Could Augmenting with our Home Make it Smarter?

  • Posted on: 9 November 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Former Professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, Kevin Warwick is quoted in the ES magazine as saying “If we can clear the social hurdles, within a decade many [of us] will be experimenting with implanted chips to do everything from skipping airport security using a passport ID in their hand, to monitoring blood preasure, temperature or sugar, all of which have huge health benefits for emergency services.”  He predicted that “by 2040, we might have cranial implants, which you could purchase to communicate by basic thought.” This paints a vivid picture of what this could mean fo

What is Your Business's Connected Home Goals for 2020?

  • Posted on: 8 November 2015
  • By: Emma Thompson

The year 2020 will mean different things to different businesses, however, I have noticed that many businesses, governments and world organisations have set themselves goals which they would like to achieve by 2020.  In terms of numbers it is five years from now and five years short of a quarter century.  For the connected home sector there are many predictions around its worth by the year 2020 and how many homes will have the technology.  The sector is not short of evangelists and analysts, predicting many changes and milestones for the sector.

The Latest Consumer Attitude Towards the Connected Home in the UK

  • Posted on: 28 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

The UK will become a key market for the 700 million connected homes expected by 2020. This is according to a new research by CP Consulting, which reveals the latest attitudes of UK consumers towards Connected Home products. In the research titled 'Connected Home: Consumers' Attitudes Towards the Connected Home in the UK', they estimated that 47.6 percent of UK consumers aged 25 to 44 are planning to buy at least one Connected Home product over the next 12 months.

Meet the Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner

  • Posted on: 25 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

Neato’s has announced that the Botvac Connected robot vacuum cleaner is now available at retailers. The Neato Botvac has built in Wi-Fi connectivity, advanced navigation that allows users to control it from your mobile, Apple or Android. Users can also use their smart phone as a remote control device, directing the robot’s cleaning path when connected to a home network.

VTech launched Home Phone with Integrated Security Sensors

  • Posted on: 22 October 2015
  • By: Roy Evans

VTech is making easier for any home to have an advanced security system. They have launched the world’s first home phone with security monitoring integrated, in Australia. The VTech VS150 works as a base station to a number of sensors located around the home, if triggered the phone will call the homeowner or any designated number to alert them of the incident.

Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome Now Offering 24/7 Video Playback

  • Posted on: 22 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

Time Warner Cable (TWC) is now offering an enhanced monitoring option for its security and smart home management service, IntelligentHome. This new capability enables customers to capture and playback continuously recorded video from their IntelligentHome security cameras. Known as 24/7 Playback, the feature lets customers go back in time and see what happened while they were away from home at work, or even on a week-long vacation.

Connected Home Services Boost Sky’s Q1 Profit

  • Posted on: 21 October 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Sky is celebrating a 10 percent rise in profit over the last quarter to the end of September.  The company said revenue rose 6 percent to £2.8 billion leaving a 10 percent operating profit of £375 million. The company credit some of the increase to the growth of its connected home services such as Now TV and other on demand services which have increased Sky’s revenue in UK and Ireland.

BeON Home Introduces a Safer and Smarter Home Light Bulb

  • Posted on: 20 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

BeON Home, creator of the first Bluetooth Smart-based home protection system has announced that its smart modules and LED light bulbs are now available for order and beginning to ship to homes across North America.  The BeON home protection system takes a new approach to home security and safety that uses smart modules, hidden inside LED light bulbs, which provide safety lighting in emergency and power outage situations and proactive home security by making it look like you're home, even when you're not.

5 Top DOCSIS Gateway Modems to Boost Your Broadband Speed

  • Posted on: 19 October 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

When buying your home router have you ever stop to ask what some of the abbreviations mean? One of these is DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification), which is the technology standard that helps to determine your broadband speed. As cable operators delay the role out of FTTH (Fibre To The Home) and try to get more speed out of copper wire, you will need a gateway router that support these latest standard to take advantage of the speed improvements.