Every week the team at BYSH like to bring you the stories that have made the headlines in the world of IOT. So, without any further hesitation, here are this week’s top stories:
Cortana and Alexa grab a coffee
In news that came a little out of left field, Microsoft and Amazon are going to allow their digital assistants to become available on each other’s devices. In essence, you can get your Office based queries answered on your Echo, and your entertainment based questions answered on your Windows 10 machine. For more on this interesting little union, head over to our article discussing the deal, here.
Nest has a cheap facelift
If you have found yourself casting a lustful eye over Google’s Nest thermostat but can’t bring yourself to part with the $250 it requires, then rejoice! There is a new, cheaper version about to hit the shelves. With a lower resolution screen and no stainless steel case, this slightly plasticky looking version might hit the sweet spot for you, between form, function, and price. check out the Ars Technica article, here.
Is your digital assistant cheating on you?
In what some are reporting as “worrying news”, inaudible ultrasound has been used to hack Google Now, Alexa, and Siri. While this sounds like the disaster some IOT detractors have been waiting for, it is actually more interesting than worrying. The lengths at which a perpetrator would have to go to gain access to a personal assistant such as Siri are substantial, and not much of a threat in the real world. The way it is hacked though is quite fascinating, so head over to The Verge to hear about it in more detail.
Barclays are starting to see what we have known for years
In a message to investors, Manav Patnaik ‘waxed lyrical’ about the value of the smart home in the coming years, and he makes a good point about IOT really taking off when it starts to save us money (such as on our electricity bills). While Nest and such devices do this right now, getting the word out that it can save you money is the main stumbling block when asking people to shell out $250 for a device they usually pay $30 for. Head over to CNBC for the full article.
All about Z-wave
Finally, if you haven’t already seen it, our interview with Dr. Christian Paetz is a must read for anyone interested in Z-Wave, and what it offers the world of IOT. As a resident expert on all things Z-Wave with two books on the subject under his belt, few people out there know more about the standard and where it is heading.