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”
More than 30 firms, including BT, Intel, and Vodafone, are creating an industry body to vet internet-connected devices for vulnerabilities and flaws.
It will encourage firms making smart gadgets to think about security as the hardware is being developed.
Consumers could be at risk unless the industry gets better at securing hardware, say experts. Continue reading “Hi-tech firms are banding together to make sure “internet of things” smart devices are safe to use”
Deutsche Telekom has unveiled five new partners for its Qivicon smart home platform, including the first outside of Germany.
Qivicon, which launched in Germany two years ago, is an open platform onto which third parties can build connected home services. Continue reading “Deutsche Telekom Unveils Five New Partners for Qivicon Smart Home Platform”
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”
Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes. Continue reading “Radar Expertise Used for Designing Automated Air-Control System for Homes”
With Samsung losing momentum in areas like smartphones and tablets, the company announced today an ambitious bet on the Internet of Things as it seeks to regain momentum. Continue reading “Samsung Announces Launch of SmartThings Hub for Managing Home IoT Systems (Video)”
Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, introduces the easiest smartest way to get flawless dimmable light at home. The Philips Hue wireless dimming kit is a no installation, straight out of the box solution for perfectly dimmable lights in your home without having to move from the sofa. Continue reading “Philips Designs Simple to Install Smarthome Lighting”
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”
How to create your own IoT gadgets and gizmos. The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage at the moment, with dozens of manufacturers throwing out kit like remote-control lightbulbs, weather stations, thermostats and plenty more. Some of those are great products and some of them are also-rans. Continue reading “Building the Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi et al, DIY-style”
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially announced the formation of the Bluetooth® Smart Mesh Working Group. This working group will build the architecture for standardized mesh networking capability for Bluetooth Smart technology. Continue reading “Bluetooth® Technology Adding Mesh Networking to Spur New Wave of Innovation”