automation

Automatic smartphone car link gets IFTTT channel

Automatic smartphone car link gets IFTTT channel

Automatic, the iPhone-connected car telemetry dongle, has announced a new IFTTT channel that can integrate a vehicle into the Internet-of-Things, including automatically logging journeys, sending notifications when you're about to get to work, or even controlling a smart home. The new "If This Then That" channel can be sparked by several different triggers, including ignition status and location, and then used to fire off other IFTTT-integrated services like Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, SmartThings, and more.

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Sen.se Mother eyes-on: turn everyday items smart

Sen.se Mother eyes-on: turn everyday items smart

Sen.se was here at CES 2014 showing off a monitoring system called Mother. The Mother works in conjunction with sensors which are called Cookies and these can be used to monitor a variety of things. Some use case examples include getting notified when the kids arrive home, how long they brush their teeth, or as a reminder to take your medicine.

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Oxford University tests out their new self-driving car system

Oxford University tests out their new self-driving car system

A team of scientists at Oxford University, led by Professor Paul Newman, has developed a new self-driving car system that that is supposedly much more advanced than the one being developed by Google. The self-driving car system will be able to be implemented into existing cars. The car that the team test drove was a Nissan Leaf electric car, and it was tested on the private roads of Oxford University.


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MeCam delivers hovering, person-following video for $49

MeCam delivers hovering, person-following video for $49

There's a little quad-helicopter device coming to the market relatively soon known as the MeCam, developed and manufactured by the friendly folks at Always Innovating. This little chopper has its own video camera and will connect to your smartphone as well as follow you around automatically while otherwise accepting voice-commands galore. This little monster will also only cost you $49 USD.

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Microsoft unveils on{x} automation app for Android

Microsoft unveils on{x} automation app for Android

Microsoft has just introduced an exciting mobile automation platform called on{x}, which will be available only on Android smartphones initially, before even the company's own Windows Phones. The tool, consisting of a website and app, allows users to set automated tasks and reminders through the use of various scripts or "recipes."

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