Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?

Almost everyone has faced the maddening thought that they are miles from home but not sure whether they turned off the space heater or some other appliance.

A person might even drive back home to make sure the thing is turned off. Well, as the Internet of Things takes hold, that is at least one aggravation that may become history, because a smartphone app will be able to display whether that heater is on, and allow the user to turn it off — remotely — if it is. Continue reading “Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?”

Bracelet that signs you in to your computer when you get close, presented by Intel

At today’s Intel Developer Forum event, the chipmaker showed off a prototype for a bracelet that would log you in to your computer or smartphone when you get close enough. That prototype, developed in conjunction with fashion brand Fossil, doesn’t get rid of passwords entirely: When you put it on, you enter your password. Continue reading “Bracelet that signs you in to your computer when you get close, presented by Intel”

Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech

If 2014 was the year of the fitness tracker, then 2015 seems destined to be the year of the smartwatch. Whilst there are a range of potential legal consequences for CSPs in becoming involved in wearable tech, from consumer and product liability issues (if the CSP retails such products) to advertising and marketing issues (in relation to the promotion of such products and services), it is the data issues which are potentially of most interest. Continue reading “Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech”

Spark Electron Brings Cheap Cellular Connectivity To The Internet of Things

You might be familiar with Spark, a company that’s best known for its Spark Core. Now Spark is back on Kickstarter, though this time it wants to disrupt the cellular space with its Electron development board: a tiny $39 circuit board that you can think of as a cellular-connected Arduino with a SIM card. Continue reading “Spark Electron Brings Cheap Cellular Connectivity To The Internet of Things”

Low-Power Barometric Pressure Sensor For Mobile And Wearable Gadgets, IoT Devices

Infineon Technologies AG has launched an ultra-high ±5cm resolution, miniature MEMS pressure sensor for use in mobile and wearable gadgets and IoT devices. The DPS310 is a low-power digital barometric pressure sensor that enables the development of new and enhanced navigation, location, well-being, gesture recognition and weather monitoring applications. Continue reading “Low-Power Barometric Pressure Sensor For Mobile And Wearable Gadgets, IoT Devices”

Smartphones just as accurate at tracking physical activity as wearables

Smartphone apps are just as capable of accurately tracking physical activity as fitness trackers and other wearables, a study has found.Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania equipped 14 participants… Continue reading “Smartphones just as accurate at tracking physical activity as wearables”