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Memories Laced with Virtual Reality

Category : 2020 , Blog

Memories Laced with Virtual Reality

There have been many advancements in photography over the years, but most have been innovations in camera tech or image type — including panoramic pictures being easy to snap with a smartphone.

According to an article in Engadget, Flickr seized an opportunity to take panoramic photos to the next level, debuting a virtual reality (VR) concept at the XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon. The new service would align with the existing Flickr platform, leveraging an Oculus headset to bring 360-degree panoramic pictures to life.

The brand’s foray into VR is still in its early days, and the project’s front-end architect, Bertrand Fan, says that he hopes to evolve the compatibility to include VR accessories beyond Oculus, and to grow the functionality beyond slideshows.

As VR continues to strengthen as an industry, the possibilities for how Flickr and sites like it has the potential to greatly improve the overall user experience

Source | transmitter.ieee.org


Smart Home Adoption

Category : 2020 , Blog

Smart Home Adoption

In a Web Summit panel featuring George Yianni (Philips), Bracken Darrell (Logitech) and Mike Harris (Zonoff), moderated by Andy O’Donoghue (TV3: The Gadget Buzz), industry experts explored the smart home industry, evaluating trends and predicting the future of the IoT.

All panelists agreed that one of the biggest issues that the smart home industry faces is awareness. The breadth of devices across the IoT ecosystem offer great opportunity, and the cost no longer prices them out as a “luxury” good, however, there’s still room for improvement to get consumers to take the leap from smart lightbulbs to home autonomy.

O’Donoghue posed many strong questions to the panel, with the most popular one being about the transition of present-day smart homes into future “caring” smart homes. Essentially, can we program and optimize our homes in such a way that technology actually enhances quality of life and safety.
As devices continue to collect data, all panelists said that a more caring smart home is not impossible. There’s an element of education, however, as Yianni and other panelists pointed out that lighting is the most popular solution, and consumers need to understand the power behind this gateway gadget. Smart lighting has made a significant impact on home security and safety, as it can be used in a variety of ways to help alert homeowners to issues like fires.

In addition to consumer education and awareness, the other significant issue that panelists conferred on was security. Like many other talks at Web Summit, security was pinpointed as a factor that has the potential of fully halting an industry’s growth. The reality is, all products have the potential to have a security error as the IoT ecosystem evolves, but manufacturers take security and privacy seriously. The key, as the panelists explained was to emphasize the benefits to life that connected homes have the potential to offer, as data being collected by smart home devices is less and less personal.

All of the experts agreed that the industry is moving away from devices and forced actions, with interfaces likely becoming more “invisible” over time. Ultimately, there will always be an interface available for products in the IoT to offer the consumer the peace of mind in knowing full, direct device control is an option if necessary.

Source | transmitter.ieee.org


Unlock the Door to the Home of the Future

Category : 2020 , Blog

As connected devices become more common, they have started to shape the smart home landscape of the future. Did you ever wonder what your home experience might be like in the not so distant future? Based on predictions from our technical experts, we put our imaginations to work to create an interactive, 360-degree experience to explore these future innovations first-hand.Our smart home is complete with a kitchen, living room and bedroom — all outfitted with connected furniture and appliances.

 

The interactive tour allows viewers to explore the house room-by- room, learning about the IoT innovations on the horizon for household fixtures. From a couch that stores exact comfort specs to a fridge that can help you plan meals, the homeowner of the future will be in full control.

Source | transmitter.ieee.org


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