Smart Home Category

Yep, wireless coffee is finally reality. Based on an EBV design one of our partners has build a coffeemaker using wireless power transfer to brew fresh treats for you in the morning! The design is based on the tesla principle or more specifically on magnetic resonance. On the primary side a power source, a resonant controller and a coil are used to send power to the secondary side with power regulator, output and load controller. To make the design smart an embedded comunication system through an electromagnetic field is used toRead More
The Norwegian company sfty is building an unique, innovative IoT-based security network using hardware, apps, Electric Imp modules and social networking in order to make your life saver and more convenient. You can spend a lot of money on a burglar alarm and then pay monthly for the security assistance standby. In case someone breaks into your home the alarm will notify the security company and you will get immediate assistance… after a couple minutes or longer or maybe when it is too late. A major problem might be the density ofRead More
The European startup Sevenhugs wants to improve your sleep with the “hugOne” sleep tracking system. The smart device eliminates the need to wear anything to track sleep and also monitors the indoor environment to ensure a healthy home. HugOne is a small, well-designed cube which can be placed in your living-room or another central room of your house. It connects to “minihugs” – small sensors which are placed in one corner of the bed, under the mattress cover to monitor your family’s sleep cycles. The minihugs do not need to be chargedRead More
Mix up a good idea with swiss precision and what will you get? The smartest power plug you’ll find! Smart-Me is an energy and power meter, a remote switch, a time switch and a temperature meter all in one compact device.  The device, developed by the two swiss David Eberli and Noldy Eberli is a class 1 energy and power meter which is capable of measuring power, energy, current voltage and power factor with an accuracy of astonishing 99%. Smart-Me is also WiFi enabled, letting you read all the information on yourRead More
We found another little jewel at the huge CES 2015! The “danalock” which is designed by Poly-Control looks gorgeous and comes with great features and connectivity. The danish company offers not just one of the smartes but also cheapest solutions which are available so far. This is particular interesting taking into account that the smart lock market size is predicted to grow form 1.15 million units 2014 to 29.55 million units in 2020, resulting in CAGR revenue of more than 30% (according to a marketsandmarkets analysis). Advantage through Bluetooth Smart &Read More

Posted On November 2, 2014By Kai SchmidtIn Events, Smart Home, Smart Metering

European Utility Week 2014

The European utility industry serves 200 million billable customers, providing them with 3800 terrawatt hours of electricity annually. This results in an annual turnover of over 500 billion. While the utility industry serves a critical function at large it is undergoing a transformation catalyzed by the complex and innovation-driven market it serves and regulated by ever-changing frameworks, altering the business models of the past in a dramatic way. A highlight in this fast moving and exciting environment is the European Utility Week in Amsterdam, Netherlands November 4-6, 2014. EBV ElektronikRead More
In my last Blog “The Smart Home Game Part I – it’s on!” I have already described the three main challenges of the rising smart home market: the disagreement on a communication standard, the inadequate security of the networks and the chaos of companies from start ups to industry giants in the field. These problems actually started to make the trend a little boring as no one really seemed to ask the right persons for a solution: the consumers. Things changed when Apple announced their HomeKit. With this framework the company thoughtRead More
The success of the smart home movement is just a question of time, whereas the winners of the “game” are a question of us, the consumers. If you followed the topic over the past years, what you will have in mind are probably the constant debates about which is the best communication standard and about the vulnerability of the networks. Also you will remember some press releases and statements like the one from Google’s Larry Page after acquiring Nest, who said “We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countriesRead More