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Halo Smart Labs Leverages Advanced Technology to Create Safer, Smarter Smoke Alarms

Halo Smart Labs Leverages Advanced Technology to Create Safer, Smarter Smoke Alarms

Halo Smart Labs works hard to ensure our Halo® Smart Smoke Alarms use the best available technology to improve our product performance. To improve our product technology, we worked with TI and Xively to determine how to we could use technology in two ways. First, we implemented TI’s SimpleLink™ and other TI devices in order to maximize device communication and minimize power usage. Second, we implemented Xively’s IoT platform. Xively’s cloud management program allows Halo® users to add their device to either the Halo App or any one of a number of other smart home ecosystems. This flexibility gives Halo customers the freedom to choose their own smart home ecosystem and make changes as they find and want to test new smart home hubs and products.


You can read more about the tech behind Halo® on the TI blog this week:

On Popular Mechanics: Quantum Phone Security

As more and more of our personal information is stored in our smart phones, consumers are understandably concerned about how safe their phone security really is. Recently, researchers have developed a "quantum entropy source" for random number generation that's capable of fitting into a phone. This could offer new levels of safety and encryption for mobile transactions. A quantum entropy source helps complicate random number generation because, every 'random' number starts with a 'seed' number chosen by the computer, and then the computer does additional math to complicate it. This means that these fandom number generators  If hackers can discover the reasoning behind the seed number, or the math done to shake things up, then they're halfway towards getting to your data. However, that's where quantum mechanics can come in. Quantum processes (the behaviors of energy on the atomic scale) are truly random, and because of that can generate a truly random number better than any previous random number generator. Previously, these quantum number generators haven't been particularly fast or small, but the latest devices developed run quickly enough to encrypt GBs of data every second, fast enough to encrypt voice calls, video, and financial data in real time. They're also small enough that two of these generators put together are only 6 by 2 millimeters, small enough to include in a phone without bulking its size. Check out this Popular Mechanics article for the full details.

On Digital Trends: the iPhone 7

Last week, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and of course the tech world is ablaze. Notable features include:
  • Improved cam specs - the front and back cameras are upgraded, and the 7 Plus features a dual rear camera that allows for 2x optical zoom, and 10x digital. The new iPhones also support the higher grade, RAW image format.
  • Removal of the headphone jack - given that Bluetooth and wireless headphones options still don't offer the sound quality of wired headphones, most techies aren't happy.
  • A storage option upgrade - the lowest amount of storage offered in the new iPhones is 32GB, and they go up to 256GB.
Digital Trends offers this longer run-down of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus features. What do you think of the tech giant's newest release?