automation

Google’s self-driving car is programmed to speed, just like you

Google’s self-driving car is programmed to speed, just like you

The thought of self driving cars is pretty neat — unless it’s a perfectly driving shaming machine that will only make you feel like a scofflaw all the time. Google’s offering is going to emulate you, though, not obey the letter of the law. A Google engineer today said that will even extend to casual speeding when appropriate.

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UK to allow self-driving cars on public roads starting 2015

UK to allow self-driving cars on public roads starting 2015

By January next year, residents of the UK might start seeing cars without drivers, or at least without manual driver interference, on public roads. The legalization of these types of autonomous vehicle is part of the country's efforts to bill itself as place that is conducive for building and testing self-driving cars.

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Make your home more convenient with these three gadgets

Make your home more convenient with these three gadgets

The Internet of Things. Connected devices. The devices we use in our everyday lives are getting a makeover, and with that makeover comes an unprecedented amount of control over and automation in our homes. Lights know when to turn off and on. The house is already cooled down when you get home from work. Menial tasks fade into the background.

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ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the thing that everyone seems to want to talk about. But before it becomes a real thing, it seems that it will be thing that creates groups and consortia and all sorts of seen and unseen alliances. Just a week after the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) was born, a new fellowship called the Thread Group is rising up around the same IoT vision, but this time with a slightly different focus and slightly different members.

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E-Vents: controlling home air flow with a smartphone

E-Vents: controlling home air flow with a smartphone

A new entrant in the connected home market is E-Vents, a device from Circle Design Technology that lets users control the air flow in their home from the comfort of their smartphone. The device has been put on Kickstarter for funding, and promises to, among other things, lower one's electric bill.

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CarLock brings connected security to your automobile

CarLock brings connected security to your automobile

With all the talk of connected homes, cars, and other items in your life, one thing remains an underlying concern. Security is still a category we find a lot of companies making staking their claim. Dropcam and various others have made their way into your home, but what about your car?

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Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

The state of California has granted licensing for driverless car programs, though not everyone will be eligible to take part. The guidelines for obtaining a license are fairly stringent, and likely meant to allow companies who are testing the new vehicles (Google, obviously) to do so at an increased rate.

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Nest Thermostat now heating things up in the UK

Nest Thermostat now heating things up in the UK

Giving in to incessant requests, Nest, which is now owned by Google, has finally brought its Learning Thermostat to the UK. But due to differences in how heating works in the country across the pond, Nest's smart thermostat works a little differently from those that have already been in the market in the US and Canada.

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Philips introduces power-over-Ethernet connected lighting

Philips introduces power-over-Ethernet connected lighting

We've seen various connected lighting products over the months, having gotten our hands on the Huli color-changing lamp back in January, for example. Newest among them is a connected LED light system powered over Ethernet and targeted specifically at companies.

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Droplet sprinkler uses cloud data for efficient lawn watering

Droplet sprinkler uses cloud data for efficient lawn watering

Droplet takes the innovation of connected homes and applies it outside the home -- to the lawn, specifically. The sprinkler can be connected to the Internet and controlled via a smartphone or tablet, gathering local weather information and using that to determine when to water the lawn.

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Smartcar to add “self-learning” to Tesla Model S

Smartcar to add “self-learning” to Tesla Model S

The same crew that brought you Tesla for Glass, aka GlassTesla, are now pushing a system for Tesla vehicles called Smartcar. This system would create a learning environment for the vehicle to know you for your daily activities, moving and changing in response. This system is part of a self-made crowd-funding venture with subscription model from the start.

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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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