CarPlay allows iOS users to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages through touch and voice-based controls. Users can control CarPlay from the car's dashboard or push and hold a control button on the steering wheel to activate the iOS voice assistant, Siri.
CarPlay also supports third-party applications including Spotify and iHeartRadio.
Automakers slated to offer CarPlay include Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Kia, Hyundai, Honda, General Motors and Toyota.
Delta was prominent at Convergence this week with its CIO on stage and several crew members on the Expo Floor. It helps they are headquartered in Atlanta, but importantly Microsoft and Nokia devices and services are playing a growing role with its pilots and flight attendants as the video below shows. (I have also previously blogged about the inflight POS from my own experience as a passenger)
In addition, on a customer panel, Darrell Haskin of Delta IT provided some more color
a) There is almost immediate payback from the POS deployment because credit cards can be validated using the in-flight GoGo wi-fly network. Previous POS was asynchronous leading to losses from expired or invalid credit cards.
b) the ability to offer upgrade options in-flight could lead to additional revenues especially on international flights
c) the flight attendant device will have a growing number of apps which will allow for much more personalized service during boarding and in the air
d) The Surface tablets were attractive even to pilots with personal iPads because of their spilt screen functionality which allows them to view documentation and flight data at the same time.
“As a solution, they turned to materials that shift from a solid to a liquid—a process known as phase change—at the target temperature. The material—which Maxwell refuses to name but claims is non-toxic and “could be eaten if you wanted to”—has a wax-like consistency at room temperature. After a hot beverage is poured into the mug, however, the material begins absorbing that energy and melting into a liquid. When it reaches the perfect beverage temperature—an inherent quality of the material the team selected—its atoms begin to slow down, resolidify and release energy back into the beverage as heat. A vacuum insulation layer around the outside of the mug prevents heat from escaping or entering.”
a hub for the smart home with a very wide ecosystem of devices
Staples Connect is the most accessible and encompassing of their offerings thus far and consists of a $100 Linksys hub module, with no recurring fees, and the requisite apps for designing activities and home control. Think Harmony Remote for Home Automation. Again, the power here is their agnostic approach. View your D-Link security cam on your Samsung HDTV, as shown above, or tell your Jawbone Up fitness band you’re headed to bed which, in turn, triggers your Lutron dimmer-controlled lights to power down.
“With reasonably obtainable yield goals as a target, the fertilizer is not only applied as needed across the field per data-based recommendations, but also precisely and strategically placed into the soil geometrically. This allows the roots of each plant to reach the bands and best utilize the nutrients. As with all other uses of smart technology in the business world, human brains and ingenuity are ultimately more important. In this case, the Downing family’s keen knowledge of root systems enables the technology to work optimally. The same John Deere processor that auto steers the machines across the field also controls the machine’s hydraulic driven pumps at variable rates. It can blend different formulations from up to five products, all carried on the machine in separate tanks. The processor takes input from the custom prescription maps and blends the prescribed rates on the go. It also saves and produces “as applied” maps and data that allow Brian and his colleagues to overlay the application maps on top of the harvested crop production maps to study how well the initial decisions came out.”
AG Maps Online talks about the growing role of drones (UAVs) in precision agriculture as "platform + GPS + autopilot & communication + sensor + data processing & integration + legal & operation". Photo Credit below from Ag-Wing
These eyes in the sky (the SportVU tracking system) will provide reams of real-time data instantly crunchable into an array of advanced statistics. Tracking every pass – including free-throw assists (passes that led to a player being fouled), secondary or "hockey" assists (passes to the passer that got credit for an assist), and potential assists (passes that would have led to assists if missed shots had been made) – will determine who's actually generating the most offense and setting up teammates for the best shots. Being able to intricately follow players and the ball will reveal who's securing the most rebounds in traffic and who's creating the most rebound chances. Metrics related to protecting the rim (how a defender near the basket affects both shot selection and field-goal percentage) will offer an assessment of defensive impact insufficiently detailed by such fuzzy statistics as blocked shots. "Up until this point, they haven't been able to measure these adequately," says Brian Kopp of Stats, the pioneering company that purchased SportVU five years ago and adapted it for use in the NBA. (It is also used in soccer and could eventually come to the NFL.) "Hopefully some of these new statistics become part of the language of basketball."
Electornic House has a gallery of kitted out ski homes such as the one near Japan’s Nagano ski slopes.
“To make the inside equally as picturesque as the outside, the homeowners called in The Automated Lifestyle to install a Control4 system. After a hard day on the slopes, the owners can use one of the home’s many iPads to fire up the under-floor radiant heating, dim the lighting, close one of the 30 connected blinds, or prepare the eight-person automated hot tub. Other features include streaming audio, a 3D-capable plasma TV, and snow sensors for the roof, driveway, and ground heating systems.”
“Mulholland Drive might be the only thing in Los Angeles that didn't start as a real-estate scam. When the road officially opened on December 27, 1924, it was a gesture of civic improvement, a highway meant to link the city with its pastoral outskirts. Naturally, people began to race around in cars up here soon after. And, of course, many of them were movie people, since Hollywood is just on the other side of the ridge. Before World War II, actors John Carradine and Gary Cooper came here together in their Duesenbergs.”