Home Automation

Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Does the world need another connected lightbulb? Misfit believes the answer is yes, and it's taking advantage of its existing place on people's wrists to give its Bolt bulb an edge. Launched at CES this week, the color-changing LED light is quite content to do the usual hue-like switching of tones between different presets; however, it can also wirelessly connect to Misfit's Shine and Flash wearables, along with the Beddit sleep monitor, and tie lighting effects into your sleep patterns.

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This tiny button could solve the IoT’s big headache

This tiny button could solve the IoT’s big headache

Controlling your digital life from your smartphone, or even by voice, is great, but there are times when it'd be a whole lot more convenient to reach out and stab a physical button. That's the idea behind Flic, crowdfunding success from late last year, and here at CES to show off what you can do with a tiny stick-on button, long-lasting battery, and a few simple conditional rules. Flic's primary target is smartphone users looking to gain swifter access to a couple of key features, but as I played with the rubber-coated key I realized it comes surprisingly close to the perfect IoT control.

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CES Day 3: The IoT Strikes Back

CES Day 3: The IoT Strikes Back

CES day three brought interesting tidbits, but nothing monumental. If nothing more, we got to see some really interesting things we might actually want to buy rather than the 80-inch TV we know we won’t even look twice at next time we’re shopping. There were also some eye-rollers, as well as some cool home automation gadgets you might be interested in. Ready or not, the Internet of Things is still headed your way, and BBM is coming to wearables.

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August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August has announced its new August Connect, a device that aims to make life (and home automation) easier by giving the maker's Smart Lock an always-there Internet connection for remote access (as well as use with other connected gadgets). The August Connect is a hardware unit that is separate from the lock itself, plugging into an outlet on the wall and connecting to one's existing WiFi network. From there, users can access several new features in regards to the August Smart Lock, all of which make life a bit easier and one's home more robust.

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Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Wondering who’s at your door when that bell goes off is either alarming for some or curious for others. The Ring acts as an internet camera door bell that displays on your smartphone and shows you who’s at your door step when that bell goes off. The functionality is cool because now when you're busy or not, you don't have get up to answer the door, let alone talk to whoever it could be. Just answer the door from wherever you are or not. The smart doorbell has me wondering how fun its going to be now when people ring the door.

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‘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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