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Building an Automated Home with Z-Wave in 2014

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Ah, home automation – what an overworked subject. It’s been hot (or not) for 20 years. Truth is, home automation needs to be shelved as a meaningless buzzword that encompasses way too many ideas. As we just bought a new home, I was faced with the challenge of dealing with rewiring it so it matches today’s electrical standards (which is a very versatile concept). Fact is, wiring a home is a nightmare. You need to figure out early on which switch connects to which plug and then embed it deeply into your…read more

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Cloud Digital Camera

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I’m a geek – I love gadgets, thus I know I can be partial in my way of understanding the digital revolution and especially on my view of the pace with which it’ll impact the world. That being said, I still believe that wireless cameras are just the nicest thoughts ever in the Digital Camera space. I recently bought an Eye-Fi card and connected it to my personal online backup service and have enjoyed such a piece of mind to see the pictures I’ve been taking seamlessly end-up both on…read more

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Interactive cards – Siftables

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I’m a big fan of connected devices (and I should – my companies built a couple of those) so seeing MIT’s David Merril’s toys at this year’s TED was pretty exciting. I’m especially interested in the use cases they came up with and I could totally imagine having my little boy having fun learning about figures and spelling words with those little interactive devices, just the way I had fun with TI’s Speak and Spell in the 80s. As you may have figured out there’s a lot of tech in…read more

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2009 Predictions – Consumer Devices

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2008 has been a pretty amazing year for consumer electronics, ranging from smarter communicating devices (better sensors, better screens, better connectivity) to amazing sales successes such as the xbox 360 beating the initial xbox sales and the Wii skyrocketing to the top. But, lots of expectations went short: Connected devices’ hype is on the down, while they can sense and interact with their environment like never before, no real use case has emerged to enable a steady growth beyond the hype. Technologies such as Wireless USB or Wibree failed to…read more

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Wireless power gets mainstream

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After Wildcharge, Psyclone TouchCharge kit is next in line to provide wireless power to mass market consumer applications. While I don’t know precisely which vendor is providing with the actual wireless power technology (both companies are “just” device manufacturers), this reminds me of the awesome powercast demo I had during last year’s CES. Would be curious to know which vendor has now taken the lead over that field. Update: actually I just met Wildcharge’s CEO and it appears that Psyclone is their first OEM deal – I guess it’s not…read more

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