Ready to have your home connected? If so, a company named Quirky might be bringing you an off-beat idea. Wink, their new connected home platform, is a spin-off from the parent company that is working with various companies to bring you connected devices, all from your smartphone. Wink is available on both iOS and Android, and could be the first idea that actually makes sense for both consumers and OEMs.
Late last month, rumor began circling that Google's Nest was eyeing a possible Dropcam acquisition, something that turned out to be true. On its website today, Nest announced that after "a lot of time looking" at different possibilities, the company has decided to acquire connectd-camera maker Dropcam.
If you ever look around your kitchen and think it looks a bit too conventional (and if there's a healthy dose of Star Wars fandom in your veins), The Fowndry has a new knife block that might be right up your alley. The set includes stainless steel knives that slot into a shiny block shaped like an X-Wing.
Nest, maker of connected home products that sometimes work properly, has released their first white paper on Carbon Monoxide levels in the home, pulled from their Protect devices. According to their findings, a minority of homes actually have any CO incidents. To scale, though, it shows just how dangerous CO can be.
If you’ve got a webcam lying around, you might be wondering what to do with it. Your computer probably has a pretty decent one you use as little as the webcam in the drawer, so that clip-on one is likely wasting away. A decent app, designed for home security, can breathe new life into your dusty old webcam.
The connected home we want is one which anticipated our needs, almost a digital butler. If we’re cold, the thermostat would know. Angry? Maybe the stereo plays the music it knows calms us down. A home security system that recognizes the same face lurking a few times in a week, then notifies you about a potential burglary.
Come the smart home revolution, everything will have a brain, and the humble ceiling fan is the latest to get blessed. The handiwork of comically-named Big Ass Fans, Haiku with SenseME takes the ceiling fan and gives it LED lighting, WiFi, a smartphone companion app, and the ability to track temperature and room use and adjust itself accordingly.
Google was recently on the receiving end of consternation from home automation company Vivint, which earlier this year was delisted from Google Search results over violations of quality guidelines. The delisting lasted for four months, only recently coming to an end. In the process, speculation over Google's motives were raised.
Home automation and connected devices of various sorts have been gaining in popularity, with everything from phone-controlled light bulbs to connected thermostats and other appliances surfacing. Among them is a new Kickstarter success called Homey, which utilizes speech to control your entire home.