Home Automation

Philips hue adds BR30 and GU10 bulbs plus Disney StoryLight

Philips hue adds BR30 and GU10 bulbs plus Disney StoryLight

Philips promised more focused lighting options for the holidays as part of its hue wireless bulb range, and the company has delivered, revealing not only two new bulb types, but a tie-in with Disney that integrates special Mickey-themed lamps with interactive story books. The hue BR30 is headed to the US first, targeting the popular recessed downlighter fittings found in many American kitchens, offices, and living rooms, while the GU10 will do the same for European track- and task-lighting.

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Philips hue BR30 Review

Philips hue BR30 Review

Philips' hue range of wireless lights has come a long way from its ZigBee beginnings, but it's the new BR30 downlight bulbs that the Dutch company expects to really crack the US market. Still packing the same multi-colored, Android and iOS controlled convenience for the DIY smart home, these latest hue bulbs now fit into the recessed and spot-track fittings common in American homes. They're on sale today, but SlashGear has been testing them out over the past few weeks; read on for our full review.

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Kevo unlocks your front door with a touch and an app

Kevo unlocks your front door with a touch and an app

Kwikset, the hardware company specializing in door locks, has started shipping Kevo, a deadbolt-and-app product that lets you open your front door with a touch. Once the deadbolt is installed on your door and the app is installed on your device, you can simply touch any part of the round metal deadbolt casing to open your door. The lock detects the presence of your Kevo-enabled device via Bluetooth and it unlocks. You can also unlock it with a regular door key.

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Apple iWatch reportedly to function as home automation control

Apple iWatch reportedly to function as home automation control

The rumored iWatch has cropped up in a variety of tips and rumors over the past months, with the latest one surfacing today by way of Brian White, a Cantor Fitzgerald analyst who has grabbed some details about the fabled Apple smartwatch from unnamed sources. According to White, the iWatch will function as a home automation control, allowing users to control aspects of their home from the convenience of their wrist.

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Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Smart thermostat company Nest has revealed its second intelligent home device, the Nest Protect, a WiFi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Aiming to do the same for home safety as the original Nest does for HVAC control, the Nest Protect tracks potential perils, warns you with both an spoken audio alert and pings to your iOS or Android device, and even notifies other Nest equipment so that they can respond too.

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August smart lock preorders open but release pushed back to Q1 2014

August smart lock preorders open but release pushed back to Q1 2014

August has put its iPhone-controlled smart lock up for preorder, but early-adopters will have to wait a little longer than expected to upgrade their front door to the 21st century. The smart lock, which works with an iOS app over Bluetooth to support multiple access groups and temporary permissions for dog-walkers or cleaners, is now not expected to ship until sometime in Q1 2014, the startup says, rather than the late-2013 release window initially promised.

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DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

DISH and Control4 have teamed up to integrate the Hopper HD DRV into the Control4 home automation system, spreading control of the digital video recorder across any in-wall touchscreen, remote, tablet, or smartphone used in the home. Building on DISH's API, which the company launched back in July, the integration means that those living in a Control4-enabled smart home will be able to manage setting and playing back their recordings from third-party devices, as well as have EPG information fed into the system and displayed on other screens.

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Nest unveils developer program for Learning Thermostat

Nest unveils developer program for Learning Thermostat

Nest has announced a new developer program for its Learning Thermostat, a nifty device that has receive quite a bit of attention in recent times. Under the program, developers will be able to participate in creating a widespread "connected experience for the home," something that the maker is detailing now but will officially start early next year.

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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat adds voice control for Nest rebuke

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat adds voice control for Nest rebuke

Honeywell may not have the sort of geek-kudos Nest does, but it's aiming to change that with a new voice-controlled touchscreen thermostat that hooks into the cloud. The Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is fronted by a finger-friendly color display, but by saying "Hello, thermostat" it can also be controlled by naturally phrased speech commands such as "make it much cooler."

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