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.
From LEDs to thermostats and security gadgets, we’ve decked out the CNET Smart Home with all sorts of connected tech. The Amazon Echo — a Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with voice control capabilities via Alexa, the Echo’s ever-present robot assistant — is at the center of these updates. That’s because Alexa is accessible, an easy entry point into the wild world of smart devices. Just say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and she will. No app, no hub, no fuss.
Gillian Tett has numerous written award-winning articles and books but one tweet in response to a new feature from Tesla brilliantly sets the stage for understanding why consumers will embrace Internet of Things (IoT) more quickly than many people expect:I LOVE the idea of using my phone to get my car to drive itself out of the garage, heated up. Our first two words: “Who wouldn’t?”Who wouldn’t want the smartphone that we already know and love have the power to ensure we never again have to shiver in a cold car?
Another year at the Consumer Electronics Show and more records fell. Attendance topped 173,000 — including 50,000 from outside the U.S. — with 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.5 million square feet.But this year did not have any truly impressive, jaw-dropping product-tech debuts and felt very much like the last two to three years. The really cool topic remains the advent of the Internet of Things, or IoT, where the Web will move past logging onto a “www” URL to access content and instead free-flow in real-time, seamlessly throughout one’s typical day of interactions at home (web-connected shower, water heater, self-watering flower pots), on the road (connected car, exit signs), at work (thermostats, light bulbs), during lunch (bistro table, interactive menu), shopping (product displays, fitting rooms), dropping the kids at soccer (connected ball, goal-net, shin guards), and picking up some groceries (shopping cart interacts with your fridge’s inventory).
Ford has shown off what it’s developing behind closed doors at its relatively new Innovation Centre in Palo Alto.As part of the car company’s push to become more software focused the centre was built two years ago. Since then developments have advanced in its cars including smarter Sync voice controls, autonomous vehicle development and more.We visited the centre to see what Ford is working on now that should start to appear in its new cars soon.Lots of these projects are aiming to have in car results by as early as the end of 2016.
Buckle up! CES 2016 kicks off this week in Las Vegas, so prepare for gadget overload from car tech to wireless everything, IoT everywhere and flocks of drones buzzing high above the 3,631 companies exhibiting this year at the world’s largest gadget fest.Virtual reality pioneer Oculus Rift along with a big Internet of Things push by Intel represent two major themes we’ll be hearing a lot about this week. Carmakers are also putting the pedal to the metal by demonstrating everything from autonomous vehicles to new ways to turn the back seat of your car into an Internet-enabled entertainment center.
We’ve just ushered in the new year, and that means it’s also time for the next Consumer Electronics Show. Once again, the tech expo will be held in Las Vegas, and given all that we saw at last year’s conference, you might be wondering about what you can look forward to at CES 2016 when it kicks off next week. Here’s the first in a two-part series as we look at two things to expect at the coming week’s conference – electric/driverless car tech and the Internet of Things.Last year, CES 2015 was really big on car technology, and that’s one thing you can also expect this year.
Nissan will unveil its vision of a high-performance wireless charging system for electric vehicles at next year’s Geneva motor show.The system – called ‘Fuel Station of the Future’ – is previewed in a video clip in which a Nissan Leaf pulls up to a kerb and automatically begins recharging via a device mounted in the road underneath the car.
Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are technologies that have something to do with more intelligent systems, but how similar or different are they? For starters, let’s understand IoT. It is basically about making our products smarter and contextually aware. With IoT, we are embedding chips and sensors in products which traditionally were not known for their computing prowess. And, we are doing it for everything from wearables to car engines to refrigerators and so on.
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We’ve all been there: circling the parking lot on Black Friday, hoping to find an open spot to squeeze your car into. It can be incredibly frustrating.But what if your car could find its own open parking spot?It may sound like the stuff of the future, but for Belgium and Luxembourg, it’s much closer than it appears.In early 2016, these two countries will be outfitted with an international IoT network for parking. The integrated systems are also intended to set up the “building blocks,” for smart building and smart city functions.