Apple Patents Home Automation Technology That Adjusts Settings Based On Device Location

Apple has just been granted a new patent (via AppleInsider) which describes a very comprehensive system for controlling connected home devices. The elaborate setup would make it possible for Apple to use location data fed from things like your iPhone and iPad, as well as use of credit cards or RFID badges to inform automated systems of a user’s whereabouts, and do things like turn on or off power, climate control, lights and more. The system described works very much like geo-fencing does currently with Apple’s own native Reminders app on iOS: Once a user exits or enters a pre-determined location, other actions are triggered. Instead of simply alerting someone of something they wanted to remember, however, the system described can essentially turn an entire household or office off and on, and prepare it for comfortable human occupancy.   It’s a little more complex than simple geo-fencing, however. The patent describes an information-gathering system that would be able to incorporate not only where a user is and where they’re going, but also what activities they’re engaging in along the way. This would make their location predictions more accurate, since they could include estimates about when exactly someone will arrive. The location data is either polled at regular intervals from devices like iPhones, gathered from fixed remote devices like keycard receivers, or when trigger events communicate with software on iOS or Mac devices, such as when they connect to a specific cell tower.  

ENR-G program gives cost and warranty advantage to Education, Non-Profit, Church and Government/Military Sales

Added sales incentives are also available as part of the ENR-G discount program for resellers, distributors and integrators.

Almo Professional A/V Announces Final 2013 E4 Event in Metro New York on Nov. 13

Educational Courses Added; New Products Shown; Keynote Address and Tech Panel Available Live Via Webstream

Autonomic Appoints Independent Sales Rep for Northern California and Northern Nevada

Novidor & Firestone to cover Northern California and Northern Nevada

DSE 2014 to Offer Digital Signage Fundamentals Education

Digital Signage Expo 2014

Wi-Fi Networks: Italtel completes its offer with Wi-Next solutions

Italtel and Wi-Next start a collaboration in the context of public Wi-Fi which is based on the capacity for innovation and on the expertise of both companies. Today the two partners bring to market tailor-made solutions for customers in terms of functionality and cost containment.

AT&T DIGITAL LIFE, New Home Security and Automation Service LAUNCHES in SIX ADDITIONAL U.S. MARKETS

AT&T Digital Life Gives Consumers Control to Secure and Manage their Homes from Virtually Anywhere.

MAGICO INTRODUCES ITS NEWEST S-SERIES LOUDSPEAKER, THE S3

Full range, floorstanding loudspeaker that offers cutting edge technology and unparalleled performance

NEW REPORT: PROPOSED FCC BIDDING RESTRICTIONS AND "SCORING" TV STATIONS COULD LEAD TO A FAILED SPECTRUM INCENTIVE AUCTION AND REDUCE REVENUES BY NEARLY $5.8 BILLION

The report calls for a framework that supports open participation by all wireless firms while meeting the price expectations of potentially-willing TV broadcast sellers for their spectrum as repurposed for wireless broadband, maximizing the benefits for consumers and public safety.

BenQ's Revamped M5 Projector Series Now Features Improved Brightness and Longer Lamp Life

New Projectors Offer Ultra-Bright 3000 ANSI Lumens, New Presenter Tools, and up to 10,000 Hours of Lamp Life

X2O Media at CETW 2013

Ideal for enhancing the customer experience in retail, banking, and healthcare settings, X2O Media's Video Expert application on the X2O visual communications platform enables instant video conferencing between customers and specialized customer service agents, directly from interactive displays.

38% of U.S. broadband households willing to purchase connected home energy management products

Parks Associates today announced smarthome research showing 38% of U.S. broadband households are willing to purchase at least one smart home energy management (HEM) product. Over 25% are willing to purchase two or more, including lighting controls, appliance switches, and thermostats that can be controlled remotely, but only 1% are interested exclusively in HEM products. Safety offerings such as detectors and call buttons are the most popular smarthome products.  Parks Associates' fifth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer will be held February 15-17, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The event features early sponsorship support from Speed Wire, Alarm.com, ecobee, Lowe's, People Power, Percepscion, PlanetEcosystems, Qualcomm, Schneider Electric, and Technicolor and a keynote from Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee.  "Nearly 40% of U.S. broadband households are interested in purchasing energy management products for the home, but in most cases, they want these products within a broader offering of smarthome products," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "At 2014 Smart Energy Summit, we will analyze strategies from utilities and telco/cable provider strategies, consumer engagement, partnership opportunities, and the impact of connectivity and big data on demand response (DR) and energy efficiency programs." 

Use ANY App on Your Tablet, PC or Mac in a Meeting Room with Vaddio's GroupSTATION - Now Shipping

Vaddio is now shipping GroupSTATION - a meeting room solution that enables meeting room participants to use their own personal applications on their own devices (tablets, laptops and network computers.)

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More Data Doesn't Make Better Decisions, it Just Takes Longer

Bang & Olufsen introduces a major breakthrough in wireless sound in three new design icons

Providing the world's first WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Sound Association) certified speakers with serious high quality sound experience

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