Augury listens in to detect if your thing is going to break

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Putting the obvious innuendos aside, new startup Augury wants to use audio to detect if your thing is going to break and offer suggestions on how to prevent it.  

When a creak, bang, whine, or any other concerning sound makes itself apparent when machines are used that wasn't...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

IDC: Spend on the IoT will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020

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According to a forecast by IDC, worldwide spending on the IoT will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020 based on an expected compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent. This year alone, global spend is forecast to reach $737 billion as organisations make IoT hardware, software, connectivity, and service investments. 

This growth will be fuelled by the uptake of IoT-based technology...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Google is expanding Assistant to new devices – including Android TV

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In front of the TV is where many families spend the most time, and it's often the biggest screen, so it's not much of a surprise Google wants to put its virtual assistant there.

Cortana and Google Now have all been available on the TV for some time, but in their current limited forms with little functions outside the device which contains them. Siri goes a little further due to HomeKit support for controlling some devices such as your Hue...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

HARMAN launches Ignite to manage in-car apps and their IoT communications

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HARMAN has launched their Ignite platform which aims to provide an end-to-end solution for managing in-car applications while also enabling vehicles to communicate with the wider IoT.

Automakers, dealers, and service providers will be able to deploy new cloud applications and services using HARMAN's experience in both vehicle and cloud technologies. "The HARMAN Ignite platform is a perfect...

By Ryan Daws, 04 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Cortana wants to be on all your devices in IoT push

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Microsoft's virtual assistant may not get the coverage of Siri, Google, or Alexa, but yet it's the widest available. Cortana has a presence across mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, is built into Windows 10, and can even be accessed while gaming on the Xbox. 

The presence of Cortana is set to be vastly expanded with the upcoming 'Creators Update' for Windows 10. Any...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Honeywell aims to use the IoT to put building controls in occupants’ hands

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American multinational conglomerate Honeywell has launched a mobile application, Honeywell Vector Occupant App, to address common frustrations of building occupants, including control over their comfort levels and ability to securely move about the workplace.

The app combines the convenience of mobile devices with connected building features and is an example of Honeywell’s efforts in the Internet of Things around connected buildings. It helps to enhance building...

By IoT News, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Beecham: Smart homes remain “overpriced, undersold and misunderstood”

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While smart home gadgets have to provide a level of comfort living, they are usually overpriced and beyond the price reach of most homeowners, according to a report from Beecham Research.

The researchers argue a lack of awareness and a lack of knowledge of smart home products and their benefits, along with concerns of data privacy and lack of device interoperability are the problems hindering the growth of the smart home market. But on the other hand, the report predicts the...

By IoT News, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Samsung acquires Viv AI platform co-founded by Siri creators

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Hot on the footsteps of Google's announcement of a much-improved 'Assistant' of its own, Samsung has announced the acquisition of Viv Labs, the AI platform co-founded by the creators of Siri. 

“At Viv, we’re building the simplest way for anyone to talk to devices and services everywhere. We see a future that is decidedly beyond...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

Tech giants including Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM form Partnership on AI

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The world's biggest advancements often come from talented individuals putting their minds together with a common goal. Today's giants of tech started with humble beginnings – such as in a garage or dorm room – but are now brimming with talent looking for the next big thing. 

A collective of the world's biggest technology pioneers has joined forces in a historic partnership...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.