Home Automation

Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

It's fair to say Motorola had a big 2013, and SlashGear sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior VP of software engineering, and Steve Sinclair, VP of product marketing, at CES last week to talk wearables, contextual ecosystems, and the Internet of Things. The Google-owned company kicked off a new smartphone strategy, epitomized by the always-listening Moto X and the shockingly-affordable Moto G, arguably just as notable for what it left out of its products as what it chose to include. Meanwhile - and topical, given Google has just acquired Nest - we also talked about Motorola's place in the smart home, and where former Android project lead Horowitz sees the smartphone fitting in. Read on for the full interview.

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Samsung Smart Home setup detailed

Samsung Smart Home setup detailed

Coming out of CES 2014, Samsung is heading further into the home. With the Samsung Smart Home setup, there will be an initial focus on Device Control, Home View and Smart Customer Service. But more than just the three services, Samsung's Smart Home setup will allow the user to take care of this with an app that will run on a variety of devices.

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Lumen TL800 Bluetooth Bulb Review

Lumen TL800 Bluetooth Bulb Review

Colorful remote-control lighting isn't the preserve of the multi-million dollar mansion any more, and Tabu wants to democratize smart home bulbs even further with the Lumen TL800. It's not the first smartphone-controlled LED bulb, but unlike Philips' hue, however, Tabu has turned to something far more prevalent in today's phones and tablets to make the connection: Bluetooth 4.0. Does that make Lumen the remote bulb for the mass market? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Archos Connected Home hooks automation to Android tablet

Archos Connected Home hooks automation to Android tablet

Archos has revealed a new connected home system which will hook up your security, appliances, and even your dog to a smart ecosystem, all controlled by a new 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet. The system, which uses Bluetooth LE to interconnect, consists of multiple "Home Objects" - generally spherical and roughly the side of a table tennis ball - such as cameras or motion sensors.

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Google EnergySense smart thermostat trial tipped underway

Google EnergySense smart thermostat trial tipped underway

Google is secretly testing a smart thermostat that would better track and manage home energy usage, it's reported, with a project dubbed EnergySense seeing the company dogfooding internet-connected HVAC controllers. Although similar on the surface to smart home darling Nest, Google EnergySense would actually be intended to more broadly tackle power use, according to sources speaking to The Information, picking up on the axed Google PowerMeter project killed in 2011.

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AwoX StriimLight B-10 lightbulb features built-in Bluetooth speaker

AwoX StriimLight B-10 lightbulb features built-in Bluetooth speaker

Home automation not only gives extensive control over one's home, but also enables features of it to work in ways not previously possible. One example is the StriimLight B-10 from AwoX, which combines a speaker and an LED light to enable music playback from wherever you have a light socket. Using Bluetooth technology, owners can control the speaker using their mobile device.

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IFTTT iOS Location Triggers added as LIFTTT for Android steps in

IFTTT iOS Location Triggers added as LIFTTT for Android steps in

IFTTT has updated its iOS app with location awareness, turning the iPhone into a motion-tracking trigger for smart home features, internet shortcuts, and general magical macros. The new app, released today, adds iOS Location Recipes to the "If This Then That" software for iPhone and iPad, using cellular, WiFi, GPS, and even Apple iBeacon position awareness that can be used to trigger "recipes" on the service such as Evernote logging or home automation. Meanwhile, though there's still not an official Android version of the IFTTT app, a new third-party option with even more advanced geolocation for both platforms has coincidentally arrived.

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