Comcast is pushing ahead on a plan to take Xfinity Home, its home security and automation platform, to the next level in part by broadening a curated mix of devices that work with the platform while also adding elements that drive more value into the service and reduce service friction. “First and foremost, we have over the past year and a half focused heavily on disrupting the home security market,” Dan Herscovici, senior vice president and general manager of Xfinity Home, said in an interview soon after he keynoted the Parks Associates Connections conference in San Francisco on Tuesday (May 24).
Samsung is working on delivering a new operating system for the upcoming revolution in Internet of Things, and it plans to make it open-source.The company is interested in the IoT future as it plans to provide a large number of smart home appliances, industrial equipment and wearables that could benefit from interconnectivity.The upcoming OS did not receive a name yet, but we do know that it should assist devices into executing simple tasks instantly, with zero human intervention. To exemplify, the system could instruct your lights to go on before you step into your apartment.We look forward to hearing more about the development in April, when the Samsung Developer Conference takes place in San Francisco.
If you live in Chicago, you don’t have to worry about earthquakes. If you’re in San Francisco, hurricanes probably aren’t your biggest concern. Hailstorms, tsunamis, forest fires: all of these are regional, and if you live in a state where you have to worry about them, you likely already know it.When we started to prep the CNET Smart Home for natural disasters, we decided to aim smaller — to address the disasters people run into all the time, no matter where they live.These are events that can cause thousands of dollars of damage in minutes, but can be prevented given the right home technology.
Daintree Networks, Inc. won both customer project and product honors from the 7th annual awards program encompassing the world’s best from every major industry. Competing against large and small organizations from all over the world, Daintree Networks was honored in multiple categories at the 2015 Golden Bridge Awards. More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industries from around the globe determined the winners from an illustrious group of competitors, including public and private firms, for-profits and non-profits, and start-ups. On November 16, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif., Mandeep Khera, vice president of marketing and channels, accepted the four awards on behalf of Daintree Networks during the dinner and awards presentation.
Tiny homes are all the rage, at least in certain parts of the country, hailed as a way to minimize one’s impact on the planet, keep personal costs low, and utilize resources more efficiently. Tiny houses are also often viewed as a sacrifice, requiring one to give up many modern-day conveniences and necessities. Intel disagrees, and has built it own tiny house, packing it full of the latest and greatest smart technology to showcase what is possible.The tiny house is located in San Francisco, and is a joint effort between Intel, Kyle Schuneman and Minim Homes. It is a mere 210-square feet, less than half the size of what is commonly considered a small one-bedroom apartment, but it can do far more than the average American home. It is, in the best definition of the word, a ‘smart’ home.
The Internet is ubiquitous, influencing every area of life. To make the best use of the Internet’s near limitless range, San Francisco has revealed a brand-new wireless network intended to harness the various Internet of Things technologies.Utilizing small, low-power antennas, the network shares small quantities of data between connected devices via ISM band frequency, StateScoop reports. The city also found a way to create the networks in a cost-effective (i.e., free) manner: leasing space on the roofs of its public libraries. San Francisco city and county CIO Miguel Gamino says this was key to making the network — the first of its type — a reality.
Imagine a house that recognizes your face and opens the door, so you’ll never get locked outside. A house that you can remote control from anywhere in the world with the swipe of a touchpad; a house that senses leaky pipes, alerts you, and automatically turns off the tap. Intel just unveiled the Smart Tiny House of the future in San Francisco – and it manages to pack all of these features into 210 square feet of airy, light-filled living space.
Comcast is joining Apple and Google in the race to convince customers that they need Internet-connected smart home devices like thermostats, lights and garage door openers.Comcast begins a new program Friday, Works with Xfinity Home, desinged to give customers the option of controlling all of their smart home devices using a single mobile app and password. As it is, many smart home devices require separate apps and log-ins, creating a headache for consumers.The Philadelphia company’s first four partnerships for the Works with Xfinity Home program include Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat and a smart door lock made by San Francisco startup August.
GE announced at its Minds & Machines conference in San Francisco today that its Predix machine data analytics will be available to all comers at the end of the year. It has been available so far only for GE’s own internal use and select GE customers.
More often than not, developer’s conferences are about speeds and feeds with much focus on what the firm is creating. Intel (INTC – Analyst Report) manages to take this a step ahead by offering developers ideas about what they could develop, thus raising curiosity and excitement regarding what technology is capable of achieving.And that’s exactly how a developer’s conference should be — driving developer’s imagination to create incredible things. This is what Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, did at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 held in San Francisco.