The IoT Round-up: What’s been happening this week? (12th November 2017)

This week, we bring you news of how IoT will change the face of insurance, smart home control centres that blend in with their surroundings, and Lowe’s is getting serious about the smart home.  Welcome to your bite-sized IoT round-up, let’s dive right in!

Neos brings ‘prevention’ to the security discussion

When it comes to home insurance, most companies provide services for fixing the damage made by fire, theft or flood.  Neos, however, is bringing a slightly different approach to protecting your home in the UK.  While they obviously cover you in the event of a disaster, they also want to prevent the damage happening in the first place. Matt Poll, co-founder was a director at More Than, but found himself frustrated with the lack of prevention techniques employed by the company.  With Neos, he aims to bring smart home technology into the fold, allowing for extra peace of mind for the homeowner, and what is expected to be fewer claims made by the policyholders.  As such, everyone wins!  For more on this story, click here.

Just a block of wood.  Nothing to see here…

Have you ever found yourself looking at your slew of gadgets, and wishing they wouldn’t stand out quite so much in your lovely home?  As wonderful as our tech is, sometimes it can look a little overbearing, or in some circumstances, completely out of place.  That is why, Mui, is great news for all of us.

Created by Kyoto based company Nissha, this little box of tricks has no such problems blending in with the surroundings.  Made from a block of wood, and using capacitative touch sensors, Mui controls your smart home using a simple display, and to be perfectly honest, looks beautiful.  We can only hope more product teams take note of how well this functional piece of kit simply ‘gets out of the way’ when not in use.  Check out this article on The Verge for more info.

Lowe pushes smart home gadgets to the masses

While you may well be a smart home fanatic, there are plenty of people out there who simply have no idea that these products exist, and even less know how they work.  To help push the smart home into the consciousness of the average consumer, Lowe’s is setting up smart home centres in 70 stores across the US, and launching 1000 more smart home displays in smaller stores. This should not only bring IoT to the attention of the average shopper but also allow any potential customers on the fence about this sort of tech, to ask questions and see products in action.  CNBC has more on this, here.

Netgear brings smart lighting to your garden

Netgear has added a new product to its lineup, in the shape of the Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light. There is no price info yet, but we are looking at a 2018 launch, and it will be starting in the US only. This floodlight will be battery powered, with the ability to add a solar panel to extend the life between manual recharges. The light itself is motion-activated, can be scheduled, and works with IFTTT and Amazon Alexa.  More on this product, here.

Reputation is everything

Lastly, a recent survey by ForeScout found that there is indeed quite a substantial amount of people who are worried about the security behind their IoT enabled devices.  New Zealand had the most worried consumers, with 63% admitting to IoT security anxiety, while 82% said they would struggle to recognize all the connected devices on their network. Here at BYSH, we have discussed at length the damage that a large security breach could have on the smart home sector, and judging by these stats, there are a lot of people who feel the same.  As these devices become more commonplace, a large scale hack could ruin not only the reputation of the company involved but the view of IoT as a whole. For more on this story, check out this article on V3.






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