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.
It’s official – the 1999 Disney Channel Original film Smart House has moved out of fantasyland and into reality. While admittedly we don’t yet have breathalyzers that analyze your diet or carpets that absorb smoothie spills, we aren’t as far off as you might think!These incredible home apps upgrade daily living, allowing users to monitor and adjust their homes to startling specificity.
Wind energy would be much more plentiful if wind turbines could be placed in one long row always facing a steady wind direction. In reality, multiple constraints (e.g. land, environmental, financial, engineering) usually dictate placing turbines in several rows and closer together. Unfortunately, this results in lowered energy production from downstream turbine rows.This lowered energy production can be explained by the wake effect. A wake refers to the reduced wind downstream of a turbine after extraction of energy by an upstream turbine from the incoming wind flow. This is further characterized by increased turbulence and gradual mixing as the stream tube expands downstream of a turbine. This iconic photo captured in Denmark at an offshore wind farm illustrates this effect at work.
Google is rumored to be developing a direct competitor to Amazon’s Echo, code-named “Chirp.” The device, which might resemble the OnHub router (pictured above), would incorporate its Google Now voice assistant technology.Google likely will launch the product later this year, according to a Wednesday Recode article that debunked earlier reports suggesting Google would launch the new system at its annual I/O developer conference next week.Google likely will preview the system at I/O, as well as reveal some of its emerging technology in the virtual reality market, Recode said.
Every time the heat or air conditioning cycles on inside your home or office there’s a good chance the electricity powering it is coming from a dirty power plant, which contributes to mercury and carbon dioxide pollution, harming the environment. What if there was a way to select the power plant your energy comes from, so your house could run on green, clean energy? Today, that’s finally a reality.
WattTime, the nonprofit creating technology that makes using clean energy as simple as tapping your smartphone, is announcing a closed beta pilot in partnership with Energate, creator of the H?lH?m smart thermostat, as a critical first step in its mission to give any thermostat the ability to selectively use clean energy.
Imagine a reality where complete control of your home is just a touch away. That idea is what inspired eztechs to launch a Kickstarter campaign for ezcontrol, a home automation unit that lets you control virtually every electrical device in your home — all from your smartphone. “From your table lamp, to your garage door, to your AC, ezcontrol gives you the power to control all your devices whenever you want it, wherever you are,” says the eztechs team.Most devices in your home are controlled by one of two connecting technologies: infrared (like your TV´s, cable boxes, and receivers) or RF (such as your garage door or roller blinds). Taking advantage of these existing connections, eztechs created a control unit that understands and controls your devices through technologies they already use. One control, one app, that simple.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a reality and it seems the concept of ‘B-IoT’ or the Building Internet of Things is at your doorstep! But what does this really mean for the average homeowner? As a closet futurist, eco junkie and architect, I am excited as saving energy through efficiency and conservation through automation is finally possible.A lot of luxury homes jumped at the first opportunity of automation — remote controls to draw and close blinds, set up mood lighting. They even had stairwell lights and night lamps turning on or off with movement sensors. But is this what a smart home is really about? Not really.
Johnson City, Texas, home of Pedernales Electric Cooperative — the largest distribution electric cooperative in the United States, serving more than 271,000 meters in an 8,100-square-mile service area – is about to become home to the largest solar energy system in the utility’s territory. Created in 2000 to develop world class technology solutions for the home building industry, Austin-based Builder Homesite Inc. (BHI) is working with Revolve Solar, a commercial and residential solar contractor, to make this a reality with the installation of the 194 kW rooftop solar power project.
The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses so many different aspects of technology that it defies easy explanation. To achieve some measure of clarity, research consultancy Forrester in a recent report advises businesses to focus on specific use cases that relate to their strategy and goals.IoT can be thought of as the inverse of augmented reality. AR maps digital information onto a visual representation of the real world. IoT makes real world metrics available to digital systems. The Internet of Things enables the measurement of real world events, measurement that can be used to improve business operations.