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Welcome to Nanowerk Smartworlder – our section on smart technologies

What is Smart Technology?
We explain what the term 'Smart Technology' means. How does it work? Some examples. And we cover smart technologies for healtcare, industry and agriculture.
The Internet-of-Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a huge worldwide network of connected objects. IoT platforms integrate data from many different devices and applies analytics to share the most valuable information with applications built to address specific needs.
Artificial Intelligence
Few terms are as poorly understood as artificial intelligence, which has given rise to so many questions and debates that no singular definition of the field is universally accepted. We explain what AI is and what it does.
Big Data
Big Data is not about the data – it is about the value that can be extracted from the data: the harvesting of raw data from multiple, disparate sources, storing it for use by analytics programs, and using it to derive value from the data in entirely new ways.
Blockchain Explained
Although it started with Bitcoin, blockchain technology will go way beyond cryptocurrencies and enable voting systems, anti-counterfeiting, supply chain security, medical records, smart contracts, and much more.
Cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrency is a form of digital currency that has an open and decentralized system and uses cryptography to enhance security and control the creation of new currency units.
Bitcoin Mining
The purpose of bitcoin mining is to issue new bitcoins; confirm transactions; and keep the Bitcoin network secure. We explain in detail how it works.
Non-fungible Token (NFT) Explained
Gone are the crazy days of CryptoKitties; Non-fungible Tokens have arrived in the real world. They are expanding beyond digital art into categories such as video games, music, luxury fashion, domain names, and sports memorabilia.
Web3 Explained
We are about to embark on the third major iteration of the Internet: Web3 – the next wave of websites and apps built on decentralized technology and running on blockchains
Smart Dust
Smart dust networks are a vision of the networked future where intelligent network of trillions of miniscule sensors continuously feel, taste, smell, see, and hear what is going on in their surrounding environment.
Smart Cities Explained
What drives the emergence of smart cities now? What makes a city smart and what are key elements. And we look at some of the leading smart cities of the world.
How Nanotechnology Can Benefit Smart Cities
The development of smart cities can benefit from nanotechnology enabled materials and devices such as sensors, photovoltaics, efficient lighting systems or communication networks.
Smart Grids Explained
The smart grid is an electricity network that uses digital and other advanced technologies to monitor and manage the transport of electricity from all generation sources to meet the varying electricity demands of end-users.
Smart Roads Explained
Part of smart transportation concepts are smart roads, a term describing road infrastructure for autonomous or connected vehicles that is integrated with advanced network and communication technologies.
Smart Factory
A smart factory is a flexible system that can self-optimize performance across a broad network, self-adapt to and learn from new conditions in real or near-real time, and autonomously run entire production processes.
Digital Twin
Digital Twin is an exact virtual representation of a physical object, place, process, product, or service. It uses real-time data and other sources to enable monitoring of systems, to prevent problems before they occur, to develop new management strategies, opportunities, and to improve decision-making.
Smart Home
A smart home is a residence that uses an automation system to (remotely) monitor and manage internet-connected home features like access control, security systems, lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances.
Smart Home for Seniors
If a retirement home or some sort of care facility is not an option for your family, you will need to set up a support system that not only includes your family and caregivers, but also a residence that has been outfitted as a smart home to accommodate your older relatives.
E-textiles and Smart Clothing – The New Black for the Internet of Things
The impact of technology on the textile industry is no longer limited to the design and production environment of clothing. Now, technology is becoming part of the textile itself.
Smart Toys
A lot of marketing hype has resulted in misconceptions about what a ‘smart’ actually is. We explain and show examples.
The Best and Most Innovative Smart Kitchen Appliances
Smart kitchen appliances are designed to make them easier to use and remove tedious routine work. They are integrated with sensor technology, communication capabilities, advanced user interface, even artificial intelligence (AI), for enhanced functionality and a more interactive experience.
10 Most Unusual Smart Devices – That Still Can Be Useful
Many people are now familiar with the concept of a smart home or a smart kitchen, even smart toys have found their way into our children’s lives. But there are also some, let’s say unusual, smart devices out there. Let’s take a look at some examples.