wearing it as clothing and accessories with wearable tech. These three shifts all have huge individual impacts on how we live our everyday lives as well as have influence on each other. One of the common threads between 3D printing, IoT and wearable tech is the ability to use this technology to design solutions that solve for real problems in our world which is at the core of tomorrow’s conference in San Francisco, Designers of Things.
[[MORE]]Beginning tomorrow, the Mission Bay Conference Center in downtown San Francisco will be the home to three of the hottest topics in technology today. Designers of Things is bringing together designers, developers and innovators in an event that is jam packed with live demos, technical sessions and networking parties.
We’ve spent the past few months featuring many of the speakers who are voicing their thoughts and experience at the conference these next two days. Most recently was a conversation with Duann Scott from Shapeways who spoke to us about his experience in “making really cool things” with 3D printing when brands like Hasbro open up their IP to the creative community. The Shapeways-Hasbro partnership allowed select designers to collaborate with the uber popular “My Little Pony” franchise in building new creations under this brand and selling it on the Shapeways platform.
Back in July, we caught up with Karl Martin, CEO and Founder of Toronto-based Bionym, a wearable tech company behind the Nymi, a wristband to identify who you are and then relays your identity to any connected thing via Bluetooth. As Martin explained, identity isn’t just about security and passwords but also about preferences and customization opening up opportunities to use the Nymi to do anything from opening smart doors and accessing your email to changing the music station and lighting in an environment you walk into while wearing it. 
“Sensing” environments is something Adam Justice from GridConnect knows well. In a recent featured speaker post, Justice talked to us about ConnectSense, his company’s line of sensors for the home which track anything from motion to light. And we spent considerable time discussing the importance of a great first experience for new technology, which he explained, was striving to make technology “stupid easy” for the end user so that they are not overwhelmed. 
Scott, Martin and Justice all join us beginning tomorrow as we continue these types of conversations live on stage in San Francisco. For those of you who are not able to make it to the conference, we will be live tweeting from the @DoThingsCon Twitter account and posting featured sessions on the blog so be sure to follow-us and check back here soon.

Three of Tech’s Hottest Trends Collide Tomorrow at Designers of Things

The world is changing. 3D printing is bringing manufacturing to the masses, the Internet is spreading out from our computers to connect all things in the Internet of Things and we are starting to get even more intimate with our technology by wearing it as clothing and accessories with wearable tech. These three shifts all have huge individual impacts on how we live our everyday lives as well as have influence on each other. One of the common threads between 3D printing, IoT and wearable tech is the ability to use this technology to design solutions that solve for real problems in our world which is at the core of tomorrow’s conference in San Francisco, Designers of Things.

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The Cloud as the Backbone of the Internet of Things
According to Cisco, over 50 billion things are expected to be connected to the internet by 2020. This includes everything from the bulb in your lamp to the knob on your front door. Behind the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sensors these devices are all equipped with is one of the most important ingredients of the internet of things - the cloud.
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The importance of the cloud is core to Ayla Networks, a proud sponsor of the Designers of Things conference which starts tomorrow in San Francisco. The company offers a cloud-based platform as an agile service for connected devices which accelerates development, support and ongoing enhancements for IoT products. 
With the IoT space being quite broad, we asked Senior Director of Product Marketing Ayla Networks, Rod McLane what areas the company is focusing the most attention on.  McLane told us that connected home, the industrial space such as HVAC and water treatment systems and wearables or the connected person especially in health are seeing the most activity. 
Across all areas, McLane noted that focusing on the consumer rather than the technology was key. “What can we do to enable the person to lead a better life and get more out of their everyday activities,” he told us. 
As Ayla is a cloud-based platform, its solution empowers manufacturers to make changes to functionality without the need to replace the hardware. This is a huge bonus for the consumer. “You aren’t going to replace your thermostat every three years,” he points out. Instead, manufacturers can push new firmware to the existing device to bug fix or add additional features. This agility also allows the manufacturers to adapt to the ever changing landscape of IoT which not only sees new entrants on a frequent basis but is also at a time of flux when it comes to standards. 
Security is constant part of the conversation with IoT and with good reason. As McLane points out you don’t want someone to “hack into your fridge to spoil your food or hack into your connected door to get into your home.” Ayla Networks treats security very seriously and has worked in three levels of protection including the use of SSL, unique keys and working with the chip makers to install an Ayla agent on the hardware.
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This article is part of our article series for Designers of Things Conference which takes place September 23-24, 2014 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California. Ayla Networks is a proud sponsor of Designers of Things.

The Cloud as the Backbone of the Internet of Things

According to Cisco, over 50 billion things are expected to be connected to the internet by 2020. This includes everything from the bulb in your lamp to the knob on your front door. Behind the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sensors these devices are all equipped with is one of the most important ingredients of the internet of things - the cloud.

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Talking to our Tech: Featured Speaker Tanya Kraljic
If there is one mark of the future, it’s the ability to talk to our tech and have it respond and take action. From Hal 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to KITT in Knight Rider, we have been fascinated with a time when we can interact with our computers just as naturally as we do with each other. Although we are still a few years out from real intelligent conversations with our devices, the ability to converse with computers is entirely plausible with today’s technology. And it will become an even more critical input for the growing number of connected devices that fall under the umbrella of wearable technology and the Internet of Things.   
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Voice has already come a long way in just a couple of years when it was just starting to be used in applications and was predominantly found in enterprise environments such as customer care centers. Today you can find voice in apps, gaming systems, home automation, robots and wearables. “It is becoming ubiquitous,” Tanya Kraljic, principal interaction and dialog designer at Nuance Communications, told Designers of Things. “As the technology evolves, people realize that it is a natural way to interact with technology”. 
Headquartered in Massachusetts, Nuance is a leader in speech and imaging applications and is reinventing the relationship between people and technology. Its technology is a driving force behind the voice recognition capabilities of Siri, Apple’s voice assistant and powers apps from AccuWeather, Domino’s Pizza and others. 
Kraljic says that she has seen a significant leap in voice systems in the four years she has worked for the company from simply understanding a set of certain words in the form of dictation to understanding natural language to allow you to actually converse with your tech. “You can tell the system in your own words what you want, and what you need and not have to worry about how to express that. The systems will understand you and take the initiative,” she said. 
Of course there is still more work to be done. Kraljic believes the next leap will be in creating intelligent systems which will inform dialogues and will be more aware of you, your past, your preferences and use sensors to gain more context of the environment. “We are in a great place for recognition and natural language understanding. Now we need to push the boundaries of intelligence,” explained Kraljic.
Kraljic points to wearables in helping to expedite advancements in voice especially as many have small screens or no screens at all and rely heavily on voice for interaction. Devices like Google Glass and hearables, like Motorola’s Hint, are just two examples of devices which use voice as a primary input. “Everyone of these devices that comes out pushes the voice experience a little further,” she said.  And although talking to our tech still seems a little awkward she believes that social norms will change out of a matter of convenience and use value.  
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This article is part of our featured speaker series for Designers of Things Conference which takes place September 23-24, 2014 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California. Get your VIP and Tech passes by clicking here. Tanya Kraljic will be speaking about Designing Voice Interfaces for Wearables and Other Form Factors at the event.

Talking to our Tech: Featured Speaker Tanya Kraljic

If there is one mark of the future, it’s the ability to talk to our tech and have it respond and take action. From Hal 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to KITT in Knight Rider, we have been fascinated with a time when we can interact with our computers just as naturally as we do with each other. Although we are still a few years out from real intelligent conversations with our devices, the ability to converse with computers is entirely plausible with today’s technology. And it will become an even more critical input for the growing number of connected devices that fall under the umbrella of wearable technology and the Internet of Things.   

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Making The Internet of Things “Easy Stupid”: Featured Speaker Adam Justice
The rise of “smart” things is coming! But while a connected home, car, workplace and everything in between offers a lot of benefits it also has the potential to be a complete data driven nightmare for consumers. To avoid this, IoT companies need to provide a positive experience that drives value which is exactly the focus for Home Automation and Business Monitoring company, GridConnect.
[[MORE]]GridConnect offers a line of sensors for consumers called ConnectSense. The sensors track anything from motion to temperature and humidity to motion and lights. Its sensors are all Wi-Fi based and battery powered and link up to the cloud where users can get access to dashboards and setup alerts via the ConnectSense web app. 
GridConnect has been in the machine-to-machine business for 12 years mainly on the enterprise side of things. VP and General Manager, Adam Justice, says that the falling price of sensors and connectivity has contributed to the move of IoT into the masses. Beyond the components, he also adds that people’s growing trust and familiarity with the cloud has greatly assisted the adoption of connected things.
In order for IoT to succeed with consumers, Justice explained that its imperative that consumer’s first experiences with a smart thing is a positive one. “We realize that we may be the first connected experience for the consumer so we want it to be a great one. You need one really great experience to give you that AHA moment to show you what is possible,” he told us. Just as powerful, he says, is a horrible experience which can scare consumers away, making it harder to get them back.
He explained that one of the ways to create this positive experience is to make the setup and use of connected sensors “stupid easy”. Just as critical is not overwhelming users with data but instead give them something they can use. The ability to set alerts and get notifications and even hook connected things into smart meters for energy optimization are just a few of these benefits. 
For those creating products, Justice explained that adding connectivity to a product opens up a lot of opportunities. One of them is the data to better the product. “You can learn about how consumers are using your product,” he explained. “For example, a washer dryer may have twenty functions but users may only use five of them”. 
Eventually, Justice sees IoT as becoming ubiquitous. “Eventually, it will come to a point when if your product is not smart than it is dumb,” he said. 
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This article is part of our featured speaker series for Designers of Things Conference which takes place September 23-24, 2014 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California. Get your VIP and Tech passes by clicking here. 

Making The Internet of Things “Easy Stupid”: Featured Speaker Adam Justice

The rise of “smart” things is coming! But while a connected home, car, workplace and everything in between offers a lot of benefits it also has the potential to be a complete data driven nightmare for consumers. To avoid this, IoT companies need to provide a positive experience that drives value which is exactly the focus for Home Automation and Business Monitoring company, GridConnect.

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Talking About Cool Ideas with Proto Labs
Proto Labs has seen its fair share of cool ideas. The world’s fastest injection molding, additive manufacturing and CNC machining service implemented its Cool Idea! Award program back in 2011 to identify and assist innovative inventors in getting their product to market
[[MORE]]Each year the program awards up to $250,000 of its manufacturing services to assist them in creating fully functional parts for prototyping, design iterations, testing or even an initial production run. Of the recipients from last year is Everpurse, a purse that integrates a smartphone charging system into the accessory and D-Rev, a low-cost knee prosthetic for above-the-knee amputee living in developing countries. 
We caught up with Proto Labs’ Marketing Manager, Sarah Braun, who was brought on board back in 2011 to kick of the program. She told us that solving real problems and a social good factor were key elements in judging the products the company considers for the award, as were originality, marketability and of course the “cool factor”.
One of the first winners that stood out to Braun was Truflavorware, a line of flatware created by Ohio-based Dan Ladanyi. The set of plastic utensils were designed specifically for chemotherapy patients so that they could avoid the taste of metal in their mouth while still using a fork and knife that felt like metal.
Braun told us that one of the biggest trends over the years has been an increase in connected IoT and wearables products. As is Robotics. This year’s winners include a low-cost motor and propeller unit designed for aquatic exploration and a home-based autonomous robot.  
Proto Labs expects to announce its next winner on October 7. Winners will be posted on the Cool Awards section of the Proto Labs website. 
Photo: Everpurse
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This article is part of our featured series for Designers of Things Conference which takes place September 23-24, 2014 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California. Get your VIP and Tech passes by clicking here. 
Proto Labs wants you to join them at DoT 2014 with a complimentary pass. For more information on their limited quantities of free passes, reach out to coolidea@protolabs.com by September 16th with DoT 2014 in the subject line.

Talking About Cool Ideas with Proto Labs

Proto Labs has seen its fair share of cool ideas. The world’s fastest injection molding, additive manufacturing and CNC machining service implemented its Cool Idea! Award program back in 2011 to identify and assist innovative inventors in getting their product to market

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Last Week to Register for DoT 2014 with Special Pricing
Advance rates for Designers of Things expire Friday, September 12. Register this week to save up to $150 on your VIP, Tech or Demo Pass.
All pass holders will gain access to the Demo Hall, featuring cutting-edge technologies from innovative companies, including Autodesk, Freescale and Grid Connect. Join them and other participating companies to learn about new products, interact with designers and developers, and establish relationships with the brightest minds in wearable tech, 3D printing and IoT. Additionally, pass holders are invited to attend on-site parties hosted by Shapeways and Proto Labs after the Demo Hall closes on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
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VIP and Tech pass holders can also access a wide range of talks, intensives and workshops covering these technologies, including: Designing for 24/7 Wearability with Nirav “Rav” Sheth  from MC10, Designing Voice Interfaces for Wearables and Other Form Factors with Tanya Kraljic from Nuance Communications, and Wireless Connectivity and Wearables: The What, How, and Why with Cary Bran from Plantronics.
Visit the session scheduler on the Designers of Things Conference website for the full session listing or download the Official DoT 2014 app.

DoT 2014 will take place September 23-24, 2014 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF in San Francisco, California.

Last Week to Register for DoT 2014 with Special Pricing

Advance rates for Designers of Things expire Friday, September 12. Register this week to save up to $150 on your VIP, Tech or Demo Pass.

All pass holders will gain access to the Demo Hall, featuring cutting-edge technologies from innovative companies, including Autodesk, Freescale and Grid Connect. Join them and other participating companies to learn about new products, interact with designers and developers, and establish relationships with the brightest minds in wearable tech, 3D printing and IoT. Additionally, pass holders are invited to attend on-site parties hosted by Shapeways and Proto Labs after the Demo Hall closes on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

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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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