The IOT Roundup – What’s been happening this week? (15th October, 2017)

It has been a slightly quieter week for IoT and smart home fans, but none the less there have been a couple of announcements that have peaked some interest.  With last weeks offerings from Google, it was always going to be a more sedate seven days, but with the likes of Ring and Dell providing us with some noteworthy news, there is still plenty to dig in to.

How IoT Will Shape Our World in the Near Future

When you consider that the Internet Of Things has only been around for half a decade in any meaningful way, it is pretty impressive that we have reached the current level of automation in such a short space of time.  Of course, Moore’s Law has provided us with an expectation that by the end of the decade we will be flying around with jet packs strapped to our backs while walking our pet Pokemon in virtual reality

A Z-Wave Interview with Dr. Christian Paetz – “It’s a no-brainier!”

Earlier this month we had the chance to talk with Z-Wave expert Dr. Christian Paetz. The author of two of the most prominent books about the wireless protocol, Z-Wave Basics: Remote Control in Smart Homes and Z-Wave Essentials, Dr. Paetz is also the primary representative of the Z-Wave alliance. Here’s what we asked him and what he had to share. 

Amazon and Microsoft integrate their digital assistants

In a bizarre twist that few saw coming, news has started to filter through that Microsoft and Amazon are allowing their digital assistant’s, Cortana and Alexa, to work together in a limited capacity (at first).  While this news may strike you as a little strange, in a world where most tech companies are holding on to their own particular sets of skills like a mother clutching her newborn child, it does actually make sense, at least for Microsoft and Amazon anyway.