The range and number of “things” connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. They’re are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet.Internet of Things (IoT) devices typically incorporate sensors, switches and logging capabilities that collect and transmit data across the internet.
Carlos Espinosa, a design professional based in Boulder, Colorado, has a completely decked-out “smart” home – light switches he can control from his mobile phone, a security system, moisture detectors that alert him to leaks and integrated stereo speakers.The most life-changing aspect of this set-up? Espinosa says it is how the porch lights turn on when he rounds the corner to his home late at night, responding to a command from his phone. The front door also unlocks as he approaches.
You’re probably most familiar with piezoelectricity as the generator of the spark that lights the gas stove, but it’s finding a new application in Las Vegas this week: lighting up the living room.Energy-harvesting controls for home automation have been a thing since at least 2001, when Siemens set up a new company, EnOcean, to commercialize the piezo-powered wireless light switches it had developed. Pushing on the rocker switches generated just enough piezoelectrical energy to broadcast a 128-bit “telegram” to radio modules inside light fixtures, electrical outlets or control hubs.
A South Korean startup called Naran has come up with an incredibly clever way for users to control and automate any type of switch-oriented task you can think of. By attaching low-energy Bluetooth devices called “Microbot Push” (or wireless robotic fingers, to be precise) to manual switches, users can rely on an accompanying smartphone app to more easily accomplish any number of tasks, from starting up a coffee machine in the morning to effortlessly turning light switches on and off.
Axiros, a leader in device management and IoT solutions for service providers, enterprises, and OEMs, and Grupo Exito (Almacenes Exito S.A.), the largest retail company in Colombia, today announced that Axiros will provide 600 of Exito’s department stores with a sophisticated management and monitoring platform to handle all of its multi-vendor equipment for its retail store chain.Exito will use the Axiros AXPERIENCE® IoT Suite to control the switches, access points, kiosks, barcode readers, barcode printers, tablets, and other network devices inside the retailers creating a state-of-the-art IoT environment. By monitoring and managing all of these devices on the same platform, Exito is able to optimize their operations and maximize their efficiencies better than ever, saving resources and reducing costs.
Home automation is starting to grow on me.I’ve been adding things around the house that can be controlled remotely, such as speakers in multiple rooms, a touchpad deadbolt, and light bulbs and switches that can be turned on from my phone. Now I’ve installed a Wi-Fi thermostat.A few years ago, I reviewed the original Nest thermostat, and at the time, I said it was great but too expensive ($249) for my taste.I’ve kept an eye on new models and finally found one that has features I like and fits my wallet.
Smart Home has become one of the hottest technology areas in recent months. A huge number of smart home products have come to market, and a growing percentage of American families have one or more smart home products in their homes.The first generation of Smart Home products have taken the form of connected thermostats, switches, plugs, appliances, cameras and more, all of which are enhanced by IoT connectivity. This connectivity enables homes to be controlled through people’s smartphones and other mobile devices. This means air conditioning can be turned on a few minutes before people get home, ovens can be started, lights adjusted and much more.
Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve dreamed about living in a smart home.To me, that meant more than just opening an app to turn the lights on; it meant living inside of a sentient, organism-like structure that would know my whims and preferences and would adjust itself to suit my lifestyle.The behavior of my smart home appliances and various interconnected devices would change to reflect my habits. All of this would happen “under the hood,” and the setup process would take only minutes. I would communicate with my smart home by speaking to my home computer. Switches and touch screens would be reserved for “emergency” purposes only.
I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the age of home automation to arrive for most of my life. I took the first step towards a smart home about 8 years ago when I installed a handful of Z-Wave light switches and sensors. I’ve been using Sonos speakers to stream audio into every room of my house for about six years. I’ve watched with unyielding interest over the last year as Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung all embraced home automation, but I’ve only recently discovered the product that will take it mainstream: Amazon’s Echo — a Trojan Horse that can also order Trojans.