Think of all the ways smart phones have made our lives easier. We can hail rides, navigate streets, share photos and so much more. Now get ready for the next step in smart tech: fully connected smart homes that would make George Jetson proud.Today, just about anyone can turn their humble abode into a high-tech automated hub that not only keeps your family safe and secure, it also lets you monitor and control a slew of functions from anywhere using your phone, tablet or computer. For example, Cox Homelife, a reliable, 24/7 professionally monitored and remote home management system, provides advanced features in addition to what you get in a traditional alarm system with time-saving, cost-saving and worry-saving features to help customers protect, monitor and control their home and ensure their family’s safety.
The smart home is gaining ground, but it’s still a muddle of confusing standards, competing platforms, and gadgets that don’t do what you might expect. But the promise of products that can make your life a little easier is hard to resist, so I’m here to answer the inevitable questions that arise.Whether it’s figuring out the best connected door lock to assembling the right recipe to wake you up with a faux sunrise at the optimal moment based on yourfitness tracker’s data, I’ve got you covered. As the host of The Internet of Things Podcast, I install a lot of gear and spend hours testing hardware and software to see what works. Smart homes are still pretty dumb, but I want to help you feel smart.
The property and casualty insurance industry is taking a closer look at the potential for smart home devices. Observers expect that smart homes will have a similar effect on home insurance that telematics and the connected car did for auto insurance. Soon, carriers aim to use connected-home technology for claims avoidance, underwriting and improved interactions with homeowners beyond just creating a policy.
Google and Amazon’s entrance into the Internet of Things (IoT) industry will help sell the concept of a ‘smart home’, according to major tech players.The launch of smart home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo proves that the technology is rapidly approaching maturity, but the public has been noticeably slow to jump on board the connected bandwagon.However, Bosch, a company that has been very active in IoT, believes that these kind of products with wide consumer appeal will also benefit other manufacturers of smart home technology.
Mindshare, in association with SharpEnd, has launched the results of the first in-depth study into connected products in the home and the opportunity it offers to household brands.The researchers took a unique approach with their study and built ten connected “product and packaging” prototypes which five households trialled over the course of two weeks. The product trials were paired with a survey into the attitudes of 1000 UK smartphone users towards the Internet of Things and connected packaging. Over half of the consumers (64%) responded they’re interested to have everyday objects connected which is evidence of the appetite for IoT products. This corroborates with research from Berg Insights released this morning, who reports the number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 17.9 million in 2015 – a 56 percent year-on-year growth.
Forget the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s more like the Internet of Whatever among consumers right now.Despite the hype growing around smart homes – from fridges that can tell you what items you’ve run out of, to controlling your lights from a smartphone – the majority of people don’t have much interest in the new technology, new research reveals.Almost three quarters of consumers are not bothered about having smart technology in their homes in the coming years, according to a survey of more than 2,000 people by PwC.
The Wi-Fi Alliance recently announced a new IEEE specification, 802.11ah, developed explicitly for the Internet of Things (IoT). Dubbed HaLow (pronounced HAY-Low), it’s aimed at connecting everything in the IoT environment, from smart homes to smart cities to smart cars and any other device that can be connected to a Wi-Fi access point. Here’s what you need to know about HaLow.
Amazon’s smart home offering, ‘Echo’ has been a super-duper hit with 3 million plus units sold. In fact Echo has create a whole new niche for smart homes and Google and Apple are planning to join it soon. Google has already unveiled its own Google Home while Apple is launching a API to take on Amazon’s Echo.If you are planning to buy Amazon’s Echo to test out the new smart home concept, you need to shell out $200 for the product. Now you can try it out before deciding on buying it.
In 2016, 600 million connected things will be added to the already existing 1.1 billion deployed across cities worldwide. Yet, according to Gartner, in 2017 this will surge by nearly one billion topping approximately 2.7 billion connected things.Smart homes are set to take the leadership in terms of the amount of connections with 586 million this year and one billion by 2017. This is followed by smart commercial buildings (2016: 354 million; 2017: 648 million), utilities (304 million; 371 million) and transport (298 million; 371 million).CBR lists five crucial technologies to the existence of smart cities.
A survey released today shows that four in ten consumers see passwords as a frustration for smart home systems, and look more favorably to biometrics-based solutions.In fact, 54 percent of all respondents said they’d prefer fingerprint-based authentication systems in their homes, 46 percent opted for voice recognition, and 42 percent for eye scans.With the Internet of Things set to expand to all areas of their lives, 77 percent of respondents said they expect smart homes to become as common as smartphones by the year 2025.