Gear Up On IoT: Wink and Nest Link to iHome + Megadeth Goes VR

Gear Up On IoT: Wink and Nest Link to iHome + Megadeth Goes VR

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Five IoT new bites to start your Friday.

The iHome Control iSP5 SmartPlug just got smarter thanks to an update that now supports Wink and Nest devices. (Interconnectivity is always a boon to IoT consumers.)

AT&T Foundry — an IoT think tank for the telecom giant — has pioneered a smart wheelchair, a collaboration with Permobil, which manufacturers the devices. With sensors throughout, the wheelchair will be able to send maintenance updates, plus note if pressure levels in the seat are not at optimum settings.

UK authorities say they have the alleged hacker of toymaker VTech in custody. The data breach hit about 5 million customers, garnering names, emails, passwords and details about children from birthdates to names.

Breitling, the Swiss watchmaker, has entered the smartwatch arena with its Exospace B55. The device connects to a smartphone, letting wearers set alarms and times from an app on their handheld. Still, at $8,900, the Exospace B55 is less likely a threat to the Apple Watch — and more a luxury play.

Finally, heavy metal fans rejoice. Megadeth is promising five new music videos, all in virtual reality, with the release of its new album, “Dystopia,” in January. Megadeth’s 15th studio album, “Dystopia” will come with a code to access the VR content.

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