Citing manufacturing "adjustments," the team behind the Goji smart lock told the backers of their successful Indiegogo campaign today that there would be a three-month shipping delay. The announcement pushes the Goji's expected release date into June, and marks the second such delay for the smart deadbolt. The first came three months ago, and pushed the product's arrival back from December 2013 to March of this year.
Smart home networks are rapidly gaining popularity, but some security experts worry that not enough encryption controls are coming with the products.
Security firm IOActive released an advisory (PDF) on Tuesday saying more than half a million Belkin WeMo devices are susceptible to widespread hacks. The firm uncovered several vulnerabilities in these devices, which would let hackers gain access to home networks and remotely control Internet-connected appliances.
The hacks could range from a mean-spirited prank to actually posing a danger. For example, they could be as benign as turning someone's house lights on-and-off to something dangerous like getting a … Read more
If you haven't read my review of Blacksumac's Piper home security system, here's the gist: it's a cute, compact $239 device complete with a 180-degree fish-eye lens, a 1080p camera sensor, motion-detection capabilities, environmental sensors, optional integration with Z-Wave gadgets, and more. When it first launched, you could only access Piper via the free iOS app. Starting right now, Blacksumac has a new app available for Android users.
Blacksumac's co-founder and CEO, Russell Ure said in the official press release: "The smart, connected home is more accessible to users than ever before. Consumers want … Read more
The US military spends a lot of time and money training world-class snipers, which could be why it's started to look into the use of computerized rifles that can make anybody a sharpshooter.
The Army has announced that it made its first purchase of six high-tech rifle kits from smart rifle-maker Tracking Point. The goal is to "begin exploring purported key target acquisition and aiming technologies," said Alton Stewart, the Army's Program Executive Office spokesman.
Dyson introduced a robot vacuum prototype in the early 2000s, but its founder, James Dyson, wasn't satisfied with the result and the bot never made it to production. We haven't heard much robotics talk from the company since then, but the recent announcement that Dyson plans to invest $8 million in a robotics lab confirms the company sees all kinds of potential in domestic helper hardware.
The new Dyson Robotics Laboratory will be located at Imperial College London and headed up by Andrew Davison, Professor of Robot Vision at the Department of Computing. Professor Davison's initial team … Read more
Like the previous pacts, Samsung provided little information. In the case of Cisco, the cross-licensing deal will cover the two companies' existing patents and new patents over the next 10 years.
The deal should benefit both companies, but it could particularly boost Samsung's efforts in the connected … Read more
For as long as people have envisioned the inevitable advent of smart home, critics and privacy advocates have warned how it might all go horribly wrong.
We're not just talking Orwellian paranoia or a dystopian future where our personal lives are intertwined with corporate identities constantly siphoning data from them. The security and privacy issues at play in haphazardly wiring up our personal spaces are becoming increasingly more substantive and -- with the proliferation of smart devices -- opening up our lives to more points of vulnerability, both from real-world threats and existential ones.
"There's been nearly … Read more
So far, Cree is only extending SmartCast to commercial and industrial troffers, luminaries, and downlights -- but a simplified approach to lighting controls seems like a smart idea for residential use, too, … Read more
Target is still reeling from the massive security breach, which affected as many as 110 million customers. Now, as the retailer gets back on its feet, it's becoming more security focused.
Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan wrote an opinion piece for The Hill on Monday saying that the company was speeding up its implementation of high-security credit cards.
The credit cards come embedded with a tiny microprocessor chip, which is said to beef up security and make it more difficult for cybercriminals to access user data. Target had already begun work on the cards before the hack, but … Read more