Google’s latest partner via acquisition, Nest Labs, has put its entire product line under some significant revisions.
The overhaul includes a new home-security camera and a video storage and management service.
The news was announced at a special event held in San Francisco, California.
Nest made these changes to get more customers in line with their philosophy of modernizing their home equipment.
To that end, they made these revisions in conjunction with Dropcam. another security startup company acquired by Google last year.
The Nest Cam has its origins in Dropcam’s own product but comes equipped with higher resolution and improved night vision.
It’s also more slimmed down in terms of the body of the camera itself.
There’s also an internal tool that lets the user highlight areas for the camera to focus on. The base price is $199, and the video storage comes as a monthly plan costing $10 per month.
Nest plans to team up with insurance companies American Family Insurance Co. and Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. on offering their customers the camera and their improved Protect smoke alarm at a discounted price, along with discounts as an incentive in a rewards program.
For those interested in what Windows 10 has to offer on the eve of its public release, they received some more detailed news Wednesday.
Microsoft has confirmed that their new software will be available in at least seven different editions, all designed for greater optimization with numerous devices including the Xbox One and Surface Hub.
There is no official release date given, but the general consensus points to this summer as a highly probable time.
The list of editions so far are as follows: Home, IoT (Internet of Things) Core, Mobile, Pro, Education, Mobile Enterprise, Education and Enterprise.
These various editions will be released in a staggered fashion, with PCs being the first to be able to utilize the new software. Windows 10 will then be released for phones and then for other devices like HoloLens.
There are also plans for those users that are currently running Windows 8.1. Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 7 to receive free upgrades to Windows 10 for an entire year.
This transition means that the upgrades give users fully loaded versions of Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Home.
Each of the seven editions is tailored for specific needs; for example, Windows 10 Home contains security features like fingerprint login, iris login and face recognition.
Another instance is the Windows 10 IoT Core edition, expressly designed for devices that are low-cost.
Most people involved in the technology field understand that The Internet of Things will provide numerous opportunities; one Harvard economist agrees and says that productivity will get a major boost; We’re going to drive waste out of the economy in ways that we have really never seen before,” said Harvard’s Michael Porter.
He added “We believe that this is going to give a real opportunity for a surge of growth — a surge of productivity, a surge of innovation.”
IBM will invest $3 billion in their Internet of Things division.
The service will be a cloud-based solution to help businesses design and offer such services as building sensors and home appliances.
IBM already a few major companies on board — Continental AG and Pratt & Whitney are two.
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“By 2020 it is estimated that more than 250 million vehicles worldwide will include some form of embedded connectivity1,” says Bill Gajda, senior vice president of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc. “As the number of connected cars on the road increases, so does our ability to bring secure online commerce to consumers everywhere. We initially focused on a specific use case – ordering a meal on your way home – but we envision a world where consumers can seamlessly make many of their everyday purchases from the car.”
This is how it will work:
Customers will place their order from the dashboard of their connected car using Interactive Voice Control (IVR). This will let drivers place their order while driving.
Pizza Hut is already using Visa Checkout in their stores, so it’ll be a matter of integrating an existing system into the connected cars.
Baron Concors, Chief Digital Officer at Pizza Hut said “We’re committed to offering speed and convenience to our customers when ordering online and this new connected car technology is the latest way for us to do that…We have the largest suite of mobile apps and are proud to be the exclusive pizza company to offer Visa Checkout, so with our history of innovation, it only made sense for us to be the first to test the beacon technology in cars.”
Accenture will be developing the apps and integrating he technologies to pull it all together.
Anand Swaminathan, Global Growth and Strategy lead for Accenture Digital said “We are pleased to team with Visa to explore the future of Internet of Things-based commerce by building the connected car commerce prototype…Visa has great vision in this space and continues to innovate and explore new ways to make purchases more convenient for consumers, setting the bar even higher in terms of friction-less payment transactions.”