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Smart Tech News Roundup: July

In this roundup we bring you news from the world of smart technology, including research revealing the impact smart homes in the UK and how the Royals are embracing smart tech. 

Research Reveals Impact Of Smart Home Tech

New research has revealed that 57% of Brits now have a smart device in their home, while 41% of UK homeowners plan to own a smart device or appliance within the next five years.

Similarly, 41% of respondents said they would have smart heating functions in five years. 

The statistics, from Fast Sale Home, who analysed data provided by accountancy firm Ernst & Young, revealed that UK homeowners are thinking smarter about smart domestic technology. 

In addition to smart appliances and heating, 36% said they are planning to install smart lighting, while the same number of homeowners are aiming to install a smart doorbell. 

The survey of 2,500 UK households paints an interesting picture for the future of smart tech.

Royals Turn Frogmore Cottage Into Smart And Eco-Friendly Home

It has been revealed that Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have spent around £2.4 million turning Frogmore Cottage into both a smart and eco-friendly home. 

The Royal couple, who got married in May 2018, have turned what was originally five separate cottages, into a larger residence that’s equipped with smart tech and eco-boilers.

The Grade II listed building has been rewired so the lighting and heating can be controlled, while the couple can activate CCTV and view live camera footage from their smartphones. 

The kitchen is also reported to be brimming with gadgets at a total cost of £100,000. 

The project, which isn’t completed, is expected to cost over £3 million in total, with plenty of that money, apart from £250,000 of the couple’s own funds, coming from the UK taxpayer. 

Images Of Distant Galaxies Highlight Benefit Of Infrared Photography

We love seeing how infrared is being used across the globe, so we were delighted to see NASA’s comparison images of whirlpool galaxies, which it has called a whirlpool ‘NASA’. 

The images, which were taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope and published on NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program website, show a whirlpool galaxy at different wavelengths. 

The stunning whirlpool galaxy, also known as Messier 51 and NGC 5194/5195, is actually a pair of individual galaxies located approximately 23 million light-years away from earth. 

The image (a) on the left shows the whirlpool with visible light, while the second from the left (b) includes two visible wavelengths (red and green), but adds the telescopes infrared data. 

The Spitzer telescope’s complete infrared view is visible only in the two right panels, with the far-right infrared view containing light at a wavelength of 24 microns (visible in red). 

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Jul 27 2019