According to fire cause statistics from the Institute for Loss Prevention and Damage Research (IFS), 31 percent of fires in Germany had electricity causes, followed directly by fire through human error. As a rule, it is a cable fire that starts the fire. The consequences of this have already been experienced by the German parliament, whose entire computer center was crippled for this reason. The city's public transportation system has also come to a standstill on one or two occasions because a cable fire knocked out a control center.
The digital innovations of the last decade combined with the exploding Internet usage have given birth to entirely new ways of living, and nowhere is this more evident than in the smart home technology. With intelligent, connected, voice-controlled devices, we can now live in the home of the Future, right now.
Smart Home technology and devices have been around us long enough to establish the many benefits of integrating them into our homes. While they might not have turned our homes into a science fiction movie set yet. It has undoubtedly bought that fiction closer to reality.
According to estimates, the number of AI enabled device users will reach 1.8 billion by the year 2021, and the market of virtual digital assistants will grow to $15.59 billion in 2021. A survey also finds that most consumers use it for communication, browsing the Internet, listening to music, finding weather forecasts, or traffic updates. However, as integrations with cars, smart devices, operating systems, and mobile applications increase, virtual assistants would take on a more central role in areas such as retail, education, healthcare, and communications where uses for the speech recognition technology is expanding year-on-year.
As technologies like Machine Learning, 5G, and IoT matures, we see smart homes become smarter! In the expanding market both the consumer’s and manufacturer’s point of view is pumping more money into the field, adding to greater innovations that bring us all closer and closer to the promise of a truly interconnected and intelligent home.
The smart home device market is a crowded one; the wide range of manufacturers makes it confusing, but at the same time, an exciting place! The varied, innovative technology players offer buyers a massive array of smart home gadgets brimming with original features and designed to polished perfection. One of these is Netatmo – a French technology company under the Legrand brand – that brings together high-tech industry innovations and Parisian design aesthetics to develop intuitive and beautiful smart home devices.
DIY security is fast becoming a fixture on every homeowner’s Must-Buy smart home tech list. It provides top-notch security features with an added dash of comfort and control. For an average urban dweller who doesn’t need high-level security, smart video doorbells are perfect investments that mix a bunch of features that elevate it beyond just security.
With a focus on customer satisfaction and a great passion for technology, the Swiss company ARHUB offers intelligent and innovative alarm systems that always make you feel safe. ARHUB constantly analyses and evaluates all noises and sound waves of a surveilled area and triggers an alarm before something unwanted happens. Developed in 1989, the high-tech alarm system has been continuously improved over past years thanks to the customers’ support.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Alexa. If you haven’t, don’t worry. You will. Because Alexa, Amazon’s voice-powered, intelligent personal assistant – is becoming increasingly more popular and increasingly more capable by the day. Through the Amazon Echo and it’s Dot, Tap and Show devices, Alexa gets into people’s homes and lives, allowing Amazon to better understand their customer’s needs, wants and interests and then pair with third-party platforms who can help accommodate to these. Between Amazon and the wise third-parties who’ve hopped on board the Alexa train, nearly anything and everything you might want or need seems suddenly and instantly possible.
All of us have a list of TV series we have been dreaming of binge-watching, but now that self-isolation has become a reality, boredom is starting to set in. We are all nearing our TV watching limits, and we are about to find out how much TV a human being can watch!
Dream big and make it happen. To do this you have to establish your principles and know what motivates you. If you don’t have this as a guiding force you won’t be able to motivate others and you won’t be able to share your dream.
We love everything about Christmas – the food, the family, the Christmas market visits, warm spiced wine, carols, shopping, and of course, the family time we spend together. But there is one thing that annoys everyone – the massive hike in the electricity bill that comes after.
These days, everyone seems to know something about technology. Smartphones are the norm and have been around for quite a while now, so most other smart devices have been designed to function similarly – with simple layouts, clear fonts, and boldly colored touch screen buttons.
As the whole world gets in lock-down and works from home, video calling became an important part of our work life. Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meets, to name a few can seem similar at first glance, but each has its differences.