01. April 2016 · Comments Off on Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Google and Nest reportedly have a bunch of new smart home products in the works, but there may not be much collaboration happening between the two Alphabet subsidiaries.On the Google side, the search giant may be working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, according to The Information (via The Verge). The story reveals no details about the product, but it seems like an obvious fit for Google, which has already made voice controls a centerpiece of its Android Wear smartwatch platform. A device that answers Internet queries and controls other smart home products could very well tie into Google’s broader efforts to create a new platform for the Internet of Things.

Source: Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security | TechHive

22. November 2015 · Comments Off on TCS, Intel launch IoT Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

India’s largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services has launched a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in collaboration with Intel at the TCS Hyderabad Campus.The centre will focus on developing new use cases for various industries and create solution accelerators around Intel technologies for global customers in manufacturing, retail, hi-tech, semiconductors, healthcare and telecom industries, the company said. The primary focus of the centre is to integrate IoT solutions developed by TCS on Intel IoT platforms and to fast-track creation of end-to-end solutions.

Source: TCS, Intel launch IoT Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad | Business Line

11. November 2015 · Comments Off on Storage Advance May Boost Solar Thermal Energy Potential · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a new approach for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy, to reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use.The advance is based on a new innovation with thermochemical storage, in which chemical transformation is used in repeated cycles to hold heat, use it to drive turbines, and then be re-heated to continue the cycle. Most commonly this might be done over a 24-hour period, with variable levels of solar-powered electricity available at any time of day, as dictated by demand.The findings have been published in ChemSusChem, a professional journal covering sustainable chemistry. The work was supported by the SunShot Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, and done in collaboration with researchers at the University of Florida.

Source: Storage Advance May Boost Solar Thermal Energy Potential

03. October 2015 · Comments Off on Telstra CEO eyes innovation through startups, IoT, M2M · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Telstra is looking to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging technological innovation through collaboration with startups, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — but said that ensuring its network continues to be the best in Australia is still at the core of its business, and the driving force behind being able to deliver these capabilities.

Source: Telstra CEO eyes innovation through startups, IoT, M2M | ZDNet

25. August 2015 · Comments Off on Low-cost technology to produce electricity from sea waves · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Italy’s National Agency for New Energy Technologies (ENEA) in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin has developed a low-cost, smart technology for extracting energy from sea waves called PEWEC (Pendulum Wave Energy Converter). It has been studied specifically for the Italian coast waves, characterized by mild intensity, small size and high-frequency. It’s a floating, raft-resembling device, to be positioned offshore, relying on the hull oscillation induced by waves.

Source: Low-cost technology to produce electricity from sea waves | Energy Harvesting Journal