Ava Robotics Announces New Video Collaboration Solution to Increase Productivity and Eliminate Physical Boundaries

Start-up Founded by Former iRobot Ava Remote Presence Team to Further Vision for Autonomous Robots in the Workplace by Leveraging Cisco Video Technology

New Story and ICON Unveil First Permitted 3D-Printed Home Created for the Developing World

3D Printing Technologies Set to Transform Global Homelessness with 600-800 Square Foot Homes Printed in Under 24 Hours for $4000 in Underserved Communities

Atlanta's first Smart Neighborhood™ features latest smart-home technologies

Power Smart Neighborhood, a part of Pulte's Altus at the Quarter development, is located in Atlanta's Upper West Side, one of the city's most vibrant and popular areas.

GE Announces Innovative Energy Storage Platform Called the Reservoir

The Reservoir seamlessly integrates across the Grid to enable customers to increase Renewables integration, improve financial performance, enhance grid operations, reduce energy costs and enable more distributed, local generation

Segway Robotics Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Loomo - The World's First Mobile Robot Sidekick

Loomo can follow the rider autonomously as a robot sidekick, and also has a playful personality. Loomo also comes with a free Android-based SDK for professional developers and enthusiasts alike to build on top of Segway's mobility + AI platform.

Parks Associates: 57% of U.S. Broadband Households are Interested in Voice Control in Their Cars

"As consumer interest in voice control and connected safety features rises, there is a parallel rise in interest in car data plans, preferably bundled with consumers' current mobile data plan,"

Renault is trying to create a 'smart electric island' with electric vehicles, V2G, and energy storage

Fred Lambert for Electrek: They are partnering with energy supplier Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira partner to "facilitate the energy transition" in Porto Santo island, Portugal.

Wipro launches affordable home automation system 'Wipro Z Nxt'

The News Minute: "All the electrical appliances can be controlled from a single application on an Android or iOS device, a remote or a wall-mounted device through voice control by multiple users," it said.

Parks Associates Announces Agenda for CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Parks Associates today confirmed executives from Google and T-Mobile in the preliminary keynote lineup for the 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™:

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

Amy Crawford for CityLab: A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.

Microsoft continues to push Cortana into the smart home with IFTTT integration

Emma Boyle for Tech Radar: Though adding new devices such as Ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, LIFX, and Geeni to Cortana's roster is a positive step, it's IFTTT integration that will really give the assistant a boost.

Smart irrigation scheme cuts water use and boosts crop yields - scientists

BT: The micro-irrigation system, which is being trialled on a farm in Tamil Nadu, southern India, has cut water use by up to 80% and doubled the yields of some crops, the scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh said.

Facebook to launch smart home speakers in July: Report

Zee Business: "The Aloha model, to be marketed under the official name Portal, will use voice commands but will also feature facial recognition to identify users for accessing Facebook via a wide-angle lens on the front of the device," the report added.

With Blink's camera chip and a few AA batteries, Amazon goes low-energy

Valentina Palladino for Ars Technica: On the flip side, Blink's cameras are powered by AA batteries, and its embedded, energy-efficient chip allows those batteries to last up to two years at a time.

Alphabet rolls its Nest smart home unit back into Google

Jillian D'Onfro for CNBC: The company writes that by bringing Nest back into Google, it can "supercharge Nest's mission." Nest's current CEO, Marwan Fawaz, will now report to Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh.

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