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Samsung made a huge fridge with a touchscreen & cameras

Samsung made a huge fridge with a touchscreen & cameras

With CES 2016 officially kicking off today, Samsung hasn't wasted any time to release official images of one of its new products: the "Family Hub" smart refrigerator. Details are still slim at this point — although we'll surely hear more once we hit the show floor — but we do know the fridge comes sporting a touchscreen display larger than most tablets, along with several cameras on the inside. What could a huge screen and cameras do to improve a refrigerator? Well, for starters, users don't need to open the door to see what's inside.

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Helium’s smart IoT sensor kit gets a ship date

Helium’s smart IoT sensor kit gets a ship date

Smart sensor start-up Helium will begin shipping development kits for its programmable IoT platform in February, the company confirmed at CES today. Dubbed the Helium Sensor Development Kit, it's expected to make industrial and enterprise monitoring more straightforward, with a software-defined, field-programmable sensor.

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Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Home appliance maker Whirlpool has just announced a new smart washer and dryer set that can connect with Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service, allowing automatic orders of detergent and fabric softener to be a painless process. Amazon announced Dash Replenishment Service last October as an extension of its physical, WiFi-connected Dash Buttons, which let customers order a specific product, like dish soap, coffee, and pet food, with a single press. Now appliance makers can implement the service directly into products, so users are notified when supplies run low, and orders can be placed with a single tap.

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Vinli Home Connect bridges smart homes and smart cars

Vinli Home Connect bridges smart homes and smart cars

Our homes are getting smarter and so are our cars. But more often than not, they aren't getting smarter at the same time. At least not enough to talk with each other. Like the problem with the Internet of Things in general, smart devices and vehicles are like isolated island paradises that offer their own luxury often without awareness of or cooperation with others. Vinli is trying to build bridges but with a different twist. Instead of just orchestrating IoT devices inside the house, it actually connects those with your very own smart car, opening up new ways to automate your life.

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Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

At the start of every year, almost everyone makes a commitment to do something or stop doing something in order to make a difference in their lives or those of others. And by "almost everyone", we also mean tech company CEOs. For Mark Zuckerberg, 2016 won't simply be a year for learning a new language or reading more books. He already did those the previous year. This year he's taking on something more ambitious: a smart home AI that is practically Jarvis from Iron Man made flesh. Or digital, in this case.

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LG’s cylindrical SmartThinQ Hub has its own LCD display

LG’s cylindrical SmartThinQ Hub has its own LCD display

Amazon might have started the "tube trend" with its Echo smart assistant, followed by Google's OnHub router. One thing neither of those have, however, is a visual display. That is what LG is trying to propose with its new SmartThinQ Hub, an IoT nexus with a similarly cylindrical form and loud speakers to deliver music and audible notifications. It sets itself apart, however, with its display that delivers readable messages and statuses for those who prefer more discreet forms of communication from the smart home commander.

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LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

The robotic vacuum market is currently being dominated by Roomba, with Dyson making moves as well, but that doesn't mean other manufacturers aren't looking to compete with their own advanced floor cleaners. LG is one such company, having just announced their HOM-BOT Turbo+, a flat, automated vacuum with a rounded-corner square shape and a handful of unique features, including augmented reality (AR) and home monitoring capabilities.

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LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ weds AR and security cameras

LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ weds AR and security cameras

If it seems that the world of "living room" robotics have moved away from the likes of the Roomba, LG might have a word or two to say about that. Coming to CES 2016 is a trio of new vacuuum cleaners from the consumer electronics maker. And one of them is practically a smart robot. It even looks like a Roomba. What makes this cleaner different is how users can employ augmented reality to control the vacuum and the way it also doubles as a security guard as well.

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Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips has reversed course on its controversial decision to block third-party connected bulbs from its Hue system. The company had found itself facing the ire of smart home enthusiasts earlier this week, when a firmware update for the Hue bridge prevented bulbs from other manufacturers from connecting, even though they use the same ZigBee wireless standard.

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Nuance Mix brings voice control to any app, Internet of Things device

Nuance Mix brings voice control to any app, Internet of Things device

Nuance, the software company behind the Dragon dictation app, has announced a new platform dubbed Nuance Mix, which will allow developers to add language detection and voice control to their own apps, in addition to smart home and Internet of Things (IoT)-connected devices. In terms of our smartphones, Nuance Mix, which is launching today as a beta, could bring voice control to a number of third-party apps, making it available beyond platform-specific tasks like placing a call, searching for directions, or dictating a message.

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Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

It seems that the IoT wars are finally heating up and Philips may have just fired the opening shot. The company has just rolled out a firmware update to its Hue brand of network-connected smart bulbs and one of if not the most significant thing it does is to cut off connectivity with third party bulbs, which is to say smart bulbs from its rivals like GE. This will, at least for the time being, probably dash the hopes of some to have an interconnected smart home, or at least smart lighting, with IoT devices from different and competing brands.

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Fluxo smart lamp shines light where you want it

Fluxo smart lamp shines light where you want it

I think we have probably all know how annoying it can be when you are trying to watch TV and want a dark room, but someone sitting nearby wants light. A new smart lamp called Fluxo has debuted and this lamp has the cool ability to shine extra light anywhere you want it in the room.

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