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.
We’re on the cusp of a Cambrian explosion in smart home products. The speedy march of technology is churning out everything from connected bottle openers to automated window blinds, keyless locks, and security cameras that text you when someone breaks into your home.These technologies can offer unprecedented levels of information and automation. But with so many potential places to start, it’s time to get smart about setting up a smart home of your own.Curbed checked in with a handful of experts including Nest Platform Head Greg Hu, Canary co-founder & Chief Design Officer Jon Troutman, Amazon Alexa Director Charlie Kindel, IFTTT CEO Linden Tibbets, and LittleBits Director of Product Design Krystal Persaud—all to get their takes on the best smart home products and how to transform your dumb home into a smart one.
Professor Carlo Ratti wants to bring smart city technology to the supermarket, the Guardian reports. Ratti’s Future Food District will alert customers on product information throughout a store using sensors, photographs, and through an app categorizing people based on their purchasing habits. Ratti does not believe privacy concerns surrounding smart cities apply to his supermarket idea. “We’re about giving information about products to people, but not vice versa in terms of providing information about the people to the supermarket,” Ratti says. Ratti does acknowledge the ethical concerns surrounding smart cities, but insists they aren’t limited to the technology. “We are leaving a lot of digital traces as we go, even when just using smartphones to go on to Facebook or Twitter, and it all poses questions about who is accessing the data and so on,” said Ratti.
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Smart home technology that has long been knocking at doors will settle into the mainstream after rival gadgets and services become hassle-free guests that get along with one another, industry insiders say. While smart home offerings have been around for years, attention has been heightened by Google, Amazon and Apple manoeuvring to be at the heart of managing devices capable of wirelessly taking commands or feeding information. “We need to look at problems in the home from a holistic perspective and reali
GPS doesn’t work well inside – usually doesn’t work at all – so the hunt has long been on to find some other, almost inch-perfect way, of locating objects inside and doing clever things using the information. There are just vast numbers of use cases for an indoor local positioning system (LPS?) in IoT, so a recent breakthrough by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial IntelligenceLab (CSAIL) could be significant.Existing positioning systems usually rely on special beacons or on simply fixing position from listening to WiFi access points – the first expensive, the second unreliable.
Most tech companies are experimenting with new products for smart homes, giving everything from thermostats to light bulbs the ability to share information, like the machines in an automated assembly line. But there are problems lurking beneath home automation. Without a simple way for these devices to communicate, smart homes might have trouble being very smart.
Most observers agree that enterprises must brace for the expected onslaught of unstructured data to be generated by the Internet of Things (IoT). The problem, according to a recent study, is that most of the proposed solutions for handling the data flood won’t work.A recent Gartner report exploring the impact of IoT on enterprise infrastructure assumes that 25 percent of all attempts to harness IoT data will be abandoned before they are even deployed “due to a lack of information capabilities adapted for the IoT.”
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) announced the release of two industry white papers that will help guide the acceleration of grid modernization.Local Grid Definitions reviews key terms and definitions related to power distribution infrastructures in buildings (or campuses) that enable some local grid functionality. Developed by SGIP’s Home Building and Industrial Working Group, the paper makes recommendations about which definitions are preferable.
However, there are questions as to why Nest is playing down the scale of the leak, as users would surely not be entering more than one ZIP code when setting up their device. “The devices inside the home send all of the information to the cloud”, he said during his talk.The team also found that Sharx security cameras were leaking unencrypted video feeds and Pix-Star digital frames were leaking image content. Grover told thermostat-leaked-home-locations-over-the-internet”>Motherboard that we have a “pretty bad” situation where a number of smart devices that transmit information over the internet don’t even have the computing power required to perform encryption processes. Yet, this clarification seems to be a red herring: What they found was that numerous devices failed to encrypt at least some of the traffic. The device then pings the weather station in the area, which could be close by, or span for tens of miles away, and it was that data that was vulnerable to hacking. This means that coordinates of company weather stations, as well as user location information, were not secure.
Many smart home devices leak some level of data, according to researchers at Princeton University.Among the group of smart home devices they tested was Google’s Nest thermostat. Individual information was not transmitted, but some incoming weather information with weather station location and ZIP codes were not encrypted.When the researchers contacted Nest, “they thanked us,” Princeton postdoctoral researcher Sarthak Grover said during a presentation at PrivacyCon. Nest told Grover it was a bug that has been fixed.