Men are more often the instigators for bringing smart home technology into the home and managing their operation.
While networked entertainment systems, automated security, mood lights and voice-controlled thermostats make homes more secure and productive, they're also just good fun.
The Achilles' heel of law technologies: training. Only 10% of such initiatives are aimed at law students, so how should this issue be managed to win the AI race?
Siri, should you even be here?
There are several reasons people might find smart devices equipped with an always-on microphone both attractive and unsettling.
Sound alerts on digital devices are often annoying, so we've tended to opt for silence. In future, that could hold us back.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
There has been a resurgence in home automation with the advent of voice-activated digital assistants.
Once you have the ability to speak to a digital assistant from any room in the house, the obvious next step is to make the house able to listen.
Smart home technology, such as cameras, could be used as part of domestic violence.
Can we use smart home data to better identify and report abusers, while protecting victims of domestic and family violence?
But don't worry, it's failing. For now.
Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant device is coming to the UK and bringing smart homes with it.
Controlling our homes with the tap of an app may have hidden energy costs.
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Our homes are getting smarter and more connected – but at what cost to energy use?
What can your home do for you?
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Smart home technologies have some major security weaknesses that better design and programming could solve.
Living in supported smart technology homes is liberating for young people with disability who would otherwise be trapped in unsuitable nursing homes.
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Thousands of young people with disability who end up in nursing homes lead lives of isolation and boredom. Better and smarter housing finance and support options are at last being developed.
Your phone’s just sitting there, innocently….
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Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws.
What do you mean you’ve locked all my doors?
Nest's decision to render its Revolv hub products useless shows how far the home automation industry has to go.
Smaller, faster, more.
With the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the new Raspberry Pi is even easier to put to good use.
Demand for smart home products has fallen short of expectations, so exactly who are the intended buyers?
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Who is the smart home for and why has it not taken off as expected? Perhaps because it has been primarily envisioned by and for men.
From 1-click to 1-push ordering with Amazon’s Dash Button.
Amazon Dash can ensure you never run out of soap, washing powder or razors again. But it can't push the button for you.
Monitoring energy is first step to saving energy.
The message from the yearly CES consumer electronics extravaganza was clear: the list of gadgets that can be connected to the “internet of things” is growing rapidly. These smart-home technologies have…
Google sees Nest as a way into smart homes.
Google is set to pay £1.9 billion (US$3.2 billion) for Nest, a manufacturer of “smart” thermostats and smoke alarms. Though Nest is still relatively unknown, the buzz around smart homes – where all manner…