Home Automation

‘Dropcam killer’ Simplicam now has facial recognition

‘Dropcam killer’ Simplicam now has facial recognition

Simplicam, a rising force in the home security field, is introducing a very special feature at CES this week. Facial recognition is coming to Simplicam via a software update, meaning all existing and new users will have the feature available straight away. Still in beta, facial recognition also works closely with Simplicam’s existing software, making for a truer home security experience for all. Later this month, Simplicam will also roll out detection zones, allowing users to geofence their home security like never before.

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Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Our smartphones today are being unlocked by a variety of secure methods, ranging from the traditional pin code, to fingerprints, to voice. What if those same secure methods were available to secure our doors as well? Except for the fingerprint part, Schlage pretty much has you covered. Here at CES 2015, we take a quick hands-on of the company's new generation of smart locks that keeps your door and your phone connected, even when you're far away. It even has one that can be unlocked just using your voice.

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SmartThings revamped as Samsung gets IoT serious

SmartThings revamped as Samsung gets IoT serious

We guessed Samsung had big plans for the smart home when it splashed out on SmartThings, and now the first step of that scheming has been revealed as the next-gen Hub. The new SmartThings Hub gets a more powerful processor than before, along with an integrated battery and cellular connectivity options meaning even if both your power and DSL go out, your smart home will stay online. Meanwhile, there's a new clutch of sensors, along with a premium subscription service which Samsung is clearly hoping will help make them some extra cash from home automation.

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New Works with Nest connections announced at CES 2015

New Works with Nest connections announced at CES 2015

Nest made a big name for itself with smart thermostats and smoke detectors, but that isn’t all the company is about. Nest has announced that it will be unveiling some new Works with Nest connections at CES 2015. The company will be showing off its wares in over a dozen different companies booths at CES with different products now compatible with Nest hardware.

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Smarter’s WiFi Coffee Maker adds caffeine to IoT

Smarter’s WiFi Coffee Maker adds caffeine to IoT

A coffee machine with built-in WiFi and its own app may not be the weirdest connected gadget CES 2015 has for us, but it could be one of the most useful. Smarter's simply titled WiFi Coffee Machine does exactly what it says on the box, a grind-on-demand drip brewer that can not only be instructed to start the process on a regular timer, but at the touch of a button in the companion iOS and Android app, or even using geofencing. Walking through the front door to a fresh pot of Joe is the future, Smarter explained to me when I checked out the kitchen gadget at the show.

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MyFox Security System launches in the US via CES 2015

MyFox Security System launches in the US via CES 2015

As homes get smarter and more sophisticated, there will always be worries about attracting more attention from unwanted "visitors". And what better way to protect a smart home than with a smart home security system, right? While MyFox's security system here at CES 2015 might, at first glance, look like any smart home security system, it does offer a few rather unique ideas. Not only does it come as an almost complete package instead of piecemeal components, it also tries to prevent theft instead of simply recording it. Plus, it harnesses the power of your neighborhood in the fight against crime as well.

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Kwikset unveils Kevo Plus at CES 2015

Kwikset unveils Kevo Plus at CES 2015

Kwikset has a high profile for traditional door locks, so it was only natural they parlay that into the connected home. The idea that an existing door lock company with a great reputation could also bring the connected goods is enticing, and Kwikset is delivering. Today at CES, they announced their Kevo Plus service, which brings remote locking and unlocking functionality to your doorstep. Better yet, you can control your door locks from anywhere, so long as your Kevo is connected to your home’s Internet.

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Smarter’s new WiFi-enabled coffee machine debuts at CES

Smarter’s new WiFi-enabled coffee machine debuts at CES

The connected coffee machine is nothing new, and the folks who brought you the iKettle are cannonballing into the mix. Smarter is today announcing a WiFi-enabled coffee machine, controlled via an app. More than making a simple cup of coffee, Smarter’s offering can also grind your beans with its built-in grinder, and send you notifications to alert you when your caffeination is ready. For about $150, this new coffee machine isn’t the cheapest you can get, but it might be the most convenient.

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Lenovo’s Dropcam rival just passed through the FCC

Lenovo’s Dropcam rival just passed through the FCC

Lenovo is set to jump into the connected home market, as a new home security camera dubbed the ‘Cloud Camera’ has been spotted making the FCC rounds. The device, which pretty plainly copies some of the Dropcam aesthetic appeal, comes suspiciously ahead of CES, where Lenovo typically unveils a myriad of new products. Though we are used to seeing the monitors and tablets peppered amongst their smartphone and laptop computer offerings, this marks a first for the company. Though light on details, the FCC has given up enough to make this one intriguing.

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’12 Monkeys’ TV show to sync with Philips Hue for mood lighting

’12 Monkeys’ TV show to sync with Philips Hue for mood lighting

In the movie ’12 Monkeys’, time traveler James Cole skips around our timeline trying to thwart the efforts of one organization bent on destroying humanity via a virus. The movie itself is dystopian cool, and a TV show of the same variety would be like Quantum Leap for a new generation. There will be a TV show, too; a spinoff from the movie/short story is currently in production via Syfy, but will have one really neat twist to it.

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