Here’s what’s been catching our eye recently in tech, culture, and the space in between.
• Man Emerges From Bunker 14 Years After Y2K Scare. With New Year’s just around the corner, you only have a few hours left to dig a bunker, fill bunker with rations, and live underground in said bunker while performing make-believe plays with your pillow to pass the time.
• Assuming you have Wi-Fi in your bunker, do definitely check out Christopher Mims’s excellent three-part series on the #IoT over at Quartz. Mims cuts through the hype with compelling and balanced arguments to prophesize what the Internet of Things will (and won’t) be:
– 2014 is the Year of the Internet of Things
– How the Internet of Things Will Replace the Web
– Here’s the One Thing Someone Needs to Invent Before the Internet of Things Can Take Off
• CES Preview. With more than 3,200 brands showcasing products in a space that spans more than 40 football fields, the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is the world’s largest tech innovation event. (Oh, and we’re gonna be there.) In today’s Internet of Things podcast, Stacey Higginbotham previews next week’s global summit of cutting-edge consumer products and looks ahead to what’s in store for the #IoT in 2014.
• Call the Maker Man. When it comes to the connected home market, the hot action won’t be so much in the devices themselves, but in platforms that tie together different products. (CNET)
• Smart Home 2014. HGTV is building its very own eco-friendly smart home. They’re also showcasing detailed blueprints of each floor, featured rooms you can tour, photo galleries, and videos of selected rooms. (HGTV)
• A Car that Automatically Disables Your Teen’s Cell Phone. Well done, DriveSafe. Well done. (Bloomberg)
• The Onion’s Tips for Hosting a NYE Party. Joking aside, we hope that everyone has a festive and safe New Year’s Eve tonight. And if you’re hosting a party, do be sure to check out these valuable tips. (Onion)