Home automation takes many forms, and they all have the same basic foundation: connectivity extended towards one's smartphone. With Notion, a new sensor that has seen ample success on Kickstarter, connectivity is its biggest feature. The sensor is small and able to detect a variety of conditions, shuttling the information to one's smartphone or tablet.
Smart lighting is finding its way into more homes, and as such ordinary light switches are no longer good enough. Mobile devices, of course, are the primary way for one to interact with smart lighting, but sometimes it is easier to flip a switch than to fire up a smartphone. That's where the Sentido touch-based light control panel comes in.
For the DIY home security fan, few things stand up to iSmartAlarm. The sensors, which set up effortlessly and ping your phone when something amiss happens, have long been the darling of the home security world. One mis-hit was their camera, which was buggy and bulky. At CEDIA this week, they’ve introduced a new camera, which brings a lot more to the table than their previous iteration.
WigWag's Filament Smart Color LED light bulbs and the platform devices that control it all -- including other Internet of Things devices -- have gone up for pre-order and are set to ship this fall. With the Filament bulbs comes the WigWag Relay, which the company calls "the brains of the operation".
Nothing slows down one's cooking time like dull knives, and while novelty sets like the recently released Star Wars Knife Block have their own appeal, they all fall short of TB Groupe's new laser-bonded titanium kitchen knives. With this set, you'll only need to sharpen them once every 25 years.
At this year's CEDIA expo, Nest has announced support for a bunch of new products, Dropcam among them. This expands the number of products the company's Nest Learning Thermostats and Nest Protect smoke detectors can work with, further increasing the connectivity found inside one's home.
As go home security cameras, so goes the Dropcam. The very cool, Google-owned company put everyone on notice with their snazzy camera, meant for home security, but good for a variety of use cases. A new challenger, Simplicam, wants to unseat them from their throne atop the consumer security cam heap. Offering a bit more technical savvy than the Dropcam, Simplicam may end up the home security camera you should be considering instead of others it competes with. Is Simplicam as good as advertised, though? We put it through its paces to find out.
If you're looking for a high-tech thermostat, but Nest and its competitors aren't quite to your liking, ZenWithin has a new product it is about to launch on Indiegogo. The Zen Thermostat is a square LED-studded thermostat that, if all proves successful, will hit shelves for $150 to $200 USD.