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Bosch is unveiling a host of new, innovative products to the market at this year's CES. The products being presented by the technology giant for 2014 are a combination of "home, mobility, and community." In a world where "more than six billion things will be connected to the internet," Bosch is ready for the challenge.
A team of designers, scientists and psychologists are working with Bosch to explore a new area of product development. After more than 40 years of producing semi-conductors, sensors, power conductors, and IT modules, Bosch is now concentrating on new areas, including the world of smart homes.
This year, the company introduces Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, a new branch of development specializing in new consumer technologies. Part of this new area of product development is represented by the BME 280, a new sensor measuring in at 2.5 millimeters per side and designed to support a broad range of applications for the smart home—in other words, programs and applications that control various "connected life" areas of the home via the phone or internet.
Fitness, personalized weather, and other home control programs can be used with smart phones via the BME 280. For a company known for developing cutting-edge sensors, this represents possible future advancements in multiple areas.
Other new fields of research and production for Bosch within the "smart home" this year include systems for minimizing home operating costs. Specifically, users can take advantage of smart technology to control things like thermostats, home security systems, and utility usage via a mobile application or internet connection.
This type of remote access for homeowners is one of the largest areas of development for technology companies at this time; multiple similar systems are being presented at CES 2014, and Bosch is no exception.
Bosch also announces that it intends to make inroads in the near future into automotive development. Considering the company's current place as one of the largest producers of car technology and components in the world, the fact that Bosch is hard at work on self-driving and smart cars is no surprise and has often been previously reported.
Beginning in 2014, Bosch states, it will begin rolling out various features for smart-connected drivers, such as fully-automated steering for use on the interstate. The idea behind the rolling-out process is to release multiple "small steps" of the self-driving car at a time, gradually allowing drivers to adapt to it, so that they retain a feeling of control and increase their safety even while the car takes over certain concepts of vehicle operation. Bosch made the conscious decision, it says, not to bring self-driving cars themselves to this year's CES, although the company will be discussing the concepts and presenting about developments throughout the week.