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Personal Robot is an AI assistant on wheels

Personal Robot is an AI assistant on wheels

The age of personal robotic assistants is upon us, and soon enough they'll gravitate from our phone and laptops to dedicated devices able to roll from place to place, offering up help when needed and tending to small tasks we don't have time to do ourselves. The idea is an old one, and though the technology to pull it off is much newer it isn't unheard of at this point. We've seen free-moving assistant robots in the past, and here to challenge them all is the Personal Robot.

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Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Today it became clear what it was, exactly, China-based smart device company Xiaomi was getting at when they started releasing devices outside of the mobile smartphone ecosystem. We're not just talking tablets here, we're talking TV boxes, smart TVs, smart bands, and an air purifier. The Xiaomi air purifier was revealed earlier this year as a bit of a shock to outside parties - what was a smartphone company doing releasing a home product? They've got big plans for China - that's what's up - and they don't plan on stopping with the devices that fit in your pocket or your backpack.

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GE Café Series French Door fridge includes integrated Keurig coffee maker

GE Café Series French Door fridge includes integrated Keurig coffee maker

Coffee is a morning staple for many, and there are a few different ways you can get it. There are french presses and pour over contraptions for the discerning bunch among us, and there are drip brewers with nearly every function and design imaginable. Also popular are Keurig makers, which use K-cups and are exceptionally fast ways to get a cup. Speeding that latter process up just a bit more is GE's new Cafe Series French Door fridge, which features an integrated Keurig coffee maker in the door.

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NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

Home automation. More than a few options exist at this point, allowing consumers to be more picky about what they want, and among it all is a desire for products that are both attractive and able to offer extensive support for one's existing hardware. Cue the NEEO, a two-part home automation system that aims to satisfy both of those demands, doing so with with a "brain" and remote and support for thousands of gadgets. All the while, the device brings with it a sleek design.

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CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES day four (technically day 3, but we’re counting Monday’s pre-event as a day anyway) brought a lot of fun little gadgets and toys. There was more VR, some point-and-shoot cameras, and even a printer that’s not a printer. More Internet of Things stuff was announced, and in case you weren’t sure, SD cards are NFC-capable, now. The car of the future drove into our hearts, and we got a quick look at the light bulb that might make you less cranky in the morning.

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Noke Bluetooth lock hands-on: forget keys forever

Noke Bluetooth lock hands-on: forget keys forever

Remember Noke? The bluetooth lock made a more than respectable showing on Kickstarter, where they ended up annihilating their $100,000 goal on the way to $652,828 in funding. All that extra cash meant stretch goals were reached, but it also meant they had funds to show their wares off at CES this week! The keyless lock had us interested from the start, and we stopped by their booth to check it out. turns out, some Kickstarter dreams really do come true.

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August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August has announced its new August Connect, a device that aims to make life (and home automation) easier by giving the maker's Smart Lock an always-there Internet connection for remote access (as well as use with other connected gadgets). The August Connect is a hardware unit that is separate from the lock itself, plugging into an outlet on the wall and connecting to one's existing WiFi network. From there, users can access several new features in regards to the August Smart Lock, all of which make life a bit easier and one's home more robust.

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Honeywell wants to protect your home with new Lyric security system

Honeywell wants to protect your home with new Lyric security system

Honeywell is back with its Lyric lineup, adding to it a home security system the maker promises is professional-grade. The entire roster of home security needs are met with the inclusion of things like smoke and intrusion detectors, motion monitors, cameras, and more. In addition to its security-centric focus, the system itself can be integrated into a smart house's existing products, including things like intelligent lighting setups, connected thermostats, and even smart locks. Even better, the system responds to voice commands, making the process hands-off.

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‘Dropcam killer’ Simplicam now has facial recognition

‘Dropcam killer’ Simplicam now has facial recognition

Simplicam, a rising force in the home security field, is introducing a very special feature at CES this week. Facial recognition is coming to Simplicam via a software update, meaning all existing and new users will have the feature available straight away. Still in beta, facial recognition also works closely with Simplicam’s existing software, making for a truer home security experience for all. Later this month, Simplicam will also roll out detection zones, allowing users to geofence their home security like never before.

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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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