Home Automation

August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August may have started with a single smart lock, but the company won't be happy until it has upgraded your entire front door experience. The new August Access platform, and three new or updated products that arrive under its umbrella, will not only allow you to lock and unlock your door from your phone, but hand out PIN code access, speak to delivery people while you're away from home, and integrate with services like Postmates and Shyp.

Continue Reading

Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus (the name of both the company and the product) is a new device that aims to combine the best of video calling and home intercoms with voice commands. The mini tablet can be mounted to wall or just placed on a counter or table, and be used to connect and communicate with others in just seconds, bypassing even the steps that FaceTime and Skype users must go through before getting into a call.

Continue Reading

Amazon wants to own the IoT – and it’s starting with soup

Amazon wants to own the IoT – and it’s starting with soup

Amazon's Alexa isn't just its sassy retort to Siri but the retail behemoth's gateway to the smart home, and the starter is - perhaps fittingly - soup. Announcing the AWS IoT last week, a platform through which connected devices covering everything from home automation widgets, through cars, to industrial equipment can speak to Amazon's cloud, the company also quietly inked a reported deal with Campbell's.

Continue Reading

Elgato debuts Eve Room, Eve Weather with HomeKit support

Elgato debuts Eve Room, Eve Weather with HomeKit support

Elgato has announced the latest connected home devices in its Eve line, the Eve Room and Eve Weather. The two sensors are compatible with Apple's HomeKit ecosystem, and are used to monitor and gather data about the home, including things like air quality, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. Elgato notes that these are the first battery-powered accessories for HomeKit, and they can connect directly with iOS devices, without the need of a central hub or bridge.

Continue Reading

New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price

New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price

While Google's Next Cam is arguably the most popular connected home surveillance camera around, that doesn't stop other camera makers from trying to compete with their own solutions. Take for instance Kodak and their new CFH-V20 camera, part of their Connected Family Home series. The camera not only has a 180-degree field of view, but can stream HD video, act as a two-way intercom, and has night vision.

Continue Reading

Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Lock & hardware maker Yale has just announced its latest residential door lock that works wirelessly with digital keys on a smartphone via Bluetooth. Dubbed the Yale Real Living Assure Lock, the hardware works with the Yale Digital Keys app for both iOS and Android, in addition to the new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. With the app, users can simply select the key they need to open the door, and hold their device up to the lock.

Continue Reading

Logitech’s Harmony Hub Extender is finally available

Logitech’s Harmony Hub Extender is finally available

Back in September 2014, yes more than a year ago, Logitech promised to soon make available a new Hub Extender for its fleet of Harmony smart home products. That "soon", however, turned into months but finally the wait is over. At least for those still waiting for it. The Harmony Hub Extender is now available will soon be ready to introduce new smart appliances and devices to your Harmony-controlled home. Particularly those that support the ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless technologies, which adds a few names to Harmony's growing list.

Continue Reading

Philips Hue 2.0 supports HomeKit plus new 800 lumen bulbs

Philips Hue 2.0 supports HomeKit plus new 800 lumen bulbs

Philips' Hue smart lighting system is getting onboard with Apple HomeKit, with Hub 2.0 embracing third-party IoT protocols alongside a bevy of brighter bulbs. Compared to the original Hub, the second-gen model - along with being square now - has 500x more space and runs a full Linux OS. It's that which allows it to handle HomeKit interactions, using Siri to control the ZigBee-connected bulbs.

Continue Reading

Nest’s huge IoT ambitions see Weave stitch up the smart home

Nest’s huge IoT ambitions see Weave stitch up the smart home

Nest is expanding its "Works with Nest" smart home platform, offering third-party device manufacturers access to the Weave wireless used in its own thermostat. Its APIs already used by over 11,000 developers, Works with Nest is now looking to broaden its net to devices that may so far have fallen outside of the automation portfolio: gadgets that run on batteries, for instance, or which have humble processors.

Continue Reading

Yale Linus Lock uses Nest Weave to speak a CO leak

Yale Linus Lock uses Nest Weave to speak a CO leak

Yale is diving into the connected lock space, and it's so confident in its new smart security gadget it's named it after the company founder. The Yale Linus lock owes its title to Linus Yale Jr. who established the firm in 1843 after inventing the cylinder pin-tumbler mechanism, but while the name may be a nod to history, the technology is bang up to date.

Continue Reading

Logitech Circle is a portable home-monitoring camera

Logitech Circle is a portable home-monitoring camera

Logitech has just announced the Circle under its new "Logi" brand, and it's a small, ball-shaped camera that can act as a standard home security device, but also offers many more neat features. The camera is capable of streaming HD video footage of the home to its accompanying smartphone app on iOS or Android, as well as acting like a two-way intercom, with users able to listen or speak to whoever is in the room.

Continue Reading

The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

Our houses are getting smarter, with new fangled connectivity to the Internet and our smartphones and new fangled remote controls. But what if your needs were simply to comfortably watch your favorite Netflix shows in the dimmed coziness of your living room? What if you happened to be a tinkerer with some spare tools and chips around? What if you wanted pizza to go with that? If you answered yes to all of those, or maybe even just the first two, then the Netflix Switch might be perfect for you.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next