"We think this could be the third wave where you have programmable objects blanketing your home," said David Eun, president of Samsung NEXT, Samsung's investment group, during an interview at The Wall Street Journal's WSJ D. Live technology conference. Companies across tech have been rushing to launch products and software for the so-called smart home. Inc.'s Alexa and Alphabet Inc.'s Google Assistant have made it possible to embed artificial intelligence in everyday home devices, letting people unlock doors and dim lights with their voices. Those companies and Apple Inc. are launching smart speakers, as well. Samsung has an inherent hardware advantage in this arena because it sells an array of appliances.
Intel unveiled a new software development kit that aims to bring voice-control capabilities from Amazon's Alexa to more third-party smart home devices. The chip giant said the Speech Enabling Developer Kit provides a complete audio front-end solution for far-field voice control. The SDK includes Intel's dual digital signal processor with an interference engine and an eight-mic circular array. The system also utilizes algorithms for acoustic echo cancellation, noise reduction, beamforming and custom wake word engine tuned to "Alexa." "There's a lot of engineering involved in getting speech recognition at high degrees of speed and accuracy to deliver the best customer experiences," Miles Kingston, general manager of Intel's smart home group, said in a statement: "The Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit is based on a new architecture that delivers high-quality far-field voice even in the most acoustically challenging environments."
Given the explosion of connected devices, also known as the Internet-of-things, it's natural that people would want to know just how many such devices are out there. But how do you go about figuring out just how many of these devices--like thermometers or light bulbs hooked to the Internet--are being used in a given city? The answer is apparently to enlist the services of a drone that can fly above the city proper and gather tons of data pertaining to the connected gadgets and appliances. A team of researchers at security company Praetorian wanted to discover how many IOT-friendly devices were being used in Austin, TX, and found that the best way to do so would be to outfit a drone with the company's custom built connected-device tracking appliance and have it fly over the city, Praetorian vice president of marketing Paul Jauregui told Fortune. Full how-to build guide coming soon!
The era of digital transformation is upon us – from exciting new technologies in digital manufacturing to powerful new opportunities to create meaningful connections with customers through the Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation is changing all aspects of the manufacturing business. And, it has the potential to disrupt every part of the enterprise. But let's take a moment to pause. How do you describe the digital transformation in a manufacturing organization? At its core, digital transformation refers to the use of technology to improve business results.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of modern big data. It's what allows companies, and even cities, to collect endless quantities of information with minimal effort – and to act on that information, monetizing it, basing decisions on user data. Right now, though, IoT is on the edge of change because there's a new kid on the scene: 5G connectivity. Now phones act like computers and the competition for the next cutting edge innovation is stiffer than ever. As of this writing, 5G wireless technology is not yet ready to launch but the competition to bring it to market is stiff.
The concept of an Internet of Things (IoT) sounds futuristic, conjuring an image of a vast network of connected devices that are actively monitoring the world to give us much greater control over almost everything. But the reality is that the IoT is already here. According to Gartner, there are currently more than 8 billion individual devices connected through the Internet. This is more than twice the number of people online (about 3.7 billion), and more than the total global population (7.5 billion). What are all these connected things?
The Echo Show is not just Amazon's best smart speaker, it's the most capable mainstream smart home assistant on the market. An Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and a 7-inch color touchscreen pumps its price tag up to $230, but the display is worth the added cost to have at least one in a smart home with other Echo speakers. And the Show's eight-element far-field mic array is stronger than the ones on Amazon's other Echos, which for me eliminated the need to have an Echo Dot in an adjoining room. Amazon takes full advantage of that display, providing not just useful visual feedback, but also an in-home intercom--with video, if two Echo Shows are used--and a VoIP-type videophone system. I'll elaborate on the intercom feature shortly.
Smart appliances are becoming more and more part of our lives, but what if one of them becomes self-aware? What if your Roomba develops a consciousness, emotions, feelings and all of that? That's the concept behind Rumu, the debut adventure game by Robot House, a small Sydney-based team of developers. As the emotionally packed trailer for the game shows, Rumu is a vacuum-cleaning robot designed to clean in a fully automated smart home. The voice that talks to you and gives you orders is from Sabrina, the house AI.
The event examined how technologies like AI, machine learning, analytics, blockchain, open APIs and the cloud are being used to deliver truly digitised financial services. In Germany, for example, one bank is helping customers save money by providing detailed analysis of their cash flows. Through cloud computing, today's banks are now turning to machine learning, the Internet of Things, analytics and blockchain technology to help customers identify and solve tough business challenges and improve customer service. The proliferation of smarter, always-connected devices is enabling banks to offer smarter banking products that are reshaping value chains and redefining banking.
Indeed it's accurate to describe data as the lifeblood of the Internet of Things, increasingly enabling a new generation of powerful, connected devices that will dramatically impact our world. So to reach the 2025 forecast of 163 zettabytes, we will add the equivalent of 784 million Libraries of Congress worth of data, per year, every year. This requires us to ensure critical and hypercritical data is prioritised – and in turn it will drive an enormous shift in how systems capture, manage, store, secure, and process information. Not all data is equally important, but the amount of hypercritical data generated by IoT is accelerating dramatically.