Google assimilates Nest once more

Saying goodbye must have been too hard for Google as the company is bringing Nest back under its roof.

Nest was co-founded by former Apple engineers in 2010. Google bought the young startup, whose innovative thermostat became one of the first successful smart home devices, for $3.2 billion (£2.3bn) back in 2014.

Following a major restructuring — when...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Mozilla updates its Project Things open source IoT gateway

Mozilla has issued an update to its Project Things open source decentralised IoT gateway first announced back in July.

The main part of Project Things is the Linux-based ‘Things Gateway’ software which enables a Raspberry Pi to be set up as a home automation gateway. In the latest version (0.3) of the software — a new rules engine, improved voice support, and a tutorial has been added to help newbies get started.

Other major new features include:

  • Microphone support for issuing voice...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Google Assistant learns to drive (properly) in expansion to more screens

Google Assistant’s expansion into the car and devices with dedicated screens will soon allow consumers to interact with the AI in more ways than ever.

While the Google Assistant was technically available in Android Auto prior to today’s announcement, it was limited to its older ‘Google Now’ form. The full rollout will feature more powerful features such as home control and deeper access to third-party services.

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

How Amazon, Google and others are investing in AI and digital assistants for smart homes

A large number of tech incumbents including Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are making quick investment moves in artificial intelligence (AI) and digital assistants for smart homes having realised the potential these technologies can play in the smart home market, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

The report, titled “Digital Assistants and AI in the Home”, evaluates the major drivers in the smart home market, barriers and technological trends related to AI as well as...

By IoT News, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

Smart home platform revenue to touch $39.5 billion in 2026, projects Navigant Research

A new Navigant Research report has projected that smart home platform revenue globally will reach $39.5 billion in 2026 from the present worth of only $4.2 billion.

At the time when consumers are getting more and more conscious about smart home technologies, the report analyses the global smart home platform with focus on residential IoT hardware, software, services, and smart home platforms. It also discusses the issues associated with the smart home market including value propositions, market channels, and...

By IoT News, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Not the Internet of Things – but more the ‘internet of intelligence’ for consumers

Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping consumers to handle everything via voice command or the click of a button, there is an increased demand for 'internet of intelligence' solutions which can help solve day-to-day tasks more intelligently, recent research has revealed.

The research conducted by Magid, on behalf of CTAM, examined the dynamic behaviour, preferences, expectations and aspirations of connected consumers. According to the research, time is an invaluable aspect for consumers...

By IoT News, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Ring Video Doorbell 2: An evolution of a revolution

Every now and then, a product comes along which shakes up and revolutionises an established category. In our review of the original Ring Video Doorbell, we alluded to it being such a product. We’ve finally got our hands on its successor, and while it’s not as revolutionary as the original, it takes some major steps forward.

If you looked at the spec sheet alone, it would appear little has changed with the second generation...

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Consumers prefer in-person assistance to get smart homes up and running

A survey aiming to understand how consumers would prefer to connect home automation and other smart devices found that they would prefer skilled in-person assistance to online help sources for connecting multiple smart devices in their homes.

For the survey, entitled “The Future of the Digital Experience: Connected Service Edition”, CSG International, through an independent research firm, polled more than 2000 consumers across five nations including the US, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and...

By IoT News, 30 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Amazon trying to make smart home simpler with updates, says IHS Markit

With Amazon announcing several new Alexa-related products and integrations, it is part of their plan to make the smart home simpler, according to Blake Kozak, principal analyst at IHS Markit.

While admitting the updates will be ‘disappointing for enthusiasts’ being aimed at a less tech-savvy market, the moves do relate to their competition in the space, including SmartThings and Sonos, added Kozak.

“In the short-term, although Sonos is expected to release a digital assistant agnostic speaker...

By IoT News, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Hybrid 3D printing: The next level of flexible wearables manufacturing

It’s 5pm, and it’s time to call it a day. You turn your computer off, but remember that you still need to send a couple of emails. You fold your new laptop a few times, much like you’d fold a piece of paper, and put in your bag. As you do, you don’t even notice the flexible, clear patch on your hand that locks and unlocks office doors and ensures that the lights are off when you’re not there. And it takes care that the AC is off, saving you the trouble of remembering these...

By Richard Van Hooijdonk, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.