GE, Quirky collaborate on sustainable innovations via M2M

Engineering giant teams up with tech start up to accelerate push into burgeoning machine-to-machine market

GE and crowdsourced innovation platform Quirky are teaming up to support and encourage the creation of connected devices for fleet management, health care and sustainability solutions that participate in the so-called “Internet of Things”.

Under the new relationship, GE will make thousands of existing patents available to the Quirky product development community starting in May.

The two companies hope these technologies will serve as the foundation for next-generation smart appliances and consumer products – co-branded under the Wink: Instantly Connected – that can communicate status, updates or other data to smartphones or Web software dashboards.

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Source: Business Green