Design Your Own Drone

Gear up on five IoT news bites for Tuesday

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Drone Bling MIT is pushing out a new system that lets users design, simulate flight and finally construct their own drone. Small, large, quadcopter or however many rotors you want, the computer program lets you take into account how much you want the drone to be able to carry, how long you want the battery time to be, and other factors. The program comes out of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which is going to present a paper on the program next week. But in the meantime, if you're code-savvy, you can get the files on GitHub now.

Amazon Groceries Yes, Amazon.com is looking to get into the grocery business—and we're not talking about ordering online. The giant etailer has gotten into the brick and mortar business, opening a physical grocery/convenience store this week in Seattle, WA., and looking to open 2,000 others according to a story in The Wall Street Journal.

AT&T 5G AT&T is testing 5G service, determined to stay competitive with Verizon which is already working in the new technology itself. The company is seeing how 4K video moves across the 5G network. What is 5G? The 'G' stands for generation, so this would be the fifth generation of wireless technology, and would be faster, and able to handle higher amounts of data at a time. (Via Digital Trends)

Rain, Likely A new umbrella does more than keep you dry—it also lets you know if you need to bring the parasol or not. Called the Opus One, the device connects to a smartphone and flashes red or green based on the weather. Yes, it does other fancy things like vibrate if a message or call is coming. But for now, we'd settle for a weather report we can trust. (Via Engadget)

Home Weather Station Speaking of weather, if you can't get your hands on an Opus One, we have another option for bringing you accurate weather details right from your backyard. The AcuRite system not only tells if you if rain is on its way, but also powers your smart home devices. We spent some time with AcuRite and reviewed its abilities.

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