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Audio: Hearables. Not just Music, but Sound & the Environment

March 10th, 2020
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The Smart Home Presents Different Challenges for Technology

October 29th, 2018
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Amazon Partner with Marriott Hotels to Launch Alexa for Hospitality

In Netflix new cyberpunk science fiction mystery, Altered Carbon, the somewhat dystopian urban future is dotted with AI hotels – that is a hotel run entirely by an artificially intelligent system and no human staff. Whenever guests have a request they can say it out loud and wherever they are in the hotel the “virtual […]

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Would you Live in a Smart Home Built by Amazon, Apple or Google?

Through product development and acquisition retail colossus Amazon now provides consumers with almost every element of the smart home, aside from the bricks and mortar itself. This situation led customer experience futurist, keynote speaker and author, Blake Morgan to ask, “would it make sense that Amazon take it to the next level and simply start […]

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Amazon Underlines Ambitions to Dominate the Smart Home with Latest Acquisition

In 2013, during episode nine in the fifth season of entrepreneurial reality TV series Shark Tank (a show like Dragon’s Den for our UK readers), James Siminoff pitched his smart doorbell invention ‘DoorBot’ to the show’s panel of experienced investors. During the pitch, Siminoff sought a $700,000 investment for a 10% stake in DoorBot, valuing […]

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“Alexa, Would You Like To Go To Work With Me Today?”

Virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri or Google Home, have become an increasingly common sight in homes across the world through smart speakers. Like cyber personal assistants they are connecting with residential systems, such as lighting and thermostats, to automate and simplify the way we run our homes. These assistants have also […]

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Reinventing BMS For Any Size Building

“Folks — it’s time to stop being so entrenched in our beliefs about what a BMS is or should be. It’s time to learn from the group across the aisle — the consumer sector — that is out-innovating us,” stated Varun Nagaraj, president and CEO of Sierra Monitor Corp. Nagaraj recounted a story of his […]

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Leading Software Firms Race To Create Smart Home Assistants

“Siri, what’s your favourite movie?” you may ask your iPhone one rainy day, who would reply (half the time), “I’ve heard that ‘Blade Runner’ is a very realistic and sensitive depiction of intelligent assistants.” The fact that we can ask our phones this question, the style of answer, and the example used, all reveal a […]

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