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LABCITIES
4 months ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

It’s been more than a half-century since we first glimpsed the future of the smart home in a quaint cartoon series called “The Jetsons.” The Roomba is no Rosie the Robot Maid, but today’s home is edging ever closer to the sci-fi vision of a house where every comfort is automated and customized.

Thanks largely to the Internet of Things, gadgets from thermostats to ovens have become smarter, using sensors, data, and cloud computing to set the ideal temperature or cook a pizza just the way you like it. Devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, with their voice assistants, have become the de facto hub of these emerging autonomous systems.

Companies like Google believe the smart home can be more than just a parlor of high-tech tricks. The search giant has filed about 40 patents since 2009 aimed at the digital healthcare space, according to data firm CB Insights. Many of the inventions filed by Google—as well as competitors like Microsoft, Amazon and Apple—focus on wearables and mobi...

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LABCITIES
5 months ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

At this year's CES you'll hear plenty of talk about driverless cars, connected homes and the internet of things. (Yes, we promise IoT, perhaps the buzziest of tech trends, is more than just hackable baby monitors and $400 internet-connected juicers.)

Here's the technology that will drive all of those innovations over the next decade: 5G.

The shorthand tag "5G" stands for fifth-generation wireless technology. Those broadbandlike wireless speeds you're getting on your phone now? That's 4G technology. So just think about what happens next.

If you're excited about the prospects, you aren't alone. Tech observers see 5G as the foundation for a host of other trends. At last year's CES, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf described 5G as the biggest thing since the introduction of electricity.

Remember, a lot of work needs to be done for 5G to achieve broad scale. But with networks set to go live by 2019 and coverage reaching 20 percent of the population by 2023, now's the time to start caring about it.

LABCITIES
5 months ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Throughout history and across pretty much all civilizations, windows have been a trademark architectural feature with a vital functionality. Regardless of their style and size, windows have always been used to bring in light and air, and seal out the elements.

For eons, windows were made primarily from wood, steel, and aluminum framing, with glass as the main component that ensures the integrity of the thermal envelope while transmitting brightness.

Future windows would embrace solar power, and by “solar windows”, we’re not speaking of windows powered by solar, but windows that harvest this power.

Sito Veraccruz
6 months ago
Sito Veraccruz
Urban & Smart Cities Consultant | Co-Founder City Makers

Tourism is a traditionally growing phenomenon as transport systems improve and economic well-being spreads to larger parts of the world’s population. However, recent technological development has led to the emergence of new systems that enable short-term rental between individuals. This causes, on the one hand, a fall in prices for holiday accommodation, which increases the number of visitors in the city. In turn, the location of these visitors in private lodgings causes a greater impact among the neighboring communities, which profoundly affects the social implications of tourism.

Beyond the neighborhood nuisance caused by noise and other inconveniences linked to the presence of tourists, the absence of controls and limits has favored an increase in the price of housing, leading to gentrification phenomena and neighborhood protests in the face of such a situation.

Cities need to strike a balance and establish appropriate public policies and regulations for the development of suc...

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James Bell
9 months ago
James Bell
Smart City Expert

Substantially speaking, the connection between smart home and smart city involves multitudinous applications in diverse sectors. But there is one name that defines this connection unanimously and that’s ‘big data’. What’s so ‘big’ about the ‘big data’? Let’s move on to know more about it.

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