MODI is a modular kit for making your own IoT gadgets

There are a lot of “Internet of Things” products on display at CES, including smart lights, speakers, and even trash cans. But Luxrobo is showing off a system that makes it easy to build your own smart home system. It’s called MODI, and it’s a modular system of sensors, motors, lights, buttons, and other components. […]

Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant is coming to IoT

Microsoft may not be planning to launch its own Google Home/Amazon Echo-style smart speaker. But the company does have big plans for letting you interact with smart home devices using the company’s Cortana voice assistant. The company recently started adding features to Windows 10 for computers that allow you to use your voice to turn off a PC, […]

Google launches Android Things OS for Internet of Things (Project Brillo grows up)

A little over a year after introducing a new Android-based operating system for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Google is giving the OS a new name and giving developers new tools to create things like smart light bulbs, plugs, thermostats, and more. Goodbye Brillo. Hello Android Things. The name change makes sense, given that Android […]

Intel launches Atom E3900 for Internet of Things products

Intel’s Atom family  of low-power processors first came to market as a line of chips for inexpensive netbooks and other laptops. In recent years Intel produced Atom chips aimed at tablets and even smartphones… but having failed to find a profitable niche in that space, Intel scrapped its Atom chips for mobile devices earlier this year. […]

Intel may not be done with mobile processors after all

This year Intel announced that it was ending development of its Atom chips for smartphones and scrapping the next-gen Atom chips that had been planned for tablets and 2-in-1 PCs. Instead, Intel would develop modems for smartphones and low-power processors (among other things) for drones, smart home devices, and other Internet of Things products. Now […]

Intel Joule is a tiny Atom-powered system-on-a-module for IoT, embedded applications

As expected, Intel’s Atom branding for low-power processors isn’t dead. The company has just stopped using the Atom name on its chips for laptop, desktop and tablet PCs… and is instead launching new Atom chips designed for Internet of Things (IoT) products. At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel unveiled a new system-on-a-module […]

Amazon’s latest Dash Button is the programmable $20 AWS IoT Button

Amazon’s Dash buttons are small, internet-connected buttons that usually do one thing: let you order refills of specific products from Amazon. The company sells them for $5 and gives you a $5 credit on your first order, which basically makes them free. But if you’re not the sort of person who orders a lot of […]

Nokia to acquire fitness/wearable maker Withings

Nokia may not be ready to re-enter the smartphone business (yet), but the company is apparently looking to make a play for consumer-oriented fitness, wearables, and internet-of-things products. The company has announced plans to acquire Withings for 170 million Euros (about $192 million). Withings is a French company that makes products including fitness trackers, watches […]

Samsung’s latest C-Lab projects include lifelogger, IoT controller, helmet communicator

Samsung’s C-Lab program is a sort of incubator for new hardware and software projects from Samsung employees. Since unveiling the C-Lab to the public in December, we’ve seen projects including a watch that turns your fingertips into a Bluetooth earpiece (through vibration), an app that can transcribe music when you hum a tune, a fitness […]

Intel restructuring means 12,000 job cuts (11 percent of its employees)

Chip maker Intel has announced a restructuring plan that will reduce the company’s workforce by 12,000 people and save the company about $750 million per year. But Intel says the goal isn’t just to save money, but also to shift its priorities and focus more on growth areas including data centers and Internet of Things businesses. […]