Driving Toward Connected Cars

Car customers increasingly want connectivity in vehicles. That desire is driving change in the auto industry. A report published on Tuesday, Sep. 15, by global consultancy McKinsey, “Competing for the Connected Customer: Perspectives on the Opportunities Created by Car Connectivity and Automation,” finds that 37% of car customers in the China, Germany, and the US…

Google Street View Cars Test The Air

Environmental sensor firm Aclima has partnered with Google to test air quality in urban areas. InWhen Google inadvertently allowed its Street View cars to gather the data exhaust emanating from WiFi networks in 2006, the company's use of sensors represented a privacy violation. Lawsuits, fines, and apologies followed. InMore recently, Google's Street View cars have…

IoT World: Separating Smart & Dumb Things

(Image: Thomas Claburn) At the beginning of his keynote speech at Internet of Things (IoT) World in San Francisco on Tuesday, Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics, played a video. “What if everything had a voice?” the video's narrator asked. “Plants, buildings, cars, devices, your body.” My chair would ask me…

Apple Car: Drive Different

Apple plans to enter the automotive industry. According to Bloomberg, Apple aims to start selling cars in 2020. The company is said to have hundreds of people working to develop a car, many of whom have deep automotive engineering expertise. The company also has reportedly made aggressive hiring offers to employees at Tesla Motors. Apple…

Myo: More Muscle for Wearables?

At the Designer of Things conference in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to chat with Chris Goodine, developer evangelist for Thalmic Labs, about the company's innovative wearable control device, Myo. Myo is an armband that monitors electrical signals in the wearer's arm muscles and converts them into roll, pitch, and yaw (movement along the…