The Amazon Echo offers our first serious glimpse into the future of an intelligent home. It’s not perfect, but whether you’re you’re thinking of getting an Echo, hear people talking about “Alexa,” or not sure what the one you have is capable of, here are some of the best things you can do with it.
We are used to hearing about how the Internet of Things (IoT) will affect the future, promising to solve the biggest global crises, including food shortages, health epidemics and human safety. But what many people do not acknowledge is that, in a growing number of areas, IoT solutions are already in place and making a tangible difference. At this moment, an estimated 4.9 billion sensors are connected to the Internet, busy improving numerable areas of industry and human experience.
The Jetsons presented a highly entertaining vision of what homes of the future would look like. The animated television show anticipated a world where humans would be able to do everything with just the push of a button.In many ways, the show turned out to be prophetic; today we have printable food, video chats, smartwatches and robots that help with housework — and flying cars may even be on the way. The challenge for companies is to integrate digital technologies in meaningful ways that enhance people’s homes and improve their lives.
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is taking its Internet of Things (IoT) game to the next level as it reveals big plans aimed at the world’s biggest population and economy, China. Qualcomm China chairman, Frank Meng is not someone who intends to slow down the company’s momentum amid booming semiconductor business; instead, he plans to focus on things of the future.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, joined by Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and Rick Clemmer CEO of NXP Semiconductors, today announced seven finalists for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. The USDOT has pledged up to $40 million (funding subject to future appropriations) to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City “and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving
Any homeowner knows a lot of free time goes into taking care of your house. But what if your house could take care of you? That’s the dream of the “smart home,” and while there’s no true sci-fi intelligent homes that can do everything you need, we’re getting closer.
Every day, an average 5.5 million smart devices are being connected in homes around the world, according to research firm Gartner. It further estimates there will be 6.4 billion of these “Internet of Things” devices by year’s end, and 20.8 billion IoT devices by 2020. If you want to get in on the ground floor, here are some gadgets you can buy today.
While the Internet of Things has become a popular concept among tech crowds, the consumer IoT remains fragmented. Top companies continue to battle to decide who will be the epicenter of the smart home of the future, creating separate ecosystems (like the iOS and Android smartphone market) in their wake.
People who want to embrace the joys of the smart home are being stymied by a widening gap in the ecosystem itself.A six-month study of over 50,000 smart home devices and associated app reviews by Argus Insights said that the usefulness of a connected device was often overshadowed by frustration with the associated app. Consumers who had bought into the promise of a utopian future said that while the device engendered delight, the synchronicity between the two was lacking.
With improvements in transmission infrastructure, weather-driven renewable resources could supply most of the nation’s electricity at costs similar to today’s, according to a new study by NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, which used a sophisticated mathematical model to evaluate future cost, demand, generation and transmission scenarios.