ChargeAll, maker of innovative mobile device chargers, is unveiling the world's smallest phone charger with two fast charging USB ports, at the CES this week. The phone charger is almost twice as fast as the standard Apple iPhone charger and half the size of the standard Apple iPad charger, ChargeTech packs twice the power in a form factor that will fit in the palm of your hand, said ChargeAll.
With the smart home sector estimated to worth billions it is an attractive market to be in at the moment. Therefore, many businesses and individuals are marketing their solution to create their own niche. On the other hand many of us who write about these technologies have heard solutions announced all the time but never see it or hear about it after that announcement. The latest big announcement was Apple Homekit, Apple’s version of a connected home platform.
The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will evolve the mobile handset into a new area of health services for the user. In addition to home automation via it Homekit, announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the iOS 8 is to offer connected health services via its HealthKit framework, a new developer platform for the health sector.
The Panasonic KX-PRL262B Dock Style DECT telephone system is also an entertainment system in one. You can connect your iPod touch, iPad and iPhone via Bluetooth or its lightning connector to make or receive hands free calls. It also offers on-base phone charging and with it’s built-in stereo speakers you can listen to your favourite music from your iPhone or iPod. The KX-PRL262B Dock Style cordless telephone system uses Panasonic’s popular Link2Cell technology to connect your iPhone via Bluetooth, allowing you to make and receive phone calls anywhere in your home using the handset.
Philips has joined the smart lighting club with the release of Hue smart lighting solution. The LED bulbs come with its own management App for Apple iOS or Google Android devices. Unlike standard bulbs you will use less energy with these, up to 80 per cent less. Connect wirelessly to them and personalize you own lighting scheme.
The AV Division of Yamaha has introduced five low to mid-market home theater systems, called the HTiBs (home-theater-in-a-box). Standard across the range is front panel USB connectivity for other digital media systems and 100W subwoofers. Some models offer network connectivity with AirPlay to extend the flexibility and connectivity Apple base systems plus Yamaha’s CINEMA DSP 3D home theater experiences. They are also eco-friendly with the ability to reduce power consumption by 20 percent.
If you are a Cox Communications customer you can now enjoy your favorite videos and television from your iPad tablet. The new ‘Cox TV Connect’ application is available from the Apple App Store at no extra cost. TV Connect offers a flexible interface where users can view and browse the user guide at the same time and select a full-screen viewing option once a program has been selected.
Mac-based home automation software provider Perceptive Automation today announces the release of Indigo 5. New with this update is a Python-based Plugin API that allows Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to create native device types, trigger events and actions which are fully integrated into the Indigo User Interface and server.
Savant launches its popular range of Apple-base home automation products for the first time in Australia. Now the Australians have more choice when deciding to install home automation. Using the familiar interface of their iPod, iPhone or iPad homeowners can access all the connected appliances in their home to change the environment. Distributor Emersive Technologies will deliver the Savant range of products and services.
Somfy, the home solution specialist has launched a new home automation solution – TaHomA, that allows you to control, schedule and manage your Z-Wave enabled home systems. Using a iPad, iPhone or computer you can access and control your lighting thermostat and integrated window systems to manage your energy use and protect your home. The Somfy TaHoma offers an easy to use web interface which guides you with intuitive graphics and step-by-step prompts as they personalize their home energy functions.