SmartThings launches on Kickstarter, building a Hub using RF, Zigbee, WiFi, Bluetooth and other wireless technologies to connect all lights, heaters, doors, windows, cubboards, etc in your home to the Internet, you can remote control everything on your smartphone and tablet.
You can watch his keynote at LeWeb 2012 here:
Combining WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Zigbee and more into the SoC, can be integrated inside any process node, any fab, into any processor SoC type. Thus no need to have separate WiFi, Bluetooth processors, everything gets included in the main ARM Processor SoC, but you still need a separate (I guess analog) RF chip on the PCB.
Amazon is offering a Locker Delivery service to receive packages faster and simpler, just go to your local 7-Eleven and get your Amazon package there within a day or two from you ordering on their website. The experience is smooth and simple. I think Amazon is testing this in San Francisco and in a few other cities before extending this to more cities worldwide. This does potentially allow for faster and cheaper shipping, with less trouble receiving the package, you can just go pick it up at any time after you receive the package delivery confirmation per email, it's practical so you don't have to stay at home waiting for the package the whole day. Google just acquired BufferBox which does the same.
Canadian startup OGACO (which stands for Optical Game Controllers), releases their new prototype presentation video for their new concept for a Bluetooth flute instrument, that can be used as a game controller, that includes sensors, accelerometer, that can have other functions such as step counting when you run and more. Check out their video:
Read more: http://ogacogadgets.com
- Ogaco iKazoo offers up plenty of functionality in a cute, fun package (pocketables.com)
- Ogaco iKazoo, the Strangely Fascinating Gadget, Motion Controller & Flute (tmcnet.com)
Kevin Krejci of Fujitsu Laboratories of America talks about the latest developments in Mobile technologies out of Silicon Valley and how that is being used by Japanese technology giants like Fujitsu.
LitMotors shows their new C-1, self-balancing two wheeled futuristic looking electric bike.
David Prager, co-founder of Revision3 (recently sold to the Discovery Channel) is working on some new startup ideas.
The Open Company is a startup about being transparent about the price of products, showing the conditions under which the products are made, how much the workers are getting paid, how many hours the workers work per week, how much it cost to make each product, how much for components, shipping etc. They are just a startup and consider expanding to add more products to their store.
John Maeda pioneered computer-based visual art at the MIT Media Lab, and his work now appears in the Museum of Modern Art. As the head of the globally renowned Rhode Island School of Design, he is pushing the boundaries of expression, design, connected culture and leadership.
You can also watch his full keynote on "The intersection of art, design, data and leadership" here. In this talk we will learn what he sees as the important vectors of the future of design, leadership and connected culture.
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