The promise of the internet of things is in cheap data, but we need to turn that data into insights to make it useful. And before we do that, we need business models for sharing data.
A company called FarmLink has raised $40 million in equity capital to further its business of analyzing sensor data to determine how much food a field can ideally yield. It’s just the latest in a string of investments at the intersection of agriculture and data.
Part of the original “PayPal Mafia” and also formerly of Slide, Max Levchin has made a return to financial services startups with his newest venture, Affirm.
Think Wall Street is just about money? A recent trip to the heart of New York’s financial district shows a paradise of urban planning springing up.
OpenSignal uses crowdsourcing to measure 4G network quality today, but its plan is tap all of the sensors in the smartphone to collect data from our surroundings. It’s already started tracking weather.
PlaceMe uses every sensor in the phone to track your activity. Now PlaceUs is doing the same except it’s tracking the combined activity of a family or small group of friends.
With the help of StormTag, OpenSignal wants to open up its WeatherSignal crowdsourcing program to the iPhone as well as collect new types of climate data.
Can we turn ordinary plants into sensors, in order to learn more about the environment? A bunch of European researchers with nearly $1.5 million in funding think it can be done.
Building more powerful user interfaces isn’t just about software, such as the newly launched product from Aquifi, but about providing more context. This will make UIs better and programming harder.
Italy’s VisLab has selected BlackBerry’s QNX OS to power its computer vision experiments in autonomous cars. The idea is to help the car to combine and process the information it gets from two-dozen different sensors.