As technology advances inexorably, the domination of wearables seems increasingly inevitable. And it seems that the mainstream fashion industry is gradually waking up to the necessity to embrace the trend, teaming up with tech brands to ensuring that their trackers, smart devices and other connected items acquiesce with the rules of stylish design. With tech brands such as Fitbit and Jawbone straining to streamline and polish their products in order to reposition themselves as stylish accessories, several retail brands are also embracing the strategy of incorporating connected items into their collections.
What does your dream home look like? It is a log cabin in the mountains? A sleek design on an ocean cliffside? Whatever the overall look, if you’re hoping to integrate smart features that will control the entertainment, lighting and heating systems in your home, maximise energy efficiency or simply have that futuristic edge, here’s some inspiration from around the globe.
Every once in a blue moon you come across a device and you instantly know that the company just got it right. The hardware design is great, the software design is great, and the user experience is simple yet powerful and versatile. It’s rare to begin with, but it’s even more rare when you’re talking about smart home controllers and hubs, because the market is all over the place right now. It can all be quite confusing, but there’s nothing confusing about this statement: The NuBryte Touchpoint All-in-One Sma
The smart home of the future will likely be controlled with your voice, which is why companies like Google and Amazon are putting so much effort into getting their ears into your living room. But voice control feels impersonal. It’s disconnected from the physicality of the objects with which we have intimate connections in our day-to-day lives.Memodo is a new take on how the smart home of the future could be controlled. Instead of using your voice to dim the lights and Netflix-and-chill, you place physical totems representing those actions down in a specific place. So, for example, throwing your keys into the key bowl when you get home could kick up the jams, or turn on the A/C.
Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced today that its LoRa™ RF wireless technology has been widely adopted by many metering companies in China to scale metering deployments domestically and internationally. Metering companies in China were some of the early adopters of LoRa technology, and most of the major suppliers in the region design and ship LoRa-equipped meters to companies around the world.
Chicago-based startup Hologram has announced its cellular platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), which provides businesses with a cost effective way to design, create, and deploy IoT devices.Hologram claims to provide an end-to-end solution for businesses, with everything from connected hardware to cloud messaging services bundled into its cellular platform.
Wind energy is green power. On that we can agree. Where there hasn’t been widespread agreement however is in how to best harness the potential of wind energy – on a mass scale. Five Southern Methodist University seniors believe they have harnessed that potential, possibly changing the green power landscape forever – one roof at a time. Jonah Kirby had always been intrigued by wind energy and green power. His first wind energy source prototype was designed his freshman year at SMU. Kirby then spent Sophomore and Junior years tinkering and refining his different designs. And as fate would have it, he met several like-minded students who became a senior design project team. The fruits of that project have evolved into what is today Fiddler, “the first smart-connected wind energy source for the modern home”.
Novatek Microelectronics has announced the establishment of a working partnership with ThroughTek, IoT solutions provider. The recent partnership between ThroughTek and Novatek represents a change in the surveillance market, enabling the extension of application use through value-added cloud services to dashcam devices. The portable dashcam is versatile in its design, making it both suitable for sports and travel use in various outdoor environments, as well within the car or home for security surveillance. With ThroughTek’s technology, chipset manufacturers can easily penetrate the IoT market by simplifying the device deployment process for technology brands.
While there is a lot of talk about smart homes, few of those high-tech features are actually being incorporated into today’s homes. We are not yet living in the land of “The Jetsons.”But homeowners are moving toward some smart home products, including thermostats they can control with smartphones, automated lighting solutions, keyless entry and security and entertainment options.”Smart home technology is important for some homeowners,” says Nino Sitchinava, principal economist for Houzz, a home design website, which has done several surveys on the use of smart home features. “It’s not something that all homeowners are unambiguously into.”
LG recently took to the stage during MWC 2016, where they introduced their LG G5 flagship smartphone along with many accessories. The G5 features a modular design itself, so many accessories can be attached to its bottom. Yet, other accessories like the 360 Cam or the Rolling Bot are controlled wirelessly with the smartphone, so it is clear that LG is focusing on the interoperability between all of these devices. Now, LG Uplus, a South Korean cellular carrier owned by LG, has announced a few smart-home products to further increase connectivity around their new devices.