What do smart cities of the future look like?

I just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2017)  in Las Vegas, and I can tell you that it is a very exciting time for cities and states to invest in smart technologies! The team at Panasonic invited me (aka GovGirl) to cover their exhibit, and I’m thrilled that government agencies were a central part […]

Chicago gets smart cities boost with CIVIQ Wi-Fi project

Chicago will be the site of another smart city initiative as CIVIQ Smartscapes announced plans to launch a new Wi-Fi powered pilot project. Milford, Ma.-based CIVIQ will install interactive devices in downtown Chicago that offer high-speed public Wi-Fi. On top of wireless connectivity, the Waypoint devices will also provide such digital services as wayfinding, safety […]

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Panasonic debuts their own autonomous car concept

Panasonic unveiled its autonomous car concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, which features a futuristic peak into the future of the car interior. At the event, Panasonic executives discussed a future filled with “bubble-like” cabins that carry people to their destination. Instead of facing forward, passengers would sit opposite each […]

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Samsung skips robots to focus on health wearables

Samsung will focus more on health wearables than robots in this year, in stark contrast to its South Korean rival LG Electronics, which revealed the Hub Robot, a mobile artificial intelligence assistant, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017. The Galaxy mobile maker sees more potential for health wearables in an ageing population than robots, […]

How to use your light sockets for your home security system

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we spoke with Sengled’s senior product marketing manager Daniel Cheng on their use of light sockets to power anything from a speaker system to a security system. (1/1) ReadWrite interviewed Sengled’s (@SengledUSA) Daniel Cheng on how the company is making #connectedhomes easier for consumers. #CES2017 […]

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Can you really have “idiot-proof” kitchen appliances?

People who struggle with frozen pizza and microwaveable food instructions will be happy to know that Whirlpool unveiled a selection of kitchen appliances able to cook your food without pressing any buttons. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, the appliances include a double-wall oven for $2,600, a microwave for $1,000, […]

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Renault-Nissan want self-driving owners to have some control

Nissan-Renault wants self-driving car owners to have some control of the vehicle, at least in the interim, while regulations and infrastructure evolve to fit the new transport landscape. That was the message at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, where the Franco-Japanese Corporation showcased its latest self-driving system to the public. See […]

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Mercedes-Benz expects zone restrictions for self-driving cars

Mercedes-Benz wants to have its first autonomous vehicle on the roads by 2020, but expects there will be roadblocks for the first few years as regulators and infrastructure remain in the age of human-controlled cars. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, Mercedes head of R&D Ola Kallenius said that it plans […]

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Honda announces autonomous vehicle ecosystem at CES 2017

Honda unveiled a new self-driving concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, called the Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem. The ecosystem aims to “connect the power of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data to transform the mobility experience,” providing drivers with a selection of entertainment systems while the car takes them to their […]

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AT&T launches IoT starter kits for AWS and Raspberry Pi

AT&T announced two new Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, one for Amazon Web Services (AWS) developers, the other for developers that use Raspberry Pi. It comes six months after the launch of the wireless giant’s first starter kit. The two new kits look to […]

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Finally, an autonomous car for the masses

Hyundai wants to be the self-driving car supplier for the ordinary customer, and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 it showcased an everyday car that is able to switch lanes, turn signal, brake at red lights, and yield to pedestrians. The autonomous Ioniq concept car is less fancy than some of the other offerings […]

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Intel launches modular Compute Card at CES 2017

Each part of a computer has a different lifespan, but all too often once one part breaks, the entire unit needs to be scrapped for the newest model. Intel wants to change that, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 it announced the Compute Card, a modular computer that fits inside your pocket. The Compute […]

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Roost wants to keep you from laying pipe all night long

Smart home supplier Roost has confirmed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 that its Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector is now available for pre-order. The appliance aims to improve home safety by sending “up-to-the-minute” alerts to a homeowner’s smartphone on any water damages. Roost says the detector could save the consumers and the […]

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Audi and Nvidia commit to road-ready driverless car by 2020

Nvidia and Audi confirmed plans to have a road-ready driverless car by 2020 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas. The driverless car will have Level 4 capability, meaning it is able to work without a driver or steering wheel. Before that, Audi will launch the first Level 3 autonomous car, which […]

AT&T pilots smart city projects around Chicago

AT&T and the City of Chicago are deepening their smart city partnership with a pilot project for smart kiosks and bus shelters. The telecoms giant is expanding its smart cities work in the city with the new structures that will provide free Wi-Fi. The announcement of the project, which will roll the technology out within […]