Smart Industry 1/2019


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Cockpits Move Ahead

Connected vehicles, autonomous driving, ride sharing, and electrification are

radically changing the driving experience. At this year’s CES, French automotive

supplier Faurecia showcased how the onboard intelligence and integrated design

of the cockpit of the future will provide a more versatile, connected, and predictive

environment. The Cockpit Intelligence Platform (CIP), which was developed

in partnership with Accenture, is an electronics system that manages all the

interior functions of the cockpit for intuitive interaction between occupants and

the vehicle. With the help of artificial intelligence, the CIP learns from information

collected from cameras and sensors to predict and personalize the onboard

experience. It can recognize the driver and adjust seating and lighting preferences

and create individual sound bubbles, simplifying interactions via voice, gesture,

or touch. The CIP is built on an open source Android platform to support the

development and integration of new apps and services. The morphing instrument

panel is an extended full HD automotive-grade display developed in partnership

with Japan Display Inc. When switched from driving to autonomous mode,

the instrument panel surface smoothly adapts its shape and the display moves

out from the instrument panel, creating a large central display surface that may

also be used as an entertainment screen. Touch-sensitive controls are integrated

into different surfaces of the vehicle to make it easier and more ergonomic to

manage interior functions when in different traveling positions. An active safety

management system was developed together with safety partner ZF. It links seat

structures, safety components, and electronics. Via occupant monitoring and

situational analysis the optimal safe seating position can be implemented in any

situation, including an automatic emergency action returning seats to the safest

position in the event of a crash situation.


Smart and Sustainable Light

The LIFX A60 LED light can transform living areas with vibrant colors and automation.

Users can set moods for movie nights or dinner parties, taking homes

from bold colors to cool pastels at the tap of a button. The connected home

device allows users to create on/off schedules that automate lighting to suit

various situations. Bulbs can be connected to Google Home, Apple HomeKit,

or Amazon Alexa and then controlled by voice control. Unlike competitor

products, the A60 doesn’t require an external hub – it can be used without

integration into an ecosystem. To get started with the smart bulb, it is simply

connected to an existing Wi-Fi. The LIFX A60 LED light delivers over 1,100 lumens

from 11 watts – that is sufficient to light an entire room, while using less

energy than a standard incandescent lightbulb. The manufacturer promises a

life span of 22.8 years.

As VR sets like the Oculus Go become more popular, you may want

to create panoramic content for them yourself. With the new camera

from Insta360 this is quite easy – and the camera allows shooting in

two different formats. When the cubic housing is folded, the camera

takes spherical HD videos or photos covering a full 360-degree view.

When opened up, the two lenses shoot in the same direction, providing

stereoscopic 3D footage. Watched with a VR headset, the impression

is stunning – you get the impression of actually being where the

photo or video was shot. The camera is available from the online shop

at at a price of €470.

Smart Friends

German Partnership for

Smart Home Products

Smart loudspeakers and voice command systems, like Amazon Alexa

or Google Home, drive the growth of smart homes. But the systems do

not always integrate too well with smart home products from other

manufacturers. ABUS, Paulmann, Schellenberg and STEINEL – all influential

brands in the german do-it-yourself market – have expanded

their shared smart home system "Smart Friends" to be controlled via Alexa

Voice control or Google Home. An app that includes the Alexa-Skill

"SmartFriends" expands the Amazon Echo voice command system.

Devices and scenes can then be controlled by voice right away. The

original automated smart home processes continue to work as normal.

The Smart Friends device places particular importance on a very high

safety standard via an additional firewall between the personal smart

home system and the voice command system. For safety reasons, All

data are saved locally on the Smart Friends Box and not in the cloud.

Among the devices that may be controlled are lights, sun shields, roller

shutters, locks, sirens, motion detectors and heating systems.


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