Introducing Amazon Echo

Throughout the past couple of years, speaking to Siri and other virtual assistants have become quite the “norm.”  After all, virtual assistants generally do the work for us; all we have to do is ask a question and they’ll provide the answer.  For example, if I ask, “Will it rain tomorrow?” the virtual assistant may respond with, “There is an 80% chance […]

Wit: Natural Language for the Internet of Things

We may often find ourselves uttering to a stubborn appliance or device.  “Television, turn on.”  Soon, though, it could be more common for those devices to actually listen and obey our commands.  Several large companies such as Google and Apple have their own voice recognition technology; however, smaller companies and independent developers don’t have the necessary budget […]

The Nest Thermostat

As the world of technology expands, many options are becoming more accessible to individuals with a myriad of disabilities. A majority of companies nowadays are equipping their new products with Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi compatibility, thus allowing individuals to personally operate switches and other devices (i.e. lights, door locks, thermostats, etc.) in their home—while being away […]