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Lumen Bluetooth 4.0 LED bulb takes on Philips hue

Lumen Bluetooth 4.0 LED bulb takes on Philips hue

Color-changing LED lighting is probably the most obvious way of introducing some smart home tech, and though Philips' hue is the best known system, that hasn't stopped startup rivals from trying to take its crown. Lumen turned to crowdfunding to get its TL800 Bluetooth 4.0 bulb off the ground, and now it's headed to store shelves, promising direct control from your iPhone or (select) Android handset.

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Belkin WeMo Insight Switch arrives for power-tracking home automation

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch arrives for power-tracking home automation

Belkin's WeMo Insight power-tracking wireless power socket has finally launched, offering internet-of-things and home automation fans a way not only to remotely control appliances, but see how much electricity they're sucking down. The switch, revealed back in September, works with Belkin's existing WeMo line-up of motion-sensors and remote plugs, with control from an iOS or Android device whether inside the home or outside it.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition appears in sand, snow, and jungle colors

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition appears in sand, snow, and jungle colors

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 has been on the scene essentially dominating the press for its unique segment - smartphone-controlled drones - for some time, but until now only in a couple of color combinations. Here in the Fall of 2013, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 suits up for hunting season. Three different color combinations are set to be available soon in an "Elite Edition" of the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 from the folks at Parrot include Sand, Snow, and Jungle.

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US Army to deploy remote-controlled robotic infantry in the field within 5 years?

US Army to deploy remote-controlled robotic infantry in the field within 5 years?

The US Army could incorporate armed robots in the field within the next five years, according to a report by Computerworld. A recent demonstration at Fort Benning by four robotics companies showed mechanized infantry eliminating targets from 150 meters away. Military strategists were satisfied with the demonstration. As Lt. Col. Willie Smith put it: "We were pleased with what we saw here. The technology is getting to be where it needs to be."

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

It's not often that you hear about a device - what's essentially a high-powered toy - breaking records flying across international waters. That's what's happened this week, though, as Parrot engineers have successfully programmed their AR.Drone 2.0 to fly across the Bosphorus Straight in Turkey - that's more than a kilometer - with a single battery. This device was recently given a bit of a reboot with the release of a new "High Density Battery", so as you can guess, that's exactly what this unit was deployed with.

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AR.Drone 2.0 “Power Edition” brings on colorful customization

AR.Drone 2.0 “Power Edition” brings on colorful customization

While it might seem a little absurd to fly the mobile device-friendly AR.Drone 2.0 with more propellers then it already has - have no fear - the "Power Edition" of the device delivers said extras as replacements for customization only. This reboot of the rather popular AR.Drone 2.0 works with the same base device as the original, delivering with it a "Piano Black" indoor hull and outdoor hull. The propeller additions come in three sets: blazing red, fiery orange, and cool blue.

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Sphero 2.0 robotic ball gets brighter, faster and more flexible

Sphero 2.0 robotic ball gets brighter, faster and more flexible

As odd app-controlled gadgets went, the Sphero robotic ball was probably 2011's most unusual, and now the company is back with Sphero 2.0, the next-gen version. Still a robo-ball that you can navigate via your smartphone or tablet, Sphero 2.0 boosts the speed - now up to 7 feet per second - and adds multicolor LEDs so that it can light up in different colors (as well as being 3x brighter than before) as you play a new series of games.

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Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips has been making multi-colored lighting for some time, but even so the hue system came as a surprise last year. ZigBee-enabled wireless LED bulbs, remotely controlled by an open mobile app, and promising the sort of smart home functionality that would once have demanded many thousands for installation, hue quickly sold out in stores and built a loyal following of users and developers tapping into the API. Now, for 2013, there's the "Friends of hue" range, a new line of companion products that hook into hue ecosystem. LivingColors Bloom is a compact, portable lamp, while the LightStrip is a long, adhesive-backed strip of LEDs; read on for our full review.

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Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips has outed two new Hue-compatible LED multicolor lights as part of its "Friends of Hue" range, the LivingColors Bloom and LightStrips, each working with the remote control app and open API. The LightStrips is 6.6 feet of flexible LED light cord, with self-adhesive backing the ability to trim the length to suit your particular installation, and just as with the original Hue wireless lightbulbs it can be adjusted in color remotely as well as grouped up with multiple other lights for overall room scenes.

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