15. July 2016 · Comments Off on Sustainable Smart Grids Could Revolutionise Europe · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Over 200 professionals from across Europe were in attendance at the Repower Europe Conference in Brussels earlier this month. Repowering Europe was one of the largest joint European events this year among the smart grids and solar photovoltaic sectors. The objective of the two-day event was to review past successes of the smart grids in Europe and discuss future challenges.

Source: Sustainable Smart Grids Could Revolutionise Europe – Blue and Green Tomorrow

13. July 2016 · Comments Off on Upgrading the US power grid for the 21st century · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The US Department of Energy has announced $220m in funding for projects from a host of national laboratories to help upgrade the country’s power grid over the next three years. What work needs to be done to make the grid ’cleaner, more productive and more secure’, and what are the implications for the integration of more grid-connected renewable energy projects in the future?

Source: Upgrading the US power grid for the 21st century – Power Technology

10. July 2016 · Comments Off on Apple Inc Serious About Home Automation, Time for Amazon to Worry · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A new report from VentureBeat reveals Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans for its fifth-generation set-top box. Recall that the company has been working on an Amazon Echo/Alexa competitor, along with opening up a Siri SDK for integration of third-party applications.VentureBeat spoke to sources privy to the matter and learnt that instead of working on a new hardware device, Apple intends to place the smarter artifical intelligence (AI) assistant in the next-generation Apple TV. The source adds that the new box will solve existing problems, as the iPhone maker pursues its goal to make Apple TV, the hub of everything in the future smart home.

Source: Apple Inc Serious About Home Automation, Time for Amazon to Worry

27. June 2016 · Comments Off on Smart Homes of the Future: What Will they Look Like? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

“So far we are still in very much the early-adopter phase” of the smart home, says Michael Philpott, principal analyst at Ovum, an independent analyst and consultancy firm which specialises in smart cities and home automation.Philpott tells IFSEC Global how the industry can give home automation mass market appeal and imagines what the smart home of the future might look like – a subject he is also exploring at IFSEC International 2016, which runs between 21-23 June at ExCeL London.

Source: Smart Homes of the Future: What Will they Look Like?

20. June 2016 · Comments Off on Controlling A Smart Home Can Be As Easy As Tossing Keys In A Bowl  · Categories: News · Tags: ,

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.

Source: Controlling A Smart Home Can Be As Easy As Tossing Keys In A Bowl | Co.Design | business + design