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Ottobox smart plug aims to chop your electricity usage

Ottobox smart plug aims to chop your electricity usage

We’ve seen smart appliances that aim to cut down on the electricity bill, and the latest among them is something called the Ottobox, not to be confused with the Otterbox. The Ottobox is a small smart device that plugs into the wall, and that has a plug of its own for an appliance to be plugged in; there are also a pair of USB ports. The device then connects to the home (or office, etc.) network and communicates with a mobile device loaded with the related mobile app.

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Save your solar power; Tesla to announce home batteries on April 30

Save your solar power; Tesla to announce home batteries on April 30

The rumors are true. Tesla just "announced" that it will unveil new type of lithium-ion battery for homes and offices. In an email to investors, Tesla's Jeffery Evanson said that the company will use its April 30th presentation to, "explain the advantages of our solutions and why past battery options were not compelling.” The innovative car company also plans to reveal a second, "very large" lithium-ion battery for large-scale utilities. Such a sizable battery would be idea for doomsday preppers and those wishing to stay "off the grid."

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Wink smart home hubs bricked by software update [Update]

Wink smart home hubs bricked by software update [Update]

Saturday was not a good day for owners of the Wink Hub, a smart home device that allows users to control a range of home appliances with their smartphone. Of course, Wink owners are probably already aware of this, what with not being able to turn off the lights, open the garage door, adjust the thermostat, etc. See, Wink issued a new software update that, as the company puts it, made their box "so secure that it is unable to connect to the Wink servers." All of the hubs that received the update were then offline for a majority of the day.

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Silvair Control wireless remote lends smart home control

Silvair Control wireless remote lends smart home control

Seed Labs has introduced its new Silvair Control wireless controller lending simple control of common home elements, such as blinds and lights. The Silvair Control is said to be "gesture-driven" and to include Bluetooth connectivity for use with tablets and smartphones. It does not need wiring or anything burdensome like that, and it is powered by a battery that lasts for up to 8 years, depending on usage. Mounting is performed using magnets. It, like many controllers before it, aims to make having a smart home simple.

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Nyrius Smart Switch review; simple IoT for your home

Nyrius Smart Switch review; simple IoT for your home

The smarter home; we all want it, but can we achieve it in the house we have? That’s the aim Nyrius has with their Smart Switch; a true, easy-to-use home automation primer via a single plug-in dongle. Accompanied by an app (Android version currently available, iOS coming soon), Nyrius’ Smart Switch makes quick work of customized home settings. Easy and simple, Smart Switch nonetheless takes up valuable outlet space. Will a home full of outlet dongles really make your home smart, though? We find out.

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Dyson Pure Cool is a swanky option for purifying your home’s air

Dyson Pure Cool is a swanky option for purifying your home’s air

Dyson recently introduced a new home purifying unit that will be arriving in the United States in the near future, and it is bid as a way to make your home's air clean and as breathable as possible. Coupled with the filtering technology is a swanky design that blends in well with modern decor, not readily giving away that it is an air-cleaning appliance. Dyson has just recently released the air purifier -- called the Dyson Pure Cool -- in China, and it'll be doing so elsewhere on April 7, though pricing for all the regions hasn't yet been revealed.

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SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

Around the world, around town — even around your home, finding an outlet is tough enough. It’s especially annoying when you need to charge your mobile devices, because then you need to port around a clumsy charger with you. There are outlets that have USB ports, but require a rewiring job many are uncomfortable with doing. For the masses, there’s SnapPower, an outlet cover that adds a USB port, but requires no wiring. All you have to do is slip the faceplate on in place of your existing one, and you have a USB outlet!

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August sources VC funds, promises fix for mystery ‘five foot’ problem

August sources VC funds, promises fix for mystery ‘five foot’ problem

In announcing their funding round, August dropped some interesting hints. The company that makes one of the better smart locks for your home, alongside their August Connect plug-in dongle, are already on the fast-track for connected home success. Still, they don’t seem content, and in sourcing $38 million in Series B funding, August said they were going to “define a new product category in the smart home, aiming to solve what we call the ‘last five foot problem.’”

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Jenn-Air smart oven to include smartphone control

Jenn-Air smart oven to include smartphone control

Jenn-Air has unveiled its new upcoming dual convection wall oven, a smart offering bid as the maker's first appliance with wireless connectivity and a related mobile app. According to Jenn-Air, its new oven brings with it some technology that's an industry first, giving consumers a never-before-available option when it comes to their stove. The smart oven won't be arriving until this upcoming September and there's no word on the pricing yet, but we do have a run down of all the features for you after the jump!

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Electrolux’s smart oven to include camera for monitoring food

Electrolux’s smart oven to include camera for monitoring food

Electrolux is planning to release a smart oven that'll bring the same sort of connectivity features we've seen on other appliances to your oven. Chief among them is a camera that'll make the food-monitoring process a remote job, and it'll be joined by a recipe app that is used to pull up instructions on how to cook whatever meal it is that you have planned. The plan itself isn't new -- we first heard about Electrolux's concept smart oven in the early fall of 2014. That concept is now set to become a reality, however, and it represents what looks to be a big push for more smart appliances on Electrolux's part.

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