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Twiink smart home decoration features buildable blocks

Twiink smart home decoration features buildable blocks

Twiink is an unusual and somewhat adorable home decoration with a literal modern twist. The device is composed of magnetic angular blocks with embedded colored LEDs that allow the user to illuminate it with different colors and transform it into different shapes. Twiink isn't solely meant for decoration, however, bringing with it connectivity and some smart features that puts its lights to good use.

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Huum is a pocket-size smart home security device

Huum is a pocket-size smart home security device

Home security has become increasingly capable and affordable as various connected technologies are used for mobile home monitoring. Huum is a new home security monitor bid as a pocket-size device that can be used just about anywhere -- dorm rooms, office, garage, etc. -- to keep tabs on conditions and potential intruders. The device includes NFC for quick pairing with smartphones.

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Sony gets into connected home market with Qrio

Sony gets into connected home market with Qrio

There’s something really ironic about Sony, who have been hacked thoroughly, wanting to discuss or offer any form of security. For you, the consumer, the front door to your home serves as your main sense of security, and likely holds your stiffest door lock, and maybe even a few deadbolts. Sony, though, they want to help you protect your home, and are introducing something called the Qrio. You won’t see Qrio on your store shelves any time soon, though. Sony is also crowdfunding their efforts.

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DefenDoor keeps a connected eye on your home

DefenDoor keeps a connected eye on your home

DefenDoor is a modern-looking home security system that, as its name suggests, aims to help keep your home safe by being a connected eye for the times you're away. The makers bid the DefenDoor as a mash-up of many things: a butler, a security guard, and an organizer -- at least as far as the functionality it offers goes. It works in conjunction with one's mobile, allowing users to see who is at the door or opening the window wherever they're located.

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Clime tiny sensors offer home monitoring, go up for pre-order

Clime tiny sensors offer home monitoring, go up for pre-order

The Clime tiny sensors, first introduced this past summer, have gone up for pre-order, offering those interested in a connected home a relatively low-investment option for getting into the automation game. The Clime sensors track different home metrics like light levels and temperature, with four different types of sensors being offered to meet various needs. As with similar products, Clime connects to the home's network and shuttles data off to the user's smartphone for mobile monitoring.

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Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

DIY home security — it seems like everyone is doing it. After being privately funded, Scout is ready to toss their hat into the ring as well. The interesting thing with Scout is that you get a bit more off-the-grid security, but still remain connected. In bridging the gap between modern hardware and software in new ways, Scout is aiming to become the new darling of the home security world. Is Scout worthy of praise, or is their system too clumsy and dated for a modern world?

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Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Electrical outlets pose different sorts of threats, most notably being to small children who poke objects inside them out of curiosity. The go-to method for avoiding this unfortunate scenario is using plastic outlet plugs that block the ports, but that's not always effective. A California company called Brio has addressed this issue with a smart outlet likewise called "Brio" that only goes live when a valid object is plugged into it. In doing so, the company hopes to mitigate the typical hazards associated with outlets.

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Pantelligent smart frying pan helps you stop burning dinner

Pantelligent smart frying pan helps you stop burning dinner

The love of home cooked meals is often foiled by the reality of burnt home-cooked meals, and the folks behind Pantelligent want to change that. Pantelligent is a smart frying pan that communicates with a mobile app to take would-be chefs step-by-step through the cooking process, including things like monitoring temperature levels, alerting when the food needs to be flipped, and giving a heads-up about what step will need to be taken next. This is largely achieved through an integrated temperature sensor.

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littleBits Smart Home Kit is a home upgrade arsenal

littleBits Smart Home Kit is a home upgrade arsenal

The idea of a smart home might strike your fancy, but a quick look at the products available mightn't sway you. There seems little reason to ditch some of your existing hardware just for the privilege of controlling it with your smartphone, so you plod on another day subjecting yourself to manual light switches and dumb coffee makers. LittleBits wants to solve your problem, and it is doing so by putting up for pre-order its Smart Home Kit comprised of hardware pieces for a do-it-yourself connected home.

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