Google is rumored to be developing a direct competitor to Amazon’s Echo, code-named “Chirp.” The device, which might resemble the OnHub router (pictured above), would incorporate its Google Now voice assistant technology.Google likely will launch the product later this year, according to a Wednesday Recode article that debunked earlier reports suggesting Google would launch the new system at its annual I/O developer conference next week.Google likely will preview the system at I/O, as well as reveal some of its emerging technology in the virtual reality market, Recode said.
IBM is releasing two new services through Bluemix that can be utilized through our IoT for Automotive solution. They are Context Mapping and Driver Behavior. We appreciate all the feedback we received from you while these were previously available as experimental. The developer community is always critical to helping us understand your challenges and to continuously improve our offerings.
Through a first-of-its-kind analysis, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative’s (SGCC) Empowered Consumer Report has found that consumer awareness for next-generation smart energy technologies is at an all-time high, and best aligned with a smart grid customer segmentation. By surveying more than 1500 consumers, The Empowered Consumer has explored to what extent consumers are aware of smart energy technologies, their level of interest in adopting these technologies, and what reservations they have about doing so.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has dominated the tech scene this year. From its commanding presence at the Consumer Electronics Show to the barrage of analysts firms predicting that “billions of ‘things’ will be connected by 2020,” its perceived impact on the technological landscape is reminiscent of its cloud and big data predecessors.
Hitachi is uniting its digital and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services businesses into a new unit, called Hitachi Insight Group, the company announced on Tuesday.The newly formed group will be headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and will be led by Keiji Kojima, who also holds concurrent positions as senior vice president and executive officer at Hitachi Ltd. Other members of the leadership team include Kevin Eggleston, general manager for the Americas, and Patrik Sjostedt, general manager for EMEA.
Meet FlipFlic, a really unique product developed by Jalousier, Inc., that can turn your ordinary blinds into “smart blinds” in a matter of seconds without needing any tools. The product was launched on Kickstarter earlier this year and is in the home stretch of its campaign.So far, the company has nearly doubled its goal of $50,000. As of this posting, they’re a touch over $89,000 with three days to go (the campaign ends on Friday, May 13th). The makers of FlipFlic say the product is the first plug-and-play solution that allows homeowners to transform many ordinary window blinds into a smart home appliance, saving the user “time, money, and [making their] home more comfortable and energy-efficient.”
If Comcast told you they care about custom installers and their clients … would you believe them? It happens to be true, judging by the new integrator-friendly products they’re launching, along with programs that give dealers much of the access and support that Comcast’s own techs enjoy.At CEDIA Expo 2015 last October, Xfinity by Comcast demonstrated new features for the X1 DVR platform that integrators will love: rack-mount form factor, IP control and an architecture that is “100 percent ready for Dolby Atmos,” said Neal Roberts, director of Comcast Special Operations, back then.
A decade ago, energy-smart home enthusiasts thought we’d all be obsessively tracking energy markets from specialized terminals placed in every room around our homes.They were right about one thing: We all now have little screens that help us track everything around us. But energy is still at the bottom of the priority list for homeowners.Home energy management is facing a bit of an identity crisis.
Home automation often gets a bad rap for being overly complicated, expensive, and frivolous. Frankly, sometimes it can be. For every well-engineered, affordably priced system, there’s bound to be another that’s completely the opposite. Thanks to advances in technology, however, “bad” home automation systems are becoming a rare breed. The following 10 items point out some of the positive points about home automation systems, some of which may be completely new to you.
Apple could finally be set to include a HomeKit controller app in iOS as standard, according to reports from the MacRumors website. Two years after launching its HomeKit home automation protocol ? currently compatible with a wide range of connected devices ? the American firm is expected to present a centralised controller app at its upcoming annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).