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Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Successfully funded through Kickstarted on the 18th of December and already ready to show off here in January at CES 2015, that's the Brio smart electrical outlet. What you're seeing here is a replacement for your old outlets, taking up no more power - and in most cases LESS power - than you've used before. This plug-in system activates only when a real cord requiring power is plugged in, removing the danger of a human shock in the process. No more zaps for little Billy - not even with a fork.

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Guardoor triangular smart sensor monitors doors, windows

Guardoor triangular smart sensor monitors doors, windows

Guardoor is a new smart sensor bid as a home security product for those who prefer to keep home safety within the monitoring confines of their smartphone. As with similar products, Guardoor can be attached to a door or a window; the embedded sensors will then monitor for motion and send an alert to whatever device is set up with it, giving the home owner a way to keep tabs on their home (or office, etc.) while out and about.

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Smarter’s new WiFi-enabled coffee machine debuts at CES

Smarter’s new WiFi-enabled coffee machine debuts at CES

The connected coffee machine is nothing new, and the folks who brought you the iKettle are cannonballing into the mix. Smarter is today announcing a WiFi-enabled coffee machine, controlled via an app. More than making a simple cup of coffee, Smarter’s offering can also grind your beans with its built-in grinder, and send you notifications to alert you when your caffeination is ready. For about $150, this new coffee machine isn’t the cheapest you can get, but it might be the most convenient.

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Sony WiFi sound bar passed through FCC, likely headed to CES

Sony WiFi sound bar passed through FCC, likely headed to CES

HiFi and wireless didn’t really mix until Sonos came along to keep your various rooms uncluttered but still sounding great. There have been others who are jumping into the WiFi game, but none have the cache Sony does. In what seems to be a natural progression, Sony’s latest sound bar has passed through the FCC, and details it’s wireless prowess. It also pinches from Sonos’ design, bringing the long bar with a mix of speaker material and plastic to your living room.

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Lenovo’s Dropcam rival just passed through the FCC

Lenovo’s Dropcam rival just passed through the FCC

Lenovo is set to jump into the connected home market, as a new home security camera dubbed the ‘Cloud Camera’ has been spotted making the FCC rounds. The device, which pretty plainly copies some of the Dropcam aesthetic appeal, comes suspiciously ahead of CES, where Lenovo typically unveils a myriad of new products. Though we are used to seeing the monitors and tablets peppered amongst their smartphone and laptop computer offerings, this marks a first for the company. Though light on details, the FCC has given up enough to make this one intriguing.

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’12 Monkeys’ TV show to sync with Philips Hue for mood lighting

’12 Monkeys’ TV show to sync with Philips Hue for mood lighting

In the movie ’12 Monkeys’, time traveler James Cole skips around our timeline trying to thwart the efforts of one organization bent on destroying humanity via a virus. The movie itself is dystopian cool, and a TV show of the same variety would be like Quantum Leap for a new generation. There will be a TV show, too; a spinoff from the movie/short story is currently in production via Syfy, but will have one really neat twist to it.

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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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