Items tagged with smart home

The smart home category is one of the fastest growing segments and everyone wants a piece of it. That includes Apple, which is looking for another breakout product like the iPhone. Apparently Apple believes that product could be a smart home device similar to Amazon's Echo gadget, but powered by Siri instead of Alexa and sporting a few additional bells and whistles.People who claim to be familiar with Apple's plans say that Apple began work on the smart home device two years ago, and that the project just recently exited the research and development phase. Apple has yet to finalize plans for whatever... Read more...
Nest Labs pounced on the emerging Internet of Things market by making and selling Internet-connected smart thermostats and smoke detectors. That caught the attention of Google, which in 2014 acquired the company for $3.2 billion. Since then, Google's had trouble figuring out how best to utilize its acquisition, though parent company Alphabet has an idea. Alphabet's made the decision to pluck Nest's entire platform team and make it a part of Google.The idea is to creat a unified IoT platform. Google executive Hiroshi Lockheimer will spearhead the effort, though it's not clear if he'll also continue... Read more...
Some people have the ability to light up a room just by their very presence. So can you, says Philips, when you use its Hue gen 2 app for iOS and Android. The new generation app for the company's smart lighting system gives you better control over your home illumination along with some intuitive ways of brightening up a room. One of the new features is called Rooms. Using the Rooms feature, you can group all of the lights in one room together to control them all at the same time. This can be handy for rooms like kitchens and the basement where you might have lights installed in different locations,... Read more...
It's still relatively early in the smart home movement that's been making headway into the mainstream market and that means there's a ton of untapped potential for creative and innovative solutions. One of them was just introduced by Logitech—it's the Pop Home Switch, or basically a programmable button that can control multiple smart home devices. You can program up to three different action sequences in each switch, which in turn are initiated by a single press, double press, or a long press. For example, you might program a single press to turn lighting on or off, a double press to lock the doors,... Read more...
When you think of your home, your belongings and your family, it likely automatically invokes various feelings of love, happiness, care, etc. And because of this, it is no surprise that people throughout time have looked for new and inventive ways to ensure the safety of their home via different monitoring and security tactics, and as technology has evolved, so too have the number of technologically oriented products for home monitoring and security. That having been said, home security cameras are currently among the most popular home security products available to consumers today. Ideal for anyone... Read more...
While smart home innovation is still in its infancy, the number of products being introduced to the market on a monthly basis is increasing significantly. Devices that give you the ability to control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your mobile device are making lives easier and increasing overall efficiency. Meanwhile, users are adapting quickly. In the United States, household penetration of smart home technology is at 5.82% in 2016, with penetration expected to hit 18.62% in 2020. If you’re not part of this 5.82%, you could be on the fence - and we totally get it. With... Read more...
D-Link is expanding its Connected Home line of products with the addition of the DCH-S165 mydlink Smart Alarm Detector. This sensor will alert you when your existing smoke or carbon monoxide detectors go off. The sensor can also be programmed to listen for other sounds such as glass breaking or your doorbell ringing. Devices such as the Smart Alarm Detector make it easy for anyone to have a smart home without the hassle of replacing a bunch of sensors or re-wiring your home. The device plugs into any AC outlet and can be used with other mydlink devices to help protect your home. After plugging... Read more...
When Amazon released its Echo "smart home" device (our review), it seemed very likely that it'd have some great competition before long. With CES 2016 right around the corner, we're sure to see such competitors at the show, but LG decided to beat everyone else to the punch by announcing its take on things today. The "SmartThinQ" is designed to be the central hub in a connected home, able to provide notifications and let you control a variety of other devices. In one moment, you could check your calendar reminders, while in the next, you could see how much time is left on your dryer load. Connected... Read more...
Quirky, the ambitious invention platform startup that aims to help turn people's ideas into real products, and its affiliates have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company announced in a blog post today. It's now looking to sell off substantially all of its assets, including its Wink smart home platform. The company may have already found a buyer for Wink. Flextronics International, which is a Wink partner and an unsecured creditor, has made an all-cash offer of $15 million. Quirky hasn't ruled out a sale at that price, though it's holding out for "higher or otherwise better offers,"... Read more...
Samsung completely revamped its SmartThings line of smart home products today, from its SmartThings Hub to the sensors. It even gave the app an overhaul to improve navigation. Samsung is positioning it as an easy way to start monitoring important events in your home, like water leaks, intruders, and the arrival of guests. As a Samsung spokesperson put it in a post today: “In fact, we started SmartThings out of a desire to know the answer to a basic but deeply personal question: is everything OK in my home.”The SmartThings Hub is the key to the network of SmartThings sensors. It connects to your... Read more...
One of the definitions of irony is "a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected." So here's a question -- what if a situation seems ironic, only those affected don't find it funny? Is it still ironic? We pose this question because Wink sent out a security update to Wink Hub owners that certainly seems ironic to us, though only because we don't own one. In an email sent out to affected Wink Hub owners, the company explained, "Your Wink Hub is now so secure that it is unable to connect to the Wink Servers. This means that... Read more...
The lowly home thermostat is fast becoming an important seller for smart home companies. Nest put a spotlight on it with the Wi-Fi connected Nest Learning Thermostat and Honeywell, a longtime thermostat maker, has been pumping out flashy touch-screen competitors. Now Quirky is getting into the mix with Norm. Quirky, famous for crowd-sourcing unusual tech products, built Norm to connect to its Wink wireless smart home system. In fact, you’ll need to buy a Wink product in order to make Norm work. Even so, the prices for Quirky’s smart home products are starting off well below those of... Read more...
Verizon is about to test a smart-home automation system that uses its FiOS network in some New Jersey homes. The management system is simply known as Home Monitoring and Control. As you might expect, the system provides real-time access to home controls such as lighting, security cameras, locks, and thermostats. Using the system, you can also control appliances and various consumer electronics devices that are connected to the home network. Verizon plans to demo the smart-home system at CES in January. The company says the system should be widely available in the first half of 2011. New Verizon... Read more...