Wearable tech isn’t new. Smart home tech isn’t new. Wearable tech that integrates with your smart home tech isn’t even that new, but the Misfit Shine 2 is new – just a few months old – and it functions as a smart home controller (though with some limitations).If you’re looking into buying a new wearable, fitness tracking device, the Misfit Shine 2 is worth looking into. It’s a fitness and sleep tracker, and as mentioned, also works to control some smart home technology.
In Europe, a US based IoT market research and consulting firm Parks Associates has forecast that 2.5 million western European households will have a smart home controller by 2019.Stuart Stikes, president at Parks Associates attributes the forecast to the growth in smart homes.He says: “Smart home systems will need the flexibility to deliver multiple value propositions within the household.
If you are looking for a way to control the Internet of things and devices using home automation you might be interested in a new smart home controller called the STACK Box which has been created by Cloud Media.
The STACK Box home automation controller has been specifically designed to enable you to communicate to all your smart devices and stacks all your applications into one convenient location on your smartphone and tablet.
Parks Associates today announced Internet of Things (IoT) research showing nearly 4% of U.S. households will have a smart home controller by the end of 2014, with an estimated increase to nearly 6% by 2015. The firm’s Evolution of Smart Home and the Internet of Things, which includes data from a 1Q 2014 survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, also reports 64% of all smart devices currently in households operate as part of a security or home controls system. Smart devices include motorized door controls, lighting controls, networked security camera, and programmable thermostats, among other devices.
The Internet of Things: Business Models & Opportunities, another Parks Associates industry report, analyzes predominant, disruptive, and innovative business models used within the smart home market. The report examines new revenue opportunities for OEMs and developers and provides business model details and case studies.
Two of the finalists in this Thursday’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition that I’ve featured thus far — Rocco, the Energy Pal (a kinetic energy-generating rocking horse for kids made from recycled plastic) and the Automan 500 Subwoofer (a speaker cabinet/ottoman for adults made from recycled car tires) — boast a certain eco-aesthetic appeal: They’re both tech-y, cool looking, and made from recycled materials.
Today I’m highlighting an entrant, the Smart Grid Home Controller from Philadelphia-based BuLogics, that has zero design-y elements (it’s a green gadget through and through) but serves quite an impressive purpose: the seamless integration of emerging smart grid technology with wireless technology.