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Interactive Sculpture Illuminates TED’s 30th Anniversary

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Unnumbered Sparks is an interactive net sculpture that spans 745 feet between the Fairmont Hotel and Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver BC. Passersby can control it via their smartphones, notes The Verge. Artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin collaborated to create Unnumbered Sparks, for TED’s 30th anniversary. Spectators connected to the project’s Wi-Fi can use […]

Google’s Android Wear Development

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 18th, 2014

Today Google announced Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. Google will start with watches that will be capable of displaying posts and updates, answers via “OK Google” voice commands, provides Google Now-like functionality, as well as interfacing to a number of fitness and health related data. Because Android for wearables works with […]

iBeacon: Informative or Intrusive?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 17th, 2014

Apple iBeacons can spam users even if their device is locked, thanks to new change in iOS 7.1 says Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet. Apple’s iBeacon is an indoor positioning system that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence, explains Beekn.net, but similar Bluetooth beaconing will be available for most smartphones. IBeacon uses Bluetooth […]

Intel Buys Into Wearables?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 4th, 2014

Intel reportedly has paid north of $100 million to acquire Basis, which makes wristwatch health trackers. Basis has some 7 percent of the market, says TechCrunch, versus competitor Jawbone which has 21 percent. Wearables Insider has doubts on such a rumored deal. Intel recently has shown its own reference designs at CES, including a Siri-like […]

Apple Introduces CarPlay

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 3rd, 2014

Today, Apple announced Apple CarPlay, an iOS in the Car initiative, which rolls out first on cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. It will work with the iPhone 5, 5S, or 5C. CarPlay mirrors your iPhone’s screen, filling a center-console touchscreen with large buttons for key functions like maps, […]

Internet of Things in Barcelona

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 27th, 2014

At MWC, the Internet of Things was on display though networked wearables, car infotainment, home monitoring and devices of all sorts. The Internet of Things (Machine2Machine) connects devices over mobile networks, enabling the management of a wide range of new goods and services. In January Google announced it would pay more than $3 billion for […]