Any home can be turned into a smart one. Or so we’re lead to believe. Almost every appliance you buy for your home today has a version that connects to the internet. From your coffee maker to your washing machine they can all ‘communicate with the cloud’ or offer an app that lets you interact with them, but does that really make your home a smart one?
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What do you imagine will be the biggest challenges that the world will face in 20 years? Energy or food scarcity? Overpopulation? What about our biggest triumphs? Cures for cancer and extended lifespans? Smarter humans? Well, these would all sound similar to the people of 1980 when they looked 20 years into the future to the year 2000.
Early rumours may have hinted that Apple had a fully integrated smart home up its sleeve. But after a few WWDCs, we know that's not the case. And it's unclear what developers are going to do with Apple's HomeKit, a piecemeal tease that implies you'll soon be able to control your smart toaster with your iPhone. But in the meantime, we have this Microsoft concept video from circa 1999, showing the amazing interconnected smart home of tomorrow.
The dream of the Replicator -- a machine that can create or copy any object -- has mesmerised us ever since Star Trek used one to conjure a glass of water out of thin air. Yet, like so much other sci-fi tech invented by show business, it's always been just out of reach. The 3D printer company XYZ Printing wants to change that.
As imperfect as they might still be for the average, everyday, regular user, Wi-Fi enabled lightbulbs are still a thing that won't quit. The Philips Hue range is one of the best out there at the moment, with a high quality globe backed by a solid open-source wireless standard and a useful and versatile mobile app. There's more than just a standard globe available, though -- Philips' two Friends Of Hue devices are two add-on variants that don't exactly change the entire philosophy of your Hue devices, but that add a little more versatility in where you might want to place them around your house or office.
The self-driving car is still a little way off hitting the mainstream, but when it does it could change the way we travel around our cities. Certainly design consultancy IDEO thinks so, if these concepts are anything to go by.
Our houses are quickly filling with an internet of things -- smart TVs, DVRs, thermostats, and more all online, all the time. But to a hacker, each of these devices is a digital door or window into your home (network). Here's what you need to do to keep your devices locked against outside intrusions.
Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least the extremely handy motorised ones aren't. That's why everyone -- including this desk-agnostic blogger -- freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $US500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally!
Smart locks, along with intelligent lights, are the standard bearers for today's home automation movement with some of the biggest names in security -- looking at you Schlage and Qwikset -- offering internet-connected locks. But a San Francisco-based upstart may have just beaten these industry titans at their own game.
The potential of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, to change the way buildings are made is indisputable. It’s being touted as a solution to challenges in our cities ranging from the need for affordable housing to infrastructure modernisation. The process has been slow, but it may well be a key ingredient in the future of the building industries.
When you think about it, bikes haven't changed a whole lot over the years. It's a chain attached to a rear wheel with a human atop on a seat, powering the whole contraption forward with their legs. We've tried to augment the analogue biking experience for years to get around our cities, but the future of cycling is digital. Here's how you'll ride safer, smarter and faster thanks to the futuristic tech coming to bikes of all shapes and sizes.