connected home

Smart home tech is not good enough – Intel

IoT is one of the more popular topics in the world of technology, but for the vast majority of the consumer world it isn’t anything more than science fiction.

Telefónica to trial AT&T’s smart home IoT platform

Telefónica has announced plans to bring a trial of US carrier AT&T’s connected home platform, “Digital Life”, to Europe. Digital Life allows customers to monitor domestic smart and connected devices such as intruder alarms, thermostats and ovens, and control them through mobile applications and other web based user interfaces.

Connected home leaders pitch device protocol

Building on growing momentum in the connected home space, several big name vendors including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM, have joined forces to develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol to connect devices.

Google acquires Nest Labs for £2bn

Web giant Google announced Monday that it will acquire Nest Labs, the cloud-enabled thermostat and smoke detector startup founded by iPod creator Tony Fadell, for £2bn ($3.2bn).

AT&T opens two innovation centres

US operator AT&T has opened two innovation centres aimed to accelerate research and development of technologies and applications that will drive AT&T’s growth in the future.

Platforms not services to rule connected home

Platforms that aggregate services rather than any individual device will play the most important role in the connected home over the next five years. Research released by analyst house Informa Telecoms & Media this week predicts that as yet unreleased platforms like HbbTV, Project Canvas and Google TV will play a significant part in the future of the connected home.

Apple, Sony target connected home

Further blurring the boundaries between the communications and internet worlds, disruptive US firm Apple has unveiled a music oriented social network that is bundled in with iTunes.

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