Items tagged with home automation

Internet-connected home security cameras have been around for a while with some of the most popular models coming from Ring, Google, Netgear/Arlo, among others. Samsung is now stepping into the connected camera segment with its SmartThings Cam. Samsung says that the SmartThings Cam is a smarter way to monitor homes with a premium device which the company says is available at an "approachable price." The SmartThings Cam sells for $89.99 and is available nationwide starting today. It is an indoor camera with the ability to see in the day or night with a 145-degree, wide-angle field of view. The Cam records video in full HD 1080p resolution with HDR. It also features integrated two-way audio that... Read more...
The long Labor Day holiday weekend is here, and if you are looking to do some shopping this weekend for deals, Amazon has some deals you don’t even have to leave your home to take advantage of. The online shopping giant has some nice deals on Philips Hue Lighting products and control hubs that will work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant with Google Home products. With an Amazon Echo device in your home and these smart bulbs, you can control the lighting in your home using your voice. Forgot to turn off the lights in the kitchen and you don't want to pause the game? Just tell Alexa to turn them off. You do need a few things to be able to pull that scenario off . You need an... Read more...
Following Google’s initial foray into the connected home front with the acquisition of Nest is an acquisition of Dropcam, a startup that makes a cloud-based WiFi video monitoring service. Rumors had emerged a few weeks ago that this was happening, but now the deal is going through for $555 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers confirmed that the company is paying cash for Dropcam. The deal will close pending regulatory approval. There are, of course, concerns over any Google-owned products and services in the connected home because of the search giant’s ad-focused revenue stream, but Rogers assured that neither Nest nor Dropcam will sell ads, and... 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 Home Monitoring and Control Service Will Make the Concept of the 'Connected Home' a Reality Service,... Read more...
Bang & Olufsen is extending control of home automation and home entertainment to your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad via the new BeoLink application. This new app gives you access to audio and video controls as well as the home automation system. The BeoLink application sends commands via Wi-Fi. The interface is customizable to show the scenes and commands requested by the customer. The app is free and currently available in the App store. Bang & Olufsen Announces BeoLink Application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Offering total smart-phone integration of home entertainment and environmental controls - even when one is not at home ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bang... Read more...