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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips' hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. However, it's Philips hue tap that we think might be more exciting, both to existing hue fans and to home automation users in general.

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LG Smart Lamp takes on Hue with Bluetooth bulb

LG Smart Lamp takes on Hue with Bluetooth bulb

LG has revealed its first smart bulb, the LG Smart Lamp, a low-wattage bulb that is said to be 80% more efficient than typical incandescent bulbs. However, while frugality is nice, the main highlight is its compatibility with Android and iOS devices. What this means is that you can control many aspects and features of this bulb via an app on your device.

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Nest thermostat gets Insteon smart home integration

Nest thermostat gets Insteon smart home integration

Smart home addicts relying on Nest for their HVAC can now hook the learning thermostat up to an Insteon automation system, integrating it with their lighting, security, and more. The new support, added in an update today to the Insteon Hub as well as the iOS and Android apps, allows Nest users to remotely control their home or office temperature.

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Xbox One Media Remote official for March

Xbox One Media Remote official for March

The latest Xbox One accessory has been revealed, Microsoft's Xbox One Media Remote, better integrating the console into the living room as an multimedia system not just one for gaming. Set to go on sale in March across all markets Xbox One is available, the remote has backlit buttons which automatically light up when you pick it up.

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Xbox One Media Remote tipped in Amazon Canada leak

Xbox One Media Remote tipped in Amazon Canada leak

Microsoft has worked hard to make its game consoles more than just for playing video games. With the Xbox 360, Microsoft worked hard to add all sorts of entertainment options to the console to make it as much a place for watching your favorite streaming content and movies as for playing games. That has continued with the Xbox One launching with a number of apps for streaming services.

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OKDoor turns Google Glass into a virtual gatekeeper

OKDoor turns Google Glass into a virtual gatekeeper

Google Glass could put your receptionist out of a job, one company has suggested, with new Glassware called "OKDoor" putting remote control of your doors on the wearable. The handiwork of Brivo Labs, OKDoor basically pipes video from a security camera to the headset, and then allows an electronic lock to be be triggered with just a tap on the touchpad.

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WowWee MiP robot hands-on

WowWee MiP robot hands-on

WowWee is back, and it has a tiny robot pal to pitch here at CES, a Bluetooth-controlled balancing two-wheeler. The 'bot can either be moved around by using an iOS app as a controller, or put into one of a number of game or entertainment modes, such as dancing to music stored on the iPhone, or even following your hand around.

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Huli color-changing lamp hands-on

Huli color-changing lamp hands-on

We've a soft spot for color-changing lighting here at SlashGear, not to mention minimalistic design, and the Huli lamp on show at CES 2014 fits the bill on both fronts. A stark 20 x 20 x 3 cm aluminum square, the Huli keeps its LEDs on the back, intended to flood the wall behind it with light whether you're picking hues from the iOS app, or letting it synchronize to your music playlist.

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Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Kit takes on hue

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Kit takes on hue

Belkin has added to its growing WeMo smart home system with a new LED lightbulb, allowing for remote control of lighting around the home or office from an Android or iOS app. The new bulbs, which come in a starter pack with the WeMo Link that plugs into a spare power socket and bridges the home network with WeMo, are standard screw-fit, and the equivalent of 60W traditional incandescent bulbs.

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Parrot Jumping Sumo leaps its way into stardom at CES 2014

Parrot Jumping Sumo leaps its way into stardom at CES 2014

Parrot has done it again, this time with their Jumping Sumo remote device. Unlike the civil drone, the Sumo rolls and tumbles, grabs as it leaps. It’s controlled via an app, and has a front facing camera for all kinds of shenanigans. For pure fun, the Jumping Sumo might take the cake at CES 2014.

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Orbotix Sphero 2B takes mobile-controlled ball to wheels

Orbotix Sphero 2B takes mobile-controlled ball to wheels

This week the folks behind the mobile-controlled sphere toy called Sphero have unveiled a device they call Sphero 2B. This device from Orbitix takes the basics of the Sphero device - the mobile-controlled bit, mostly, and tears down the rest, bringing instead a pair of wheels with hubcaps for control in a very similar manner.

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