Home Automation

Piper nv home security camera brings night vision, 1080p video

Piper nv home security camera brings night vision, 1080p video

iControl Networks' Piper product lineup just got a little bigger with the addition of Piper nv for the North American market. With the Piper nv comes a connected home security solution wrapped up in single sleek tower, offering home owners (or dorm dwellers, etc.) a relatively inexpensive way to monitor their dwelling in conjunction with their mobile device. All the trimmings are there: there's video monitoring, wireless connectivity, night vision, and more. This builds upon the company's previous offering, and tosses some improved functionality into the mix.

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GE’s new sous vide probe talks to induction cooktops

GE’s new sous vide probe talks to induction cooktops

You probably don’t cook sous vide, and that’s a shame. Though it’s counter intuitive to much of what you know about cooking, sous vide often does a much better job of cooking your proteins evenly; often perfectly. We’ve covered several sous vide add-ons here at SlashGear, but GE’s entry might be the most intriguing. It’s also the most frustrating. The simple clip-on accessory monitors the water temp in your pot, and communicates with their new line of ranges to turn the heat up or down.

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Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Today it became clear what it was, exactly, China-based smart device company Xiaomi was getting at when they started releasing devices outside of the mobile smartphone ecosystem. We're not just talking tablets here, we're talking TV boxes, smart TVs, smart bands, and an air purifier. The Xiaomi air purifier was revealed earlier this year as a bit of a shock to outside parties - what was a smartphone company doing releasing a home product? They've got big plans for China - that's what's up - and they don't plan on stopping with the devices that fit in your pocket or your backpack.

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Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected lighting was a big theme at CES 2015, but remotely-controlled bulbs are seldom cheap. That's something Cree is aiming to change with its new Connected Cree LED Bulb, a 60W equivalent priced under $15 apiece and offering wireless compatibility not only with Home Depot's Wink hub, but in fact any hub that's ZigBee certified. From there, control over on/off status and bulb brightness can be made.

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Logitech releases Harmony API to connect your whole home

Logitech releases Harmony API to connect your whole home

Not content with launching their own products, Logitech has unleashed an API for Harmony, turning products into a platform. The API gives interested Developers access to Logitech’s Harmony as a standalone, open platform where they can link their products to Logitech’s existing Internet of Things. Logitech says it gives Developers access to roughly 270,000 devices, with partners like IFTTT, SmartThings, and Myo already using Logitech’s API. Others, like Nest, Honeywell, and Sonos, are compatible with Harmony, making the Harmony API as much a mesh network as it is a platform.

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NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

Home automation. More than a few options exist at this point, allowing consumers to be more picky about what they want, and among it all is a desire for products that are both attractive and able to offer extensive support for one's existing hardware. Cue the NEEO, a two-part home automation system that aims to satisfy both of those demands, doing so with with a "brain" and remote and support for thousands of gadgets. All the while, the device brings with it a sleek design.

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Automatic now ‘works with Nest’, connects car and home

Automatic now ‘works with Nest’, connects car and home

Automatic, a leader in connected car technology, has announced their service is now working with Nest. With Nest and Automatic, your car and thermostat will soon be discussing your whereabouts, and best practices for keeping you comfortable. The basic functionality includes the ability for Automatic to wake your Nest into Home mode or set it to Away mode, depending on its proximity (like, when you leave and arrive). Further functionality gets a bit more granular, where Nest and Automatic will discuss where you might be.

Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

You could hardly walk five paces through the halls at CES 2015 without stumbling over a wireless light bulb. Connected lighting seems determined to be the point of entry to domestic home automation, and there are plenty - startups and larger - hoping to corner the market. Ironically, then, the company which arguably created the market, Philips, had decamped to a nearby hotel, outfitting a suite with a full array of hue bulbs and lamps. I stopped by to get a demo of the newest 12 Monkeys hue light-soundtrack support, as well as to find out what's coming up next as the smart home accelerates.

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CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES day four (technically day 3, but we’re counting Monday’s pre-event as a day anyway) brought a lot of fun little gadgets and toys. There was more VR, some point-and-shoot cameras, and even a printer that’s not a printer. More Internet of Things stuff was announced, and in case you weren’t sure, SD cards are NFC-capable, now. The car of the future drove into our hearts, and we got a quick look at the light bulb that might make you less cranky in the morning.

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Noke Bluetooth lock hands-on: forget keys forever

Noke Bluetooth lock hands-on: forget keys forever

Remember Noke? The bluetooth lock made a more than respectable showing on Kickstarter, where they ended up annihilating their $100,000 goal on the way to $652,828 in funding. All that extra cash meant stretch goals were reached, but it also meant they had funds to show their wares off at CES this week! The keyless lock had us interested from the start, and we stopped by their booth to check it out. turns out, some Kickstarter dreams really do come true.

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