Kwikset knocks down a barrier to smart home adoption
Kwikset announced the Convert model of lock. This kit leaves your exterior hardware intact and replaces the interior hardware with a metal box and deadbolt mechanism which contains the batteries, motor and Z-Wave chipsets. CEPro
dis-rup-shun: Smart locks are a wonderful use case for smart home technology, and their prices and selections have been attractive, but let’s face it, who wants to replace expensive decorative hardware from the likes of Baldwin with a lesser designed lock? Especially on the most prominent part of one’s home. By allowing a homeowner to leave their hardware in place on the outside and simply replace the interior faceplate, Kwikset eliminates one more barrier to adoption – aesthetics.
Tonal fitness raises series C funding to bring resistance training to your home
Tonal, based in San Francisco, offers a wall $2,995 mounted electromagnetic device that simulates weights, providing a compact weight free training system with personalized training sessions delivered online for $49 per month. TechCrunch
dis-rup-shun: Tonal’s resistance training, Peloton’s cardio training, and Mirror’s yoga and boxing fitness all rely on training classes delivered over the Internet to your home or gym. Now joining a health club is similar to joining a social network – one joins a social networking/fitness online community where online friends offer high-fives and choose their favorite instructors. Will dating app kingpin Match Group start buying online fitness companies to replace the social aspect of joining a gym lost by not joining a gym?
Google is laying faster fiber under the Atlantic
Google’s latest transatlantic cable, called Dunant, will transmit at 250 terabits per second, which is sufficient to “zap all the contents of the Library of Congress from Virginia to France three times every second.” Wired reports that this 12 pair cable is over 50% faster than cables owned by Microsoft and Facebook, but likely to be leapfrogged by an upcoming 16 pair cable in development by NEC. Wired
dis-rup-shun: The last subsea cable races of the 1990s delivered the offshoring economy, leading to call centers and software development in low cost countries and to concomitant outrage at the displacement of jobs. The simultaneous development of 5G and faster, cheaper international fiber will accelerate the shift of more jobs to the lowest cost regions of the world, while leading to development of new jobs that to build companies employing “cloud” architecture to instantly deliver services anywhere in the world from the farthest, and lowest cost corners of the world.
Tesla’s electric car for every man is a bumpy ride
Tesla reported that it delivered 30% fewer cars in Q1 than the prior quarter, in spite of ramping up troubled production of its Model 3 – the electric car priced for the mass markets. Wired
dis-rup-shun: Tesla has been around long enough that it is no longer the hot new product and perhaps those that can afford to make an eco-status statement by owning a Model S or X are now looking for the next statement vehicle. Meanwhile, those that cannot afford a spare show car, and rely heavily on their autos to take the kids to school and get to work, the supermarket and home again, aren’t interested in the challenges and perceived risks of an electric car. The Chevy Volt is at end of life but many luxury car makers like Audi, Volvo and Porsche have new models on the way. Electric cars, like Whole Foods, are still luxury items.