As technology advances inexorably, the domination of wearables seems increasingly inevitable. And it seems that the mainstream fashion industry is gradually waking up to the necessity to embrace the trend, teaming up with tech brands to ensuring that their trackers, smart devices and other connected items acquiesce with the rules of stylish design. With tech brands such as Fitbit and Jawbone straining to streamline and polish their products in order to reposition themselves as stylish accessories, several retail brands are also embracing the strategy of incorporating connected items into their collections.
Consumers find smart home technology a big turn-off and companies are struggling to put across the benefits of the internet of things, according to a new report.Just over seven out of 10 consumers are unwilling to pay for smart devices in the next five years, says a survey by accountancy firm PwC.Although many who have made the investment are pleased with their purchase, few are bothering to outlay the cash to upgrade to smart technology such as intelligent heating, plugs, appliances, lighting or automated devices.The survey also revealed consumers are keener to find out more about smart technology when they can see a cost benefit, such as energy savings or free supply and installation.PwC also looked at the smart devices selling best.
I’m totally obsessed with IoT, connectivity and automation. I’ve always envisioned a dream home that is awakened or shut down by my physical or digital presence. I want music to play as I enter a room, lights to change hues based on time of day and to be able to control every aspect with the push of an app. This vision used to be a farfetched science fiction fantasy — but, not anymore. Today’s applications paired with smart devices has made th
From LEDs to thermostats and security gadgets, we’ve decked out the CNET Smart Home with all sorts of connected tech. The Amazon Echo — a Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with voice control capabilities via Alexa, the Echo’s ever-present robot assistant — is at the center of these updates. That’s because Alexa is accessible, an easy entry point into the wild world of smart devices. Just say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and she will. No app, no hub, no fuss.
Any homeowner knows a lot of free time goes into taking care of your house. But what if your house could take care of you? That’s the dream of the “smart home,” and while there’s no true sci-fi intelligent homes that can do everything you need, we’re getting closer.
Every day, an average 5.5 million smart devices are being connected in homes around the world, according to research firm Gartner. It further estimates there will be 6.4 billion of these “Internet of Things” devices by year’s end, and 20.8 billion IoT devices by 2020. If you want to get in on the ground floor, here are some gadgets you can buy today.
76% of manufacturers will increase their use of smart devices or embedded intelligence in manufacturing processes in the next two years. 63% of manufacturers have either implemented or are planning to integrate IoT technologies into their products. 58% of manufacturers say that improving product quality is the most important objective they are pursuing by incorporating smart devices or embedding intelligence. 44% of manufacturers say that their biggest obstacle in leveraging the IoT is their company’s limited knowledge of how the IoT can improve operations and products.
During and leading up to CES, the tech space is abuzz with the latest on all that is new and shiny. Innovative, sleeker-than-ever devices will be unveiled to a hungry crowd, and the hype will be amplified via an explosion of coverage. These cutting-edge gadgets are quite literally on display, and it’s hard not to be dazzled by the user-friendly interfaces, the outstanding resolution, the slim design. But, what about the lesser-told story? Namely, the brains behind these smart devices and the faces behind the scenes: the people that have pushed forward to innovate, to create the tech that captivates us all during CES.
From the comfort of your living room, are you in the group that can watch people on HGTV fix up their house all day long without leaving the couch?Ford says, “Ford is exploring linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to its vehicles to allow consumers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other features of their homes from their car, and to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle’s fuel range from the comforts of their couch.”
The problem with smart home technology in 2016 isn’t a lack of intelligence; it’s a failure to communicate. As more new ‘smart’ devices appear — and we saw a passel of them last week at CES 2016, from smart showers to beds, belts, blenders, toothbrushes, and more — the same stumbling blocks remain. All of them will talk to your smartphone, but most of them won’t talk to one another.