iRobot Finally Making a Robot Lawnmower

Image of iRobot Terra Robotic Mower setup via iRobot

Although they’re usually expensive and difficult to set up, robot lawnmowers have been growing in popularity over the past decade as people get more used to robots and get more lazy. Companies like Honda, Husqvarna, and Worx have had robot lawnmowers on the market for a while, with prices ranging from $600 up to $2,800. Now robot vacuum king iRobot is said to be entering the market with an as-yet-unpriced autonomous lawnmower called Terra.

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The fine art of hacking RFID tags for the Internet of Things

An RFID tag is modified by cutting out a small part its antenna (silver ribbon) and placing a small light-sensing phototransistor or temperature-responsive resistor (thermistor) on it. Credit: University of Waterloo
An RFID tag is modified by cutting out a small part its antenna (silver ribbon) and placing a small light-sensing phototransistor or temperature-responsive resistor (thermistor) on it. Credit: University of Waterloo

A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo (Canada) have come up with an inexpensive and novel way to create smart devices that don’t require charging or batteries. What they did is to take standard RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and hacked them to be sensors that can sense temperature and light levels. Continue reading “The fine art of hacking RFID tags for the Internet of Things”

Lenovo adds to smart home product line, includes HomeKit compatibility ↗️

From 9to5 Mac:

HomeKit offers two big advantages over generic smart home devices. First, it enables Siri control; second, Apple’s security requirements add a great deal of reassurance at a time when smart homes are beginning to make an attractive target for hackers.

But HomeKit-compatible devices do tend toward the more expensive end of the price range, a problem Lenovo has set out to tackle with its upcoming Smart Home Essentials line …

Great news! Many smart home accessory vendors are going the cheap route and avoiding Apple’s HomeKit framework. Not so with Lenovo, which seems to understand the Apple market.