News tagged with smart home

Programming the smart home: 'If this, then that'

Homes already have intelligent devices beyond the TV remote—garage door openers, coffee makers, laundry machines, lights, HVAC—but each has its own arcane steps for programming. User research now shows ...

Apr 28, 2014
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Your home could soon be like the Jetsons'

For decades, futurists have been predicting the era of the "smart" home, where you don't need to be home to lock your doors, dim your lights or adjust your thermostats. But except for the homes of the wealthy and a few hobbyists, ...

Jan 17, 2014
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A personalised robot companion for older people

A highly customisable robot companion designed by EU-funded researchers to offer support to older people is currently being presented across Europe and could find its way into people's homes within two or ...

Aug 19, 2013
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Gardening tools go mobile

Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts?

Aug 13, 2013
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Birds' good vibrations power mini backpacks

Birds that yield good vibration provide motion excitation ... for engineers: As Earth warms, birds may be changing their migratory patterns. But to obtain avian data, scientists need in-flight tracking sensors ...

Jul 26, 2013
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