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LightBeam turns everyday objects into displays, controls
The future according to John Doerr (Or: How Twitter can become the fifth big company in tech)

The Best New Startups

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A lot of companies launched this year. A few really stood out. We asked tech executives, founders, and investors about their favorite new companies. Here are 22 of the best apps and startups that launched in 2012. They're sure to do amazing things in 2013.Smart Things wants to make ordinary...
The Best New Startups
Facebook ponders its place in the Internet of Things

City-Shaped Design: 13 Urban-Inspired Objects

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[ By Steph in Architecture & Design & Urban & Street Art & Urban Images & Urbanism. ] Despite the crowded sidewalks, the cacophony of traffic and the sky-high cost of living, there’s no denying the romanticism and sheer energy of big cities like New York, Paris, London and...
City-Shaped Design: 13 Urban-Inspired Objects

Meet Microsoft, the world's best kept R&D secret

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As far as 99.9 percent of the world population is concerned, Microsoft is a stodgy, old-guard technology company. Its bottom line is fully leveraged against PC operating systems and business software--hardly the building blocks of a future-thinking portfolio, right? But scratch that cold, conservative, pedestrian surface, and you'll find a Microsoft...
Meet Microsoft, the world's best kept R&D secret

'Facebook for things' company Evrything teams up with ARM on internet of things

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Much of the talk around the “internet of things” is centered on sensors and the networking or connectivity part of the puzzle — the IP addresses that everyday objects will need to have, or the machine-to-machine (M2M) networks needed to connect all those sensors. But infrastructure isn’t the end of...
'Facebook for things' company Evrything teams up with ARM on internet of things

GE And Quirky Team Up To Develop The Milk Jug Of The Future

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For just about a week now, GE and product development network Quirky have been running an interesting contest — they’ve challenged people to come up with ways to improve everyday objects by making them “smarter with software”. Unlike the traditional Quirky production and development process though, the winning concept will...
GE And Quirky Team Up To Develop The Milk Jug Of The Future

Angry Birds creator's new game, Amazing Alex, is out now

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Amazing Alex, a new physics-based puzzle game for Android and iOS devices, is out now. It’s the newest game from Rovio, the company that received over a billion downloads thanks to the megahit Angry Birds. This is the first major release from Rovio since their release of the Angry Birds games,...
Angry Birds creator's new game, Amazing Alex, is out now
What Makes A City A City? New Visual System Identifies City Characteristics

Disney researchers put gesture recognition in door knobs, chairs, fish tanks

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Imagine a door that locks when you pinch the knob. Or a smartphone that can be silenced by a hand gesture. Or a chair that adjusts room lighting when you recline into it. A team of researchers at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have come up...
Disney researchers put gesture recognition in door knobs, chairs, fish tanks

Ask A VC Is Back With Spark’s New Partner Nabeel Hyatt And Andreessen Horowitz’s Enterprise Guru Peter Levine

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Ask a VC, the TCTV show where you ask the questions, is back after a long hiatus and we’re kicking things off with two partners this week from Spark Capital and Andreessen Horowitz! If you’ve got questions about what it’s like to shift from being an entrepreneur to being a...
Ask A VC Is Back With Spark’s New Partner Nabeel Hyatt And Andreessen Horowitz’s Enterprise Guru Peter Levine

SmartThings, a Kickstarter Hit, Raises $3M More From VCs and Angels

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SmartThings, a company that’s trying to wirelessly connect everyday devices and objects to the Internet, has raised $3 million led by First Round Capital. That’s on top of $1.2 million committed by backers on Kickstarter, where SmartThings more than quadrupled its funding goal on September, plus a €100,000 prize for...
SmartThings, a Kickstarter Hit, Raises $3M More From VCs and Angels

US engineers begin work on MacGyverbot

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A team of US-based engineers, funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and DARPA, has begun the development of a MacGyverbot — a robot that, like the tenacious TV hero MacGyver, can interact with its environment in novel ways to solve problems.As it currently stands, robots are incredibly proficient...
US engineers begin work on MacGyverbot
Can connected devices change the world?

Backed Or Whacked: Bridging Worlds Without Words

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Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin. One of the hottest areas of tech right now is the Internet of Things, wherein...
Backed Or Whacked: Bridging Worlds Without Words
For the Internet of things, will it be verticals or horizontals?

10 Smart Clothes You'll Soon Be Wearing

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In the emerging Internet of Things, everyday objects are becoming networked. Clothing is no exception. It's still early days for Web-enabled clothes - the best example so far is the Nike+ running shoe, which contains sensors that connect to the user's iPod. But expect to see everything from your shirt...
10 Smart Clothes You'll Soon Be Wearing

Layar lays the AR on thick with worldwide Stiktu app rollout

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Layar's no stranger to the AR game. The company's been acting as an enabler of sorts, putting its Player and Creator dev tools into the hands of the masses across iOS and Android for some time. Now, the outfit's making Stiktu -- a social app that attaches augmented reality...
Layar lays the AR on thick with worldwide Stiktu app rollout

What The Home Of The Future Will Look Like

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Our homes today are smarter than they've ever been before, and they're only going to get smarter. With the rise of products from companies like Nest and SmartThings -- which make intuitive, web-enabled gadgets that adjust themselves -- we're getting closer to a day where our homes do more for...
What The Home Of The Future Will Look Like

Nest & The New Era of Home Appliances

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Earlier this week I listed 5 signs of a great user experience in a tech product. One sign is that it changes you. I referred to revolutionary products like the iPhone and Twitter, that modified our online behaviors or habits. This trend is becoming more noticeable with the so...
Nest & The New Era of Home Appliances

Products through the ages - slideshow

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From bathing suits to bikinis, ear trumpets to implants: products through the ages is a photography project about the evolution of everyday objects from the 1900s to today...
Products through the ages - slideshow

If You Like Delicious Coffee, You Are Going To Looooove The Internet Of Things

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When our quotidian lives are jammed with smart chips, expect daily magic. I can't wait to upgrade my coffee maker to the next version of CoffeeOS--I hear it'll run even more apps. This is a scenario that's fantasy right now, but it's also just around the corner technologically speaking....
If You Like Delicious Coffee, You Are Going To Looooove The Internet Of Things
'Things Come Apart' catalogs beautiful teardowns of everyday objects
Twitter: Enabling the Internet of Things-lite

10 Internet of Things Blogs To Keep An Eye On

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Everyday objects with their own IP addresses may soon be the norm. This communication of objects with the Web is the latest version of a still-idyllic new vision of technology that claims it will improve our lives. Yet we're at such an early stage of development of the Internet of...
10 Internet of Things Blogs To Keep An Eye On
How to turn your DSLR into a full spectrum 'super camera'

5 Ways That Cars Are Getting Smarter

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In the emerging Internet of Things, everyday objects are becoming networked. Recently we looked at smart clothing, today we explore the world of smart cars. From Formula One to cheap family cars, all kinds of vehicles are utilizing sensors and advanced technology nowadays. While some of the features we discuss...
5 Ways That Cars Are Getting Smarter

Georgia Tech Team Working on a 'MacGyver' Bot; Hijinks Sure to Ensue

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More like ActionHeroBot, right? (Photo: Georgia Tech) They might be able to make burritos and rescue the drowning, but robots are still lacking in some basic functionality. Namely: The set of skills that humans typically call “common sense.” If you are walking down the street and encounter an unexpected fallen...
Georgia Tech Team Working on a 'MacGyver' Bot; Hijinks Sure to Ensue

Bristol Brings The Noise To Everyday Objects With Talking Lamp Posts

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The Internet of Things is coming to the British city's street furniture. The city of Bristol is to be turned into an interactive playground, complete with talking street furniture. Hello Lamp Post!, a proposal put forward by a London-based design studio, will allow inanimate objects such as post boxes,...
Bristol Brings The Noise To Everyday Objects With Talking Lamp Posts
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