If the recently concluded CES 2016 show in Las Vegas is any indication, our lives will soon be filled with Oomis, My UVPatches, Smart Suits, and a host of other technological wonders that benefit from the power and convenience of NFC technology. Wearables you actually wearNFC was all over CES, and as expected, wearables were a major attraction for the second straight year. But now they’re going beyond the basic fitness wristband. Among the notable launches were:
While neither company is in the habit of announcing products or platforms outside of their own events, both Google and Apple have looked poised to make significant smart home announcements for the past six months. With CES, a prime candidate for such an announcement, now out of the way, we have to ask when the Google and Apple smart homes will arrive.A likely reason for the slow progress suggested by a recent Accenture report, which found that consumer enthusiasm for tech had significantly waned in the past year, and that the small growth of IoT devices is nowhere near enough to compensate for the falls in smartphone, laptops and TV purchasing intent and consequent revenue. The Accenture report was released just before CES, and it’s possible that the two would wish to avoid announcements that would allow the press to join the dots and brand the launch a doomed endeavor.
A few years ago, home automation was only a concept in futuristic movies,- but the rise of the Internet of Things and connected devices has brought “smart homes” to the consumer market.The Consumer Electronics Show, held last week in Las Vegas, revealed the popularity of home automation, as dozens of vendors showed off their platforms with innovative security, connected device and sensory features.
If there’s one thing the disconnected reject pile of internet-connected toothbrushes and refrigerators we begrudgingly refer to as the Internet of Things is in need of, it’s direction. Some kind of grand, unifying force that will make using all of these potentially interesting products actually useful when bound together as a single household of objects. Google’s Project Brillo, which we first heard about during their most recent developer conference, seems to have all the bits in place to offer that guidance. All we need now is some hardware partners willing to jump into bed with Google and support both Brillo and the Weave networking protocol that will help pull it all together.Fortunately, this is CES and that’s exactly what we have now.
In the spirit of the Fresh Start Effect, it’s not just your health and fitness habits that could do with a long, hard look now it’s January. We’ve seen a bunch of exciting smart home announcements and collaborations come out of CES and the first few weeks of 2016 in time to spruce up your dumb, boring place. Here’s our pick of the most interesting hubs, beds, bulbs, thermostats and yes, smart showers that will be invading your homes in 2016.
As the battle for IoT connectivity continues to rage in the smart home, the pervasiveness of Bluetooth is an undeniable advantage for the standard. Notwithstanding current development efforts around Bluetooth mesh networking that could strike a serious blow to other competitors in the smart home, the plug n’ play nature of Bluetooth has made it a go-to for electronic products of all kinds.At the Discover Blue[tooth] event before the night before the CES show floors officially opened, the above was obvious. Here are a few of the highlights from this reception.
Cellular network software that Ericsson announced at CES may help small, battery-powered devices like smartwatches and pet trackers get online and work longer without a recharge in a few years. It goes by the ungainly name of Ericsson Networks Software 17A for Massive IoT, but it has features for connecting the smallest of devices without making them use up too much power. Many of those will be meters and machines for cities and companies, but some could be long-lasting wearables and consumer gadgets of the future.
Delta Group, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, together with its consumer brands, Innergie and Vivitek, introduces its “Smart Green House” concept at CES 2016. Delta is showcasing its latest energy-efficient products and solutions, including projectors, consumer power products, ventilation fans, EV chargers, and PV inverters at Booth 21036, South Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) today through January 9 to bring consumers a unique experience of smart, green and innovative lifestyle. The PowerGear USB-C 45, the world’s first USB-C adapter supporting four DC output voltages, both the universal laptop adapter PowerGear ICE 65 and the detachable USB charging connector WizardTip which just won the Taiwan Excellence Award, and the BreezIntegrity ventilation fan with innovative design that has a built-in Bluetooth® speaker, are introduced for the first time.
Amazon hasn’t held any big events or built a big, splashy booth at CES 2016 (which isn’t a surprise, lots of big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft don’t have much of a presence), but the Seattle online retail giant has had quite an influence here nonetheless. Amazon has partnered with multiple companies here to quietly become a major force in home control and automation. By extending the footprint of its nascent Alexa Voice and Dash Replenishment Services, Amazon is turning a bunch of eccentric technologies into a platform that can make life more convenient for consumers—and boost sales for Amazon.Amazon launched Alexa in 2014 as the brains behind the company’s own Echo wireless speaker, and Dash was introduced this past year in the form of stick-on wireless physical buttons that let you order supplies from Amazon without having to use a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
High tech is coming, again, to your home.Tech companies and appliance makers are showing off their latest lines of connected devices promising to make consumers’ lives better, safer and happier at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Much has been made about the market opportunity underlying smart homes, but consumers are not yet convinced. The Consumer Technology Association acknowledges this, forecasting that sales of wearable devices will be quadruple sales of smart home devices in 2016, reaching 38 million and 9 million units sold, respectively.
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