What’s the Latest in SmartHome Technology?

As the new year heats up, so do the latest roll-outs in digital and smart home technology. Compared to some of the new kids on the block, RoboVacs from past years might as well hang up their wheels and move in with the push broom.

Smart Furniture Turns It Up

The ubiquitous end table gets a major overhaul in 2018 and graduates from just above egg crate, to a sleek useful tool that’s one step away from a server robot. Take the Sobro brand that’s ushering in the future with its line of tables. These units sport touch panels to control electronic devices, integrated Bluetooth speakers, and built-in refrigerator drawers for binge-watching or entertaining. Electronic devices fit right into the USB charging ports or (in some models) wireless charging stations.

 

Smart Stoves Get Connected

Though a personal chef hasn’t been packed into a range just yet, the science is there in the rampant burst of digital integration of phones, computers, televisions, and coffee pots. Amazon’s Alexa is just a peek at what’s coming up. General Electric has begun to get the old kitchen in on the action with its line of WiFi connected wall stove and full ranges. According to GE, a person can direct their stove via their phone to preheat the oven on the way home from work, change the oven temperature from anywhere, and adjust cooking times and temperature while watching TV.

 

Laundry Just Got Interesting

FoldiMate is one of those contraptions you wanted someone to invent forty years ago. Is it Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons with her torso that could do magical things with household drudgery? This automatic clothes folder comes close. Feed it fabric and it returns a perfectly smooth, stacked origami pile. It takes the old out of fold and replaces it with too much fun. FoldiMate makes a bold claim that laundry folding is completed in less time than it takes to brew a cup of coffee, and it consumes very little energy to do the heavy lifting. This machine might not be connected to the Internet, but it’s smart nonetheless.

 

Automation Goes Beyond Thermostats

An upsurge in digital tech aimed at homeowners has expanded from the simple, timed gadgets that controlled the holiday lights. The big promises made by automation are reducing costs and saving time by having the tech learn your habits. Digital locks with keyless entry can be controlled on or off premises. Climate controls adjust when people are home and when they are out. ADT features alarms, automatic security, and even smoke detectors in their automation programs.

 

As chips get smaller and communication integrates, the gadgets get better, faster, stronger, and smarter. These hybrids of old and new are riding the coattails of the high-techs featured in speculative movies and may surpass them faster than anyone imagined.

Philippine telco commission eyes sanctions against erring telco providers

Let’s visit the Pearl of the Orient this time as the Philippines is trying to make stiffer penalties against telecommunication companies providing lousy service.

The National Telecommunications Commission of the Philippines has revealed that they are studying the act of imposing sanctions to carriers to address the complaints of their subscribers. The NTC has been receiving a ton of reports with regards to bad coverage and poor service.

The country has two big companies in Smart and Globe Telecom that provide wireless needs to the Filipinos.

According to NTC chief Gamaliel Cordoba, the reason behind the imposition of sanctions is that with a non-increasing number of subscribers, the awful service that they are providing their customers can no longer deteriorate.

According to Cordoba, one of the reasons why subscribers from those two telcos have been experiencing bad service is the companies’ unlimited services offer.

The Philippines has recorded the fastest pace of growth in South East Asia with regards to smartphone adoption. A 326% increase was seen during the past 12 months.

With the number set to rise in the coming months, the NTC is tightening up their regulating practices so as for the telecommunication providers in the country won’t be offering an average service.

Globe Telecom and Smart has been battling for supremacy with the latter having the edge in number of subscribers.

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Firefox OS gets telco and manufacturer support

Mozilla and its latest HTML5 based operating system for mobile devices received a pat from the back from major telcos, as they are about to step on to the OS market.

With a great catchy name, Firefox OS, Mozilla’s bid to enter into the OS wars started on the right track as quite a number of operators and manufacturers were optimistic as to what Firefox OS can achieve.

According to Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs as told to The Next Web,  “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use. The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”

The introduction of Firefox OS by Mozilla is aimed to give an open Web standards based experience across different platforms at an affordable rate.
The Next Web report also added that carriers who have vowed support for the Firefox OS are Etisalat, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Sprint, Smart and Deutsche Telekom.

TCL Communication Technology and ZTE also voiced their support to the OS by making devices that will be supporting Firefox OS.

Do you think Mozilla will be a tough rival for iOS and Android?

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