Archive for January 10, 2014

ESB to provide fibre broadband with speeds of up to 150Mbps to 500,000 homes

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

Upperchurch Brown Bread Bake Off Sat Jan 18th

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.


Nest Thermostat Company sold for 3.2 Billion cash

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.

Nest learning thermostat

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.