07. September 2016 · Comments Off on Automate thy home: Going from dumb to smart · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Imagine this – you are returning from office in your self-driven car and as you approach the garage, it recognises your car and opens the door. As you get down and are about to enter your home, your living room door does the same. Behind you, it locks again and the face scanner reactivates. As you enter, your house has already cooled itself to an ambient temperature because your AC had already sensed your impending arrival, while queuing up your favourite tracks on your connected music system. You ask your digital assistant to read out your personal emails, and at that very moment the music volume goes down and your email is read out via the same speakers. Your TV switches on to display the attached images and the lights in the room change colour to match the multimedia content on the screen. You close the emails with a gesture, ask your digital home assistant to turn up the music again. Finally, you get to relax and have some coffee that was just the right temperature, because you set the coffee maker via its app before you had left.

Source: Automate thy home: Going from dumb to smart

16. April 2016 · Comments Off on Ezcontrol: Introducing Simple and Affordable Home Automation · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Imagine a reality where complete control of your home is just a touch away. That idea is what inspired eztechs to launch a Kickstarter campaign for ezcontrol, a home automation unit that lets you control virtually every electrical device in your home — all from your smartphone. “From your table lamp, to your garage door, to your AC, ezcontrol gives you the power to control all your devices whenever you want it, wherever you are,” says the eztechs team.Most devices in your home are controlled by one of two connecting technologies: infrared (like your TV´s, cable boxes, and receivers) or RF (such as your garage door or roller blinds). Taking advantage of these existing connections, eztechs created a control unit that understands and controls your devices through technologies they already use. One control, one app, that simple.

Source: Ezcontrol: Introducing Simple and Affordable Home Automation – Press Release – Digital Journal

28. February 2015 · Comments Off on Is DC power the way of the future? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The war of the currents still rages … politely, as ECN gathered panelists earlier this month to talk about AC vs. DC, Tesla vs. Edison, data centers, and the future of power engineering on Engineering Live.

via Is DC power the way of the future?.

13. February 2015 · Comments Off on EchoStar’s Hughes To Throw Sage Switch · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Hughes, an EchoStar company, plans a midyear rollout of its new do-it-yourself Sage home-automation system, which is targeted to the masses.

Sage is promoted as easy to install, set up, monitor and use, delivering a wide range of automated functions to keep the home safe, secure, and regulated to provide savings on heating and AC systems, lights, other applications and insurance premiums.

via EchoStar’s Hughes To Throw Sage Switch | http://www.twice.com.

31. May 2014 · Comments Off on Solar PV micro inverter kit supports MPPT and grid-tied DC/AC inverter · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Instead of running thick heavy copper wires to harvest low voltage DC power from multiple solar photovoltaic panels in a solar farm, the smart, energy efficient and cost saving option now is to use micro solar inverters embedded below the solar panel itself, so that the stepped-up AC voltage from the micro-inverters are connected to a gridlike AC bus, which is lighter, cheaper and less lossy. A kind of mini smart grid to connect solar panels of different capacities. This also solves another issue of inconsistent energy generation due to shade.

via Solar PV micro inverter kit supports MPPT and grid-tied DC/AC inverter.