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Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Another day, another smart home system, with Peq believed to be Best Buy's attempt to jump on the home automation bandwagon. Peq - pronounced "peek" - follows in the footsteps of similar systems like SmartThings, Revolv, and Staples Connect, with a central hub that wirelessly connects to various cameras, door and window sensors, thermostats, and more.

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Ninja Sphere centralizes your whole Smart Home

Ninja Sphere centralizes your whole Smart Home

With the Ninja Sphere and a wireless internet connection in your home, you’ll be well on your way to connecting every electronic device you own to a smart interface. Ninja Sphere comes from the same folks that’ve created the Ninja Block, a very similar piece of hardware that runs the same code but does not work with a display, gestures, or radio connectivity. The Ninja Sphere upgrades the whole works.

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Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips’ hue smart lightbulbs have always been at the mercy of a dumb switch. The range of color-changing LED bulbs have won over many smart home enthusiasts with their flexible effects and easy installation, but while controlling lighting from a smartphone or tablet is catnip to geeks, the less tech-savvy were left bemoaning their suddenly redundant physical light switches. Enter Hue Tap, a tactile and portable way to bring up to four presets out of the app and into the real world.

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Revolv smart home hub adds Nest support and Android app

Revolv smart home hub adds Nest support and Android app

Home automation hub Revolv has released its Android app, bringing Google's platform into the fold alongside iOS, as well as integrating support for the Nest Smart Thermostat. The smart home box - which brings together various home automation platforms like Philips' hue and Sonos speakers - also gets a new UI for its iOS app, though it's the "Works with Nest" support that most will be excited about.

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Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo has revealed a new wearable prototype, the Lenovo C1, a Google Glass aping set of smart glasses to help launch its NBD platform for the smart home and Internet of Things. Announced in China today, the NBC - or "New Bench" - platform aims to make connected devices like web-enabled air purifiers more inter-compatible, by providing a framework, manufacturing support, R&D, and even funding to third-party firms.

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Blink HD home monitor promises total absence of wires

Blink HD home monitor promises total absence of wires

CCTV's and security cameras are no longer the purview of stores, offices, or business establishments. But while WiFi-connected home monitoring systems are becoming more popular in this age of the Internet of Things, most, if not all, of them still require one form of wire or another. Not so with Blink, an upcoming HD home monitoring and alert system that removes the need for any sort of wire, even to keep the monitor powered up.

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SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

Your doorbell isn't smart enough, and SkyBell wants to change that: a hockey puck scale upgrade to the traditional push-button that delivers motion-triggered video direct to your phone. After having raised almost six-times its crowdfunding goal in late 2013, the WiFi-enabled doorbell is counting on some big names like Apple to help it stand out from the growing home automation melee.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips' hue tap wireless, battery-free light switch for the company's color-changing bulbs has finally arrived in the US, allowing the smartphone-phobic still still get in on the home automation action. The ZigBee switch uses kinetic power to switch between up to four preset hue scenes, meaning it can be stuck to a wall without cabling being required, or moved around from coffee table to nightstand.

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