Google will be collecting and publishing 4,000 individual data streams from its Google I/O conference this week, providing real-time visualizations on crowd activity.
Total cumulative global WiFi shipments reached five billion in 2012, according to ABI Research. And the pace of innovation isn’t slowing, with new WiFi protocols rolling out in 2013 and close to 20 billion WiFi-enabled devices predicted to be in the market by 2017.
Most of those five billion chips won’t be in phones, as tablets, sensors, cameras, light bulbs, refrigerators, and more increasingly get connected to the internet.
SmartThings CEO Jeff Hagins turned on the Christmas lights in Paris, but the Christmas tree was in Minnesota. And when one of his developers back in the U.S. hit the liquor cabinet, Hagins got an SMS.
Earlier this month, GE officially endorsed ZigBee as the wireless standard of choice for smart appliances in a white paper, but the Wi-Fi guys aren’t having any of it.
Here’s some of the latest action we’re following on the GreenBeat today:
The super grid, the theme of VentureBeat’s next GreenBeat conference, involves a bewildering array of technologies and companies from industry behemoths like GE and Cisco to disruptive young startups. Together, they’re taking existing efforts to build a smart power grid to the next level. With billions of dollars of untapped potential in the profitable collision of information technology, energy, and cleantech, it’s no wonder so many pioneers are staking out territory.
GainSpan, maker of wireless chips and sensors for the new connected home, debuted a fresh line of hardware and software today: ultra low-power All-in-One GS1011M Wi-Fi modules that can easily be embedded into household appliances. The launch could very well propel the company to the top of the emerging smart grid and home automation industries.