Home Automation

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Apple finalizes MFi; get ready for HomeKit

Apple finalizes MFi; get ready for HomeKit

Yesterday, we brought you info about Apple working some HomeKit into Apple TV. The move would turn your Apple TV into a centralized hub for the connected home. Rather than have a secondary device, you’d be able to use tour connected Apple device to run a variety of third-party hardware. The missing part of that equation was the third-party hardware, which has been waiting on some Apple software tweaks. Now that Made For iPhone (MFi) standards have been finalized, expect a flood of hardware.

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SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

Another day, another smart home hub, and this time it's Swann Security wading in with the SwannOne. Another attempt to pull together the disparate parts of DIY home automation into a single box, SwannOne kicks off with a wireless video camera that can feed video to a smartphone or into the cloud, but will eventually support lights, locks, and professional remote monitoring.

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Doorbot evolves into Ring, looks less conspicuous

Doorbot evolves into Ring, looks less conspicuous

Doorbot is shedding of its somewhat industrial and rather geeky image, changing its name to a more generic-sounding Ring and looking more like a doorbell that can blend into your house's design. But more than just shedding off appearances and names, Ring, formerly known as Doorbot, picks up a few new tricks that turns the WiFi doorbell into a more well-rounded security system.

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SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

Home automation hub SmartThings has added Logitech's Harmony platform to its growing list of supported devices, turning the universal remote into a smart controller for lights, multimedia, and more. The new functionality, part of SmartThings' Labs open-beta, means that Harmony remote owners will be able to build in TV triggers and other A/V kit control based on triggers from the smart home platform, like doors opening or movement detected.

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INSTEON home automation adds Cortana: Jarvis for all

INSTEON home automation adds Cortana: Jarvis for all

Ever wonder what it’d be like to be Tony Stark, Iron Man with a home automation system that speaks with you when you speak to it? Lucky you, the folks at INSTEON have begun releasing their app for Windows Phone 8.1 for full home automation action - complete with Cortana. This means you’ll be able to interact with your home automation system the same way you’d speak with Windows Phone 8.1’s own friendly voice assistant.

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Logitech outs new Harmony remotes as smart home expands

Logitech outs new Harmony remotes as smart home expands

Logitech's Harmony range of universal remotes is opening its arms to the smart home, with two new models that can control not only your TV but your lighting, thermostat, and more. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home and its more affordable Harmony Home Control sibling both work with the company's Harmony Home Hub, launched last year to support the home automation apps for iOS and Android.

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iSmartAlarm’s improved iCamera has USB storage

iSmartAlarm’s improved iCamera has USB storage

For the DIY home security fan, few things stand up to iSmartAlarm. The sensors, which set up effortlessly and ping your phone when something amiss happens, have long been the darling of the home security world. One mis-hit was their camera, which was buggy and bulky. At CEDIA this week, they’ve introduced a new camera, which brings a lot more to the table than their previous iteration.

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