by Joana Picq 29/12/2014
Privately funded eCozy http://ecozy.de/ sucesfully tested the elasticity of the consumer price and package preferences via small funding campaign at Indigogo https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ecozy-reduce-heating-costs-enhance-comfort
This is How ECozy works: information about the desired temperature goes from smartphone to the central unit, that distributes the signal to every room, where radiators are equipped with eCozy thermostat. Precise temperature can be set for every room and later, remotely controlled. eCozy learns how to maintain the comfort, taking into account different factors (for ex. weather changes).
Being an intelligent solution, eCozy learns from a consumer’s heating preferences and home properties, that Setting up the desired heating scenarios, consumers can
save up to 28% each year on their heating costs.
by Joana Picq 21/01/2013
“Our aim, - says CEO Andre Kholodov, is to establish a new standard of home comfort by creating a truly modern solution for the modern age. A solution that empowers the consumer, saves energy and looks great. We’d be truly grateful for support during the crowd funding campaign, so we could bring ECozy products to the market faster.”
According to people that attended the whole 4 days of the show, this year CES was dominated by two trends – Ultra HD TV (formerly known as 4K) and AV streaming from any place and from any device (Cell phones, video cameras). This means that 3D is dying if not already dead and we can expect that bloggers will be expanding into the TV genre. Combine these two trends together and the future will look like this: a lot of amateur journalism in Ultra High Definition.
Since I had only one day – I decided to skip the halls of huge TVs and glamorous presentation and spent my day trolling the South Hall – the world of devices, sensors and high hopes.
Shows some signs of life and looks more alive than it was just two years ago. Integration with iPads and iPhones is a must, with Android panels is visible. Even Raspberry Pi can do some home control.
Photo 1 - Fibaro is fairly typical HA company with some nice sensors, Voice Control and pretty metering plug-in light switches
Photo 2- Wall of devices at Z-Wave Alliance booth. Some devices are getting nicer
From the latest news just released: AT&T Digital Life group now has formal relations with Aeon Labs (active member of Z-Wave world). This means that big players are coming to Home Automation.
When I looked at the ZigBee Alliance booth I felt that they are loosing their charm comparing to Z-Wave – they are smaller and lack solutions.
Couple of interesting things from the ZigBee Alliance booth below
Photo 3- Pretty controller of Philips hue lamp
Photo 4- Actual Hue Lamp
Photo 5 - Interesting young company - SmartThings is 7 month old, launched on Kickstarter. Aspired to build the platform for the Internet of things. Here is the presentation of 2012 in Paris LeWeb by Jeff Hagens - CTO and one of the founders: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDMqWD_2Okg&feature=player_embedded
Photo 6 - the back end of the SmartThings platform with the announcement of the $100K developer challenge, free candies some wired device with LED.
SmartThings does have an interesting approach to building the event mechanism for device interaction. It will be hard for them to push the platform (being a small company) but this component may make them an interesting acquisition target.
by Joana Picq 12/12/2012
This year theme is “WAR and PEACE” of Technology and Business
Panels, Interviews broadcasted in halls and cafes
Djois Franklin @ Russia Travel Discussion
Travel Panel moderated by TechCrunch Europe Editor Mike Butcher
Srart Up Alley