EU urges industry to speed the commercial rollout of connected and automated driving technologies

Europe should be the first to deploy connected and automated driving, said Günther Oettinger, EU commissioner for digital economy and society, as he unveiled plans for an EU-wide rollout of the supporting technologies to representatives of the car and telecoms industries at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona this week.

Oettinger called on the industry to lay plans for “a cross-border virtual network” supporting the adoption of driverless cars. While admitting the commission has not figured out all the technical, financial and legislative details, Oettinger insisted on moving swiftly. “It needs further underpinning […], but my aim is to go forward and to deploy fast,” he said. Continue reading “EU urges industry to speed the commercial rollout of connected and automated driving technologies”

Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy

There are plenty of blockades between now and the connected-device future that’s been so long on the horizon. One of these is Wi-Fi, which has limitations that keep connected devices from connecting quite as efficiently as they could. Now, there’s a plan in place to fix it. Continue reading “Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy”

Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things

Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things. The goals are to streamline communication and improve the lives of citizens. And save a little money along the way.

One of the next big targets of the digital age is the city. The combination of technology paired with physical infrastructure and services can simplify the lives of residents. That’s the promise of the “smart city.” Continue reading “Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things”

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)”

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”

Broadband Forum announces Broadband 20/20: a new world of communications

The Broadband Forum today announced its new Broadband 20/20 vision. The vision is to enable new opportunities for profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies in the home, small business and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network. The innovative use of NFV, SDN, ultra-fast access, IoT (Internet of Things) and, when formally defined, 5G, enables the delivery of exciting ultra-fast broadband services, with distributed compute and storage to anywhere and any device in the home and business locations. Continue reading “Broadband Forum announces Broadband 20/20: a new world of communications”

Hi-tech firms are banding together to make sure “internet of things” smart devices are safe to use

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”

Smart sensors are adding value to automation technology

The state of automation is rapidly changing, and one of the main reasons is smart devices. With such capabilities as embedded computing and storage, wired and/or wireless communications, the ability to interact with the outside world or perform autonomous actions, or some degree of descriptive or predictive analytics, smart sensors are adding value to automation technology.

In one example, a smart gas chromatograph has a built-in “software assistant” that guides even less experienced personnel through most installation, operation and maintenance procedures. Continue reading “Smart sensors are adding value to automation technology”

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”