Smart Houses & Appliances


An Advanced DIY Home Security System: Stay Safe And Avoid Fees

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Home security systems are a bit like cars: the price is never the price. First there's the cost of the unit, but then installation turns out to be a big expense, and service fees build up month after month. The "DIY" home security system has always been an attractive solution, but technologically incapable of doing a good enough job for most people's liking. Now, advanced camera, networking, and AI technology mean that we can finally build a powerful home security system from self-installed components and no ongoing supervision required. Abode is an advanced home security monitoring and home automation system, and even the "starter" kit features a wide array of gadgets to secure your home.


China's City of Tianjin to Set Up $16-Billion Artificial Intelligence Fund

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China's northern port city of Tianjin announced plans on Thursday to set up funds worth 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) to support the artificial intelligence industry, official news agency Xinhua said. China aims to become a world leader in artificial intelligence by 2025, taking on U.S. dominance in the sector amid heightened international tension over military applications of the technology. Tianjin will pour the funds into developing sectors such as intelligent robots and hardware and software. It will also set aside 30 billion yuan in a sub-fund for intelligent devices and intelligent upgrades for traditional industries. Sun Wenkui, vice mayor of Tianjin, pledged financial support of up to 30 million yuan for each scientific research institution, whether a provincial- or national-level body, that sets up in Tianjin.


Intel's latest foray: Powering the internet of things

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There are varying views on timing, but no one in the technology field doubts that the coming wave of IoT (internet of things) products will bring about a big shift in how we interact with tech. IoT products will provide consumers with new ways to access and process information, while also supplying a significant addressable market for the hardware and software companies that get it right. Intel INTC, 2.49% is not known as a company poised to take on IoT at the edge, where consumer devices will exist. Most have assumed that chip companies more ingrained in the cell phone and embedded markets would dominate there, including Qualcomm QCOM, 0.64% Texas Instruments TXN, 1.22% and even NXP Semiconductors NXPI, 2.68% Intel has generally not been considered one of the leading innovators in IoT. The cloud infrastructure powering the IoT back end was the easy outlet for Intel to compete in.


The best home security system

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This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. After spending more than 40 hours researching and two months testing 12 monitored home security systems, we found SimpliSafe to be the best self-installed option for most people. SimpliSafe gives you the benefits of a 24/7-monitored security system without locking you into a long-term contract, and it's affordable, reliable, and easy to install and use. SimpliSafe also offers the most comprehensive choice of systems for homes and budgets of all sizes. The current incarnation of SimpliSafe sports a stylish design that can go almost anywhere, and offers add-ons like video cameras, smoke alarms, and additional sensors to cover your entire home, large or small. SimpliSafe also has the lowest price we've found for live monitoring--low enough that it could be mostly covered by the discount you receive from your homeowners insurance for having a security system. If you want to integrate security into a smart-home setup, the Abode system includes support for Z-Wave and Zigbee, as well as Nest, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT, though not Apple's HomeKit.


Canada's Trudeau to Talk About Tech at MIT Gathering

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Canadian computer scientists helped pioneer the field of artificial intelligence before it was a buzzword, and now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to capitalize on their intellectual lead. Trudeau has become a kind of marketer-in-chief for Canada's tech economy ambitions, accurately explaining the basics of machine learning as he promotes a national plan he says will "secure Canada's foothold in AI research and training." "Tech giants have taken notice, and are setting up offices in Canada, hiring Canadian experts, and investing time and money into applications that could be as transformative as the internet itself," Trudeau wrote in a guest editorial published this week in the Boston Globe. Trudeau has been taking that message on the road and is likely to emphasize it again Friday as he addresses a gathering of tech entrepreneurs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His visit to the MIT campus headlines an annual meeting of the school's Solve initiative, which connects innovators with corporate, government and academic resources to help them tackle world problems.


How connected devices will change our lives

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There has been an exponential increase in the number of smart devices in the world around us. It seems that everything, from indoor lights to the front doorbell, allows you to control them remotely. This means that not only can you unlock the door to your apartment if the courier delivery person lands up while you're in office, but you can also set it so that it senses your presence and opens automatically. This is the allure of connected devices--their ability to magically reduce friction in tiny ways that make life that much more comfortable. As we accumulate more connected "stuff", there is an incentive to try to make them all work together.


Breaking down 5 technologies of the next decade

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Although we are living in exciting times with science and technology thriving, we have never done true justice to the power of scientific discovery and innovation. As Michio Kaku wrote in his book, "predictions for the future, with a few exceptions, have always underestimated the pace of technological progress." We are making technological breakthroughs faster than ever and our ability to do that is increasing exponentially. The year 2028 would arrive even before we realize, so what, from a technological perspective, should we look forward to seeing by then? The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting and talked about technological trends all set to be the big innovation in home and work technology.


Popular Artificial Intelligence Stocks for Your 2018 Portfolio

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Investors are always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow their net-worth. Their attention, in recent years, has shifted to the hottest artificial intelligence stocks to diversify their portfolio in a growing industry. Artificial intelligence stocks are becoming more and more attractive because of the popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the smart home. Artificial intelligence is powering the next evolution in smart homes and the connected lifestyle. Every device that consumers use to stay connected is talking to the cloud.


'AI, IoT help to deliver million midday meals in India' - ET CIO

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Bengaluru, Disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) will enable organisations to deliver a million midday meals to schoolchildren in India, said a top official of software major Accenture on Thursday. "We have applied AI, IoT and block-chain to exponentially increase the number of midday meals served to children in state-run schools under'Million Meals' project with NGO Akshaya Patra," said Accenture Labs Managing Director Sanjay Podder in a statement here. Block-chain is a distributed database that compiles a growing list of ordered records called blocks. The US-based Accenture collaborated with the city-based Akshaya Patra Foundation, which operates the government-funded MidDay Meal Scheme in state-run and state-aided schools, in implementing the novel project with new IT products and solutions. "The project has also demonstrated how new technologies can help address challenges in mass meal production and delivery by revolutionising supply chain and operations," asserted Podder.


How AI Can Help In Making Smart Homes Smarter

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Editor's Note: The following guest post comes from Arindam Paul, a founding member of Atomberg Technologies. This article will share about Arindam's perspectives on how AI and other smart technologies can make your house smarter. For instance, the technology is something similar to the iPhone's touch ID fingerprint scanner, or the face ID, which makes your smartphone more secure than a four-digit pin. Let's take a look at some of the ways AI is making our homes smarter and more secure. Smart locks offer various security benefits.