Internet of Things

July 12, 2017  10:58 AM

Umbrella sharing start-up loses all its umbrellas

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
Internet of Things, start-ups

To Shenzhen, China, where tech entrepreneur Zhao Shuping has had cold water poured on his business after his sharing economy start-up Sharing E Umbrella rented 300,000 umbrellas to damp locals,

January 4, 2017  12:29 PM

Is this connected hairbrush peak internet of things?

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
Internet of Things, L'Oreal

Whilst combing through all the emails we over the Christmas holidays, Downtime came across a hair-raising little item; L'Oreal owned Kérastase is launching an internet of things...

September 20, 2016  12:36 PM

Driverless cars will be smiles better

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Internet of Things, iot

If you believe the hype (which, being experienced Downtime readers, we realise you won't), then you will know that we will all be getting around in driverless cars by about, ooh, Wednesday next week. Meanwhile, as manufacturers test their driverless dream machines, they are finding one or two...

March 18, 2016  9:26 AM

The Internet of Birds: Meet London’s pollution-tracking pigeon patrol

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Internet of Things, twitter

Someone has finally found a use for London's ubiquitous pigeon population that involves fitting their fat, feathery bodies with tiny air pollution-detecting backpacks.

The bird-brained scheme has seen the Air Pigeon Patrol, as they are known, tracking...

June 2, 2014  4:57 PM

The internet of things is making everything smart, stupid

Clare McDonald Profile: Clare McDonald
Amazon, Apple, dash, Facebook, FItbit, Gartner, Internet of Things, smartphone, Wi-Fi

So the latest thing to help users buy more things is Amazon Dash - a grocery tool that connects to users' home Wi-Fi network and allows them to add items to their shopping list by simply saying it or scanning it.

"Say or scan items into your Dash, and...

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