SmartThings Gets New Packaging

Here’s what’s been catching our eye recently in tech, culture, and the space in between.

• New SmartThings Packaging! If you trudge through the six inches of snow blanketing Washington, D.C. this morning and into our office, you’d notice that our Maker Lab is filled with newly designed packaging for our Hubs. The team has been shipping these beauties to customers since last week. Take a look…

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• Special Report: Tech Startups 2014. In case anyone missed this, this is a really great report that dives into the current climate of tech startups, and analyzes what entrepreneurial ecosystems need to flourish. (Economist)

MIT has built intelligent robots that can talk to each other and collaborate in real time. In addition to controlling drones and helping in various service sectors, they could also make your home smarter. (GigaOM)

This Google Glass app lets you answer the door without leaving the couch. (Fast Company)

• SmartThings in the media. We received a lot of nice buzz this week, including being named to Fast Company‘s list of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Internet of Things–alongside the great teams at Nest, Philips, Withings, Jawbone, and elsewhere. We were also nominated for a Tech Crunch Crunchies award for “Best Hardware Startup” alongside Sonos. A tip of our hats to the great team at Oculus VR for taking home the prize.

Wealthy wearables. Jawbone is poised to complete a $250 million round of funding, valuing the company at $3.3 billion. Exciting news for the entire space, and it calls to mind a Vine from our #HelloSmartHome house at CES this year when Geoffrey Fowler of the Wall Street Journal was able to wake up our smart home with a simple touch of his Jawbone Up. (Re/code)

• Cisco to launch $100M fund for the Internet of Things. (GigaOM)

Hovercraft deer rescue. A father-son duo do what any two people would do if they came across two stranded deer on a frozen lake: they grabbed some rope and a GoPro. (Mashable)


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