With Fitbit’s Charge and Flex sports trackers nearly two and three years old, there are rumors floating around the web about the launch of Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 on November 27. The rumor broke following a recent trademark listing, which gave a hint that the new models will arrive soon. If rumor mills are to be believed, the images of the upcoming Flex 2 and Change 2 along with their technical specifications were leaked on a popular tech portal. Upon inspection, we found that the Flex 2 has re-oriented the indicator lights. We can also spot several holes on the backside. Meanwhile, the Charge 2 features a bigger display and interchangeable bands in blue, violet and black colors.
There’s a lot of talk today about the technology that makes up the Internet of Things (IoT). What fascinates me the most is the impact IoT can have on the way companies can drastically alter their business models to leapfrog the competition.In the past, companies kept track of their key performance indicators (KPIs) by running reports at month’s end. They would then put plans in place to make the necessary adjustments to improve upon those KPIs going forward.
Logitech’s Harmony Elite is the closest I’ve got to achieving the smart home dream. You know, the one where you enter the house, all the lights flick on, and the entertainment system boots up to your favourite channel while the heating system asks if the temperature is cosy enough for you—that sort of thing. The problem has always been standards: the Internet of Things (IoT) has lots of them, but few of them play nicely together.The £279 ($350) Harmony Elite bridges the gap with a fancy touchscreen remote, charging dock, smartphone app, and a wireless hub, letting you control most infrared, Bluetooth, and IoT devices from either the included remote, or a smartphone app. The hub—which you can purchase separately for £99 ($99)—is the where the magic happens. Logitech sells the remote separately for £199 in the UK, as well as range of cheaper models, but none feature the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth IoT wizardry that makes the Elite bundle so appealing.
Home automation is starting to grow on me.I’ve been adding things around the house that can be controlled remotely, such as speakers in multiple rooms, a touchpad deadbolt, and light bulbs and switches that can be turned on from my phone. Now I’ve installed a Wi-Fi thermostat.A few years ago, I reviewed the original Nest thermostat, and at the time, I said it was great but too expensive ($249) for my taste.I’ve kept an eye on new models and finally found one that has features I like and fits my wallet.
Enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) is set to disrupt a large number of industries, enabling new business models, creating new revenue streams, reducing costs, extending and enhancing relationships with end customers, and improving product development processes.
Global home networking standards group UPnP Forum will unveil at IBC its new holistic set of live data models through a new web-based tool which automates the process of adding new devices to a network quickly, regardless of location. UPnP+ core technology provides a base for IoT, creating bridges to both wide-area networks and non-IP devices. The data modelling tool is expected to help reduce fragmentation in the marketplace, a key obstacle for the IoT, while providing a seamless standardisation process that can be used by any organisation or company incorporating device discovery and control capability into any of their devices.
The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced new SGRC Utility Solar Photovoltaic Forecasting Models and Forecasting Service. The SGRC Solar Models and Service provide the first commercially available annual forecasts of residential solar PV system installations, energy and hourly load impacts, costs and benefits over a 10-year forecast horizon.Forecasts are provided for distribution feeders, substations, ZIP areas, and the entire utility service areas. Low, medium and high forecasts are provided to reflect the range of likely PV installation and load impacts.
Cisco to highlight importance of digital transformation at IoTX 2015Cisco announced that it is participating in the Internet of Things Expo 2015 (IoTX), which will be held from June 8–9 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre. As a lead sponsor of the event, Cisco will showcase its world-class technology solutions designed to help the region’s public and private sector organizations leverage digital transformation in order to embrace the Internet of Everything (IoE) that will help transform their business models.
In the world of startups and technology, people get easily distracted by flashy new apps, billion dollar valuations and the ‘Uber for this’ or the ‘AirBnB for that’ models. It can be so overwhelming that we can miss out on some incredibly important and innovative startups that are developing products that could entirely revolutionize the way we interact with the world.
It was the last panel session of the Mobile World Congress, and the topic was business models for “connected” consumer packaging in the world of the Internet of Things. The moderator threw the floor open for questions, and one woman in the audience asks how this explosion of connected products could help people with disabilities?
It was a good question, and I wanted to know more about what this would mean in the IoT world.
I went up to talk to her at the end of the session and she introduced herself as Eve Andersson.