Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peel uses Zigbee to turn your iPhone into Dongle-Free Universal Remote | Wired

"Peel is a very clever universal remote for your iPhone, combining hardware and software to both clear the mess off your coffee-table and recommend shows.

It works like this. The app, free from the App Store, provides a customized TV guide based on your favorite shows (you need to tell the app which shows you like). Pull up the main screen and you can flip through the night’s time slots and see only shows that you’ll like and that are available to you. And if you really like something, you can tweet it or share on Facebook direct from the app.

But that’s not all. Touch the show you want to watch and the hardware part takes over. A small puck sits on the table, beaming instructions to your cable-box. And a second dongle plugs right into an Ethernet port on your Wi-Fi router. These two talk to each other using the wireless Zigbee protocol and allow you to control the TV via Wi-Fi."

Read More: here via Wired

Wireless standards in action: A closer look at ISA-100.11a

A comprehensive overview of ISA-100.11a By Soroush Amidi.

Link: here

GE: ZigBee Beats Wi-Fi for Low-Energy Homes | GigaOM

"In the race between ZigBee and Wi-Fi for networking energy-aware homes, GE is leaning toward the low-power winner. According to a GE white paper released Thursday, ZigBee uses less than half the average power that Wi-Fi does — a fact likely to cement its place as the main technology to link GE’s smart appliances and its Nucleus home energy hubs."

Read More: here

Free Webinar: Smart Grid's appeal at the appliance level | Appliance DESIGN.

"Energy efficiency goes the full circuit with the growing application of smart grid infrastructure. Smart meter technology to the home by utilities is just one step. There is plenty of juice to impact dramatic energy savings from home appliances. So it’s time for investing in making appliances smart grid enabled. Smart Grid’s Appeal at the Appliance Level brings together experts from various perspectives to provide a realistic business bottom line on communications to and from appliances and home systems, consumer needs and perceptions, utility advances, government incentives and what different technologies appliance designers and manufacturers can incorporate into their products to connect into the smart grid."

Participants:

Maggie McFadden Shein, Editor in Chief for appliance DESIGN.
Geoff Mulligan, IPSO Chairman, ISPO Alliance
Wade Patterson, CEO, Synapse Wireless
Bill Ablondi, Director, Home Systems Research, Parks Associates
Bill Romick, VP, Business Development at the DNA Group, Inc.
Brenton Judge, Corporate Engineering Director at Defond Group

Link: here

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Notes from Korea by Pat Burns | Dash7 Blog

by Pat Burns
"I had the pleasure of being the one of the keynote speakers at last week’s RFID/USN conference in Seoul where I was able to share thoughts on DASH7 with probably the greatest concentration of RFID and sensor networking leadership in one room that I have seen in a while. Put simply, Korea as a nation “gets” the IoT and the cooperation across industries and technologies, including government support, is a role model for other nations. Most important takeaway for me: the convergence of “RFID”, “USN” or “WSN” as it is more commonly referred to in N America and the EU, and cellular. I saw many examples of all of these technologies rapidly combining in novel ways that suggest the “old” labels for these technologies are probably not going to apply for long. Most importantly, from a DASH7 perspective, is the bridge between “active” RFID and WSN — different standards bodies, different ecosystems, and slightly different applications, but it is becoming extremely clear that both the active RFID camps and the WSN camps are going to have to collaborate more closely in the interests of interoperability for customers. We are already doing this within DASH7, but I suspect we will do even more of it in the future.

If you have not attended this event in the past, I would strongly recommend marking this event on your calendar for December 2011 if you are interested in staying close to the global IoT leadership taking place in Korea."

Source: Notes from Korea | Dash7 Blog
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