smart home

littleBits Smart Home Kit is a home upgrade arsenal

littleBits Smart Home Kit is a home upgrade arsenal

The idea of a smart home might strike your fancy, but a quick look at the products available mightn't sway you. There seems little reason to ditch some of your existing hardware just for the privilege of controlling it with your smartphone, so you plod on another day subjecting yourself to manual light switches and dumb coffee makers. LittleBits wants to solve your problem, and it is doing so by putting up for pre-order its Smart Home Kit comprised of hardware pieces for a do-it-yourself connected home.

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ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

Brace yourselves folks. The tech giants are bringing their turf wars out of your pocket and into your homes. Apple has now just started to carry in its online Store shelves the ecobee3, the latest smart WiFi thermostat from ecobee, who market themselves as the original smart thermostat. This can be seen as another direct competition between Apple and Google, as the latter's Nest Learning Thermostat is also being sold through Google Play Store. Let the smart home wars begin!

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Drop connected kitchen scale bakes with your iPad

Drop connected kitchen scale bakes with your iPad

Wirelessly-connected scales aren't new, with Withings' model gleefully telling everyone in your social networks just how fat you are for some time now, but Drop aims to do something similar only before the food actually makes it past your lips. The Drop connected kitchen scale claims to take the measuring confusion out of baking, integrating with a companion iPad app that not only shows recipes but gives real-time guidance on how you piece it all together, even automatically adjusting the overall recipe if you're short on an ingredient.

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Belkin WeMo Maker lets you DIY your own smart appliance

Belkin WeMo Maker lets you DIY your own smart appliance

If you've been wanting to make your own smart home but couldn't really find the right mix of smart appliances to replace your existing ones, then Belkin's new product might give you an alternative. As the name suggests, the WeMo Maker let's you make your own smart appliance by turning your regular low-voltage device into a WeMo smart appliance. Though the end result may not look as fancy as pre-built products, it at least gives users the option to use what they already have or make their own design.

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Belkin WeMo teams with TCP for smart lighting

Belkin WeMo teams with TCP for smart lighting

The WeMo app will soon work with TCP lightbulbs, further widening the environment for smart things everywhere. TCP and WeMo have announced a partnership which will leverage the WeMo ecosystem. TCP, a leading manufacturer of lightbulbs, will incorporate WeMo connectivity in with a number of their LED bulbs, allowing them to work with the WeMo app. Both TCP and WeMo have promised combined products early 2015, and all products in this team-up will work with the one official WeMo app for mobile devices.

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Nest Learning Thermostat update makes it learn faster

Nest Learning Thermostat update makes it learn faster

Part of the appeal of smart appliances lies in them being "smart". Let's face it. As fancy as a smart TV, smart bulb, or smart thermostat may sound, we really do not need another "smartphone" fixed on our walls or ceilings to complicate our lives. That's why Nest Labs is continually trying to improve the "learning" part of its smart appliances, starting with the latest 4.3 software update for its Learning Thermostat. Now users will no longer have to worry when lifestyles or seasons change, as the thermostat changes with them quickly as well.

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Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Home automation, or to be more exact, smart appliances, are growing in number, but each one of those are virtual islands of their own, unless said islands happen to be owned by a single company. Logitech's Harmony system tries to make these disparate voices sing well together but it can definitely use a bit of smarts as well. And what better way to add some smart thinking into anything than by tying it up with IFTTT to automate even the simplest of things, like turning down the volume of your TV or entertainment system when you get a call.

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Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

WiFi cameras like Dropcam aren't new, but while baking in wireless connectivity has helped cut one cord, they've always needed to be plugged into a power supply. Now, Homeboy claims to have severed that second tether, with its eponymous camera running on batteries and promising around three months of use from a single charge. That makes positioning all the easier, and Homeboy has taken advantage of that with a magnetic base that means the camera can be pointed in any direction or even hung upside-down from the ceiling.

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Ambi Climate helps control heating and cooling costs

Ambi Climate helps control heating and cooling costs

One of the most expensive utilities for many people all around the world is electricity. With many homes using electricity for cooling and heating, electric bills can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars per month. One of the places where people can save money is by cutting back on the costs of heating and cooling, this is where a device called Ambi Climate comes in. Ambi Climate is a small internet of things device that you place in the home and it learns your habits and home environment to automatically adjust the AC unit.

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