8 things to know this morning

Good morning, folks! If yesterday was a busy day in the office, here are a couple of tidbits of news you may have missed.

1. The Internet of Things is the hackers’ new playground. HP found 25 vulnerabilities per device including everything from TVs to thermostats to home alarms and scales.

2. The Internet of Things will thrive on energy efficiency. Among the IoT’s most important functions will be to help individuals, communities and cities become smarter energy consumers.

3. GizmoChina tears down the newly-unveiled Xiaomi Mi4. After opening up the device, the flagship smartphone is powered by Atmel’s maXTouch mXT641T controller.

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4. TouchPico turns any wall into a touchscreen. The tiny handheld projector that when combined with an infrared stylus turns any surface into a giant interactive touchscreen.

5. Car owners will demand connected features in their next vehicle, study finds. Over 75% of U.S. vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature indicate these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, and over 50% rated connected services as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase.

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6. Smart seatbelts with embedded sensors alert drowsy drivers.Created by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV), the Heart and Respiration In-Car Embedded Non-Intrusive Sensors system works by measuring the heart rate and respiratory pace of a driver.

7. Amazon now selling customizable, 3D-printed products. Amazon announced Monday that customers will now have the ability to design their very own personalized 3D-printed products, including toys, earrings, and decorative vases.

8. Half of Americans are interested in wireless LED lighting. ON World’s recently completed survey with 1,000 U.S. consumers found that nearly half are willing to pay $10 or more for a smart wireless LED light bulb.

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