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With So Many Emerging Smart Devices One Major Problem Is Making Them All Work Together In Our Home.
Homeowners face many technical issues when trying to make their home a smart one. With so many wireless technologies there’s a lot to learn in order to be able to tackle.
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Microsoft’s Newest “Smart” Patent Will Embed Touch Sensors On Fabric Surfaces. Does This Mean We Might Have Smart Clothes, Or Even Furniture? Or Maybe Just Higher Quality Smart Devices.
A new patent by Microsoft titled, "Forming Touch Sensor on Fabric”, indicates significant improvements, exploring methods of embedding touch sensors into fabric surfaces. Microsoft aims to bring touch-sensitive fabric to many of its devices and even furniture in future.
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With No Unified Smart Home Solution In Place, Amazon’s Integrated Smart Eco-System May Be The Best Connected Home Solution For Consumers.
What’s best for the average consumer is also the best for Amazon. In order for the smart home to be easy and functional as possible, one company should control the experience from every entry point. This is Apple’s approach to smartphones, and Apple has long offered the easiest, most secure smartphone experience.
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An Emerging Concept - Smart Farming Will Allow Management Using IoT, Robotics, Drones, and AI To Optimize Production And Minimize Cost.
Armed with such tools as IoT, robotics, drones, and AI - farmers can monitor conditions without even going to the field and make strategic decisions for the whole farm or for a single plant. The driving force of smart farming is  connecting smart machines and sensors to make farming processes data-driven and data-enabled.
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Smartwatches Are Trending With The Big Three Brands Accounting For Nearly 90% Of Sales In The U.S.
The ability to be truly connected via built-in LTE without the need to have a smartphone nearby proved to be a tipping point for consumers, as they now recognize the value in being able to complete a wide range of tasks on the device including receiving notifications, messaging, accessing smart home controls, and more.
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Cause For Concern? Google And Amazon Want A Continuous Stream Of Data From Your Smart Home Devices.
For several years, Amazon and Google have collected data every time someone used a smart speaker to turn on a light or lock a door. Now they’re asking smart-home gadget makers such as Logitech and Hunter Fan Co. to send a continuous stream of information.
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Making More Smart Home Moves, Amazon Has Acquired Router Maker Eero. But What Does That Mean For Consumer Privacy Concerns?
In an effort to shore up its smart home automation ecosystem, Amazon has bought Eero for an undisclosed amount, pending regulatory approval. The move makes sense on many fronts – mainly in that it will remove any friction that exists among competing protocols. But it does raise some privacy concerns. And what about the implications for its big-name, smart home competitors?
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Can You Build A Smart Home Network Without Google Or Amazon?
One of the best whole-house mesh router systems, Eero, has been snatched up by Amazon. They're continuing on under the same brand name, but if you're looking for less of the Big 5 in your home it's not great news.
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Fastest Growing Voice Assistant Categories Over The Next 5 Years Will Include Smart TVs, Speakers, And Wearables
A new study from Juniper Research has found that there will be 8 billion digital voice assistants in use by 2023. While smartphone assistants will be the largest platform by volume thanks to Google Assistant and Siri, Juniper’s new research found that the fastest growing voice assistant categories over the next 5 years.
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Moving Away From Traditional Forms Of Energy Use, Dandelion Energy Is Raising Funds For Smarter Home Heating And Cooling Solutions
As tech companies continue their race to control the smart home, a promising energy startup has raised a round of funding from traditionally tech and strategic investors for a geothermal solution to heat and cool houses.
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