Home Automation

BeeWi’s smart home line now includes an oil diffuser

BeeWi’s smart home line now includes an oil diffuser

When people talk about smart or automated homes, they usually think of lights, TVs, speakers, thermostats and maybe even ACs. But an aromatherapy diffuser? Probably not. But that's exactly what BeeWi is showcasing at CES 2016 today. As a proper member of its smart home lineup, the BeeWi smart oil diffuser connects to your home network, automatically adjusts itself according to the conditions inside the room, records environmental statistics, and, of course, lets owners remotely control and view all that from the convenience of their smartphone.

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Netatmo Presence upgrades security light with IoT

Netatmo Presence upgrades security light with IoT

Home security cameras are mainstays of the IoT, but Netatmo wants to take things one step further with Presence, its smarter camera. Weatherproof, ruggedized, and intended to replace an external security floodlight - a neat way to get around the hassle of installing new cabling - the Presence features not only a 1080p camera but the promise to classify what it sees before it warns you.

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Lowes unveils upcoming Iris smart home monitoring service

Lowes unveils upcoming Iris smart home monitoring service

Lowes introduced its updated Iris smart home system in November, and today at CES 2016 announced plans to offer a professional monitoring service for its’ Iris customers. The monitoring service will be offered in partnership with United Central Control Inc, though it will only be available in yet-unannounced markets starting in the second quarter of this year. The service will be offered sans contract.

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Helium’s smart IoT sensor kit gets a ship date

Helium’s smart IoT sensor kit gets a ship date

Smart sensor start-up Helium will begin shipping development kits for its programmable IoT platform in February, the company confirmed at CES today. Dubbed the Helium Sensor Development Kit, it's expected to make industrial and enterprise monitoring more straightforward, with a software-defined, field-programmable sensor.

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Vinli Home Connect bridges smart homes and smart cars

Vinli Home Connect bridges smart homes and smart cars

Our homes are getting smarter and so are our cars. But more often than not, they aren't getting smarter at the same time. At least not enough to talk with each other. Like the problem with the Internet of Things in general, smart devices and vehicles are like isolated island paradises that offer their own luxury often without awareness of or cooperation with others. Vinli is trying to build bridges but with a different twist. Instead of just orchestrating IoT devices inside the house, it actually connects those with your very own smart car, opening up new ways to automate your life.

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Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

At the start of every year, almost everyone makes a commitment to do something or stop doing something in order to make a difference in their lives or those of others. And by "almost everyone", we also mean tech company CEOs. For Mark Zuckerberg, 2016 won't simply be a year for learning a new language or reading more books. He already did those the previous year. This year he's taking on something more ambitious: a smart home AI that is practically Jarvis from Iron Man made flesh. Or digital, in this case.

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LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

The robotic vacuum market is currently being dominated by Roomba, with Dyson making moves as well, but that doesn't mean other manufacturers aren't looking to compete with their own advanced floor cleaners. LG is one such company, having just announced their HOM-BOT Turbo+, a flat, automated vacuum with a rounded-corner square shape and a handful of unique features, including augmented reality (AR) and home monitoring capabilities.

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Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

We're at the age of smart home functionality where we can move beyond devices and begin to enable services - so says SmartThings. We won't be dismissing smart devices - they still have a ways to go and much ground to explore - but the age of smart home software services has - according to SmartThings Vice President of Product Mark Yoshitake. Thats why the company has teamed up with Scout Professional Monitoring. "Smart home technology has advanced to a stage where we can move beyond functionality enabled purely by devices," said Yoshitake, "and start to plug in services that will bring real, tangible benefits to customers."

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Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest created the smart thermostat market, and now it's under attack. Turns out the appeal of home temperature control without requiring programming more complex than a graduate degree, and more flexible than "on" or "off", is enough to lure in not only customers but competitors. After granular improvements since the 2011 launch, Nest's third-generation hardware bumps up the most eye-catching aspect of the thermostat: the display.

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