It’s just over a year now that Samsung acquired SmartThings, and to show us what they have been doing with SmartThings since the acquisition, they were at IFA in Berlin. At the show, they launched an upgraded version of the SmartThings Hub with a new design and a more powerful processor to support video monitoring; now called the “Smarthub” and a range of sensors. They have also used the opportunity to announce products for the UK connected homes.
Intel has announced the release of a number of processor technologies that will improve the speed of home gateway devices and allow service providers to boost the speed of their backend systems. The new chipsets include the Intel AnyWAN GRX550 for xDSL and Fibre home gateways, Intel Puma 7 SoC for cable gateways and Intel Visual Compute Accelerator for Xeon based servers.
CES 2015 was the first I heard of Nvidia DRIVE studio software, a package that can be used to develop car infotainment solutions. For this year’s show Nvidia collaborated with Renovo Motors to develop a 500 horsepower all electric coupe. As a first the car featured the Nvidia Tegra X1 mobile super chip which can offer over one teraflaps of processing power.
Anyone who has watched the Transformer movies will see some similarities between this new connected home device and the Allspark from the movie. Developed by London start-up EmoSHAPE, the EmoSPARK as it is called adds emotional intelligence to the connected home. According to EmoSHAPE, the EmoSHARK aims to be a little more human, it combines emotional learning with enough artificial intelligence that enables it to interact and converse with humans.
If you are a manufacturer planning on entering the connected home market and be part of this Internet of Things you will want to get your product to market as quick as possible. You might not have or want to invest too much into developing applications and interfaces for smartphones, tablets or PCs. For existing manufacturers who have IOT products and not the software platform, there is Thingsquare. Thingsquare can provide the platform to make all these interfacing possible.
NETGEAR has released and upgraded version of its Nighthawk high performance VDSL Modem Router with the Nighthawk X4S AC2600. Nighthawk X4S has a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and built-in DSL modem, it’s the first DSL modem router on the market to support the latest Wave 2 WiFi technology with Quad-Stream on both bands as well as Multi-User MIMO-capability. Families with multiple Internet-enabled devices connecting simultaneously to DSL broadband will want to upgrade their WiFi router to the Nighthawk X4S to be able to enjoy its blazing-fast WiFi speeds, extended range, and overall improved streaming and gaming.
Insteon has partnered with Toshiba to include Insteon's home automation and control technology in Toshiba laptops. Insteon announced that the Insteon universal app will be included on new Toshiba Windows 10 laptops shipping at the end of the month. Insteon will be the first built-in IoT application shipping to the masses, giving customers with the Insteon Hub easy, intuitive control of their connected home from their Toshiba laptop.
According to a recent survey, approximately 5 million households in Germany will be equipped with a smart home system by 2020. That means that the number of connected homes will increase by almost 900 per cent within a few years. One of the main reasons for the predicted surge is that the current solutions are often still quite expensive and don’t offer the security end users are looking for. However, now that more and more companies have started to develop new systems that aim to match the user’s needs, the demand for smart home systems is growing rapidly.
Next generation home security devices achieve a complete replacement of existing security systems, 3D video cameras, automated connected thermostats, access sensors, and intrusion detection devices can alert a person on the smart phone. Devices are wireless, are more energy efficient, last longer and have a significantly lower cost of operation.
As the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2015 draws near Apple HomeKit is in the news again. There are talks about a delayed launch and there are some who said HomeKit will be launch next month at WWDC, but who knows; this is Apple we are talking about when up to now we have not heard anything official. We will just have to wait and see. One good news around HomeKit, is that Broadcom has been given the stamp of approval as a certified HomeKit components manufacturer even though they were announced as official partner last June.