Nest is great for saving money on energy, but the method for doing so has been limited. BigAssFans, who make a lineup of well designed ceiling fans, are letting their fans converse with Nest to increase your savings and keep you comfortable. Their Haiku fans just might be the smartest connected home buy you can make.
FUZ Designs envisions a future where your smartphone replaces your key ring, at least as far as your padlock is concerned. The Noke (pronounced no-key) is a Bluetooth padlock that looks like an ordinary Masterlock, but rather than using a physical key, it unlocks at the presence of your handset.
We've seen wearables for kids, but Sproutling has gone one step farther and created a similar product for infants. The wearable is part of the company's smart baby monitor, and is essentially a health tracker with an app that alerts parents if something seems off.
Samsung will be showing off a new robotic vacuum at the IFA 2014, the VR9000H POWERbot. With this new vacuum will come all the features you'd expect in a robotic vacuum, as well as a snazzy design that sets it apart from similar offerings (there will be a blue version released in South Korea, as well).
There's always that one moment of the day when the sunlight streaming through your window washes out the TV or blinds you when you're on your favorite part of the couch. The traditional remedy is closing the curtains, but imagine a future where instead you rotate the floor of the house in which you're currently residing.
The Emberlight smart socket has some new competition: the Vocca voice-controlled smart socket, which has recently arrived on Kickstarter. Vocca allows users to control the lighting in their home or apartment using voice commands, and to demonstrate this, the folks behind it have rolled out a catchy musical you can watch after the jump.
Connected homes are fast becoming the new normal, with platforms like Wink coming to the mainstream. Through it all, one thing remains a point of concern for potential customers: home security. A typically expensive proposition, home security is fast becoming more cost-effective for the average consumer. How cheap is it, really, though? We take a look at a few products to find out.
Smart door locks are a neat idea for your connected home, but what about when you have guests? Those who still have to work when friends or family are in town may find the latest update to the Kwikset Kevo really handy. Owners of the smart lock can now assign digital keys, and even control the duration they’re good for.