A new report from VentureBeat reveals Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans for its fifth-generation set-top box. Recall that the company has been working on an Amazon Echo/Alexa competitor, along with opening up a Siri SDK for integration of third-party applications.VentureBeat spoke to sources privy to the matter and learnt that instead of working on a new hardware device, Apple intends to place the smarter artifical intelligence (AI) assistant in the next-generation Apple TV. The source adds that the new box will solve existing problems, as the iPhone maker pursues its goal to make Apple TV, the hub of everything in the future smart home.
First came the PC, then the Internet, then the smartphone and tablet. Now, technology companies want to link them all to your front door, your bathroom light, or your furnace — anything with an on-off switch, and some things that don’t yet have them — using myriad sensors throughout your house.Samsung Electronics Co. will begin selling a starter kit for a connected home this month, stepping up competition with Google Inc. and Apple Inc. in the industry’s bid to sell systems that turn off the lights when nobody’s in the room and let you control your thermostat from the car or subway.
Move over, shale. The sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity.Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprints. Rooftop panels are sprouting on homes from suburban New York to Phoenix, driven by suppliers such as SolarCity Corp. and NRG Energy Inc.
Electrolux AB is revisiting dot-com era attempts to build an intelligent home around its appliances as the likes of Apple Inc. and Google Inc. ramp up their offerings in the field.
This year, the Swedish company will start selling an oven that downloads instructions on how your roast should be cooked from a recipe app. It films the job too, so home chefs can keep one eye on the process on a screen while entertaining guests.
Jan Brockmann, chief operations officer at Electrolux, said 2015 may be the year when appliances finally get smart after decades of false starts. He’s predicting they’ll make up 10 percent of the market in five years’ time, from less than 1 percent today.
Apple today was granted around 45 patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with the most interesting being an advanced car control system. While Apple has been the forerunner when it comes to registering countless patents, not all of them are used and implemented. However, the company has a lot in store for the future of connecting almost every aspect of a user’s life with their products and technology.
In August, Samsung Electronics (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) announced that it was acquiring a smart home-solution company called SmartThings in a bid to put pressure on Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming HomeKit platform. Many believed that Samsung would use the newly-acquired technology to challenge Apple’s solution to the Internet of Things movement.
Latest reports suggest that Samsung’s solution for the connected home will support Apple’s HomeKit.