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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/21/2017 2:49:54 AM
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Re: Building Effeciency
That's why staying "in control" and not getting excited per se is at the heart of making sure we stay in control always--especially as I re-read this and wonder as we bid farewell to the 2nd month of 2017, if what was outlined below is in fact being realized or not:

What Smart Homes Will—And Won't—Do In 2017


Rosie the Robot won't be moving in quite yet, but virtual assistants and other tech will make life easier and entertain us more than ever.


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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/21/2017 2:47:20 AM
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Re: Building Effeciency
As I catch up on deliberations, two brief "odds and ends" to share:

1) On "Smart Buildings" (& smart homes)--A recent "Blast from the past":
The Hydrao smart showerhead uses an LED light system to show how much water is being used.

Smart homes get smarter at CES 2017

BY BENNETT RING

Home automation is slowly but surely becoming an affordable way to deliver more energy-efficient homes that offer better security, comfort and healthcare.

 

2) On Modular "iOT" devices, blocks (for instance) I thought Google resurrected the project--did I misread it?

 

 

 



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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/15/2017 3:51:33 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
> "Apple's insistance that you really don't need to hot swap anything and don't need a DVD drive is just a little crazy.."

Not to mention that there are fewer and fewer devices that allow you to replace the battery yourself. UGH! I hate that trend. I'd prefer a phone that was a little thicker -- and give me back a user-replaceable battery! It doesn't even have to be hot-swappable. Then users could give up on Anker portable chargers and just carry around spare batteries.

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/15/2017 1:48:27 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
WOW! That sounds like a terrible upsell. I haven't checked, but I'm pretty sure people still aren't loving these connected "infotainment" systems. 

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/15/2017 1:39:43 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
I think it's good Google closed that project. I don't think modular phones make a lot of sense from a user experience perspective. Apple's insistance that you really don't need to hot swap anything and don't need a DVD drive is just a little crazy, however.

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maryam@impact
maryam@impact
2/15/2017 1:35:42 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
MichelleG absolutely and they have benefits to gain if a car is connected they are then connected with the owner! I saw a car recently that was marketing a technology package at 2K  not sure who was buying it since the items included were very rudimentary and should have been offered for free.

 

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/14/2017 2:07:47 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
Unfortunately, even modular smartphones aren't going to be made any time soon. Google just killed its modular smartphone project, and I can't imagine any other company is going to try it. There's just too much profit margin on bundling features and marking up the price.

I remember when Apple used to build laptops with TWO modular bays so you could hot swap a battery for a optical drive or a ZIP drive..... those were the days.

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/14/2017 1:30:47 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
Here here! You're onto something. Car makers could learn a little something from the woes of the cable industry. Bundling unwanted features isn't a real win. 

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/14/2017 1:29:25 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
I'm sure it would help. There is much akwardness in these meetings w/sales people. They want to sell on pure emotion, then run a credit check. We mess with the natural order of things...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/13/2017 7:55:51 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
The built-in car features just don't seem as upgradeable as sticking a smartphone on your dashboard, right? ANd I hate it when automakers bundle leather seats with features that don't need to be connected to leather or other trim options. Car dealerships... tsk tsk.

Smart features should be modular -- or as modular as possible. Because smart-things are going to need to be updated much faster than the building or car will....

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