Toyota has setup a new connected solution company in partnership with Microsoft. The new collaborative partnership will offer data analytics and connected car services. Located in Plano, Texas, the data science centre will offer integrated connected car services to Toyota drivers and using cutting-edge data analytics to provide feedback into product development for Toyota at large.
As an IT manager responsible for hundreds of server systems I know the benefits of smart monitoring and getting an alert at the slightest indication of a problem on any of my servers. That is why almost a year to the date I wrote how I think the Connected Home will blur the line between business and domestic services and the direction of the connected home. Therefore, I was excited to hear that British Gas is developing a smart boiler solution that does just that.
Get one App to manage all your Apple HomeKit devices, for just $5.99 US the new PowerHouz App offers new advanced functionalities to help you manage your connected devices. The App removes the need to have an App for each device in your home. New features include triggers, which allow you to preset events for your devices based on pre-programmed events happening. These can be based on your location, the time of day and even special events like Sunset/Sunrise/Twilight.
If you were at this year’s CES and visited the connected home section you would have seen this new connected home solution from Lucis Technologies. Only available in the U.S. at the moment, the NuBryte smart home console offers a range of connected home services, such as home security, Intercom and automated lighting. NuBryte also has an accompanying iPhone app that extends its functionality to your phone for ease of use.
IoT (Internet of Things) is one of the most exciting things in technology at the moment and Marvell is positioning itself to provide the necessary solutions for OEMs to capitalise on this growing market. Marvell said they have a number of chips and reference designs with the necessary software that takes manufactures from quick prototyping to production in a short time.
If you have not considered getting a home automation kit then maybe now is the time to think about getting one. You might not see what the craze is in sticking up gadgets around your home to monitor it, but there is a lot gain from having a reasonable priced home automation kit. Behind all the technology is the idea of having a connected home, one where all home appliances are able to communication with each other and you are able to communication with then at home or while you are away. With a home automation kit, you can monitor your home and your microwave, refrigerator, home entertainment system and washing machine will allow you to communication with them from work on the road or from anywhere there is an internet connection.
I was a reading the summery of a recent report by NextMarket and Vivint, titled ‘The Mass Market Smart Home”. In it, the authors are proposing that the connected home sector should create more use cases to drive adoption among the general public. Another report I read states that 70 per cent of connected home developers are enthusiasts. As an analyst of the sector, I think these are worrying numbers; even more worrying for entrepreneur and the investors, who are investing so much into connected home solutions.
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.
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.
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.