The roll-out of smart energy meters is making consumers more likely to be aware of their energy consumption and take steps to reduce it, a new report has found.Smart Energy GB’s ‘Smart Energy Outlook’ report, published today, found that the vast majority (84%) of consumers who had received a smart meter from their utility considered themselves to have a better idea of their energy costs, while 69% thought they were in more control of their energy use.
First smartphones took on desktop phones, and won.Now it’s the turn of smart washing machines and televisions to challenge traditional home appliances, with analysts predicting their future growth in China could be huge.Fridges syncing up to your smartphone might sound like something from a sci-fi movie but they could soon be a fixture of Chinese households, if companies can make smart technology more useful, according to UBS research.
Smart home technology that has long been knocking at doors will settle into the mainstream after rival gadgets and services become hassle-free guests that get along with one another, industry insiders say. While smart home offerings have been around for years, attention has been heightened by Google, Amazon and Apple manoeuvring to be at the heart of managing devices capable of wirelessly taking commands or feeding information. “We need to look at problems in the home from a holistic perspective and reali
IT began with smart phones, then we had tablets and the smart tv, smart watches, smart whiteboards in the classroom, and now we have smart homes.For those who have luckily managed to avoid the ongoing fanfare of technological advances (and probably save a bit of money in the long run), smart technologies are an advanced form of interactive computing which you can personally adapt to your needs.With smart homes, however, it becomes much more than a simple gimmick like a fitness tracker on your phone, the technology can radically alter your home life and is completely under your control if you can withstand the publicity.
The accelerated penetration of smart city technologies will drive up demand for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to 1.6 billion units next year, up 39 percent from this year, an international IT industry research firm said Friday.Gartner also expects that smart homes will exceed smart commercial buildings in terms of IoT device demand by 2018.”Smart commercial buildings will be the highest user of (IoT) until 2017, after which smart homes will take the lead with just over 1 billion connected things in 2018,” said Gartner Research Vice President Bettina Tratz-Ryan.
Eccentric fictional inventor Wallace and his sidekick Gromit may have been ahead of the curve in 1993’s short film The Wrong Trousers, as Wallace filled his home with robotic labour-saving devices, but animator Nick Park’s vision wasn’t too far off the mark.
This week saw bushfires ravage areas of South Australia, with two people killed, 90 more hospitalised and 87 homes destroyed.In the carnage, which has included the loss of around 27,000 head of livestock, one tale of a remarkable survival has emerged, all thanks to a smart home-style remote control phone app.
By now we’re all accustomed with the concept of the smart home. We’re already seeing the start of this new phenomenon with products such as Nest gaining real traction in the consumer world. With spending on these connected gadgets set to hit £65 billion by 2020, how different are our homes set to become?You may already have an element of the IoT technology in your own home. But this isn’t the ‘Smart Home’ as we’ll come to know it. In fact, it just skims the surface of the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) in our homes.
The use of smart meters is on the rise: they’re good for consumers, they’re good for utility providers, and the government wants them established across the country by 2020. So what makes these upgraded monitoring boxes tick?Whether you’ve already received notice of an upgrade to these new boxes or you’re wondering whether it’s worth your while, you should find everything you need to know in our explainer, no matter where you get your power from.
New developments in the generation, distribution and consumption of electricity have made the energy sector a hotbed of innovation in what has become known as the Internet of Energy.”With the IoT more generally, the marketing hype has largely gone ahead of the reality,” says Raj Pai, global head products and marketing at energy analytics firm AutoGrid. “But where people are spending is in the energy use cases. These are the ones that are getting funded.”