French startup Netatmo just introduced a new developer platform called Netatmo Connect so that developers can build software and hardware integrations with Netatmo products. Netatmo sells weather stations, thermostats, indoor and outdoor cameras. The startup raised $32 million in November 2015.It’s interesting to see that Netatmo doesn’t want to rely exclusively on other platforms, such as IFTTT or Apple’s HomeKit — some of its products are compatible with other platforms already. Instead, the company thinks other developers are going to integrate with its devices thanks its own unified set of APIs.
Ian Kar reports in Quartz, “The internet is infiltrating all of our devices, from thermostats to stoves. Yet, the technology seems to be more popular in other countries than in the US. The Koreans, Danish, and Swiss have more things tethered to the internet, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and search engine Shodan. The Internet of Things (IoT) as an industry is still nascent, but that hasn’t stopped many tech companies from developing IoT devices, software and systems.”
Most tech companies are experimenting with new products for smart homes, giving everything from thermostats to light bulbs the ability to share information, like the machines in an automated assembly line. But there are problems lurking beneath home automation. Without a simple way for these devices to communicate, smart homes might have trouble being very smart.
From LEDs to thermostats and security gadgets, we’ve decked out the CNET Smart Home with all sorts of connected tech. The Amazon Echo — a Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with voice control capabilities via Alexa, the Echo’s ever-present robot assistant — is at the center of these updates. That’s because Alexa is accessible, an easy entry point into the wild world of smart devices. Just say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and she will. No app, no hub, no fuss.
The Internet of Things may be among today’s most hyped technologies, but that’s not stopping some large enterprises from seeing positive results from early implementations. One example is Avnet, the $27.9 billion technology distributor that launched IoT in its global data center to better manage ambient temperatures and energy consumption. The combination of sensors and software continuously monitors temperatures and adjusts thermostats when necessary to stay within preset thresholds.“When we had a less accurate monitoring capability, we would err on the side of caution by over-cooling the data center,” says Steve Phillips, chief information officer. “We now consume less energy and, in turn, pay less for cooling the data center than we did in the past.”
New research from Parks Associates shows that the average U.S. broadband household pays $123 per month for electricity and approximately 50% of U.S. broadband households have taken steps to reduce energy consumption, including adjusting thermostats, turning off unused devices, and using CFL or LED lightbulbs.
In the spirit of the Fresh Start Effect, it’s not just your health and fitness habits that could do with a long, hard look now it’s January. We’ve seen a bunch of exciting smart home announcements and collaborations come out of CES and the first few weeks of 2016 in time to spruce up your dumb, boring place. Here’s our pick of the most interesting hubs, beds, bulbs, thermostats and yes, smart showers that will be invading your homes in 2016.
Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show—the consumer-technology trade show/Mecca that kicks off in Las Vegas this week—we get a glimpse of the imminent future. For the past few years, when manufacturers weren’t touting smarter smart phones, more immersive virtual reality or evermore intrusive drones, they’ve been extolling a vision of the ultra-high-tech home.“Smart home” is a phrase that’s been flung about at least since “The Jetsons” (and yes, we’re still waiting for Rosie the robot maid), but the idea of interconnected, remotely controlled electronic systems throughout your house is already taking root—from thermostats, security cameras and stereos, to coffeemakers, ovens and selfie-shooting refrigerators.
Samsung has confirmed that its entire 2016 smart TV line-up will be compatible with the Internet of Things. The SmartThings open platform allows users to connect, manage and control smart devices and IoT services via their TV.The Korean giant says it has developed its own IoT hub technology with SmartThings to control Samsung devices and more than 200 other SmartThings-compatible products from third-party companies, including connected lights and locks to thermostats and cameras.
Leviton announces Apple Watch support for its Snap-Link Mobile app for home automation and audio/video control. The new app enables control of Leviton’s Omni (formerly HAI) security and smart-home systems either remotely or locally without monthly fees or device licenses.Users can download the app via the Apple App Store to their compatible iOS devices including iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, and now extend the app to their Apple Watch.The Apple Watch extension utilizes watchOS 2 and allows for control over the most commonly accessed connected devices such as lighting loads, the Leviton Omni security system, thermostats, surveillance cameras and more.