HI-TECH NEWS with #home hashtag

by Matar Khalifa
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SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive house-warming tiles (somewhat ironically) give roofs a beautiful, icy appearance quite unlike anything else we’ve ever seen before.

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Dmestic robots are sort of here, with self-driving and speakers that control your smart home, but Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri could be the first real home robot, combining mobility and true interaction with approachable, friendly design.

Mayfield Robotics is a startup fully owned and funded by Bosch, with a team of co-founders that have extensive experience in the field of robotics, but also in interaction design and machine learning. Their first product is Kuri, an intelligent home robot making its official debut at CES this year, with pre-orders beginning in the U.S. and a target ship date of sometime during the holidays in 2017.

by Matar Khalifa
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When it comes to the future of television 4K might be stealing a lot of the limelight, but it might be High Dynamic Range (HDR) that brings the big leap in image quality we've been waiting for.

Now that the UHD Alliance has included HDR in the UHD Premium specification, the technology has been cemented as being of equal importance to the new 4K resolution. It has to be included if manufacturers want their equipment to carry the UHD Premium label.

by Matar Khalifa
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Asus unveiled a number of new products at Computex 2016 including new Zenfone Android devices and a few Intel-powered laptops. It also ventured into a new product category with Zenbo, a connected robot that rolls around the house accepting voice commands and scaring pets. Asus’ first home robot will run you $599, which isn’t cheap for something that’s more a novelty than a necessity.

by Ahmed Dubai
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Our team has been active as investors in the Internet of Things and hardware space over the past two years. We have read pitches from hundreds of companies, met with dozens, read hundreds of research reports and spoken with various experts. We have invested in six IoT/hardware companies from our global seed fund and seven from our startup accelerator.

by Paulite
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Chen Liao Hsun has been envisioning a future of renewable energy that individuals can use right at home. His concept, the Wind Cube, would allow each homeowner to install personal wind turbine generators right on the sides of their houses. The Modularized Wind Power Systems could help offset each family’s reliance on grid power, and lower monthly bills.

by AnandaAnatoly
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In present times, everywhere there is talk of finding sustainable ways of powering our houses and vehicles. Everywhere people are trying to reduce waste and pollution and hence carbon footprint. Searching for sustainable ways of powering homes, a research team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) has created a new model for how we can connect the way we power our homes and vehicles. The model known as AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy), features a special technology.

by menarate
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A work of a modern office can’t be efficient without printers or MFPs (Multi-Function Printer). However such equipment is essential not only for offices: it’s of use at photostudios, printing offices, copy shops and even at home. The article will describe how to choose a perfect printer or MFP for office and home.

by Paulite
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802.11ah WiFi will penetrate walls more easily and use less power

Walls and floors can seriously limit the range of your wireless network, but the WiFi Alliance thinks they’ve come up with a fix. Their new 802.11ah standard aims to deliver superior penetration and power savings to boot.

How will 802.11ah do that? By operating in the unlicensed 900MHz spectrum. Today’s WIFI gear operates at either 2.4GHz or 5GHz. Their higher frequencies make it harder for the signals to maintain their strength as they pass through obstructions. That’s one reason Google wants you to pretty up your OnHub router: so that you stick it somewhere out in the open where walls won’t get in the way.

Way down at 900MHz, though, things like walls, floors, and doors won’t be as much of a problem. According to the WiFi Alliance, 802.11ah will also achieve nearly double the range of current standards. There’s another bonus, too. Because the signal doesn’t degrade as much when it passes through objects, devices don’t consume as much power while sending and receiving data.

There’s a very good reason that the WiFi Alliance crafted their new spec with power savings in mind. 802.11ah —or Halow, as the Alliance has nicknamed it — is aimed at the improving the connectivity situation for the internet of Things.

Increased range and lower power makes 802.11ah a perfect protocol for things like the structural health monitoring systems that keep tabs on bridges and buildings as they age. It’ll find its way into other devices, too, like smarthome gear and wearables, where power concerns often lead to design compromises.