by Joe Levi | September 17, 2015 8:11 PM
When we stop to think about just how much technology has entered into our lives, we've got to pause and give consideration to the technologies that enable the smartphones and tablets that have become such an integral part of our lives. To a certain extent these devices can stand alone (requiring only power to charge them, a cellular signal to feed them data, and a human to operate them). However, without that connection to the web, the utility of our mobile devices is greatly diminished. Now we are sitting on the eve of an evolutionary leap - the Internet of Things is knocking on our ...
by Joe Levi | July 15, 2015 10:32 PM
We have smart phones. We have smart cars. Some of us even have smart homes - but the smart homes of yesterday usually have to be professionally wired and programmed. Thanks to modern technology, the capabilities of smart homes are changing, and the interoperability of devices with each other, and controllability from our smartphones and tablets is finally within reach of the average person. Unfortunately, all these different components that go into a smart home are fairly disconnected from each other. We rely on services like IF (formerly IFTTT) and apps like Tasker to build recipes and ...
by Joe Levi | January 21, 2014 2:06 PM
Google initially introduced us to Android @Home at Google I/O in 2011. Up to that point, Android was powering smartphones, tablets, and some set top boxes, but that was about it. With Android @Home, it seemed that Google wanted to make Android the one-stop-shop for home automation. Various home appliances and fixtures could tie into an open ecosystem, all of which would play nicely with products powered by Android. It was a marvelous vision of what the future could hold -- and then it fizzled out. However, thanks to a recent acquisition, all hope may not be lost. Thought it may not be ...
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