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IoT – Internet of Things

13 Dec 2016

What Is OCF and Why Is It Important?

Lack of interoperability is a major obstacle to adopting IoT. Can OCF solve this and connect billions of devices with their new standardization of protocols?

With the holidays fast approaching, you’ve probably been bombarded with ads for smart home devices, right?

Smart TVs, self-automated vacuums, or even smart plates that can help you manage your diet, are filling shelves at malls and big box stores. While a lot of people welcome these new technological advances, many are still not totally on board with smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

One reason people aren’t adopting these devices is because of how difficult it is to get different devices to communicate with each other, making their IoT dreams fall short of reality. In an ideal world, your IoT life would look something like this:

You head out to work for the day. Your smart home knows nobody is in the house, so your smart thermostat turns down the heat to save energy.

Your iRobot gets to work so you come home to a nice, tidy house, and minutes before you pull into the driveway, your smartphone alerts your home that you’re near. Your smart lighting turns on to welcome you, and your smart pet feeder gets Max’s dinner all served up!

For such a story to become real, devices must be able to work together, and there must be common connectivity between the individual devices. Luckily, there is a movement happening right now to accomplish just that. A group of 170 companies (including many tech giants) are working together to enable standardization, certification, easy discovery and easy connectivity between IoT devices, which will radically change how we use smart devices and home appliances in the future.

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25 Oct 2016

5 Easy Ways to Create a Smart Home

Think creating a Smart Home is hard? Think again! These 5 easy ways will turn your house into a Smart Home in no time at all.

Do you have a “smart” home?

Maybe you haven’t gone all the way yet, but have you tried out a smart light switch, or possibly a smart outlet that you can turn off and on with your phone?

Right now, smart home automation is on the up and up, and with technology on the forefront of home safety and comfort, more and more devices are becoming equipped with smart technology than ever before.

Let’s face it: having a smart home is…well, smart. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a perfectly warm (or cool) house after a long day at work – at just the temperature you like it?

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19 Jul 2016

The Top Tech Gifts for the “Geek” in Your Life

Don’t know what to buy for the special “geek” in your life? We’ve picked out 5 tech gifts all under $50 that are sure to impress.

Oh no!

Next week is your brother’s birthday and you have no clue what he would like. You thought a rock climbing class would be something he’d enjoy when it was his birthday last year, but he never actually made it to any of the lessons.

You know that he loves technology. He never steps away from his smartphone and he always hangs out in the electronics aisle looking at all the new tech gear.

But, you’ve been avoiding these types of gifts because you have no clue what tech toy to choose.

If you’re unsure what to buy, here are some top gifts to give to the “geek” in your life whether it’s your brother, friend, co-worker, or just about anyone.

Oh, did we mention they are all under $50?

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28 Jun 2016

3 Reasons Why You’re Not Adopting IoT (And What to Do About It)

Does IoT seem very complicated to you? We’re going to break down the top reasons why users aren’t embracing it yet – and tell you why you should be!

Every year there seems to be a new thing in technology. Right now it’s IoT, or Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things signals connectivity between your appliances, making it easy to control your interconnected home devices with the push of a button.

According to Gartner, the IoT space will grow to 26 billion units by 2020. Based on this prediction, that’s a 30-fold increase from 900 million in 2009.

And with the SURE Universal Remote being the No.1 Universal Remote app for Android, we are working hard at integrating more IoT capabilities into our app.

But, for some people, this new wave of technology brings with it a bit of concern. They’re not quite adopting the whole Smart Home concept.

Let’s look at why that’s happening and ways to help people feel more comfortable with having technology run their home.

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01 Mar 2016

4 Useful Internet of Things (IoT) Products for Your Pets

There’s no doubt the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart products are making waves this year.

From the smart mug Muggino that keeps the temperature of your drink just right to Phillips Hue lights that adjust to your light preferences, these products are all digitally connected, making them easy to control and monitor.

While the IoT was a key theme at last year’s CES event, there’s no doubt it will continue to make an impact in our everyday products.

And smart products aren’t just for people anymore; more and more companies are focusing on bringing the IoT to our pets’ accessories.

From collars to feeders, we’ve rounded up four useful IoT products for your pet. Let’s check them out.

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09 Jun 2015

The 2015 CES Asia Event

Last month we had a chance to view some of the best and innovative tech gadgets to date.

Representatives of Tekoia, including our CEO and Founder, Victor Ariel, attended the CES Asia event, which spanned three days from May 25-27 in Shanghai China.

This is the second time we have attended CES conferences and China proved to be an exceptional event.


The 2015 CES Asia tech trade show showcased innovation in the consumer technology industry. Key businesses from around the globe attended the event to promote their brand and showcase their latest products.

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