To help you stay up to date with smart homes and wearable technologies, here are a few news items that caught our attention this week.
NEW SMART HOUSE INDEPENDENT LIVING VIDEO PUBLISHED.
On the blog this week, I published a 1-minute video all about how smart homes can help to ease loneliness as we get older.
SMART HOUSE MARKET 2020 FORECASTS
A recent report from Market Research is forecasting that the total European smart homes market is expected to reach $13.81 billion by 2020 at a double-digit CAGR from 2013 to 2020. Some of the key players in this market include Siemens AG (Germany), Schneider Electric S.A. (France), ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland), Tyco International Ltd. (Switzerland), Legrand S.A. (France), Hager Holdings GmbH (Germany), Albrecht Jung GmbH& CO. KG (Germany), Control4 (US), and Tyco International Ltd. (Switzerland).
The major drivers for the European smart homes market are the regulatory initiatives and the mandatory measures taken by the European Union (EU), and the comfort and the security ensured by the smart home systems.
SMARTWATCH RETROFIT ADD-ON IS REVEALED
Crunchwear reports on a new attachable device for smartwatches called ‘Glance’. It basically turns the old watch on your wrist into a smartwatch. Although not commercially available it does hold potential and is finalizing its funding requirement over on Kickstarter.