LEDVANCE announced that SYLVANIA smart lights can now be easily controlled via voice directly with the OSRAM LIGHTIFY® Gateway and Alexa-enabled devices including the hands-free voice controlled speaker Amazon Echo, helping make the Smart Home a reality for the general public. In addition to being able to control your lighting, Amazon Echo connects to Alexa to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.
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.
Blynk is an easy to use app builder that allows users to add a variety of buttons, sliders, graphical displays and even RGB controllers to their phone. The SparkFun Blynk Board is specially designed to work with the ‘widgets’ within the Blynk mobile app to create your next IoT project. Monitor local weather conditions, control LEDs from your phone, even send a tweet when it’s time to water your plants!
However, there are questions as to why Nest is playing down the scale of the leak, as users would surely not be entering more than one ZIP code when setting up their device. “The devices inside the home send all of the information to the cloud”, he said during his talk.The team also found that Sharx security cameras were leaking unencrypted video feeds and Pix-Star digital frames were leaking image content. Grover told thermostat-leaked-home-locations-over-the-internet”>Motherboard that we have a “pretty bad” situation where a number of smart devices that transmit information over the internet don’t even have the computing power required to perform encryption processes. Yet, this clarification seems to be a red herring: What they found was that numerous devices failed to encrypt at least some of the traffic. The device then pings the weather station in the area, which could be close by, or span for tens of miles away, and it was that data that was vulnerable to hacking. This means that coordinates of company weather stations, as well as user location information, were not secure.
Many smart home devices leak some level of data, according to researchers at Princeton University.Among the group of smart home devices they tested was Google’s Nest thermostat. Individual information was not transmitted, but some incoming weather information with weather station location and ZIP codes were not encrypted.When the researchers contacted Nest, “they thanked us,” Princeton postdoctoral researcher Sarthak Grover said during a presentation at PrivacyCon. Nest told Grover it was a bug that has been fixed.
Across Asia, companies and governments are adopting more renewable energy as concerns over climate change and carbon emissions move up the development agenda. The Asian Development Bank estimates that the share of renewables in electricity generation in the region will increase from 1.9 per cent in 2010 to 7.1 per cent in 2035.As these new sources such as wind, solar and hydropower become part of the electrical grid, they also introduce instability as energy is produced only under certain weather conditions. Utility operators must therefore find a way to keep the grid stable, says Sven Wagner, Director, ConnectedEnergy at Bosch Software Innovations in a recent interview.
For how excited everyone at CES is about the Internet of Things, most examples of it have tended to be pretty boring. They’re dry suggestions of how you might start up music, play with your refrigerator, or hook up some weather sensor — all key parts of the smart home, but not something you’d necessarily get excited about. But Microsoft is doing things differently. In a bright spot in the middle of Samsung’s Internet of Things keynote this morning, Microsoft’s Bryan Roper came out to demo how Windows is integrating with smart home platforms to present data about your home.
There are some differences though, the main one being a 3.5-inch LCD display atop the SmartThinQ Hub, which can show information such as the time, local weather, your next calendar event and more.The LG SmartThinQ Hub also serves as a central device for accessing all of your smart home products.Dumb devices are also compatible if they’re hooked up to SmartThinQ sensors via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.By ditching voice commands, I’d say on paper the SmartThinQ Hub is already lacking compared to Amazon’s Echo as voice control is a key feature in Amazon’s product.
The extreme weather patterns and environmental occurrences experienced across the Asia Pacific region have brought to the forefront the urgent need for countries to work together and reach an agreement on actionable solutions to limit global warming. Examples of recent incidents include drought and severe haze in Southeast Asia, smog in Beijing and the serious floods in Chennai.
IBM Research is expanding its Green Horizons initiative globally to enable city governments, utility companies and factories to better understand their relationships with the environment. IBM’s China Research lab is working with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (BEPB) to provide one of the world’s most advanced air quality forecasting systems, able to generate high-resolution 1km-by-1km pollution forecasts 72 hours in advance. It models and predicts the effects of weather on the flow and dispersal of pollutants as well as the airborne chemical reactions between weather and pollutant particles. In the first three quarters of this year, the Beijing government was able to achieve a 20 percent reduction in ultra-fine particulate matter — bringing it closer to its goal of reducing particulate matter 2.5 by 25 percent by 2017.