The Orange Chef, a smart kitchen startup that managed to get its connected scale into Williams Sonoma stores and score $1.2 million in funding from Google, has finally closed the book on its hardware business. The company, which made an iPad cover … [Read more...]
Sigfox’s network hits 100 U.S. cities: Does it matter?
Sigfox, the French company building a low-power wireless network for the internet of things, has now covered 20 percent of the U.S. population with its proprietary network. It celebrated the news this week when it said it had achieved its … [Read more...]
IoT Podcast: Google’s IoT Strategy takes shape and Microsoft enters the fray
There was so much news this week, that we skipped having a guest in favor of just keeping track of some big moves in the sector. This week was Google's time to shine since it launched both Actions on Google (an SDK for talking to its Assistant on … [Read more...]
Ikea’s smart home dreams
Ikea has plans to get into the smart home device business. Below is a diagram of the Ikea smart lighting hub and bulbs from its filings with the FCC. The Swedish furniture store filed several documents to test WiFi and ZigBee wireless modules. … [Read more...]
Do we really need a personal assistant?
I spent a lot of time this week talking about personal assistants thanks to Google finally announcing its operating system for the internet of things (dubbed Android Things) and taking its Weave communications protocol out of developer preview. The … [Read more...]