Active Intelligent Wearables

November 18, 2015
As the Internet of Things (IoT) quickly becomes a reality, it is changing the way we interact with the world and our expectations about what we consider to be “intelligent.” Coming soon, smart systems will sense data from the real world and automatically react in real time. These systems will find applications across all industries in every corner of the globe, and some of the best use cases are starting to appear in the roadmaps of wearable devices. The promise of IoT and wearable devices goes beyond just connecting everything to the Internet. It involves combining information or service requests with an understanding and appreciation of the environment. It’s all about...

Game of Gigs

November 16, 2015
First, a quick look at fast promises:Verizon is testing broadband technology with speeds of 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and expects its Next Generation Passive Optical Network (NG-PON2) could blaze signals at 40 or even 80 Gbps.COMCAST is rolling out its symmetrical 2 Gbps “Gigabit Pro” service for home video and data delivery in selected markets now and expects to “cover our entire footprint with 10-Gpbs-capable” technology by 2018.ARRIS, the cable industry’s major supplier of network and home equipment, expects that the current DOCSIS 3.1 platform is capable of 10 Gbps speeds, with future enhancements boosting the speed up to 200 Gbps.FIBRANT, a...

Welcome to the Smart Home

September 30, 2015
Sponsored by Coldwell BankerWhat is the relationship between the real estate industry and consumer technology—specifically smart homes? Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the original Silicon Valley real estate startup founded in 1906, is a leader in the smart home space educating the industry on why it’s important for smart home brands to partner with the real estate community to understand how consumers are using these products to help sell homes. Coldwell Banker Real Estate CMO Sean Blankenship recently gave a presentation at the IoT Influencers Summit in Silicon Valley to explore how smart home technology is intersecting with real estate. He talked about the innovative home...

Face It

September 24, 2015
You’re playing a complicated videogame, and a look of horror (or frustration or confusion or joy) crosses your face. So the game automagically shifts to a story thread best suited to your current frame of mind. Or you’re doing a tele-health evaluation via the camera on your computer or handheld device. The doctor (or medical software) can identify your condition not just by what you describe verbally but also by the specific pain grimace or the way your facial muscles clench. Maybe you’re in a store, looking at a ...

Automakers Inspire with Wearable Tech

September 22, 2015
Consumer interest in “wearables” is growing, and automakers are responding—increasingly finding new and innovative ways to tie devices such as smart watches to their vehicles’ infotainment systems and other in-vehicle electronics. Now used mainly for convenience, though, the integration of cars and wearables is far from trivial. Like seat belts and airbags, experts say it’s a potentially life-saving development. Wearables’ integration with cars first debuted in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, when Nissan introduced its proprietary Nismo watch. It featured a built-in heart rate monitor and linked with a car to access (and correlate to...

L.A.'s Vibrant Tech Community

August 03, 2015
“Now everything is morphed, studios have ‘innovation’ and ‘testing labs’ to develop new technology,” says Amy Jo Smith, president of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG). “There’s an openness to embrace new products and services.” That is one reason, she says, that technology firms are expanding their presence in the Los Angeles area, where DEG and its original members are based. “We’re a studio-based organization at our core, but we’ve expanded to include tech firms. It’s not our core, but it’s in our roots,” Smith says to describe the growing interplay between content and technology. “It...

Apps in Cars: The Developer's Perspective

July 31, 2015
Never mind horsepower. It’s the power of connected infotainment that’s increasingly driving car sales. But as automakers strive to add apps to their dashboard displays, the developers they’re courting must conform to a dizzying array of “platforms” and other often proprietary technologies—a mix that yields both technical and business challenges along with great opportunities. According to data from ABI Research released in April, the global market for connected automotive infotainment systems is poised to grow 33.8 percent annually in the next five years, to more than 342 million units. The growth is attributed primarily to installations of in-car Wi...

3D Printing Makes Perfect

July 27, 2015
A glimpse into the next generation of 3D printing successes.They braved a bitterly cold January in Detroit to see the latest from big names like Ford, Chrysler and Chevy. But what impressed even the most hardened “I’ve seen it all” attendees at this year’s North American Auto Show didn’t come from the usual assembly lines in Motor City. The new car of the future was 3D printed. The Shelby Cobra has a long and fabled history among automotive aficionados thanks to its sleek design, European style and American ingenuity. But the two-door roadster became even more of a talking piece thanks to the way it was built. From concept to completion, it took just six...

IoT: How Will it Go To Retail?

May 20, 2015
Is it too soon to assess the retail value chain for the Internet of Things? Cisco predicts sales of IoT devices will grow from 15 billion units this year to 50 billion by 2020. How will those products get into consumers’ hands, homes and vehicles? Will they be sold as line extensions of current products through existing retailers, or will new distributors and integrators emerge to cater to the services that IoT enables? Will manufacturers insert themselves deeper into the customer relationship after a sale to maintain and monitor IoT products? Will a new breed of service providers emerge to handle monitoring and updating...
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