Dean Anthony Gratton

What's in Your Smart Home This Christmas?
Technically Speaking, December 2017

   “I am quite excited to witness a truer vision and experience of the smart home, since for many years the whole notion of the smart home has been a somewhat half-baked attempt.”

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“In the UK, we have now seemingly adopted the US’s Black Friday following their Thanksgiving holiday, as well as their Cyber Monday retail opportunity. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of capitalism and it represents the onset of the Christmas shopping season, where many deals can be sought. Well, I’m not one to “bah humbug” the opportunity of massive savings, so the wife and I indulged in some online shopping and took advantage of several great offers.

No turkey this year – just sprouts!
In particular, we grabbed the new Amazon Echo – three in fact, due to a trio discount deal; we also picked up the Philips Hue color bulb and bridge starter pack. It worked out a much better deal to purchase two packs since each included three bulbs and we needed six. Of course, we now have an unused bridge, which will inevitably collect dust; and, I forgot to mention that Amazon also provided the option for a discounted “smart plug” with each purchase of a new Echo – something else we took advantage of as they were heavily discounted – “Get in!”.”

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Just Touch! provides the definitive insight into this, as yet, unsung wireless technology that will simplify connectivity with other wireless technologies. The book will cover the numerous user scenarios that will singularly set NFC apart from other technologies. Just Touch! offers a must have resource for designers, developers and software engineers, as it provides a technical how-to covering all aspects of the NFC software and hardware architectures from the ground-up. It’s an essential read for product planners, technical marketers and researchers alike, as Just Touch! provides a comprehensive insight into the technology and market potential.


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