KW 37: DLC smart contract deployed on the Bitcoin mainnet, Best Alexa devices for 2020, Apple and Google-backed smart home standard will launch in 2021


Best Alexa devices for 2020: Voice control can change the way you live in your own home: switching on lights, lowering shades and receiving packages are all only a verbal command away. But for Alexa to empower you in this way, you need the right supporting gadgets, from lightbulbs to doorbell cameras.

Apple and Google-backed smart home standard will launch in 2021: The Zigbee Alliance has announced that Project Connected Home over IP, a plan to unify smart home connectivity with a single standard platform, is on track to be released next year. The Zigbee Alliance announced back in December its plan to simplify the development of home automation accessories and appliances by creating a secure, reliable and seamless standard of connectivity that can be used by all smart home manufacturers to improve the user experience.

IFA smart home highlights: According to the digital association Bitkom, almost four out of ten consumers (37 percent) now use at least one smart home application. It’s no surprise, then, that the IFA technology fair has become the linchpin for smart home innovations: from smart home essentials to 4K televisions to a fantastic 2-in-1 laptop.

DLC smart contract deployed on the Bitcoin mainnet: According to a post from podcaster Marty Bent, the Bitcoin mainnet has seen its first ever discreet log contract (DLC), which he calls “a very important moment in Bitcoin history”. The smart contract is highly political. Nicolas Dorier, a man who claimed to have made BitPay obsolete as a developer of BTCPay, made a bet using a DLC about the next winner of the 2020 US presidential election.

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VibroSense makes appliances “smart”: A team at Cornell University has created a device called VibroSense that can identify and categorize home appliances by the specific vibrations they produce in a home as those vibrations travel from room to room. VibroSense can track 17 types of appliances with lasers that capture subtle vibrations in walls, ceilings and floors, and a deep learning network that models the vibrometer’s data to create different signatures for each appliance. The aim is to increase efficiency in typical households where people forget to take wet clothes out of washing machines, retrieve hot food from microwaves and turn off dripping taps.,

10 smart home gadgets you never knew you needed: has rounded up ten cool smart home gadgets that enhance everyday life. From a wireless security camera with a two-year battery life to a smart lock that can be unlocked using a fingerprint or a keycard, these gadgets promise to make life easier. The IKEA FYTUR Smart Window Blinds can be operated with a remote control and even set on a timer. The iFlow Touchless Faucet saves water by turning on and off automatically, while the Clevermade LockBox Package Locker protects packages from theft.

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“Digitization thrives on creative ideas and the intelligent use of a wide range of technologies. It is precisely this area of tension that we address in order to jointly find approaches for the urgently needed acceleration of digital transformation. We need these more than ever in post-Covid times.”
Kai Grunwitz from NTT Ltd on digital transformation.


NSA warns of geodata: The American secret service NSA has indicated that smartphones are collecting geographical data in large quantities. Switching on airplane mode doesn’t guarantee that the data collection stops. Cell phones accumulate metadata that can be used to create precise movement profiles of users.

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