Internet of Things

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PTC chief executive discusses drivers behind ‘Internet of Things’ phenomenon
PTC headquarters in Needham. (Photo: Scott Kirsner/BetaBoston)
In the early stages of writing a piece about whether 2015 will be the year that the Internet of Things finally goes mainstream, I sat down with PTC chief executive Jim Heppelmann. PTC is the Needham-based company that sells software related to designing products and then servicing them once they've been sold. An increasing number of those products, Heppelmann says, will connect to the Internet for monitoring and upgrades, and creating new offerings for those connected devices has been a big focus for PTC of late. The company recently said that it expects to see double-digit growth of its IoT revenues over the next four years, and several of PTC's latest acquisitions have been IoT-related. Read More
LEDs, Irish 3D Love
Daily Brief: Prelert gets $7.5 million, BeON Kickstarts, and Web Summit kicks off in Dublin
BeOn Burglar Deterrent bulbs would have made Home Alone less interesting. Courtesy BeON Home
It's been a very active two-week period for fundraising among Boston's tech companies, and there are no signs of that slowing down at all. -Framingham-based Prelert, a company that develops advanced analytics software that helps enterprises with the early detection of possible data loss, announced $7.5 million in new funding today led by Intel Capital. Read More
tech today
Three tech things: Egg-freezing at Apple and Facebook, password-killing wristbands, the smart lock that's disrupting keys
Smarlock-August
Everyone is talking about August's new "Smart Lock" device that lets you enter your house with your smartphone, and the reception is mixed. The good: It’s simple to install, you get notifications about who goes in and out. A bonus: The Smart Lock knows when you are close—geofencing!—and unlocks when you walk up to it. The bad: It doesn't always work. Read More
Things change
Shake-up at LogMeIn's Xively division, focused on the 'Internet of Things'
(Globe photo / Essdras M. Suarez)
Several top execs focused on launching new services to support the "Internet of Things" — sometimes called machine-to-machine communication, or M2M — have left Boston-based LogMeIn in recent months. And LogMeIn is closing the London office of what had been Pachube, a startup it acquired in 2011. But a LogMeIn spokesperson tells me that the publicly-traded company is not shutting down Xively, its division that offers cloud-based software and services to help companies create and manage their own Internet of Things projects, like tracking the maintenance needs of factory equipment, or monitoring a fleet of trucks. Read More
Blink and it's gone
Home monitoring system Blink, surpasses goal, has raised close to $300,000 in a week on Kickstarter
Blink mobile app
Andover-based Immedia Semiconductor launched a Kickstarter campaign for Blink, an HD video monitoring and motion detector system, just last week. As of today, the company has raised close to $300,000 (far exceeding the original $200,000 goal) with more than 2,300 backers. Read More
embue's debut
Embue launched a Kickstarter campaign – Here's what else you should know about them
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They’ve raised over a million dollars in government grants, worked with City Hall to make Boston homes more sustainable, and helped found what has since become the city’s coolest startup incubator. And now, after five years under the radar, Embue is finally making its public debut – with a Kickstarter campaign. Here’s what you should know about this dark horse of the "connected home" space. Read More