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.
What if you could know immediately after giving a lesson how students reacted to it? Experts say an increase in wearable technology will make this a reality for more and more teachers year after year.”As smartwatches, wristbands, headsets and other wearable products become more sophisticated, expect to see classroom networks of these “ultramobile” devices interacting with each other and enabling students and teachers to share digital information as never before,” says a new District Administration article.
The Open University, headquartered in Milton Keynes, is investigating the health & fitness benefits of wearable technology for over-55s. It is running the rule over a range of digital health-monitoring aids to see whether wearables currently on the market can be made more age friendly.The OU project, funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust and carried out in partnership with the charity Age UK Milton Keynes, will examine how older people get on with a mix of available devices, ranging from activity trackers to ‘smart’ watches.
Electricity is the lifeblood of our digital world. Access to reliable, safe and renewable energy can impact entire economies and there is extensive research showing the substantial economic losses caused by power outages. This is one of the key reasons why smart grid technology is being deployed by power utilities around the world—improve energy security and grid reliability and keep our digital world running. Smart Grids are also giving us a glimpse into the much talked about Internet of Things (IoT). Power utilities are demonstrating the critical role of resilient communication networks that enable millions of devices to talk with one another. IoT is often defined as connecting any object with an IP address and some intelligence to any other object over the communications network.
Home automation has been improved by devices that support voice command. Controlling your home with your voice is a game-changer. Here are just a few ways voice control enhances home management.Truly hands-free tasksVoice control really changes the kitchen game when it comes to convenience and life enhancement. Imagine trying to get a big dinner ready for your kids or your house guests without any free hands. Need to know how many ounces are in a cup, or how many calories are in that cup of rice? Just ask your digital assistant, which knows the answer due to its swift access the Internet. Look up anything without being at a computer or typing on your phone. You can even use your voice to set timers for the food you’re cooking, and soon you’ll outsource even more tasks with your voice.
Hitachi is uniting its digital and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services businesses into a new unit, called Hitachi Insight Group, the company announced on Tuesday.The newly formed group will be headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and will be led by Keiji Kojima, who also holds concurrent positions as senior vice president and executive officer at Hitachi Ltd. Other members of the leadership team include Kevin Eggleston, general manager for the Americas, and Patrik Sjostedt, general manager for EMEA.
IoT is quickly emerging as a very significant agent of transformation as it blends the physical and digital on-line worlds. As everyone has been told repeatedly by the consumer electronics industry, the home is a key target for applying the benefits of IoT-enabled devices. Consumers are now expecting devices and related services that will make their lives easier and more convenient. They expect their IoT-enabled home devices to evolve to new uses by working collaboratively as they become an integral part of managing their everyday home life.By 2017, it has been estimated that 90 million people will live in smart homes. By 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices. The latest Gartner forecast predicts that by 2020 there will be $309 billion in incremental revenue opportunity in the IoT market.
I’m totally obsessed with IoT, connectivity and automation. I’ve always envisioned a dream home that is awakened or shut down by my physical or digital presence. I want music to play as I enter a room, lights to change hues based on time of day and to be able to control every aspect with the push of an app. This vision used to be a farfetched science fiction fantasy — but, not anymore. Today’s applications paired with smart devices has made th
Given that tens of billions of “things” will be connected to the Internet by 2020, it’s probably worth setting out some standards on how these devices and their digital architectures will work together. That’s been the task of several people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology over the past few years as the Internet of Things — also referred to as cyber physical systems — has begun exploding in popularity. However, David Wollman, deputy director of NIST’s Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems program office says things are changing so fast that it’s been difficult to develop concrete standards for the greater IoT ecosystem to use.
Smart grid optimization solutions have a wide array of advances that give utilities and grid operators to digital control a power delivery network. Although the concept of network optimization is simple, the practice is complex because it involves multiple variables and compensations. Rising demand, lack of predictability of renewable resource generation, volatile energy costs, and the emergence of electric vehicles are the factors that affect network stability. Utilities have to predict and diagnose potential problems and take decisions to provide high-quality and reliable services. Grid Optimization is an umbrella term that refers to improvements in three main areas: – System reliability – Operational Efciency – Asset utilization and protection