The tech industry is in full swing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) and the ways in which it could revolutionise business and our daily lives, but new research has revealed that consumers do not share the same level of excitement for smart technology.PwC surveyed over 2,000 people and found that almost three quarters of consumers have no interest in putting smart technology into their homes in the coming years. This greatly contradicts the vision of the smart home that consumer electronics companies have been peddling over the past few years in which every house will have a fridge, a coffee maker, a thermostat and a host of other devices that communicate with one another and the cloud to offer a better experience to consumers.
Every time the heat or air conditioning cycles on inside your home or office there’s a good chance the electricity powering it is coming from a dirty power plant, which contributes to mercury and carbon dioxide pollution, harming the environment. What if there was a way to select the power plant your energy comes from, so your house could run on green, clean energy? Today, that’s finally a reality.
WattTime, the nonprofit creating technology that makes using clean energy as simple as tapping your smartphone, is announcing a closed beta pilot in partnership with Energate, creator of the H?lH?m smart thermostat, as a critical first step in its mission to give any thermostat the ability to selectively use clean energy.
Over the past three decades I’ve experimented with do-it-yourself home automation systems to control lights and appliances.But now, instead of a DIY system, I accepted Vivint’s offer to lend me a professionally installed system that includes an Internet controllable thermostat, front door lock and doorbell camera along with modules that let me control lights and appliances and even check to see if my garage door is closed. All of these devices can be controlled via an Android or iOS app or from the web at vivintsky.com.
We’re on the hunt for the perfect climate control setup for the CNET Smart Home. If that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been down this road before. We’ve been making our living lab in Louisville, Kentucky smarter piece by piece since September of last year, and in October, Megan Wollerton tackled the thermostat.At the time, she picked the Nest 3.0 for our smart-home setup because it looked great, worked well, and was the most well-rounded option available at the time. She mentioned, though, that Nest wasn’t perfect; that the competition, particularly the Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, was catching up; and that we might have to revisit this decision at some point in the future.That time is now. this week, we’re swapping out the Nest for the Ecobee3 in the CNET Smart Home.
Have we mentioned lately that when it comes to the so-called “internet of things,” security is an afterthought? Whether it’s your automobile, your refrigerator or your tea kettle, so-called “smart” internet of things devices are consistently and alarmingly showing that they’re anything but. If these devices aren’t busy giving intruders access to your networks and passwords, they’re often making life more difficult than so-called dumb devices. Last week, for example, the popular Nest smart thermostat simply
The Internet of Things has been coming soon for quite a few years.It’s one of those concepts that people have heard about and some may even be dabbling in, but its full potential has yet-to-be realized. The world of connected devices has slowly inched forward with more products targeting the home market in 2015.But so far, at least as far as everyday life goes, the IoT has been mostly a novelty. It’s cool to remotely control a thermostat, turn out lights or lock a door using your smartphone, or to do many of the other things in the home IoT-enabled devices have allowed, but it has not been essential or even that useful.
Energy management: Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, is launching Wiser Air, the company’s first Wi-Fi Smart thermostat for residential consumers. Wiser Air is currently available for purchase through HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com, and will be launching with additional retail outlets in the future.Wiser Air couples Schneider Electric’s leading energy management expertise with intelligent design and state-of-the-art technology to provide consumers with a tool that effortlessly delivers energy efficient comfort. It comes equipped with Wiser Forecast, which relies on Schneider Electric’s top-ranked weather forecasts. This same weather intelligence is used by leading utilities, major airlines, and sports and entertainment venues, and now is available to homeowners through this exclusive offering. Building on Schneider Electric’s more than 100-year history in energy management and patented HVAC technology, Wiser Air maximizes energy savings without sacrificing design or advanced functionality. It leverages innovative features like proprietary Comfort Boost technology designed to quickly match the preferred temperature and increase comfort.
With billions of devices and sensors already connected, and that number increasing daily, it’s safe to say that the Internet of Things is disrupting life as we know it. Think about it – our every step is tracked via wearable fitness trackers. A smart thermostat can automatically adjust heating and cooling to optimize energy efficiency. Traffic patterns influence the way a smart traffic signal operates throughout the day. And, much like in our daily lives as consumers, the Internet of Things offers new oppor
Once you’ve purchased a connected thermostat, this New York-based startup wants you to think you’re only halfway done with making your HVAC system more intelligent. Keen makes a connected vent that opens or closes when it detects people in the room, or when it senses that the room is too hot or cold. The idea is that a homeowner would pay $80 per vent (the initial kit with a vent and bridge to connect the vents to a Wi-Fi network costs $120) and eventually your home becomes so smart that it only heats or cools rooms based on occupancy and their temperature.
Although the company is still known best for its e-thermostat, there are currently three products in the Nest home automation range.These are, with UK pricing: the thermostat (£249), the smoke alarm (£89), and Web cam (£159).