Kickstart It

‘World’s First Smart Earplugs’ About to Double Their $100K Kickstarter Goal

If your partner's alarm goes off at 4 a.m., you won't hear it! (Kickstarter)

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. Read More

Internet of Things

European Intelligence Warns of Impending Cyber Murders

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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: Read More

High Tech

3-D Printed Marijuana Inhaler Lets You Up Your Dose Using Your Phone

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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. Read More

Internet of Things

Report: Internet of Things Devices Have ‘Alarmingly High’ Number of Attack Vulnerabilities

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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. Read More

The Singularity is Nigh

Spark Nabs $4.9 Million to Turn Your Kitchen Into ‘The Brave Little Toaster’

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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. Read More

Demo Day

Energy-Tech Startup Competition Won By Another Taxi App

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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

Planet Google

Google Wants To Bring Ads To a Thermostat Near You

Get ready to start seeing personalized ads here! (Facebook)

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. Read More