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Hillwood Communities Selects Prodea ROS

  • Posted on: 2 June 2014
  • By: chw staff

Hillwood, the home and communities construction company has selected Prodea's Residential Operating System (ROS) to offer the latest connected home services within its communities. The Prodea managed service will include home security, automation, entertainment, education, health and wellness, interactive advertising and enhanced voice services.

Panasonic Releases iPhone 5s Compatible DECT Phone

  • Posted on: 7 May 2014
  • By: chw staff

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.

Introducing Nod, The Gesture Control Wearable Ring (Video)

  • Posted on: 29 April 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

It is quite ironic that Nod has nothing to do with your head but its meant to use on your finger as a gesture control device. Developed by a company with the same name, Nod allows you to control your home appliances with the simple gesture movement of your hand; similar to those you would use when playing an Xbox or Wii game. The Nods tuchless capability allows you to interact with TV via your set-top box to control whats on your screen.

Technology Fears Driving Demand for Support Services

  • Posted on: 16 April 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Research done by Parks Associates found that over 50 per cent of North American tablet and smartphone users are interested in paying for support services that will protect them from software virus, identity theft and loss, despite only a small percentage experiencing these problems.  Titled “The Evolution of Tech Support: Trends and Outlook”, the study looks at the changing dynamics of the tech support market.

What Else For Google, The Kitchen Sink?

  • Posted on: 19 January 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

I must say hearing that Google has bought Nest comes as no surprise to me, what surprise me is the fact that they are buying so many home related solutions and then we hear nothing after.  We waited with  bated breath when they buy these businesses and introduce new concepts and are left high and dry, because we see no change to the norm.

Meet Vela, The Connected Lamp

  • Posted on: 13 December 2013
  • By: chw staff

Twisthink has developed a new lamp that is flexible enough to match different areas of your home.  The lamp comes with an accompanying app that allows you to control its brightness all with the swipe of a button from your phone.  You can download the accompanying app that will give you the option to customise it to your liking.

GE and Quirky Form Connected Device Strategic Partnership

  • Posted on: 5 December 2013
  • By: chw staff

Last month GE expanded its partnership with Quirky, the creator of WINK, a connected device communication platform that makes it easy for us to access a range of connected devices anytime from our mobile devices. GE participated in Quirky’s $79M series D financing by investing an additional $30 million and holding a minority equity stake in Quirky. The partnership between both businesses started back in April and since then they have developed a number of connected home solutions which are now available in leading retail stores such as The Home Depot, Amazon and Best Buy.

Your Guide to Buying a NAS Drive for Home

  • Posted on: 25 November 2013
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Media storage solutions for the home have come a long way from the days of floppy disk, burning CDs, USB flash drive or just leaving your data on your computer.  So now you want to buy a NAS drive but not sure where to start.  The first thing to is that a NAS drive is a long-term investment and therefore, need lots of thought before you go out and buy one.  I would not recommend you popping out to the shop and buy a NAS drive as you would a case of CDs.  Like a business you might have to think about how your data is going to grow, because we are downloading and saving than we used to.

The 2014 CES 'Home' Innovations Design and Engineering Awardees

  • Posted on: 17 November 2013
  • By: chw staff

The CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) judges have done their examination and have release the 2014 International CES list of Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honorees. The judges look products across 28 consumer electronics product categories; they have also added extra categories this year: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing and Wearable Technologies. The "Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award" honors products and solutions that demonstrate outstanding design and engineering advancements. The CEA said they saw a record number of entries this year (See Photos).

Is Deutsche Telekom Planning to Offer Home Monitoring Services?

  • Posted on: 4 November 2013
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Deutsche Telekom recently announced that they are partnering with DSP Group, a wireless chipset manufacture, to trial the use of ULE (Ultra Low Energy) technology in Deutsche Telekom’s Speedport Home Gateway. ULE is seen by many as an important part to next-generation home networking and a preferred solution to offering connected home services.

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