Smart Home Technology is the latest trend in easy living. All you need is an internet connection and you can control most of your appliances in just a few swipes and taps on your smartphones or tablets. Smart Home also has security features that can protect your home from burglars and other threats. But, let us not forget that your smart home is connected to a network, and there are great minds out there that as long as there is a network and internet, they can do everything they want.
Most homeowners probably think they have three choices when it comes to electricity. Buy it from a power provider, generate it themselves, or avert its use altogether through energy efficiency.But the Rocky Mountain Institute has put forward a fourth choice. The flexiwatt.
Last week Ralph Lauren rolled out a new shirt that uses built-in sensors to track your heart rate, energy output, stress levels and calories burned.The shirt can send that information to your iPhone or other connected device, which will use it to analyze what more you could be doing for your health, such as eating more green smoothies and fewer peanut butter cups.The shirt doesn’t blend up the recommended smoothie, but it might as well.Welcome to the internet of things.
Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 – coming to an iPhone or iPad near you very soon – and it’s going to turn the smarthome segment on its head.Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances, smart appliances or home automation, but we use the umbrella term smarthome to cover everything that’s happening in your home with this newfangled internet of things.
Webroot has launched a set of tools designed to protect IoT devices from online threats.The Internet of Things (IoT) and networked devices include smart thermostats, self-driving cars, home security system and home lighting, among others. Many of the IoT devices available on the market can be controlled through mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets which has pushed electronics makers to new heights and allowed for more innovative products — but the moment you connect a device to the Web, you forge a gateway for potential cyberattacks to occur.
Autodesk is making a play to beef up its Internet of Things (IoT) announcing that it will acquire SeeControl, a San Francisco-based, enterprise-level IoT cloud service platform.In the past few years, IoT has become one of the most talked about topics in product development circles. With the advent of the cloud (and the computing potential that comes with it), designers now have the ability to capture and process data generated by their products in an unprecedented way.
Concepts behind the smart grid are growing to tackle an electric power grid system that has changed very little in the 130 years or so of its existence. There is ample room for modernization efforts, to say the least. An updated grid would better be able to take advantage of smart metering and manage data and information, and better able to optimize energy coming from a wider variety of sources.
Nest Labs launched its third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, adding a larger higher-resolution and the ability to detect furnace problems.The $249-suggested device also adds an updated user interface and slimmer profile to protrude less from the wall.The Wi-Fi-equipped thermostat is available today at Nest.com, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com and will come soon to Best Buy Stores, Google Store, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Target and Verizon Wireless.
Numerex Corp NMRX, -3.10% announced today that it was recently honored with the 2015 IoT Evolution Battle of the Platforms “Best Overall Platform” Award from TMC and Crossfire Media for its nxFAST™ offering. Numerex showcased their nxFAST Industrial IoT platform to a panel of judges and a live audience at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas last month, competing against eight other companies in order to win this honor. For the second time in as many years, Numerex won the “Best Overall Platform” award—considered to be the highest industry honor awarded to a provider of IoT platforms.
With my engineering background, I was always fascinated with SCADAs and PLCs. These are small devices and associated monitoring frameworks that give voices to machines and critical infrastructure. For years, these devices, along with sensors, actuators and relays, have been gathering data that is confined to what is traditionally called the Operation Technology (OT). OT was typically restricted to four walls of the plant or, on a protected network, on an electric grid. The data was locked in proprietary formats, had very specific limited use and was primarily used for reactive purpose.