Gear Up On IoT: Drone Registry Will Be Public + VR White House Tour

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Five IoT news bites to start your Monday.

Why do you need to register your new drone this year? The FAA has more than 721 reasons why — the number of sightings the agency heard about before the end of last summer. And with the Consumer Technology Association predicting 400,000 drones will be under the tree this holiday season, the federal agency is growing even more concerned, according to The Boston Globe.

And yes, in case you were wondering, the FAA drone registry will be public — with names and home addresses listed in the public record. Parents gifting a child a drone (one weighing more than the half-pound minimum) may want to consider listing their own name instead.

Water damage is one of the costliest problems a home-owner can face. A sensor that reads the flow of water? Then send an alert if the pressure sounds off? Flowless promises just that — connecting to a water meter, then notifying a homeowner to shut the water off remotely.

Playstation is making its VR push in 2016, but even before the gaming giant hits the market, there are naysayers wondering if the entire launch will be DOA.

Finally, if you didn't get invited to the White House this Christmas, no matter. Google has you covered with a VR tour of President Obama's digs through Google Cardboard. While the five-minute video doesn't include a meet and greet with the First Lady, there are decent shots of Christmas trees — enough to get you into the holiday spirit.

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