Amazfit, a US based wearable tech company, today introduced its first ceramic-based activity tracker by the same name.This stylish, slim and sleek device allows you to track and record steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It will also monitor sleep quality and receive incoming call vibration alerts. Retailing for around $80, the tracker sits somewhere between budget and mainstream wearables.
According to the new Market research study published by The Insight Partners, The Global Wearable Technology Market was estimated at US $26.19 billion in 2015. This market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.8% between 2016 and 2025, to reach US $170.91 Billion in 2025.
AutoGrid Systems has raised more than $20m financing from a group of global investors to help further develop and market its Internet of Things (IoT) smart energy software applications, the company announced this week.The funding was secured from a consortium led by Energy Impact Partners, which represents four major utilities in the US and the UK – Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and Oncor. In addition, the consortium includes renewable energy technology developer Envision Energy.
A team of US engineers has created the world’s fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits — a technological feat that can revolutionise the Internet of Things (IoT) and high-speed wireless world in the future.Led by Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma from University of Wisconsin-Madison, the team developed the new stretchable integrated circuits taking inspiration from twisted-pair telephone cables. They contain, essentially, two ultra-tiny intertwining power transmission lines in repeating S-curves.This serpentine shape — formed in two layers with segmented metal blocks, like a 3-D puzzle — gives the transmission lines the ability to stretch without affecting their performance, said the study, published recently in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is rapidly expanding its newly formed energy-storage unit, Tesla Energy, partnering with residential solar company Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:SUN). The startup will be offering Tesla Powerwall systems along with its home solar-energy package.Getsolar.com reported that Sunrun’s “Brightbox” which would combine its solar panels and smart inverters, along with Tesla’s home battery technology to provide a complete solar-energy storage system for Hawaiins. The package will be gradually rolled out in other US states later in 2016.
Amazon’s voice activated home automation gadget can mistake radio and TV programme for human commands- as some owners found out recently while listening to a US talkshow.To activate Echo, users need to ask the ‘assistant’ Alexa to perform a task, from playing their favourite song to dimming the lights- provided they have the correct smart home appliances to do so of course.
The numerous issues with US infrastructure are nothing new, but an often overlooked component is the electrical grid. Currently, the grid suffers from inefficiencies and high costs, but smart technologies could solve these problems.On the other hand, making the grid smarter could also make it more vulnerable to cyber attacks.This is not a problem with a simple solution.
Telit’s LE866-SV1 Internet of Things (IoT) LTE Category 1 module has been approved for use on Verizon’s 4G wireless network.The LE866-SV1 is the world’s smallest LTE category 1 IoT module, and Verizon’s 4G is the largest LTE network in the US.The module is about the same size as a thumbnail, and it is ideal for IoT applications with severe space constraints like wearable trackers, health monitoring devices and smart watches.
With a year of steady growth, new partnerships, a new online consumer education initiative and augmented security for Z-Wave IoT devices, the Z-Wave Alliance announces year-end milestones. Since the beginning of 2015, the Z-Wave ecosystem has seen almost 100 new member companies, the addition of 250 certified devices and another 15 million smart home devices shipped into the marketplace.Parks Associates data shows that 1 in 5 consumers in the US currently own smart home devices with global growth on the rise and residential connected devices will generate approximately 11 million support requests from consumers. With that in mind, the Z-Wave Alliance and its members are increasingly looking at how to best educate, serve and support new users coming into the smart home market. Launching Z-Wave.com, the consumer portal for tips, best practices and frequently asked questions about Z-Wave smart home solutions, the Alliance’s Consumer Working Group is working to give consumers tools to find the best possible smart home solution for their lives.
In the US, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) this week announced it has secured federal funding of US$2.1 million for grid modernisation projects.The non-profit organisation confirmed the US Department of Commerce had selected it for the Grid Interoperability Standards Cooperative Agreement Programme.