Globalizing the IoT: Cultural Differences Matter

In 2008, there were already more things connected to the Internet than people—and yet, the market for connected devices is only expanding. In fact, the number of Internet-connected devices is expected to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020, generating as much as $19 trillion in profits in the next 10 years. The projected growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) hints at a future that was previously unimaginable, in which every “thing”—from your car to your stove to your thermostat—is connected. Continue reading “Globalizing the IoT: Cultural Differences Matter”

Much of the potential of the smart home market remains unfulfilled, study shows

The advent of smart home technology has forever altered the landscape of the residential security industry. Due to the proliferation of smartphones, today’s consumers want to have the ability to interact with systems installed in their home in a more meaningful way.

Whether that is controlling the temperature in their house while they are away or arming their security system remotely from the office, these types of features are no longer considered “nice to have” but rather “must haves” for home security providers. In fact, a recent study conducted by NextMarket Insights forecasts the combined do-it-yourself (DIY) smart device home and managed smart home services market to be worth nearly $17.5 billion by 2019. Continue reading “Much of the potential of the smart home market remains unfulfilled, study shows”

Glimpse into Bathroom of the Future: Doctors Will Do Checkups via Mirror, Robots Will Clean for You

Recently, Ikea debuted its version of the kitchen of the future — grey-water systems, open storage, and a smart table were all part of the vision. But it’s not the only room in the house that will see technological advances in the next few decades. A more intimate space is also going to keep some slightly creepy tabs on you, according to Bathrooms.com and futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson. Continue reading “Glimpse into Bathroom of the Future: Doctors Will Do Checkups via Mirror, Robots Will Clean for You”

How Will IIoT Affect Manufacturing Operations and Processes?

The words—the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are new. But the goal is not new—use data from machinery and equipment to improve overall manufacturing performance, efficiency, more uptime and lower costs.

“A lot of us have noted that IIoT is something we could do a decade or more ago,” said John Kowal, director, business development at B&R Automation.

Yet, a number of manufacturing facilities either have not taken advantage of connecting their enterprises or they lag way behind. “Despite more than 30 years of industrial device level buses, increased computer capability and control, a number of manufacturing facilities and businesses are not as connected and automated as they could be,” said Jeremy King, product marketing manager, Bimba Manufacturing.

Agreed Mike Hannah, market development for The Connected Enterprise, Rockwell Automation, “The proliferation of these smarter end points, big data, analytics, virtualization and mobility are the evolutionary steps to harness the most powerful element that too few manufacturers today are fully capitalizing on: their own data.” Continue reading “How Will IIoT Affect Manufacturing Operations and Processes?”

IoT: Glimpse into the future of food and water

In the near future, IoT will drive tremendous innovation in the way our food is grown, processed, distributed, stored, and consumed. Plants and animals will literally have a “voice.” Not a human voice, per se, but a voice based on data that can tell people, computers, and machines when, for example, they are thirsty, need more sun, require medicine, or need individual attention. Continue reading “IoT: Glimpse into the future of food and water”

Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces to Android Wear

Wearing a watch lets you tell time with just a glance. Android Wear has expanded this at-a-glance experience to other useful info like your next meeting, daily step count, or messages. Today, we’re launching interactive watch faces, making it easier (and more fun) to stay connected, right from your wrist. Now, with just a tap, your watch face can change its design, reveal more information, or even launch a specific app. Continue reading “Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces to Android Wear”

Home-Automation Devices: Feel Like Ordering a Pizza? Knocki Three Times on the Wall

If you have spent any time in front of a television, late at night, at any point in the last few decades of the 20th century, you can very likely sing the jingle for The Clapper, a sound-activated electrical switch. Maybe you even had one. Or maybe you have one still. It turns out that The Clapper—used to control the electrical power to any device plugged into it when it detects a user clapping—is still on the market. In fact, it’s currently ranked number four among Amazon’s best-selling home-automation devices. Continue reading “Home-Automation Devices: Feel Like Ordering a Pizza? Knocki Three Times on the Wall”