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The Things Network starts first opensource LoRa IoT Network in Amsterdam

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Original Source:  The Next Web by MARTIN BRYANT , Posted on Aug 19

Amsterdam is set to become a ‘connected city,’ with the launch of a new Internet-of-Things wireless network that will allow objects to transmit data between each other – and The Next Web is helping to bring it to life.

The Things Network is a first-of-its-kind system that uses low-power, low-bandwidth LoRaWAN technology to cover the city with a wireless signal that allows objects like boats, trash cans and street lights to become tools for developers. Unlike other ‘smart city’ projects, this one is entirely crowdsourced by citizens and was put together in just six weeks.

A pilot project to demonstrate the Things Network’s potential will see boat owners in the city (there are many, thanks to its network of canals) able to place a small bowl in the base of their vessel. If the boat develops a leak and starts taking on water, the bowl will use the network to send an SMS alert to a boat maintenance company that will come along and fix the problem. Continue reading

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Techcrunch Interviews Helen Greiner CEO of CyPhy Works

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Drones will deliver your pizza in the future. That was one of the tastiest takeaways from TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois‘ interview with Helen Greiner, the founder of drone maker CyPhy Works, at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today.

Ok, drones delivering pizza, or any other kind of goods, isn’t necessary a new concept —Amazon is among the many testing autonomous delivery vehicles — but Greiner, who graduated MIT and spent 18 years with her first company, robotics pioneer iRobot, believes it really isn’t far away.

“From a technical point of view, we can do it, [but] it will take regulatory and cultural changes,” she said. “The FAA is right to not allow it today, but more experimentation would be great for the community. [The FAA] has signaled they are open to changing the rules if we can prove it is safe.”

Greiner has an interesting take on exactly what our future robotic couriers will look like. That’s because CyPhy Works newest drone has a very different design to the rest of the market. (And it’s a fairly crowded and competitive market.)

CyPhy Works Wants to Be the Boeing of Drones. See the full video interview here.

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Apple wants its electric car ready by 2019 Repost of Verge

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Original Source: Verge by Kwame Opam , on

Apple is reportedly ramping up efforts to create its first electric car. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company has committed employees and resources to get the car ready for an unveiling in 2019.

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This Intel-funded company is the dark horse of the drone industry

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Original Source: Market Watch By , Sept 11, 2015

In the consumer drone industry, Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is king. But another company has suddenly emerged as a major competitor.

Weeks after announcing a $60 million funding round from Intel, Yuneec is set to announce its first professional quality drone aimed at aerial photographers. The $4,999 Tornado H920 will allow up to 42 minutes of flight time – nearly unheard of in the drone industry. The Tornado comes just months after Yuneec’s first foray into drones with the lower-priced Typhoon model aimed more at hobbyists. Continue reading

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Porsche Mission E – the Tesla S rival from Stuttgart by plugin-magazine

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Original Source: plugin-magazine , on  September 16, 2015

porsche-mission-e-02During the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche introduced a concept version of Mission E – the first all-electrically powered four-seat in Porsche’s history. What does that mean for the Tesla S’ future?

According to Porsche, the concept sports car displays their unmistakable emotional design paired with excellent performance and the forward thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system. Continue reading