Home Automation

Yale Linus Lock uses Nest Weave to speak a CO leak

Yale Linus Lock uses Nest Weave to speak a CO leak

Yale is diving into the connected lock space, and it's so confident in its new smart security gadget it's named it after the company founder. The Yale Linus lock owes its title to Linus Yale Jr. who established the firm in 1843 after inventing the cylinder pin-tumbler mechanism, but while the name may be a nod to history, the technology is bang up to date.

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Logitech Circle is a portable home-monitoring camera

Logitech Circle is a portable home-monitoring camera

Logitech has just announced the Circle under its new "Logi" brand, and it's a small, ball-shaped camera that can act as a standard home security device, but also offers many more neat features. The camera is capable of streaming HD video footage of the home to its accompanying smartphone app on iOS or Android, as well as acting like a two-way intercom, with users able to listen or speak to whoever is in the room.

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The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

Our houses are getting smarter, with new fangled connectivity to the Internet and our smartphones and new fangled remote controls. But what if your needs were simply to comfortably watch your favorite Netflix shows in the dimmed coziness of your living room? What if you happened to be a tinkerer with some spare tools and chips around? What if you wanted pizza to go with that? If you answered yes to all of those, or maybe even just the first two, then the Netflix Switch might be perfect for you.

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Wink owner Quirky files for bankruptcy, IoT platform up for sale

Wink owner Quirky files for bankruptcy, IoT platform up for sale

Quirky, the parent company of smart home/internet of things (IoT) platform Wink, has just announced a filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following ongoing debt and other financial troubles. The corporate announcement, shared on the Wink blog, also reveals that the company is now accepting bids for the purchase of the Wink platform. The current bid is said to be $15 million — an offer from Flextronics International USA Inc. — and the hope is that the sale can be closed within the next 60 days.

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Amazon Echo update reads news headlines so you don’t have to

Amazon Echo update reads news headlines so you don’t have to

Amazon has just released a software update for its internet-connected, voice assistant-powered Echo speaker that brings several new options to the list of voice commands it can follow. Probably the most impressive is the ability for it to read news headlines when asked, but the update also includes improved controls for smart home set ups, along with in-depth settings for alarms and timers. The new software version is available now to Echo users.

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Logitech Harmony Elite remote sports even more buttons

Logitech Harmony Elite remote sports even more buttons

Those who have been bemoaning about how our TV and entertainment system remote controls have become overloaded with buttons might want to look the other way. That's because the new Harmony Elite, Logitech's latest remote control for its smart home unifying platform, has just gotten a few more of those. Of course, those additional tactile controls are there not to confound but to make sure you have fast and easy access to the most common and most important actions. Like turning lights on or off.

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SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson is having a busy year. His company acquired by Samsung, and its second generation smart home platform now shipping, not only is Hawkinson now responsible for one of the leading automation systems, but arguably at the center of Samsung's entire Internet of Things ambitions. I caught up with him at IFA 2015 last week to talk openness, the value of a corporate parent with deep pockets, and his HomeKit frustrations.

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Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips' is giving its Hue Lightstrip remote-controlled lighting a pro-style upgrade, with the supercharged version brighter and more flexible than before. Hue Lightstrip Plus sticks to the same core theory as its predecessor - a self-adhesive strip of color-changing LEDs, which can be snaked around kitchen cabinets, run along skirting boards, or underneath breakfast bars - but addresses some of the lingering comments from early adopters.

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SmartThings V2 shipping as home monitoring service goes live

SmartThings V2 shipping as home monitoring service goes live

SmartThings' second-generation home automation hub is shipping in the US, with the new box adding a backup battery in case of power outages. First product from the company to launch since its acquisition by Samsung, the SmartThings Hub V2 can now run for up to ten hours even if its power connection has died, and also supports a select array of offline functionality so that your smart home still works even if the internet goes down.

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New Nest 3rd-Gen: Should you upgrade?

New Nest 3rd-Gen: Should you upgrade?

Just when you'd learned to love that nosey "learning thermostat" on the wall, watching as you and your family went about your day, here's Nest with a new model. Nest v.3, announced earlier today, promises much the same as its predecessors, with intelligent understanding of when people are home and when they're away. Question is, should existing owners be thinking about upgrading?

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Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Dimming lights used to be easy with incandescent bulbs, but the new age of LEDs can be a flickering, migraine-inducing mess. Philips believes its Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is the answer, the combination of a simple white bulb with an equally straightforward remote that can be left on a coffee table or easily wall-mounted. Though Philips is pitching the $40 set at novices, there's plenty for the Hue enthusiast to find appealing, however, not least the remote control.

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Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a $40 remote lamp upgrade

Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a $40 remote lamp upgrade

Philips' Hue range of remote-controlled lighting is getting a new member, with the Hue Wireless Dimming Kit introducing both a bulb and a handy remote. The $40 kit will be the cheapest entry into Hue ownership, avoiding even the need for the bridge that has traditionally hooked up the wireless bulbs to the home network.

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