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Hitachi rolls out Vantara to amp up its social innovation track record

Here at their inaugural NEXT event in Las Vegas today, Hitachi debuted their new Hitachi Vantara subsidiary, an effort that’s meant to pull together a broad portfolio of innovation, development and experience from across the company aimed at delivering “data-driven solutions for commercial and industrial enterprises.” See also: Hitachi sets up IoT R&D camp in California The new […]


Ukrainian goes with Bitcoin ATMs to bypass banking system

Ukraine will soon have 150 new ATMs for both buying and selling cryptocurrencies, with around 30 of the machines slated to open by the end of August, The Kiyv Post has learned from Mike Chobanyan, head of the Bitcoin agency in Ukraine. The devices will allow both selling and buying hryvnias, the national currency, and a variety of […]

AI-enhanced mobile trading app raises $25 million from Eastern Europe

Two major investors from Russia and Belarus have just invested $25 million in, a trading app that is similar to Robinhood in the US or Trading212 in Europe — but with a specific AI-powered function that provides users with tailored content based on behavioral analysis. This is the fourth deal under a $100 million investment program targeting AI […]

Nokia helps make Chengdu region into a smart powerhouse

Forget smart cities, smart regions are where it’s at. Nokia is putting its significant smart city-building experience to work helping to create a smart region from the ground up. TianFu New Area is a collection of cities, towns, villages, and districts planned to cover 609 square miles of territory in western China. Launched in December of […]

Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation

There has been a lot written about the impact of next-generation transportation technologies over the past year. From concerns over driverless trucks during the election to debates over regulation and policies, this booming growth area of technology is becoming unstoppable. We recently sat down with Elliot Katz of DLA Piper, an attorney in the firm’s Connected and Self-Driving Car practice, […]

How to use your light sockets for your home security system

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we spoke with Sengled’s senior product marketing manager Daniel Cheng on their use of light sockets to power anything from a speaker system to a security system. (1/1) ReadWrite interviewed Sengled’s (@SengledUSA) Daniel Cheng on how the company is making #connectedhomes easier for consumers. #CES2017 […]

Let’s go behind the scenes with Jerky Bot

Sometimes we sit back at ReadWrite, take in the overwhelming opportunities and challenges of this thing we call the Internet of Things and realize sometimes we just want to have a little fun while we discover something awesome. Enter JerkyBot: We had a debate on this here at ReadWrite. There’s no way this is real. […]

We should have smarter infrastructure…but do we really want it?

As we rip the page of August from the national calendar, with its steamy, fevered electoral memories, the cooler, more rational new month of September lays ahead, its days yet unmarked by ill-advised stump-speech digressions and conspiratorially theoretical misdirections. Another sixty-ish days and this election will be in America’s history books. But today, the outcome is […]

Would it make sense for Tesla to buy Lyft?

This morning, after hearing about Tesla’s “big announcement” coming this afternoon, I speculated on Twitter that maybe the electric vehicle iconoclast was looking to buy ride-share firm Lyft. It would definitely be a “new product” for them. But I was wrong, mea culpa. Turns out it’s a new battery pack, a longer range, and a […]

Ecobyte pollution monitoring system takes IIoT hackathon prize

Ecobyte created a pollution monitoring system that took home the $5,000 cash grand prize and a set of Amazon Echos at the Industrial IoT Hackathon, held at this week’s SEMICON West in San Francisco.   Their solution, a pollution awareness platform for tomorrow’s smart cities, leverages Intel’s Edison board connected to the Intel Grove Air Quality Sensor […]

Does Zap&Go have this energy storage issue solved?

At the recent Mobile World Congress Shanghai, I got the chance to look at a new battery solution that could challenge lithium ion technology for the energy storage throne. Zap&Go’s fast-charging solution uses graphene-based supercapacitors, with the goal of replacing billions of lithium ion batteries that are currently powering everything from smartphones to laptops to […]


First self-driving auto fatality falls on Tesla

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today said it opened a preliminary investigation into all of Tesla’s Model S cars after a death involving one vehicle while in “Autopilot” mode. According to CNBC, NHTSA noted the accident, involving a 2015 Model S that was operating with autonomous driving features engaged, “calls for an examination of the […]

YAP’s beacon just wants your shopping to be fun

While at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference, I had an opportunity to walk through a day like a Yapper, and it’s an eye-opening experience. Launched in 2014, South Korea-based Yap is a location-based integrated online-to-offline (O2O) commerce and payments platform — and now, that means beacons. Calling it a “breakthrough innovation for the indolent people […]


RW video interview: GE FirstBuild’s microfactory team

GE’s Justin Brown and Taylor Dawson came by and spoke to us about why company’s appliance team started the FirstBuild maker community, how platforms can bring community and product builders together to accelerate development, and how IoT represents the promise of gaining benefits from technology as it connects to people. Why would GE Appliances start FirstBuild? […]


Smart toothbrush Grush wins America’s Greatest Makers

The team at Grush, and their smart toothbrush, has won TBS’ “America’s Greatest Makers” reality competition show, taking home the $1 million grand prize. Grush makes brushing teeth – one of kids’ least favorite tasks and one of their parents’ most common pointed questions at bedtime – into a fun game. The toothbrush comes bundled with an interactive […]