The "Internet of Things" and Security: How to Do it Right
The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast.
We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as
Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT
security, the dangers are already very real.
Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted and
shut down an oil rig, and many tanker crews disable their own electronic
tracking and guidance systems to avoid interception by tech-savvy pirates.
Yes, ships carrying more than 100 million gallons of oil are running blind.
If the energy security and environmental concerns of that example doesn’t
bother you, consider this: Any finalist in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize
Competition — all consumer-grade devices — will be able to diagnose a
long list of conditions, at a minimum.
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ARM Introduces New Platform for The Internet of Things
It’s the year 2014, and we’ve yet to have our flying cars and commuter
jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the
“internet of things.” It’s essentially the idea of connecting everyday
objects — be it thermostats or kitchen appliances — to the web, in an
effort to make our lives easier.
As wonderful as that sounds though, development of new IoT technologies can
be slow, due in part to the multiple different protocols in existence today
and how tiresome it is to create an ecosystem from scratch.
Jawbone’s Apps Will Soon Support Everyone Else’s Hardware
For the past few months, I’ve done something which is dorky even by my own
dorky standards: I’ve often gone out in public with two wearable devices on
One has been a smartwatch of some sort. (At the moment, it’s Motorola’s
The other has usually been Jawbone’s Up 24 fitness band.
Here’s why: Overall, the Up app, which works only with Jawbone’s
hardware, is the richest, cleverest one I’ve found for counting steps,
monitoring sleep, and logging information about what I eat.
But the slinky little Up band ... (more)
Heat Seek is Using The Internet of Things to Fight NYC Slumlords
Google’s Nest thermostat makes it easy to save money by automatically
turning down the heat when you’re not around.
But many people don’t have the luxury of controlling their own temperature
settings, let alone the money to buy expensive gadgets that can do it
But now a group of civic-minded hackers is using the Internet of Things to at
least help these folks keep their apartments warm.
To guard the safety and health of tenants, New York and many other cities
require landlords to keep inside temperat... (more)
On Friday, Google announced it’s taking a big step into its future: By
buying Gecko Design, an 18-year-old product design and mechanical engineering
studio, to be part of Google X. What could Google want with a smaller
engineering company like Gecko? Its ability to build real-world products,
that’s what. Google X a little bit like the New York Yankees of the tech
world. It has all the money, all the backing, it could possibly need—and
yet it still doesn’t always seal the deal. In Google’s case, that’s
often intentional, since Google X is devoted to the so-called
“moonshots,” b... (more)