The connected life style should have a market potential of US $731 billion by 2020, this is according to Frost and Sullivan. This figure includes revenue from all sectors that touches the connected home. Cloud computing, mobility, low cost sensors, big data are driving the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected industries.
Xfinity Home has come a long way since its first launched back in 2012. Now Comcast said they will be opening the Xfinity platform for partner integration with the release of a Software Development Kit (SDK). The new software tool will allow devices from Comcast partners to work seamlessly with the Xfinity Smart Home platform, offering more features and personalization.
Traditional home automation devices were designed to control systems within a house and within a limited range of connectivity; however, with recent developments across different areas of connectivity of appliances and devices, these systems enable users to monitor and control them even when they are on the move. This includes mobile connectivity features, an integral component of smart homes provided by device manufacturers; and compatible communication protocol and technology based products offered by Internet Service Providers.
Sony is offering Playstation gamers a new on-demand cloud based TV service called Palystation Vue. Playstation Vue, according to Sony allows you to access live TV and on-demand content without a cable or satellite service. Sony said the new service offers the best of live TV plus a comprehensive catalog of the latest content to viewers.
If you didn't get a Television deal in the Black Friday or Christmas sales then wait because the new BRAVIA televisions coming from Sony this year is worth looking over. The new range has four new series and 10 new models to choose from with the added benefit, they offer 4k Ultra HD image quality. New features include better access to content and image quality, connectivity with Google Android TV plus direct access to Playstation games.
With four times the resolution of standard HD projector and a price tag to match, the Sony VPL-VW350ES projector offers true 4K HD experience. Developed using Sony's 4K SXRDTM panel and TRILUMINOSTM technologies, they combine to give deep contrast and fast motion capabilities along with enhanced optical engine design which gives rich color reproduction offering pure, bold colors. It's Motionflow picture technology also delivers clearer images when watching fast-paced, sporting action.
Onwers of the latest Sony 4K Ultra HDTVs are to be given access to the world’s largest library of 4K VOD content via the NanoTech UltraFlix app. Starting with Sony's 2014 range viewers will be able to stream more than 300 hours of 4K quality travel and nature documentaries, including 40 made for IMAX theatrical titles and other genres.
They had previously collaborated on a client server solution that llows Service Providers to stream content to multiple home appliances at the sametime. Now, STMicroelectronics and SoftAtHome have extended their partnersip to develop an Ultra High Definition (UHD) chipset that enables operators to offer enhance viewing experiences via their set-top box.
Pandora New Zealand has announced that they have partnered with Samsung Electronics New Zealand to offer Pandora Internet Radio on Samsung SMART TVs. Owners of new and existing Samsung SMART TVs (models dated from 2011 through to the new 2014 range) should be able to access Pandora’s music streaming service.
NOOK Media a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America to offer NOOK’s reading software on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 7-inch version. As part of the partnership owners of the new “Samsung Galaxy NOOK” will have access to Barnes & Noble’s content, of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers. Customers will also have the option to buy the “Samsung Galaxy NOOK” or NOOK eReader (NOOK GlowLight).