Items tagged with smart home

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...