Home Automation

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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Archos adds IFTTT to Connected Home system

Archos adds IFTTT to Connected Home system

Archos is hoping that embracing more open standards will propel its home automation platform into contention, adding IFTTT support among other things to its Connected Home system. Officially launched back at CES 2014, and promising a mixture of wireless security and convenience gadgets that hook up to an Android-based tablet, the system is now gaining IFTTT (If This Then That) support, the "platform glue" which can link devices and services from different manufacturers together, triggering cascades of actions in the process.

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D-Link DCH-G020 connected home hub hits FCC

D-Link DCH-G020 connected home hub hits FCC

D-Link is a big force in the home networking market with all manner of networking adapters and routers. The company also has its fingers in other product lines including home automation. A new D-Link home automation product has turned up at the FCC called the DCH-G020. We don’t have a lot of detail on the device at this time, but you can bet we will likely hear more about it next month when CES 2014 kicks off.

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Elgato Avea Bluetooth LED Bulb Review

Elgato Avea Bluetooth LED Bulb Review

The democratization of the smart home continues, and nowhere is it more visible than in color-changing wireless light bulbs like Elgato's Avea. Pairing Bluetooth Smart with multi-color LEDs and a simple iPhone and iPad app to command them all from across the home, Avea isn't the first such bulb to the market, but with a street price of around $39.95 it's certainly one of the more affordable options. Beyond questions of whether remotely-controlled bulbs are actually necessary, then, has Elgato made a hue-killer or just another flash in the pan? Read on for my full review.

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Jawbone and Big Ass Fans hook up in your bedroom

Jawbone and Big Ass Fans hook up in your bedroom

Finding natural bed partners for wearables and the internet-of-things isn't always easy, but Jawbone and Big Ass Fans are hoping that the promise of a better night's sleep will be tempt us to link our wrists to our ventilation. Set to show up in a firmware update come February next year, the new feature will see enabling sleep mode on a Jawbone UP wearable or in the company's app automatically put the Big Ass Fan into sleep mode too, intelligently adjusting blade speed and lighting over the course of the night so as to maintain things like room temperature.

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