Amazon’s Alexa wants to rule your world

Upon visiting Berlin’s IFA2107  — Germany’s answer to CES — recently,  there was one word I kept hearing: Alexa. In the consumer hardware space, it’s a great time to be Amazon, if the sheer number of hardware companies jumping on the Alexa bandwagon are anything to go by. Only today it was revealed that Amazon is working […]

Apple wants you to pay big for their smart speaker

As part of yesterday’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) Google launched their foray into home connectivity with the HomePad called by Apple CEO Tim Cook, “breakthrough home speaker with amazing sound and incredible intelligence that will reinvent home audio.” Don’t overlook the last word, in his statement, despite the desire some will have to group HomePad with […]

How will IoT change the lives of our aging population?

How do we conceptualize aging and disability in an era where there’s a heady excitement about a future reality that surpasses our current lived experiences of health and old age? Consider future tech such as Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a growing movement of people into posthumanism and of course fiction like the TV series Black Mirror with […]

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IoT and applications: Truly the “internet of everything”

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing like wildfire. Consumer education around this new basket of technologies is critical, since it basically describes a product category that can — and often does — include virtually every “thing” we interact with in our lives. Your car, refrigerator, door locks, and even your toilet seat are capable […]

Apple’s HomeKit gets big upgrade at WWDC

The opening keynote of Apple’S WWDC highlighted several big updates to the firm’s software platforms, including its HomeKit home automation offering. OS X is being rebranded to macOS with the first release of the newly-named OS being Sierra. But, perhaps the biggest announcement came in its breakdown the upcoming iOS 10. HomeKit, Apple’s framework for […]