Smart Tech

Smart technology is a category of devices and software that can connect to the internet or other devices, enabling them to collect and analyze data to make decisions or carry out functions. Voice technology, such as Amazon's Echo and Google Home, has revolutionized the way we interact with technology by allowing users to control devices and access information using voice commands. This has opened up new possibilities for accessibility, and the technology is being implemented in everything from homes to businesses. Smart technology also includes devices such as smart thermostats, security systems, and home appliances, which can be remotely controlled through a smartphone app or voice command.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.


Introducing Smart Technology

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: SMART technology means “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology''. This technology is used to provide cognitive awareness to objects, by making use of advanced technologies like the internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data.This tech kit will walk you through sample technology on display in the Innovate Laboratory as well as help you develop some of your own IoT services using the IFTTT platform.


Creating Routines

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: Smart accessories are products that have the ability to connect to the internet. This gives them the ability to be remotely activated at any time. We are going to look at creating routines using smart devices in the lab such as a motion sensor, ring doorbell, smart plugs and lights. These devices can help automate certain chores.


Working with the Nanoleaf

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: These lighting panels are a nice lighting addition to any room, but they also have many functions and integrations as well. These lights can connect to your digital assistants such as an Amazon Alexa or Google Home. These panels use RGB lighting and can be configured into any shape. This Tech kit will walk though setting up the nanoleafs with a routine, creating your own scenes and using the interactive features.




Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Type: Smart Assistant

Description: Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Motion Sensors

Type: Device

Description: Motion Sensors are device that detect nearby motion and are used to automate certain chores.

Ring Doorbell

Type: Device

Description: Ring Doorbell is a smart home device that implements a camera, microphone and motion sensor. It operates with two-way communication through the Ring mobile application.

Nano Leaf

Type: Device

Description: Voiceflow is an online platform that easily lets you build voice apps for Alexa Skills or Google Actions. This platform utilizes an intuitive drag and drop system that allows for simple visual diagrams that are then converted to skills.

Smart Bulb

Type: Device

Description: A smart bulb is an internet capable LED lightbulb that can be remotely scheduled, customized and controlled.


Type: Application

Description: IFTTT is a mobile application that connects and automates smart devices.

Smart Switches

Type: Device

Description: A Smart Switch is an electrical switch that is internet capable to control your devices.