This Week in the Internet of Things (IoT): 2/13/2015

Each week, we scour the Internet superhighway for the latest and greatest Internet of Things news. From product launches to thought leadership articles, below are our five favorite IoT items this week.

Robot With Empathy Will Add Ability To Learn From IBM’s ‘Watson’

IBM Watson

Unlike other cognitive technology that responds rather mechanically, Watson can learn over time like a human brain, and understands the concept of probability, which makes it sophisticated and more human-like for applications, according to IBM. Read more.

Congress Split After First Hearing On Internet Of Things

A Senate Commerce subcommittee is holding a hearing Wednesday that will be the first to examine whether there is a need for regulations in the growing IoT industry. It’s estimated that Internet-connected devices will generate nearly $9 trillion in business worldwide by 2020. Read more.

The Smart Shopping Cart

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Cambridge Consultants, a product development group based in the U.K., is showing off a connected shopping cart that can tell a retailer where you are in a store within three feet. The smart carts are equipped with Bluetooth radios and sensors to track the cart’s location so store owners can offer promotions and eliminate checkout lines. Read more.

IoT Network Sigfox Looking To Go Global, Raises $115M

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Sigfox — owner and operator of a low-energy, low-cost cellular network dedicated only to connected objects — today confirmed that it has raised a round of $115 million (€100 million). It plans to use the funding to build out its network across Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Read more.

Firefighting Robots To Help Stop Fires At Sea

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A group of the US engineering students has created a firefighting robot that may help sailors fight fires at sea. Read more.

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