Who’s winning the Internet of Things? This week, 8/8/2016 – 8/15/2016 the MIT Media Lab has won with their ‘Smart Tattoo’ technology which is currently under development. A printable, wearable temporary tattoo that can control your phone and other devices remotely.
In other interesting Internet of Things news, some IoT connected sex toys are transferring your info back to the manufacturer. All of this and more in this week’s Who’s Winning the Internet of Things, IoT weekly news update. Enjoy.
MIT and Microsoft work on smart tattoo which can control your phone remotely. This is pretty cool, and definitely worthy of the winning spot this week. The smart tattoos can be customized and attached directly to your skin. There are currently three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication. To learn more, see the video below or read more about MIT Media Lab’s DuoSkin >
IFTTT recipes are now available directly in 3rd party apps. If This Then That (IFTTT) recipes allow for automation between tasks. For example, you can program text messages or tweets to send at certain times or locations. You can also set your smart lights or wifi thermostat to turn on when you are almost home. Now the recipes embed directly in 3rd party applications (Ring, Qapital, Foobot, Garageio, Automatic, Awair, Skybell, LIFX, Bloomsky, Roger, Abode, and Stack Lighting). This is big for the IoT and smart home automation. Learn more about who’s adding IFTTT to their products >
At least 75% of Bluetooth smart locks can be hacked. Researchers Anthony Rose & Ben Ramsey said that out of 16 Bluetooth smart locks they tested, 12 locks opened when wirelessly attacked. Rose stated, “Vendors prioritize physical robustness over wireless security”. This is a very important factor for Internet of Things device manufacturers to keep in mind from the start of development. Keep reading about the not so smart locks >
Apple Watch 2 to improve and launch later this year. The new Apple watch will have a TSMC-built processor, GPS, barometer, superior waterproofing, and a higher capacity battery. What improvement would you like to see the watch have? Explore the Apple Watch 2 >
Logitech releases POP button controls your entire home. The new button allows you to control your entire smart home very easily. Each button can be programmed with 3 different functions, press once, twice, or press and hold to signal different commands. The Logitech POP button allows you to control your lights and locks, or both at the same time, with the push of a button. Learn more about the smart home button >
Random and Interesting IoT
Internet of Things connected sex toy tells the manufacturer when and how you are using it. That right, a connected sex toy is transferring real-time usage information directly to the maker. The We-Vibe 4 Plus uses its Internet connectivity to send data regarding when you are using the device, the temperature, and when the vibration levels change. Keep reading about the IoT sex toy >
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