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Cool Tech 2017 mid-year continued

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Yesterday I shared my initial starting point for top mid-year 2017 tech trends. I am continuing that post today now adding the next set of cool technology categories, and the additional products that fit the categories. Please note that I am the one selecting both the products and technologies so they reflect my interests.

My rules for technology trends are they have to be something that is changing the area they are in. Either impacting or altering the what and how of the area.

4. Micro-Weather

This is an extremely interesting category. In part, because it is evolving and in part because it is a very old category that until recently hasn’t changed much. The initial home weather stations had the capability to be shared but you had to have a weather underground account and a computer you could attach to the weather station via a USB dongle. The new Micro-Weather Stations have changed all of that. Now, you can view the weather from your station on your phone, tablet or computer anywhere without having to directly connect to your weather station.

The products in this growing category that I use and love are NetATMO (I’ve had their weather station for more than 3 years now) and Bloomsky (6 months and I am really enjoying posting time-lapse video of Yesterday’s weather!).

5. Home automation

Home Automation is undergoing an explosion right now. From adding capabilities to already existing products to expanding what you can automate. The quick home automation projects are video doorbells (then you know who is at the door even before they ring the doorbell) home door locks and lighting. There are a number of products and points of integration in the space.

The products in this even more rapidly growing technology area are Control4, Almond Routers, Amazon Echo, Google Home (Nest products and integration) and many others. The ones I use are the products listed but the category has doubled in just the past two years. The last product is the video doorbell, I love the SkybellHD system. Gives you a clear picture of your front door anytime you connect. Plus records when people approach your front door, even if they don't ring the doorbell!

6: Motion input devices

The every expanding area of motion detection devices is one that is extremely interesting. Like voice control systems there is a limit to motion control. As you would not should Alexa to blank on a crowded subway car the same is true of making gestures to automate tasks. That said, at home, where these devices are normally deployed the value proposition of motion detection is really high.

The products in this area are the Leap Motion Controller, Myo and SingleCue. All three have different approaches to the concept of motion control. They are all three very interesting products. Motion control is expanding but not as quickly as the voice controlled devices are.

More to come!

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