Home Automation

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Challengers for the throne of connected lighting have come and gone, but Philips' Hue system remains the best-known of the wireless bulbs. It's color-changing and white lamps are now available for a number of sockets and fittings, but one thing has proved consistent: the central bridge that controls them all.

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Microbot Push automates the push of a button

Microbot Push automates the push of a button

When it comes to home automation, there are a number of routes you can take to automate the things around your home. You can get things like lamp controllers that will turn you lamps on and off and there are wirelessly controllable light switches for the wall. If you don't want to replace the light switches or have other things with buttons that you want to automate the Microbot Push will do the trick.

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Ring Video Doorbell adds support for Kevo smart lock

Ring Video Doorbell adds support for Kevo smart lock

Ring Video Doorbell now works with the Kevo smart lock, the company behind it has announced. Using one’s smartphone, and thanks to the new support, homeowners are able to see who is at the door via the Ring Video Doorbell, and to unlock (or lock, depending) the Kevo smart lock. This announcement is part of a larger overall program Ring has unveiled, and it is called Ring Plus, an effort that allows a variety of smart devices to work with Ring and its related Ring app.

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Dyson’s 360 Eye robo-vacuum hits Japan with crazy price

Dyson’s 360 Eye robo-vacuum hits Japan with crazy price

Dyson's robotic vacuum cleaner has finally gone on sale in Japan, but at a price that will suck all the cash out of your wallet. The Dyson 360 Eye, announced last year, was expected to hit the market early in 2015, but technical hiccups forced the British firm's engineers back into their workshops as the release date was pushed out.

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SmartThings 2.0 is here: First-impressions

SmartThings 2.0 is here: First-impressions

SmartThings struck it big on Kickstarter, got snapped up by Samsung, and now has begun delivering its much-anticipated Hub 2.0. The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, the centerpiece of which is the second-generation hub, is in stores today, priced at $249. Best Buy and Sears will carry it on their shelves, while it'll also be available online.

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Perch turns phones, tablets, laptops into home monitors

Perch turns phones, tablets, laptops into home monitors

Even before houses started getting smarter, home monitoring systems were already a thing, at least for those with something worth keeping an eye on. Whether for keeping an eye on the kids to keeping watch over valuables, such systems usually required some camera and computer combo to be installed, either by professionals or DIY. Today, however, most households have spare smartphones or tablets lying around unused. With Perch, you can put them to work again, to create an easy to use, and cheaper, home monitor.

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August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

The smart home can't just be clever, it needs to be impeccably designed, but while August's expanded range satisfies both criteria it may be user trust that really needs an upgrade. I spent some time with the Smart Keypad, Doorbell Cam, and the HomeKit version of the Smart Lock today, as well as talking with August's exec team about whether even committed automation fans are ready to hand over the digital keys to the cable guy.

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Logi Circle Review – WiFi camera with a hit of hyperlapse

Logi Circle Review – WiFi camera with a hit of hyperlapse

Logitech said it wanted its Logi brand to be more friendly than traditional computer peripherals, and the Circle home camera certainly fits the bill. A cutesy robot's eyeball of a WiFi-connected webcam, it aims to one-up Nest Camera courtesy of an onboard battery, with a secret weapon in the shape of instantly-curated hyperlapse clips for speedy consumption. Has Logi hit a home-run in the first inning with its baseball-like Circle?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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