The Kickstarter campaign’s been up for less than a week, but these smart earplugs have already almost doubled their $100,000 fundraising goal.
Created by three engineers at UCSD, “Hush” are purportedly the “world’s first smart earplugs.” With 28 days remaining in Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, the gadget has already raked in $195,003 at the time of publication.
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In our excitement over the prospect that our refrigerators will soon be able to order milk for us as soon as they know we’ve run out, we often forget about the darker side of the Internet of Things. Embedded systems promise convenience, but they can be hacked like any other computer, and though it sounds bad if someone can Read More
The Internet of Things (IoT) holds the utopian promise of connecting all of our cars, home appliances, vital organs and marijuana inhalers into an Internet-fueled web of quantified everything. It also paves the way for a whole new kind of horrific crime.
Europol, the European Union’s criminal intelligence agency, has released their annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment, a report on the many terrifying ways the world is at risk from cybercrime. They warn that the more our homes and bodies are hooked up to the Internet, the more vulnerable we are to life-threatening attacks from hackers:
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As the U.S. starts legalizing marijuana for recreational use, many states are dipping their toes in the water by legalizing medical marijuana. The medical clubs, in turn, have been engineering the most potent strains of cannabis in the history of dilated pupils. Well, now it looks like they get all of the best gadgets, too.
A totally chill Israeli company called Syqe has created a handheld inhaler that gives a metered dose of medical marijuana with the mission of making medical marijuana more respectable. The Syqe Inhaler will be available in Israeli hospitals by the end of the year and home use some time in 2015, but don’t get too excited: home use is still clinical, prescribed use only.
The Singularity is Nigh
Thinking of outfitting your home with some snazzy smart devices? Perhaps it’s time to think again — and no, not just because those smart thermostats might not actually detect smoke.
After analyzing 10 of the most popular Internet of Things devices, HP found them to contain an “alarmingly high average number of vulnerabilities per device,” according to a recent report. The vulnerabilities, they wrote, “ranged from Heartbleed to Denial of Service to weak passwords to cross-site scripting.” Oh, joy.
Most early attempts at Internet of Things (IoT) devices, like smart cutting boards and rudimentary wearables, haven’t proven their worth enough to become as important to us as our phones and laptops. But as of this morning, IoT startup Spark has raised $4.9 million to bring us smart objects that might actually be useful.
Until now, Spark has focused on selling home kits that let you take everyday objects like lightbulbs and cutting boards and hook them up with sensors and wifi. The new cash will help Spark move on from selling one-off DIY kits to providing thousands of cores for companies that want to use Spark to power IoT products.
A buzzing, mostly male crowd drinking beer on tap at a coworking space? Oh yeah, it’s Demo Day.
Last night at WeWork’s new “Charging Bull” location in the NYC Financial District, ReTech held what they claimed was the world’s first real estate tech challenge. The crowd was a combination of the New York startup scene and Read More
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For most utility companies, the most “disruption” they ever deal with is when a power grid is overloaded by everyone’s air conditioners. But this week, major utilities and power companies met with members of the local tech community to try and figure out how to bring good ol’ Silicon Alley innovation to the New York utility Read More
Now that heating oil Santa is dead, a crew of plucky coders might be poor New Yorkers’ only hope for staying warm in winter. Read More
Not so breaking news: Google is taking over everything.
A letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that was disclosed yesterday revealed that Google may begin advertising and serving content on devices such as car dashboards, thermostats, refrigerators and of course Google Glass, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Google reportedly made the statement, originally filed in December, to explain why they don’t disclose revenue generated from mobile devices, despite the fact that other media giants like Facebook and Twitter do. Their explanation is that the definition of mobile will “continue to evolve” with the introduction of more “smart” devices.