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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RFaxis, Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company focused on developing innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless connectivity market, today announced a new collaboration with Austin, Texas-based Silicon Labs SLAB, +1.81% on chipset reference designs to address the high-growth Internet of Things (IoT) and smart home markets.
For the “Internet of Things” to thrive, all it needs is for all devices to get along—which is currently wishful thinking. Last week, however, Google announced a partnership with Carnegie-Mellon University, which is leading a collaboration of faculty from several other academic institutions on a project to jumpstart the Internet of Things revolution. Their plan: Build a universal platform that lets any device talk to any other device. And fittingly, that master-key solution will be open source.The problem is that IoT software and devices are mostly proprietary, built by each company and working well within their own sandboxes, but they don’t communicate well together. The joint project between CMU, Cornell, Stanford, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Google wants to wipe away the private-industry middlemen that keep sensors in separate sandboxes by creating a new, open platform: GIoTTO.
Qualcomm said Tuesday it is working with Thread Group, a Google-backed effort to determine ways for Internet-connected devices to talk to one another.The move is important because Qualcomm has been a key backer of the AllSeen Alliance, one of several competing efforts to set standards for the so-called Internet of Things. By taking part in Thread as well, Qualcomm opens the door for potential cooperation and collaboration between the two bodies.
eMotorWerks, a leading manufacturer of intelligent and connected Smart[Grid] charging solutions for electric vehicles (EV), and WattTime, a new environmental nonprofit specializing in clean energy software, announced today the launch of JuiceBox Green 40. This collaboration produced a smart EV charging station capable of automatically reducing the carbon footprint of EV charging through groundbreaking new environmentally smart timing algorithms.
eMotorWerks, a leading manufacturer of intelligent and connected Smart[Grid] charging solutions for electric vehicles (EV), and WattTime, a new environmental nonprofit specializing in clean energy software, announced today the launch of JuiceBox™ Green 40. This collaboration produced a smart EV charging station capable of automatically reducing the carbon footprint of EV charging through groundbreaking new environmentally smart timing algorithms.