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Does Netflix buffer in the middle of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? How about troubleshooting due to mysterious connection issues? Meet Eero, a powerful, self-correcting router that delivers stable internet throughout your home, no matter the obstacles.
Eero’s creators don’t want you to see their product as a router: it’s a wi-fi system. Eero is programmed to disseminate wi-fi throughout your home, completely eliminating dead spots. You’ll connect one Eero to the existing modem, connect it to your smartphone via BlueTooth, and then set up the other routers around your house. The Eero app will strategically find the spots that need the most coverage, so you don’t have to guess all the dead spots in your home.
Remember when you had to manually reset your wi-fi setup because of connectivity issues? Eero resets itself automatically, and it’ll reroute its signal to avoid any interference. Eero uses a mesh network and switches between 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands, searching for the clearest frequency and channel. Even something as small as a cordless phone will trigger Eero to switch frequencies.
The major bonus with the device is it’s aimed at the technology-ignorant. You don’t have to do a thing but type in a name and a password for setup. No more ip configuration or angry nights getting your router back on the right channel. Eero aims to remove all of this hassle for consumers with its user-friendly software. Theoretically it’s also more efficient than traditional signal repeaters due to the auto channel-switching and lack of manual set-up.
Despite the marketing (wi-fi system), Eero is indeed a router. Don’t assume you can cancel your modem rental from Verizon after you receive Eero. Unfortunately, you’ll still need it. Another notable mention is the cost and number of units Eero suggests consumers need. For just one, it’s $125 to pre-order. Eero suggests three is the lucky number for the average home, which costs $299. Soon, Eero will be stocked in retail stores, with prices shooting up to $200 for one, $500 for a three pack. Preordering may be your only chance at saving a few bucks for absolute internet reliability. However, Eero is a luxury item that sounds great in theory but has yet to prove itself. It claims to outperform routers from any competitor, even Apple, but we’re not sure how true that statement is as consumer reviews have yet to surface.
5:00 pm EST Update: SpaceX has officially confirmed receiving a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity today. Below is the press release offered on a “financing round” page of their website.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has raised a billion dollars in a financing round with two new investors, Google and Fidelity. They join existing investors Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn. Google and Fidelity will collectively own just under 10% of the company.
SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. This funding will be used to support continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.
It looks like Christmas came a little late for SpaceX, but better late than never: Google is said to be finalizing its investment of 10 figures in one of Elon Musk‘s many projects. In this case, it’s towards a spacecraft.
SpaceX was founded in 2002 by Musk to advance space technology, with the ultimate goal of colonizing other planets. Currently, SpaceX has a contract with NASA and has 3 vehicles under its belt, the most important and recent is the Falcon 9. So far, Musk has yet to launch a crew with the Falcon 9, but he is trying to make Earth more technologically savvy in the meantime.
Aside from the Falcon 9, SpaceX’s Seattle office has been busily manufacturing a fleet of about 700 satellites to provide global internet service, targeting rural and developing lands. So far, it seems like the most viable option to provide stable internet connection all over the globe, no offense to Mark Zuckerberg’s drone idea. As for how and when these satellites will be going up, Musk has declined to answer, along with any more information about Google’s investment.
This appears to be an ideal investment for Google, because it will provide more potential customers for its service. This also could mean Project Loon‘s airborne-wifi balloons aren’t making the cut for rural internet service. However, the lack of explanation from Musk may mean that the global internet satellite project isn’t quite ready for the public eye yet. Google’s investment may just be the beginning of this project while SpaceX is still busy working with NASA.
“The internet of things (IoT),” a new tech phrase that’s somewhat reminiscent of the “the dot- com boom,” has been bouncing around a lot lately. It refers to the recent push by companies like Nest, acquired by Google in January for 3.2 billion dollars, to connect daily electronics in homes and businesses to the internet. This would allow homeowners or authorized users to control devices from their smartphones. Daily chores like getting up to turn off the lights before bed would be a thing of the past.
And despite the inherent creepiness that comes along with being able to turn on your blender from another room, it’s become remarkably obvious how serious tech companies are about this new idea. And no one wants to be left behind.
If you follow tech like we do, then you must have heard the name Mary Meeker at least once or twice in your daily coverage.
If you haven’t, Ms. Meeker is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice and helps lead KPCB’s Digital Growth Fund, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale.
In addition, Meeker is also know for her Internet Trends Report, presented at the D11 conference. Now in its second year, this highly-touted benchmark report of where the Internet is, where it is going and where it has came from has proven to be a great resource for investors, analysts, journalists and even the tech layman.
This year’s report shows, among other things, the rapid change in the mobile OS spectrum. Namely, the rise of iOS and Android and the fall of Symbian. Strangely, BlackBerry OS market share (by units shipped) looks to have increased since 2005 (slide 7).
Meeker also introduces the likelihood of wearable tech such as Google Glass and smartwatches impacting the marketplace.
Read the complete presentation below: