Siri will soon control Belkin's WeMo smart switches


WeMo, Belkin's line of smart light switches and plugs, will soon be compatible with Apple's HomeKit. "WeMo is offering this bridge to address the overwhelming request from customers to make currently installed Wemo products work with HomeKit and other HomeKit compatible products. The WeMo Bridge will allow current and future WeMo users to experience the benefits of HomeKit, including Siri integration and interoperability with other HomeKit devices while also leveraging all the WeMo features customers enjoy." The Bridge (pictured above) adds HomeKit integration into WeMo's smart plugs and light switches by using your WiFi connection.

Sorry, but the future isn't voice, either – Startup Grind – Medium


The phenomenal rise of Amazon's Alexa, and its run against Google Home and Siri, has us aquiver again with talk of the war for voice, and who will win it. Apple and Google went for the car computer option first. Lack of integration is also a reason that some early attempts in smart home technology haven't really brought much, except remote control heartache. My instinct is that an open-standards play will win the day here, that plugging a device into your personal AI ought to have the same conformity you expect from plugging it into a power socket.

You can soon control Ikea smart lights with your voice


Add one more perk to Ikea's elegant, affordable selection of smart lighting products: you can soon control them with your voice. According to Ikea's website, a gateway kit featuring two bulbs, remote control, and a gateway to access broadband Internet costs $79.99, while dimming kits go for roughly $27. Users can download a free app to control all Ikea lighting. "We think that smart home technology should be accessible for everybody," said Jeanette Skjelmose, business area manager for Ikea's lighting and smart home division, in a statement.

IKEA's affordable smart lights will dim with your voice


Today, the Swedish retailer announced that their IKEA Home Smart products will respond to voice commands from Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant starting this summer. Making our products work with others on the market takes us one step closer to meet people's needs, making it easier to interact with your smart home products," said IKEA Home Smart's business leader Björn Block. In comparison, IKEA's Smart Lighting System's TRÅDFRI Gateway is half that price -- just $30, though the number of lights it supports is unclear. IKEA's aggressive pricing makes smart, voice-controlled lighting more accessible to a wider range of potential buyers.

The Economic Benefits of Emerging Technologies


In November of 2016, Louis Columbus from Forbes wrote, "This years' series of Internet of things and the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) forecasts reflect a growing focus on driving results using sensor-based data and creating analytically-rich data sets. This type of leap forward in computing could allow for not only faster analysis and computation across significantly larger data sets, it would also reduce the time to discovery for many business, intelligence and scientific challenges which include improving energy grids, protecting and encrypting data, simulations of molecules, research into new materials, development of new drugs, or understanding economic catalysts. Quantum computing can reduce time spent on physical experiments and scientific dead ends, resulting lower costs and faster solutions that can provide economic and societal benefit. While there is a wide variety of definitions of AI, artificial intelligence today is properly known as narrow AI (or weak AI), in that it is designed to perform a narrow task (e.g.

Why Intel believes 5G wireless will make autonomous cars smarter


And pretty soon, it's going to extend to smart cars, Intel demonstrated at its recent autonomous cars event in San Jose, Calif. We see a lot of promise for smart home and enterprise, if you move networks more to a fixed wireless capability. We go out and showcase with automotive companies, showing them 5G in a car, so they can see the way data comes into the car for the way it functions, for safety, and more important for bandwidth, the way our experience inside the car is going to change when it's autonomous. The ability to analyze, compute, and harvest that data is going to make us smarter in the way we lay out cities, set up factories, drive cars, and do other things around us.

Amazon Echo Look Launches Amid Controversy - Star Cloud Services


It turns out the smart mirror in the smart home is actually a smart camera, what a surprise! With talks of Snap Inc. becoming a "camera company" and Facebook resounding in its ability to replicate the trends as usual, it's a bit ironic that Alexa now is not just a "smart speaker", but can literally live inside your camera. That's the beauty of the evolution of computer vision and machine learning. Since Amazon's native image recognition technology, "Reokognition", can do facial analysis, it's a shoe-in that sentiment analytics can be easily integrated into how Amazon can potentially live in your closet.

Google Wants to Apply AI & Machine Learning to All Its Products


Now, Google has given the rest of the world a glimpse of how machine learning will work behind every platform it has. Image recognition is one of the first beneficiaries of machine learning development. As the future of smart home devices begin to take shape -- thanks in large part to devices like the Amazon Echo -- Google doesn't want to get left behind. Further specializing its search engine prowess, Google is bringing its power people in the U.S. looking for jobs that will suit them, and helping employers find the employees they need.

Alexa at the ballpark: Testing Amazon Echo inside a Seattle Mariners suite at Safeco Field


Earlier this month, the Seattle Mariners became the first professional sports franchise to place Amazon Echo devices inside stadium suites. At Safeco Field, fans at each of the 59 suites can now use their voice to order food, change TV channels, play music, and even have Alexa -- the AI powered voice assistant built into the Echo -- sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." Zach Parker, head of business development for Amazon's Alexa Smart Home unit, noted how the technology removes the need for fans to use a separate smartphone app to accomplish certain tasks. Alexa Voice Service lets manufacturers integrate Alexa into their products.

Natural Language Processing Enhances Efficiency in the Enterprise


Consumer and business users alike are abuzz about the potential of natural language processing (NLP) and how it enables voice assistants as front ends for routine and even specialized tasks. Much of this work predates today's AI programming languages and application programming interfaces (APIs). Today, the best-known application of NLP for consumers is the voice assistant (VA) sitting at the center of many smart homes, controlling thermostats, lights and appliances, and reading users' calendars for the day. These technologies could also help businesses improve the customer experience by providing deeper insights that weren't available via interactive voice response (IVR) and other traditional customer interaction channels.