Author: Connected World

How can motorized shades help reduce energy costs in the home? Jason Turner, cofounder and vice president of PowerShades shares the value behind motorized shades with Constructech and Connected World Editorial Director Peggy Smedley and provides advice to homeowners and business owners on what to consider when choosing shades. When was your company founded? Share the history of your company? PowerShades was founded in February of 2017 by Ryan Chacon and me, both electrical engineers and both natives of the Joplin, Missouri area. Our vision was to bring our expertise from various industries – including furniture, wireless charging, capacitive sensing,…

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Nate Hartman, Dauch Family professor of advanced manufacturing and head of the Computer Graphics Technology Dept., Purdue University, joins Peggy to tackle the world of smart manufacturing vs. smart factories and what are the actual nuisances between digital, smart, and intelligent. The two also talk about the technologies in a smart factory and how companies can prepare their workforce. Below is an excerpt from the interview. To listen to the conversation from The Peggy Smedley Show, click here or go to https://peggysmedleyshow.com/ to access the entire show. Peggy Smedley: We’ve learned a lot about manufacturing with everything that’s happened with…

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What is a democratic internet, and how does it intersect with the evolving nature of HCI? Connectivity has changed everything. In fact, experts like Elizabeth Gerber, professor and co-director of the Center for Human Computer Interaction + Design at Northwestern University, say there is not a single aspect of many humans’ lives that is not touched by near-ubiquitous internet access and adoption of connected devices. And while “near ubiquitous” is not the same as ubiquitous and there are still a great number of people without easy access to an internet connection, Gerber says for those who do, computing technology is…

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During the past few years, utilities have developed different programs that incentivize customers to participate in energy-management programs, ranging from “light-touch” informational services to more elaborate programs that control equipment inside the house. Parks Associates consumer data of 10,000 households shows 31% of U.S. broadband households report receiving a daily breakdown of the energy use from their energy provider and among these consumers, only 7% review these insights daily. The majority review them only on a monthly basis. These actions convey a general lack of enthusiasm about energy data. In general, the informational approach to date has not provided actionable insights…

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