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The 2019 Mi Smart Home Deals by Xiaomi Malaysia Revealed!

Xiaomi Malaysia just shared with us details of their 2019 Mi Smart Home deals! There are, not one, but TWO great deals to help you upgrade your home!

 

The Mi Smart Home Devices by Xiaomi

Xiaomi does not just make great smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 or the Mi A2. They also make really good smart home devices.

In fact, they are steadily expanding their range of smart home devices, covering everything from kitchen appliances to personal health devices!

Amongst their more famous smart home devices are their Mi Box, Mi Air Purifier, Mi Router and Mi Scale.

But did you know that they have many more smart home devices like the Mi LED Smart Bulb, the Mi Home Security Camera, Mi Smart Kettle, Mi Robot Vacuum, and so on?

 

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Deals by Xiaomi Malaysia

To spur the development of smart homes, Xiaomi Malaysia is now offering two 2019 Mi Smart Home deals :

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Standard Package

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Standard Package consists of :

  • One Mi Smart Sensor Set worth RM 329
  • Two Mi LED Smart Bulbs worth RM 99 each
  • One Mi Home Security Camera 360 1080P worth RM 159

The SRP of this package is RM 686, but Xiaomi Malaysia is now offering it at just RM 599a RM 87 or 13% discount!

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Premium Package

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Premium Package consists of :

  • One Mi Smart Sensor Set worth RM 329
  • Two Mi LED Smart Bulbs worth RM 99 each
  • One Mi Home Security Camera 360 1080P worth RM 159
  • Two Mi Bedside Lamps worth RM 398
  • One Mi Smart Kettle worth RM 179
  • Two Mi Ceiling Lights worth RM 678
  • One Mi Robot Vacuum worth RM 1,199

The SRP of this package is RM 2,981, but Xiaomi Malaysia is now offering it at just RM 2,799a RM 182 or 6% discount!

Alternatively, you can buy these smart home devices separately :

 

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Xiaomi And IKEA To Bring Smart Homes To Consumers!

Xiaomi and IKEA will bring smart homes to consumers in China. Find out what this means for the future of smart homes!

 

Xiaomi And IKEA Bring Smart Homes To Users!

Xiaomi and Ikea In Connectivity

IKEA’s full range of smart lighting products will be connected to Xiaomi IoT platform and be controlled via Xiaomi products. This includes Xiao Ai voice assistant and the Mi Home app.

The lights can also be paired to other Xiaomi IoT smart devices such as sensors and electrical appliances for smart scene management. The smart lighting products will be connected to Mi Control Hub through the ZigBee protocol.

Xiaomi And IKEA In Smart Homes

This is the first time that Ikea has partnered with a Chinese technology company. Xiaomi IoT platform has connected more than 132 million smart devices (excluding mobile phones and laptops), and has more than 20 million daily active devices in more than 200 countries and regions around the world.

Anna Pawlak-Kuliga, CEO and president of IKEA Retail China believes the partnership will enable both companies to serve customers worldwide with smarter solutions at home.

“IKEA and Xiaomi share very similar values and I believe our cooperation will accelerate the development of the smart home industry across the world.”said Fan Dian, General Manager of the IoT platform department of Xiaomi.

Xiaomi + Third Party Developers

Since the inaugural MIDC conference in 2017, Xiaomi has been developing initiatives for developers to take advantage of the opportunities in AI and IoT. The Xiaomi IoT Developer Program was first launched last year to third-party developers access to the Mi Home platform for controlling smart home scenarios with cloud + AI + big data capabilities.

Xiaomi continues to open up AIoT possibilities by announcing that it will invest RMB 100 million to build the “Xiaomi AIoT Developer Fund”, which will be used to support AI developers, hardware equipment manufacturers and AI technology companies.

 

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Home Appliances With LG Deep Learning Technology

SEOUL, 28 December 2016 — To advance the functionality of today’s home appliances to a whole new level, LG Electronics (LG) is set to deliver an unparalleled level of performance and convenience into the home with deep learning technology to be unveiled at CES 2017.

LG deep learning will allow smart home appliances to better understand their users by gathering and studying customers’ lifestyle patterns over time. This process never ends and improves over time to provide customers with new solutions to everyday problems.

Robot Cleaner: Improved Performance Through Memory

Using multiple sensors and LG deep learning technology, LG’s newest robot vacuum cleaner will recognize objects around the room and react accordingly. By capturing surface images of the room, the intelligent cleaner remembers obstacles and learns to avoid them over time. It even recognizes electrical wires and slippers so they don’t end up jamming the roller brush and requiring human extraction assistance. LG robot vacuum can tell the difference between a human and a chair and asks the obstructing person to kindly move out of the way whereas it will simply maneuver around a chair.

Refrigerator: Smarter Convenience

LG deep learning is also enhancing the convenience LG’s smart refrigerator brings to consumers. By analyzing usage and eating patterns, LG’s deep learning refrigerator performs a variety of tasks by “predicting” the family’s activities based on their past behavior, such as automatically filling the ice tray at the time of the day when cold drinks are most in demand. In the summer, LG’s smart refrigerator can initiate the 4-stage sterilization system on its own to extend food life when it senses temperature and humidity conditions that may contribute to food spoilage.

Air Conditioner: Even Better Energy Saving And Performance

LG’s smart air conditioner equipped with LG deep learning technology analyzes the daily behavior patterns of its homeowners, including the parts of the home most occupied at certain times throughout the day. With this information, LG’s deep learning enabled air conditioner is able to assess how to provide the most comfortable temperatures quickly and efficiently, providing fast cooling to specific areas. During the weekend the living room may be the place to be, requiring the most cooling, but on weekdays the kitchen may be the center of activity.

Washing Machine: Optimal Performance In Any Situation

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The new technology helps LG’s washing machine learn about the local environment and the user’s everyday activities in order to provide the optimal washing performance. For example, in areas where the water contains excessive calcium carbonate, LG’s smart washing machine adjusts the water temperature and the amount of water used to counter the effects of hard water on clothes. In areas where dust storms are common, the washing machine automatically adds another rinse cycle for even cleaner clothes.

“Deep learning technology is the next phase in the evolution of smart appliances, and as an industry leader, we have the responsibility of being an early mover,” said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “But even more important than the advanced capabilities of these appliances will be how companies behave when entrusted with data of this nature. At LG, we believe performance and convenience do not mean having to sacrifice security and privacy. They can and should exist simultaneously.”

LG’s advanced deep learning appliances will be on display at CES 2017 from Jan. 5-8 in Booth #11100 in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

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Smart Home: IoT Adoption And Security Accountability

5 December 2016 – One day, everything will be buttonless. Nobody will ever need to grab the remote to turn on the television or hit a switch to kill the lights. These devices will just do what they’re supposed to, all by themselves, without any physical prompts from the user. They won’t be set off by claps, or voice commands, or hand gestures in the air. They will gain a certain level of independence that will diminish the need for human interaction. This is the very inevitable, very near, and very real future. Smart technology is here, and it’s only getting smarter.

Welcome to the Smart Home

Often, people talk about these technologies and the internet of things (IoT) as if automation were the only criteria for gadgets and infrastructure to be called smart. But it’s more than just that.

Firstly, for any device to fall under IoT, it needs to go beyond its original basic functions. It has to be able to receive, process, and transmit digital information the way a personal computer normally does. In order to do this, it should meet a second requirement—connectivity. The device should have the ability to connect to the internet or even communicate with other smart machines around it.

Think of it this way: A smart home fitted with automated blinds can have them immediately open once the sun rises. This triggers the smart lightbulbs inside the house to turn off. This relay of actions allows natural sunlight to come in, illuminating the house while saving on energy. Another example of devices communicating with each other is when a smart TV’s volume goes down every time a phone call comes in. This makes it easier for the user to notice the call.

Both automation and connectivity have helped push IoT forward, but, in the same way, they have also held it back.

The Inevitable Rise of Home IoT Adoption

For a number of years, the mass adoption of IoT has stalled. Users found smart devices impractical. The production of these one-off gadgets was very costly, thus driving up their prices. A few years ago, they were more of a luxury than a necessity. On top of this, not every country in the world has the kind of infrastructure needed to make internet access available to everyone. The early adopters were limited to enthusiasts who had the money to afford IoT devices and were based in regions that allowed them to optimally use their devices.

But the market has since shifted. People are clamoring for smarter things to either ease their daily lives or be a source of personal pleasure. And the industry is taking notice.

The market has since shifted. People are clamoring for smarter things to either ease their daily lives or be a source of personal pleasure. And the industry is taking notice.

Multi-billion dollar companies out of Silicon Valley are trying to one-up each other in terms of innovation, offering a very diverse collection of IoT devices to the public. Companies, regardless of size, that are not willing to acknowledge this shift will eventually get left behind. Some things that come to mind are those cellphone giants that did not respond to the shifting consumer demand for smarter phones. They eventually disappeared.

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Research and advisory firm Gartner even predicted that there will be over one billion connected devices in use by 2018, and that figure alone is just for smart homes. Another billion devices are projected to be used in smart commercial buildings. The remaining billion devices are divided accordingly to industries such as healthcare, transportation, and other organizations that make up fully functional smart cities.

Japan and Germany are two of the many countries whose urban areas are already embracing smart homes. In these places, IoT has become ingrained in people’s lives to the point of necessity.

In metropolitan Japan, where commuting takes a big toll, workers are able to save time and energy during their long rides from their office to their house through home automation. Apartments with smart cookers, for example, can churn out meals which should be ready by the time their owners step through the front door.

In Germany, where the elderly make up a significant portion of the population, a number of people have opted to use smart health-monitoring devices. In the event of an emergency, like a heart attack, the device can trigger a call for emergency assistance. These monitors can save people’s lives.

Holding Accountability for Home IoT Security

The rise of the home IoT adoption rate will ultimately increase the competition between several players in the market. But with no unified regulating body to instill functional and security standards on these devices’ manufacturers, this can lead to several security issues in the long run.

This then begs the question: Who should be responsible for IoT security?

The IoT landscape is continuously evolving. As IoT branches out from user homes and into the city, users become significantly more powerless.

Should it be the IoT users? At the moment, it seems to be the case. Users have the freedom to decide which IoT devices to introduce to their homes. They can opt to install a smart home entertainment system in their house knowing what kind of information they could be sending back to the device manufacturer every time they use it. It’s an ongoing tradeoff, with users weighing their personal privacy and safety against their personal comfort and satisfaction.

But the IoT landscape is continuously evolving. As IoT branches out from user homes and into the city, users become significantly more powerless.

A good illustration would be new smart condominium units already being fitted with IoT devices like security cameras or emergency sensors. People who will be moving into these spaces will have no other choice but to opt in to that level of surveillance. Just imagine if all future building developments, both private and public, were required to have these IoT devices in place.

Once smart technologies get broadly used for public utility buildings or vehicles, users will have no reign over their privacy and personal security. The brunt of that responsibility ultimately shifts from the users to the IoT manufacturers. What risks should manufacturers foresee to protect both their users and their organizations from potential disaster?

 

 

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