While Siri and Google Now are well-established smartphone features, it is in the smart home that voice control systems will live out their full potential. Smart TVs, smart refrigerators, smart plugs, and more will extend the reach and simplicity of managing the smart home environment using voice. With ABI Research forecasting more than 120 million voice-enabled devices to ship annually by 2021, voice control, which combines speech recognition and natural language processing, is quickly becoming the key user interface within the smart home.
Offering greater compatibility with the world of the connected home, iHome today announced the first major update to its iHome Control iSP5 SmartPlug that makes the top-selling smart plug compatible with Wink and Nest devices. The additional platform compatibility, which joins that for iOS and Android support, makes the iSP5 one of the most diverse smart plugs available to consumers.With the recently announced “Works with Wink” compatibility, the iSP5 can now be integrated with hundreds of other Wink-compatible devices to achieve deeper home automation through Shortcuts and Robots in the Wink app.
Swann’s long-awaited entry into the home-automation market has arrived with the retail availability of the app-controlled SwannOne home-security ecosytem.The system is built around the SwannOne Smart hub. The hub, compatible with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and Zigbee, along with a free iOS or Android app, controls a broad line of Swann-brand and third-party security cameras, smoke, fire and carbon-monoxide alarms, indoor and outdoor sirens, smart thermostats, smart plugs and lighting.
With Christmas right around the corner, it’s not too late for some last-minute decorations or a few tips to keep your home secure while away on a fun-filled holiday vacation. And with nifty Internet of Things (IoT) products, like smart plugs and motion sensors, you don’t even need to worry about absurdly high electric bills. Check out these tricks from home automation experts.
Glancing at one’s daily consumption of energy would lead to usage that is more reasonable and less greedy. Such a challenge gave birth to eSMART. This EPFL spin-off is in the process of installing its system of smart plugs in 450 apartments in the Eikenøtt neighborhood, developed by Losinger-Marazzi in Gland. Interconnected plugs transmit their data to software that displays real-time expenditures of water, heat, and electricity on a touch screen. An indicator turns red when consumption is abnormally high. The display responds as soon as a unit is turned off.
Somewhere between the iPad cases and the latest in headphone technology, the connected home concept was everywhere at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics show.
For the energy conscious, smart energy was not siloed with companies only pitching smart plugs or wireless thermostats. Instead, everything from windows to door locks to light bulbs could talk to each other. Some of it had to do with saving energy, and a lot of it did not. After all, no one has ever purchased a smart phone because of its stellar energy efficiency.
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Picowatt, a Rochester New York based start-up, is building Wi-Fi enabled smart plugs and putting homeowners in charge of their energy usage. Picowatt produces smart plugs that are strategically placed throughout the home to minimize energy usage and report real-time on energy consumption. The smart plug device is easily installed by placing it over an existing outlet.
Tenrehte Technologies has a grassroots vision for the smart grid.
Instead of relying on a utility-installed smart meter to help consumers ratchet down their electricity bills, the Rochester, N.Y.-based start-up is building Wi-Fi-enabled smart plugs.
“What gets measured gets managed.” You may have heard that one at work… numerous times. It applies at home, also, and numerous products exist to help you measure your electricity use, and manage it in a more efficient manner. You may have used a Kill-a-Watt, or read about Google Power Meter with anticipation. Yesterday, a handful bloggers got on the phone with Ron Dembo, CEO of Zerofootprint, to discuss their upcoming answer to smart energy management: the TalkingPlug.
What do Smart Homes running off a Smart Energy Grid need to be complete? Why, Smart Plugs, of course!
The energy conservationists at Zerofootprint are adding IQ points to each outlet in the home with their new carbon emission-reducing socket supplements, called “TalkingPlugs™.”