With storm rachel trending on twitter it seemed like half of Ireland was nearly looking forward to a storm. I find the Met Eireann short range forecast page very useful for figuring out what the next 8 hours hold. It has separate pages for Wind, Rainfall, Temperature and Pressure.
The ESB have plans to deliver Fibre broadband to 500,000 homes. This will help deliver on the strategy of every home having 30Mbps broadband by 2015.
At the moment we have 1 – 2 Mbps so we are looking forward to this development materialising
I think there will be some serious baking and a lot of pride at stake as to whose Mammy makes the best brown bread in Upperchurch.
I was very surprised at the price paid for Nest and eventhough Tony Fadell who designed the IPod is behind Nest it still seems like a hefty price. Google are betting on stealing the march on the “Internet of Things” and beating other companies to a niche but potential huge area which is the connected home.
Nest have ambitions to make the Smart Home/Connected Home a reality and learn through anonymised data what we do when we are not online. The GPS function in the Nest Thermostat etc can tell alot.
This must be good news for irish companies such as climote and our undergraduates students studying Smart Energy Systems in LIT.
I am not surprised to see this technology on the shelves in the US and on the way to Europe but I am impressed by the design and aesthetics of the device. But then I dig a bit a deeper and discover that the founder used to work for Apple and assisted in the design of the IPod and the penny/1 cent drops that what we have here is a “disruptive” (very over used term) technology that users can interact with with out tearing their hair out.
I have been waiting for a number of years for the connected home to materialise, but no one vendor has yet to offer the holistic solution for the home. Vertical apps like Climote offer a tantalising view of the future, media devices such as the Xbox one and Sony PS4 have the potential but maybe not the interest
Techcruch sums up the state of the current tech and where we are heading
The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up
We have installed 18 of these devices in our house. They have been running for 22 months on the same set of double AA batteries. Highly recommended with amazing control. Available from Heating controls online
LED light bulbs offer a low energy approach to lighting your home. A colleague of mine recommend light rabbit who offer bayonet connection light bulbs as well as other connector with 5 year warranties (calendar years not estimated usage years)
The science museum in London should be in the top 5 list for any family visiting London. Entry is free and you could spend all day there exploring. I lived the Apollo exhibit as it brought back the wonder of space from my childhood.