Technology for Good – episode 12

Welcome to episode twelve of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show we had two guests Chris Adams, and Kartik Kanakasabesan. Given the week that was in it with the Heartbleed bug, and the Samsung releases, there were plenty of stories around security and Wearables.

Here’s the stories that we discussed in the show:

Climate

Energy

Cloud

Wearables

Security

Internet of Things (IoT)

Misc

Technology for Good – episode eleven

Welcome to episode eleven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show our special guest was unable to make it due to looming deadlines, so I did the show solo. Given the week that was in it with Microsoft’s Build conference taking place, there were plenty of stories stemming from Microsoft’s various announcements, but there was also a ton of other news, as always.

Here’s the stories that I discussed in the show:

Climate

Cloud

Renewables

WiFi

Apps

Social

Internet of Things

Open

Misc

Technology for Good – episode ten

Welcome to episode ten of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show we had special guest Bill Higgins, who works on IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure. Given the week that was in it with Google’s slashing of cloud computing pricing, and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift, there were plenty of stories about cloud computing and social networks.

Here’s the stories that we discussed in the show:

Climate

Renewables

Cloud

Social

Open

Internet of Things

Misc

Technology for Good – episode nine

Welcome to episode nine of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show we had special guest John Clark, Worldwide Manager of Smart Buildings for IBM. Given the week that was in it with Google’s announcement of Android Wear, and Twitter’s eighth birthday, there were plenty of stories about social networks, and wearable devices.

Here’s the stories that we discussed in the show:

Climate

Wearables

Health

Open Source

Twitter

Internet of Things

Misc

Technology for Good – Episode seven

In episode 7 of the Technology for Good hangout we had many great news stories to cover, and some great live discussions using the comments on the event page. The links to the stories are below.

As always, if you know of any stories you think we should cover, or someone we should be talking to, feel free to get in touch (@tomraftery on Twitter, or tom at redmonk.com on good old-fashioned email!).

And, here as promised, are the stories which made the cut for episode 7 of the Technology for Good hangout:

Climate change – doom and gloom

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Smart grid and renewables

Smart health and wearables

Security

Mobile

Transportation

Efficiency

Miscellaneous

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Technology for Good – episode six

In episode 6 of the Technology for Good hangout we had lots to talk about, and I had Mr Chris Adams on with me to co-host. It was, of course, the week of IBM’s Pulse conference, as well as the Mobile World Congress, so there were lots of very exciting stories in the Mobile, Internet of Things, and security spaces, amongst others. The links to the stories are below.

As always, if you know of any stories you think we should cover, or someone we should be talking to, feel free to get in touch (@tomraftery on Twitter, or tom at redmonk.com on good old-fashioned email!).

And, here as promised, are the stories which made the cut for episode 6 of the Technology for Good hangout:

Intro

IBM Pulse

Security

Mobile

Heavy Industry

America

Misc

Technology for Good – Episode five

This is episode five of our weekly GreenMonk TV Technology for Good Hangout – a show where we discuss news of technology solutions that work to benefit people’s lives. This week we discussed stories to do with Climate, energy/utilities, transportation, health, the internet of Things, and Data Centre’s amongst others.

Here’s a list of links to the stories we discussed today:

Climate news

Energy/Utilities

Transportation/Electric Vehicles

Health

Internet of Things

Data Centre’s

Miscellaneous

Internet of Things connected Philips Hue bulbs review

After we wrote a post about the Lifx, Internet of Things connected LED lights a few weeks back, we reached out to Philips to see if we could get a Philips Hue kit to try out for comparison. Philips obliged and sent us a kit which contains 3 LED lights, and a Hue bridge.

Philips Hue bridge

Philips Hue bridge

As a bit of background, the way the Philips Hue system works is that you receive a device called a bridge with your bulbs which you need connect into your internet router. This device talks to the Philips Hue bulbs over the ZigBee protocol, and also is capable of connecting to the Internet via your router. Thus your Philips Hue bulbs are capable of being controlled not just from inside your home, but also from outside the home using the free Philips Hue smartphone app (available for both Android and iOS).

The smartphone app has a lot of extra functionality built-in. The app enables users:

  • to change the colour of the light coming from the bulbs (across the full spectrum of visible light), as well as the intensity
  • to use pre-built recipes which come with the app for different light intensities and colours. These recipes are editable, and owners can create their own recipes and share them with the Hue community
  • set-up Geofencing, so it’s possible to have the lights automatically go off when you leave home, and come on when you approach home
  • create alarms such that the lights simulate a sunrise early in the morning, or a sunset late at night. The sunrise functionality can be especially useful if you find it hard to awake on dark winter mornings
  • to control lights remotely – this is useful if you don’t use the geofencing functionality and you want to check if you turned the lights off after you go out, or if you don’t want to enter a dark home
Philips Hue Bridge Power consumption

Philips Hue Bridge Power consumption

The bulbs, as can be seen in the video give out good light (600 Lumen at full intensity) over a large range of colours, and using very little electricity. Typical consumption, at full intensity, and a colour temperature of around 3000K, is 5W. However, the bulbs also draw a constant 0.4W when they are turned off by the app (as opposed to being turned off at the physical switch). This is so they can maintain their Zigbee connection to the bridge, in order to be able to come respond to the smartphone app (alarms, remote on/off requests, geofencing, etc.). And the bridge itself consumes a constant 1.6W, so the three bulbs, plus the bridge, have a baseline consumption of 2.8W.

When you compare the 2.8W to 60W from a conventional incandescent bulb, it doesn’t appear to be a huge draw, but over 24 hours it does add up (it is the equivalent of leaving a 60W bulb on for a little over an hour and seven minutes per day).

To avoid burning the constant 2.8W you can of course turn the bulbs off at the wall (or the switch). Then they are no longer in ‘listening mode’ and consume 0W, instead of the constant 0.4W. In this scenario, the electricity draw is reduced to just the 1.6W from the bridge. Over 24 hours this is equivalent to leaving a 60W bulb on for just over 38 minutes. The advantage of this approach is lower electricity consumption, the disadvantage is that the Hue bulbs are no longer connected to the Internet of Things.

This constant nibbling of power by the Hue devices is by no means unique to Philips. By definition any devices constantly connected to the Internet are also constantly consuming power – which raises interesting questions around the costs and benefits of Internet of Things connected devices.

Technology for Good – Episode four

In last week’s Technology for Good show we had lots of stories to talk about. In the show we referenced some very exciting stories in the Energy, Internet of Things, Electric Vehicles, and robotics spaces, amongst others. The links to the stories are below.

As always, if you know of any stories you think we should cover, or someone we should be talking to, feel free to get in touch (@tomraftery on Twitter, or tom at redmonk.com on good old-fashioned email!).

And, as promised, here are the stories which made the cut for last week’s show:

Broadband

Energy

Electric Vehicles

Internet of Things

Robots

Planet

Miscellaneous

Introducing the GreenMonk Technology for Good Hangout

For the last few weeks I have been producing a Hangout on Air which I’m calling Technology for Good. I produce the show live on Friday’s at 2pm CET and it is recorded, and automatically published on Youtube subsequently.

The show discusses news stories from the previous seven days, focusing specifically on pieces where technology works to benefit people’s lives. Those benefits can be in any number of areas. Last week, for example I discussed the latest related news under the headings of Microsoft (Microsoft had quite a bit of news to announce last week, hence it was given a heading of its own), Electric Vehicles, the Internet of Things, Big Data and Privacy, and I had a Miscellaneous heading at the end for any stories which didn’t fit in the previous categories, but still were interesting enough to be featured.

I’ll be producing this show every week, so feel free to look in on it, and to join in the discussions while the show is happening. Also, if you are aware of any news you think I should be featuring on the show, do ping me (@tomraftery on Twitter, or tom at redmonk.com for good old fashioned email). Also, I’ll have guests to co-host the show and interview, so if you think you’d like to be on the show, or if you know someone else that you think would be really good, do let me know.

If you can’t make it while the show is on, you can always catch up with it subsequently on my YouTube Channel

Here are the stories which made the cut for last week’s show:

Intro
Your Warming world http://warmingworld.newscientistapps.com

Microsoft
Microsoft reveals its server designs and releases open source code http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/microsoft-reveals-its-server-designs-and-releases-open-source-code/

A Major Step Forward: Combining the Fuel Cell and the Server http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft-green/archive/2014/02/05/a-major-step-forward-combining-the-fuel-cell-and-the-server.aspx

Introducing Microsoft’s new CEO: Satya Nadella http://blogs.technet.com/b/firehose/archive/2014/02/04/test.aspx

Satya Nadella: His first interview as CEO of Microsoft http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8JwNZBJ_wI

Electric Vehicles
Father-daughter duo finish first Tesla Model S coast-to-coast drive in less than a week http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/175564-father-daughter-duo-finish-first-tesla-model-s-coast-to-coast-drive-in-less-than-a-week

Cross Country Rally: Across the Finish Line http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/cross-country-rally-across-finish-line

Internet of Things
How to Be 100x More Productive: The 35 Best IFTTT Recipes http://alliworthington.com/productivity-ifttt/

Internet of Things – Big List of Companies, Products, Devices and Software by Sector http://startup88.com/internet-of-things/2013/10/28/internet-of-things-big-list-of-companies-products-devices-and-software-by-sectorsiddharth-khare-edited/1254

Apple Executives Met With F.D.A. to Discuss Mobile Medical Applications http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/apple-meets-with-f-d-a-regulators-for-mobile-medical-applications/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Enabling Things to Talk http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.ch/2014/02/enabling-things-to-talk.html

Big Data and Privacy
Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters http://www.ted.com/talks/alessandro_acquisti_why_privacy_matters.html

Refresh unveils Google Glass app that presents ‘instant dossiers’ on people you meet http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/06/refresh-unveils-google-glass-app-that-presents-instant-dossiers-on-people-you-meet/

New York Police Department is beta-testing Google Glass http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/05/nypd-google-glass/

Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/02/cryptography-breakthrough/

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release US surveillance requests http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/03/microsoft-facebook-google-yahoo-fisa-surveillance-requests

Introducing Twitter Data Grants https://blog.twitter.com/2014/introducing-twitter-data-grants

Miscellaneous
HEATWORKS MODEL 1: Your next water heater! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1132758406/heatworks-model-1-your-next-water-heater?ref=category

Graphene circuit’s wireless promise http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25944824

Apple and Microsoft join US carriers in $750 million commitment to education http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/4/5377012/apple-and-microsoft-join-us-carriers-in-750-million-commitment-to

Price Of Solar Much Lower Than Solar Savings http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/01/real-cost-solar/