Philips Hue and Google Home are your new alarm clock
A partnership that pairs the Google Home with Philips Hue light bulbs let’s you control your lighting through your Google Home smart speaker, using lighting to wake you up when you tell Google when you wish to rise. TechCrunch
dis-rup-shun: This combination of great home products is the next generation alarm clock, except that it is neither clock nor alarm. Coordinating and integrating smart home sensors and devices to work together and make your living more pleasant and efficient — anticipating when you wish to wake or sleep and at what temperature — without having to remember to program or set the devices, is the essence of the intelligent home. Intelligent home is the evolution of smart home, and we are just now entering that stage.
Smart Watch with Alexa built in
Amazfit Verge, a smart watch from a Xiaomi (China) brand, features heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, fitness tracking, three day battery life and Alexa built in, all for $160. AndroidCentral
dis-rup-shun: Apple needs to run fast to stay ahead of Xiaomi, a company that dominates the Chinese smart phone market. And Google needs to run fast to catch up with Alexa’s dominance of voice technologies. Alexa is in light switches, thermostats, microwave ovens, cars, and watches. Alexa’s build-in dominance strategy reminds one of Internet Explorer’s former dominance when it was bundled with Windows — before the Department of Justice asked Microsoft to quit bundling the browser into Windows.
Intel throws in the towel on 4G smart phones
Intel, a company that has struggled mightily to extend its computer dominance to mobile and IOT devices, has quit the race for 5G smart phones. The announcement came on the heals of a settlement between Qualcomm and Apple that secures Qualcomm as Apple’s smartphone chip supplier for the next six years. CNBC
dis-rup-shun: The world’s mightiest chip maker has never gained significant traction in the mobile and smartphone world, just as its PC partner, Microsoft, has also failed at grabbing a large share of the mobile market, reminding us that specialization almost always beats scale, at least for a while.
Is facial recognition technology helping or hurting law enforcement?
Microsoft reportedly declined to bid on a California request for facial recognition technology for law enforcement given that its technology’s error rates are higher among minorities, women and children. The product was developed and tested for accuracy with human subjects that were predominantly white males. Reuters
dis-rup-shun: Our society’s expectation is that technology will reduce both human era and situational ethics, providing for less bias in enforcement and resulting in consistent experiences for all people. In recent weeks, however, we have seen more cases where the creators of game-changing technologies have chosen not to implement them as certain groups may be disadvantaged. By creating technologies that can collect data more evenly and not implementing them, are we not creating an ethical dilemma by applying new technologies only in situations that are convenient? Think about that one for a while.