A CES this month LG demonstrated its THINQ Line of smart home appliances; they are smart grid aware, offer smart diagnosis, food management, smart access and smart adapt. The LG THINQ range which includes refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and robotic vacuum cleaners allow homeowners to manage them through a smart Network. They also help users to make smart decisions about energy use when they to use these THINQ appliances.
ES3 and Pace have collaborated to develop a series of applications for the Microsoft Mediaroom platform. The solution leverages the power of the Pace residential gateway and set-top box , providing simplified access to manage devices in the home network, manage settings on the RG and provide methods for self-help in troubleshooting issues in the home network, all through a user-friendly interactive experience on the TV.
Logitech has joined forces with Spotify so that owners of the Logitech Squeezebox media player can access Spotify music service. According to Logitech owners of the Logitech Squeezebox Touch or Squeezebox Radio player; using their existing wireless home network can now access Spotify’s comprehensive catalogue of more than ten million songs, including your Spotify playlists, anywhere in the home. Spotify is currently available in Finland, Norway, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the U.K.
Enspert debuts a new Android based digital home network hub at CES, called the IDENTITY S200. The IDENTITY S200 is a SoIP (Service over Internet Protocol) tablet device optimized for the home network and designed for next-generation media convergence. With integrated support for data sharing and smart grid enabled device management, the IDENTITY S200 can connect to DLNA certified, Bluetooth and Wireless devices.
Marvell is inviting attendees to this year’s CES to visit its stand to see the next generation of mobile digital lifestyle solutions. They are promising to demonstrate the latest products developed using their range of chip technologies. These solutions, said Marvell will enable consumers to access live digital content -- video, photos, music, voice, data and news -- seamlessly, in any format from wherever they are, whenever they want.
LG Electronics has big things in store for the connected home category at this year’s consumer electronics show. The company is planning to change to way we interact with our home appliances; these include clothes dryers, washing machines, microwaves, entertainment systems and refrigerators. These systems according to the Korean times will be web-enabled to interact with us through our home network and has the ability to self-diagnose malfunctions and flaws.
GenosTV the creator of the Cyclops universial remote controller has announced that they will be coming to CES 2011, to demonstrate the Cyclops remote. The demonstration is planned around a series of activities by the GenosTV team. The GenosTV CEO and co-founder Rob Shambro will be delivering one to the keynote at the show, which will include the first public exhibition of the GenosTV’s soon to be release services.
The HDBaseT Alliance is coming to CES 2011. In a press release they said they will be demonstrating a whole home networking solution using HDBaseT technology. So those of us going to the show and curious to know more about HDBaseT and would like to see it in action, the demonstation will be in the Hilton Suite No.2450.
CES 2011 is building up to be a very exciting show and one not to miss. From what I have seen this year, I think there are some very exciting technologies in the pipeline, especially for the connected home. The connected home has been added as a new area within the show for the first time next year. This is where I think there will be a lot of new solutions.
One of the big trends in inter-home and business communication in recent year is Voice over IP (VoIP). Some of us are aware of the technology and its ability to allow us to make cheap and sometime free telephone calls; some also think it is only for big businesses. This might have been the case at one point but thanks to the Open Source community VoIP along with a host of enterprise features are now available as an easy to setup home or small business solution. In this article I will describe some of the best and most useful VoIP facilities for the home or small business user.