A German company specializes in building smart homes that incorporate intelligent room and building systems. For example, they allow residents to control and program heating and cooling systems.
When the smart lights in your home start blinking of their own accord, or your toaster starts ejecting your bread slices at an unusual pace, you might have a problem with ghosts. Or with a hacker accessing your smart home devices. The security issues surrounding ubiquitous connectivity is a big topic at the CeBit tech fair in Hannover, but one that also hits close to home.
As homes grow in intelligence and ubiquity, savvy smart home owners need to be asking themselves the right questions - and demanding secure products from vendors, argues DW's Janelle Dumalaon.
For years, investment in digital infrastructure has been urged in Germany, with business leaders saying the country risks being left behind. But is Europe’s powerhouse really so unprepared for the digital revolution?
African masks have a history almost as long as the continent to which they belong, but an artist in Ghana has given them a whole new twist by making them out of waste. Meet the inimitable Ed Franklin Gavua.
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Meet a man who's doing his bit for the environment by digging holes in urban India. It might sound unlikely, but it's helping to prevent both flooding and drought. Welcome to the world of the recharge well.
On this week's eco@africa, we meet Nigerians striving for sustainability, German farmers using ancient techniques, and Ugandan school children getting green-fingered with urban farming projects at school.
On this week's eco@africa, we meet a group rebuilding a national park in Mozambique, visit a vertical farm in Germany and see how Cameroon's biogas man is helping rural cookers save their environment.
Over the years eco@africa has looked into different and creative ways of farming. Here are five ideas that struck a chord and have the possibility to change lives in Africa and across the globe.
The half-hour radio show and podcast Living Planet makes the environment matter to you.
A fresh study by the International Fund for Animal Welfare has highlighted the vast quantity of live animals and their body parts that are available for sale online and the threat this poses to their survival.
In the Georgian countryside, many are reliant on firewood for heating. Can local energy cooperatives help fight the resulting air pollution and deforestation, and help families save cash, with a solar-powered fix?
Biodiversity is under threat from development and climate change. Yet much of the planet's biodiversity isn't even known to science yet. Conservationists still struggle to find out what's really out there.
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