Intel Wants Part of The Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Posted on: 11 June 2016
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

For most people Intel is associated with the slogan, “Intel Inside” which is used as a common badge for a standard desktop or laptop PC.  But Intel’s technology is used in many other things such as those for IoT solutions.  The latter part of 2015 saw a lot of announcements from Intel giving glimpses of the vision they have for IoT in the home and industries.

Toyota Created New Connected Solution Company

  • Posted on: 7 May 2016
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

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.

British Gas HomeCare Customers get Smart Home Services with Boiler IQ

  • Posted on: 20 March 2016
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

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.

Powerhouz Released New Version of Apple HomeKit App

  • Posted on: 20 February 2016
  • By: chw staff

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.

LUCIS Is Now Shipping Smart Home Console, NuBryte Touchpoint

  • Posted on: 6 February 2016
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

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.

Marvell Offers Complete End to End for Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Posted on: 4 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

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.

Why You Should Consider Getting a Home Automation Kit

  • Posted on: 4 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

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.

Why The Connected Home Sector Needs to Woo More Home Developers

  • Posted on: 30 September 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

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.

EmoSPARK Offers Emotional Intelligence with Connected Home Services

  • Posted on: 8 September 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

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 Adds Connected Home Control to Toshiba Windows 10 Laptops

  • Posted on: 12 August 2015
  • By: chw staff

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.