There is no clear definition of a smart thermostat. In fact, as more offerings have entered the market, the definition of a smart thermostat has become more misunderstood. Some consider a thermostat “smart” if it has two-way communications (i.e., you can view and change settings on your smartphone). However, this is simply inaccurate. This type of thermostat, according to Navigant Research, is actually considered a communicating thermostat. A communicating thermostat is a device solely enabled to gather an
I’m totally obsessed with IoT, connectivity and automation. I’ve always envisioned a dream home that is awakened or shut down by my physical or digital presence. I want music to play as I enter a room, lights to change hues based on time of day and to be able to control every aspect with the push of an app. This vision used to be a farfetched science fiction fantasy — but, not anymore. Today’s applications paired with smart devices has made th
Soon, customers will expect connectivity in everything. Businesses will to equip their products and their offices, stores, and warehouses to keep up.
There are two forces at work in today’s IT infrastructure, coming from two different directions. On one end, there is the drive toward enhanced user experience (UX), fueled by the need to achieve greater cohesion between applications and the people who use them, or even a greater sense of satisfaction and joy among users.On the other side of the world, there is the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), in which devices, sensors, applications and anything else you can think of are accepting or generating data to provide situational awareness.
An Australian trial of Internet of Things (IoT) technology hopes to get the lowdown from city sewers without workers needing to get knee deep in the muddy waters. This comes as more global smart city initiatives push the frontiers of data collection both above and below ground.Gizmodo reports that the state of Victoria is working with IT and communications companies to test out Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) systems in its sewer and water systems. Huawei, Optus and Vodafone are partnering with the state agency South East Water for the trial in urban areas that include Melbourne.
Many developers are chomping at the bit to become experts at current breakthrough technologies in sensors, embedded systems, mesh networking protocols, big data analytics—all the elements of what’s popularly known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Many CxO-level executives are also interested in the IoT and how they can broaden their grasp of its potential. But if you’re a developer trying to get corporate buy-in for an IoT project, you need to understand that the pitch is somewhat different from one for a
Home Automation is a future market that Apple will definitely be participating in over time. We’ve written a number of reports showing Apple’s interest in this area of technology (one, two, three four and five) with one particular Apple patent figure illustrating a fridge with a large display on its freezer door, as noted below.
Today, the Korean press covered Samsung’s entry into next generation Kitchen appliances starting with a smart fridge.
Family Hub: Top-of-the-Line Smart Refrigerator
“Fridges are not just for storing food anymore. They now have features that allow consumers to order groceries online, watch TV shows and listen to music.
Tired of crossing your fingers while trying to locate a WiFi signal? What if, instead, the WiFi could locate us?The smart cats at MIT are on it. In a new paper, a research team led by professor Dina Katabi of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) presents a system that enables a single WiFi access point to locate users to within tens of centimeters, without any external sensors. The group demonstrated the system in an apartment and a cafe, while also showing off a drone that maintains a safe distance from its user with a margin of error of about four centimeters.
Enterprises and businesses are at the cusp of a major transformation, a new wave of industrialization based on IoT. IoT will involve the intersection of powerful supply and demand factors that will cause a tremendous amount of change and value creation. Beyond the economic benefits of business use-cases for the “Internet of Things,” the implications of this trend on our understanding of our societies, economies and ecology can be profound. Imagine data from soil sensors in Iowa, for example, being correlated with emissions data from California. Human behaviors and conditions can be mapped and analyzed with great detail, bringing serious privacy and security issues and concerns.
Security is set to become the hot button issue in the smart home this year, as more connected devices come online and more hackers attempt to infiltrate corporate and consumer networks through connected gadgets. The FBI even issued a warning about connected home products.The concerns about security and the smart home are well-founded. Several devices from connected cameras to smart home hubs have been hacked. Even light bulbs aren’t immune.