‘Building smart cities starts with people, not technology’

When The Jetsons, the candy-coloured cartoon family, came on TV screens in the 1960s, they presented a utopian world powered by technology. From humanoids, holograms, smartwatches and phones, to video chat, drones and 3D printed food, they used things that were straight from a science fiction novel. Now, these things have become an everyday reality, and countries are trying to utilize them to create a smart world. “Smart”, however, doesn’t mean just installing digital interfaces in traditional infrastructure. Building smart cities, in fact, start with people, not technology. It means using…

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Smart home technology may help senior citizens remain independent

A new survey by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) reveals some results that go against the generalization that seniors won’t adopt smart home technology, especially when it comes to their health. The survey is revealing, even by its predictions. By 2022, the CTA expects the market for connected solutions for seniors to reach nearly $30 billion, while the largest section of that submarket, safety, and smart living technologies is expected to triple in size between 2018 and 2022, reaching over $17 billion. Sixty-five million baby boomers are about to outstrip the traditional age for…

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Smart vehicle technology new star of CES

car giant Mercedes showcased its Vision Urbanetic, a concept autonomous vehicle designed for urban areas, at CES 2019 The technology on display at CES increasingly involves cars and other vehicles, with the gadget show becoming ever more diverse in the products showcased as a result. Some vehicle manufacturers now make as many major announcements at the Las Vegas convention as they do at key motor industry events such as the Detroit Motor Show. This year, Nissan, Ford, Mercedes, Audi and Hyundai are among the firms with a large presence in…

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Google, GE Appliances Partner to Expand Smart Home Ambitions

GE Appliances announced a deal with Google Wednesday enabling the US tech giant’s voice control home hub to be used for cooking, cleaning and other functions. The deal enables GE’s “Geneva” to communicate with the Google Assistant, so users can say: “Ok Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes.” The announcement comes nearly a year after GE Appliances unveiled a similar tie-up with Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers.   It also comes as Google was expected to unveil more partnerships and initiatives in artificial intelligence at its…

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Smart Tips for Installing Home Siding

Choosing to get siding for your home is a smart option, considering that with the right siding, you’ll be able to boost your home’s appearance and its value on the market, should you choose to sell your home in the future. While choosing a siding, make sure that it is versatile, and that it will be able to suit your specific need. To make sure that your siding matches the inside of your home, it is necessary to make sure that the styles match – so choose the siding accordingly,…

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Gadget Ogling: Levitating Smart Things, Making WiFi-Perfect Wine, and Staying Safe While Solo

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that is ready to take a breather, after finally upgrading to Windows 10, to peruse the latest announcements in the world of gadgets. On our Start menu this time around are levitating smartwatch and smartphone chargers, a connected wine and cider maker, and a wearable with a safety focus. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings reflect only how much I’d like to actually try each item. Walking in the Air A pair of Kickstarter projects plan to place your…

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