LG is offering consumers more ways to control your home and enjoy the benefits of a connected home experience across a range of their home appliances. LG Electronics USA announced that 87 of their Wi-Fi connected home appliances, such as their washing machines and dryers, dishwashers, vacuums, refrigerators, ovens, air purifiers are now compatible with Google Assistant on Google Home and supported Android and iOS smartphones.
Do you have a Garmin vivosmart3, Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro or a Samsung Gear Sport? UnitedHealthCare is allowing some of its customers to save on health insurance, as part of its UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program. According to UnitedHealthCare, participants have collectively tracked themselves making 130 billion steps, and earning more than $19 million in incentives since the program launched in 2016.
Qualcomm, AT&T, Ford, and Nokia have announced plans to start connected car trials with Qualcomm's Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) technology. According to Qualcomm, the trial is the first for the U.S. and will help to accelerate the development of connected cars. The trial is to demonstrate the potential of C-V2X technologies, including support for improved automotive safety, automated driving, and traffic efficiency.
Centrica has partnered wtih Eni gas e luce of Italy. The five-year partnership arrangement will help Centrica to move its Hive smart home devices into the European market. Centrica also acquired Belgian power management firm REstore in deal worth €70 million (£62 million) in cash. Headquartered in Antwerp, REstore manages 1.7GW of peak load from a portfolio of industrial and commercial customers across Belgium, the UK, France and Germany.
Technavio released their latest market study of the global smart connected cooking appliances market, according to the report titled ‘Global Smart Connected Cooking Appliances Market 2017-2021’, we can expect to see a CAGR of close to 20% between 2017 and 2021. The study looked at Ranges, Ovens and others from manufacturers such as Robert Bosch, LG Electronics, Samsung, Behmor, Koninklijke Philips, Haier (GE Appliances), Breville, and Whirlpool.
Honeywell is launching a new home security solution through Indiegogo's Enterprise Crowdfunding service. According to Honeywell, the system is a camera base station with an integrated 1080p HD camera and 145-degree viewing that will incorporate facial recognition with push notifications. The camera base station is completely integrated with the Alexa Voice Service, which will allow the system to recognise voice commands. The smart home security system features indoor and outdoor sensors and motion viewers that can alert you if your doors or windows are opened. The camera base station and additional devices can be adjusted using a schedule, location-based geofencing, or customizable event and scene triggers.
With the rise of smart speakers and voice activated smart home solutions LG Electronics has decided to make some of its SIGNATURE brand home appliances Google Home compatible. The range of connected smart devices, include the LG refrigerator, washing machine and dryer, oven range and air purifier as well as an LG air conditioner and robotic vacuum. With Google Home, you will be able to access the full range of the Google Assistant's features on connected LG appliances.
It is no joke when we said the home has become a fierce battle ground for connected technologies, and 2017 is the year of the smart speaker. Already this year most of the well known brands have announced dates for release or plans to develop their own smart speaker solution. Therefore, I can see a smart speaker being high on the shopping list for Christmas 2017. Underneath the elegant and smooth designs will be one of four voice control systems Apple Siri, Google Assist, Microsoft's Cortana or Amazon Alexa. We have gather them all here for you to have a look and hopefully help you decide.
Stay connected while you're away from home by receiving rich notifications on your iPhone or iPad lock screen or Apple Watch from your Logitech Circle 2. The company has announced that Circle 2 Wired home security cameras and mounts now work with Apple HomeKit. Simply set up your Circle 2 Wired camera with the Apple Home app and enjoy access to live video on your iPhone and iPad, notifications to your lock screen on iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. You can automate your home such as turning on the lights automatically when motion is detected by the camera.
Since the invention of the simple car, car manufactures are always on the lookout for ways of making a car journey comfortable and entertaining. And as technology advances they have been able to make changes to this machine whose main purpose is transport. This year's auto show in Frankfurt, Germany has prompt me to look at how the concept of the car has changed from simply a means of transport to something that has become one with us (the driver) and now desires to be one with our home.