How wireless “X-ray vision” could help with motion capture, fall prevention and even your heating bill (Video)

How wireless X-ray vision could help with motion capture. A team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has long believed that wireless signals like WiFi can be used to see things that are invisible to the naked eye.

Since 2013, CSAIL researchers have been developing technologies that use wireless signals to track human motion. The team has shown that it can detect gestures and body movements as subtle as the rise and fall of a person’s chest from the other side of a house, allowing a mother to monitor a baby’s breathing or a firefighter to determine if there are survivors inside a burning building. Continue reading “How wireless “X-ray vision” could help with motion capture, fall prevention and even your heating bill (Video)”

Use cases, rather than products, will fulfill the promise of the smart home, report shows

New report contends that use cases, rather than products, will fulfill the promise of the smart home.
Despite undeniable excitement about the connected home, its promise remains largely unfulfilled. The connected home industry is still in search of compelling use cases to drive adoption, according to a new report from Michael Wolf at NextMarket Insights. Continue reading “Use cases, rather than products, will fulfill the promise of the smart home, report shows”

Connected Home Players Should Look to Innovative Business Models to Grow, Report Shows

Connected home players should look to innovative business models like micro-transactions in the nascent sector, a joint report from Deutsche Telekom and Strategy Analytics has claimed.

The report has shed light on the European market in particular, predicting significant new revenues for those who succeed.

Across the continent, the connected home market will be worth up to €15.5 billion annually by 2019, according to the report authors. Continue reading “Connected Home Players Should Look to Innovative Business Models to Grow, Report Shows”

Inside the Connected Future of Architecture: The Smartest Building in the World (Video)

It knows where you live. It knows what car you drive. It knows who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee. (At least it will, after the next software update.) This is the Edge, and it’s quite possibly the smartest office space ever constructed.

A day at the Edge in Amsterdam starts with a smartphone app developed with the building’s main tenant, consulting firm Deloitte. From the minute you wake up, you’re connected. The app checks your schedule, and the building recognizes your car when you arrive and directs you to a parking spot. Continue reading “Inside the Connected Future of Architecture: The Smartest Building in the World (Video)”

What stands in the way of the smart home and how the industry can overcome it

Smart homes should simplify our lives. When connected TVs in these residences come on, other devices are supposed to react. Ideally lights will dim, the phone’s ringer will mute and the speakers will stop playing music. When a smart household’s baby monitor notices an infant stirring in the night, the speaker in the nursery should begin to play a soft lullaby or white noise to sooth him back to sleep. Continue reading “What stands in the way of the smart home and how the industry can overcome it”

New Smart Sensor from LG to Turn Old Appliances into Connected Gadgets

LG has announced that the company will be showcasing the latest smart home technology and products at this year’s IFA 2015. The new announcements will include the SmartThinQ Sensor, which can be attached to existing home appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines, as well as the Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner with support for AllJoyn. Continue reading “New Smart Sensor from LG to Turn Old Appliances into Connected Gadgets”

Heba Bevan, CSIC, University of Cambrige, Presents: “Little Sensors, Big Data”

When it comes to sensing, scope, cost and access have long been a problems facing engineers in the field. So, the aim was to develop a tool that was genuinely needs-led. The development process for UtterBerry took that needs-led approach – How can we make it tiny? Use virtually no energy? Make it last? Make it really meaningful? Make it affordable? Make it – quite literally – stick? Continue reading “Heba Bevan, CSIC, University of Cambrige, Presents: “Little Sensors, Big Data””

SNUPI Technologies Announces Sensor Integration with Nest

SNUPI Technologies announced that its WallyHome product, a sensor network that monitors changes in moisture, temperature, and humidity, will soon work with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The integration highlights the practical benefits of pairing smart home devices with a simple way to maintain a more intelligent, efficient and comfortable home. Continue reading “SNUPI Technologies Announces Sensor Integration with Nest”