This pic asks: Could the Apple wearable be a watch?

Apple Wearable and Other 2014 Predictions

With the “Internet of Things” and physical computing becoming more popular, there’s been speculation that Apple will soon join the “wearable wars” and create an Apple wearable device. We’re always up for a little friendly competition here (such as our infamous cornhole tournament and chili cook off), so recently we polled Hansonites on their predictions for Apple developments. What do we expect to happen this year?
View from the floor of KBIS 2014, photo by Mike Osswald

Smart Appliances: More Connected Technology in the Home from IBS & KBIS 2014

Last month I visited “Design and Construction Week,” the combination of the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. I was particularly interested in connected technology in the home, and wrote a report on the devices and services that help people control their environments. Now, as a follow up to that, this post highlights the smart appliances and fixtures that caught my attention.
View from the floor of KBIS 2014, photo by Mike Osswald

Connected Technology in the Home: A Report from IBS & KBIS 2014

A few weeks ago, I wrote a primer on the Internet of Things. Around the same time, I had the opportunity to attend the combined NKBA Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) / NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas. One of my goals at the show was to seek out internet-connected products/appliances/fixtures for the home, and see if anything looks really promising. By promising, what I was really looking for was “open connectivity” across all sorts of devices for the home directly from the big manufacturers that exhibit at these shows.
Everywhere computing example of controlling your smart home with your phone

What is the Internet of Things Exactly?

While those in the tech industry have been talking about and experimenting with augmented reality, ambient intelligence and wearable computers for at least a decade, we’re about to see a huge upsurge in physical computing – using digital devices to further connect us to the world we live in. What exactly do we mean by “everywhere computing”? And how do we know its time has come?