KW 30: Several Echo devices to support Matter smart home standard, Huawei’s latest smartwatch offers LTE and two cameras for video chats and photos, Smart home is interesting, but not yet established in everyday life

NEWS

Several Echo devices to support Matter smart home standard: Amazon’s support for the Matter smart home platform is coming into focus. Previously known as Project Chip (Connected Home over IP), Matter comes from the Connectivity Standards Alliance, a group made up of device manufacturers like Amazon, Google, Apple and Samsung. It’s meant to standardize voice assistant support across multiple devices, as well as to make it easier to connect smart home gadgets to your home network. During its Alexa Live developer presentation, Amazon said that practically every plug-in Echo speaker will support Matter, save for the first-generation Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Tap, The Verge reports.
engadget.com

Huawei’s latest smartwatch offers LTE and two cameras for video chats and photos: Huawei’s latest smartwatch offers a few unusual features, particularly two cameras that allow people to video chat and take photos – even under water. The new version of the Huawei Kids Watch 4X has a new color scheme as well as a fabric strap, which makes the watch about eight grams lighter than the old variant with a PVC strap, and thus more comfortable to wear. Operation happens via the 1.41-inch AMOLED touchscreen, which has a resolution of 320 x 360 pixels. A GPS module and an integrated LTE modem allow parents to always see where their child is when wearing the smartwatch. An NFC chip makes it possible to use the smartwatch to pay on the go. Parents can set a daily limit so that children do not spend large sums.
notebookcheck.com

Smart home is interesting, but not yet established in everyday life: While tablets and smartphones have become universal tools for many people and are used to solve various everyday tasks, the devices have not yet established themselves for controlling the smart home, according to a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Gfu in Germany and Great Britain. However, there is interest in the solutions across the board. The frontrunners in current use are the control and monitoring of TV, audio and video devices. 16 percent of respondents said they control consumer electronics products via app. Another 25 percent can imagine such use in the future.
it-business.de

AI robot keeps beaches in the Netherlands clean: Martijn Lukaart and Edwin Bos, two Dutch engineers who started TechTics, built a robot called BeachBot, or BB for short. With help from Microsoft’s artificial intelligence systems, BB is on a mission to rid beaches of cigarette butts and eventually hopes to clean up all other sorts of waste. The robot needs humans to help it learn at first, so TechTics enlisted the public to send photos to the AI system. From there, the team feeds this knowledge to BB, which understands what to look for better with each and every image. Commenting on it, Christian Liensberger, lead principal program manager of Trove, a Microsoft Garage project, said, “The system learns how to see pictures like a child recognizing an object for the first time. With this transparency, a lot of (Trove contributors) feel like they’re part of a team, that they’re doing it together, that they’re actually helping. It’s important for people to contribute to something lasting.”
cnet.com, luxurylaunches.com

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Smart living district with e-mobile car sharing enbausa.de
5G: Wi-Fi 6Ghz in Germany as a catalyst for Industry 4.0 it-daily.net
Smart City: Overcoming challenges along the way egovernment-computing.de

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

According to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office, 3.3 million people, or 5 percent of the German population, use networked household appliances.
housecontrollers.de

BACKGROUND

First residential building from the 3D printer: North Rhine-Westphalia’s construction minister Ina Scharrenbach has officially opened what is said to be the first German residential building made from a 3D printer in Beckum, Westphalia. The minister praised the far-reaching role model function of the pilot project at the high-profile event. The new construction method promises time savings and a streamlining of the construction processes. Given the shortage of skilled workers in the industry, this is a decisive advantage. In addition, previously particularly complex shapes such as curves could be implemented more easily. The two-story single-family house offers around 160 square meters of living space. During construction, the 3D printer uses a nozzle to apply special mortar and concrete, digitally controlled, in layers that are centimeter thick.
newsrnd.com

Smart City project in India – AU campus to get a makeover: As the city of Sangam is well on its way to becoming a Smart City, the Allahabad University campus is set to become better equipped in terms of in-house sports facilities. Under the Smart City project, the university’s sports facilities are set to receive a much-needed boost, for which the authorities will spend an amount of over 11 million rupees. Following a tender conducted by the Smart City authorities, the AU campus (particularly the Faculty of Science) will have facilities such as synthetic tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as a synthetic athletics track, improved running tracks, solar lighting, proper drainage of rainwater from the sports fields. Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said that as part of the effort, they are providing world-class sports facilities at the Prayagraj Smart City. He said that it has also been decided to significantly improve the existing facilities for various sports such as basketball, soccer, field hockey, volleyball and athletics at the Allahabad University campus. Following the improvement of sports facilities, AU will have a synthetic field hockey turf and a synthetic soccer field. Landscaping will be done around existing trees and seating, paved areas and lamps will be constructed to create harmony. Access to the sports complex will be created in four separate places, and there will also be a jogging track within the AU campus.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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QUOTE

„People need to have control over their own data.“
Dorothee Bär, Germany’s state minister for digitalization.
handelsblatt.com

NOT SO SMART…

TikToker finds mealworms in new cereal box: This was probably not the kind of meal he signed up for. TikToker @mbutler20014 posted a video on Friday of a family of worms stealing his breakfast. After inviting viewers to listen to the rustling sounds coming from inside the box of cereal, he opens the box of Frosted Mini Wheats, which had appeared to be sealed, and discovered a „family“ of mealworms nestled between the shredded cereal pieces.
nypost.com, today.com

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