The team at Revolv have made it their mission to make certain everything in your home with electricity in it also has the ability to be connected - a real smart home. They’ve got a couple of really neat products on the market right now, including the Revolv Hub we reviewed late last year. Now they’ve begun integration with IFTTT.
Logitech's Harmony range of universal remotes is opening its arms to the smart home, with two new models that can control not only your TV but your lighting, thermostat, and more. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home and its more affordable Harmony Home Control sibling both work with the company's Harmony Home Hub, launched last year to support the home automation apps for iOS and Android.
Smart lighting is finding its way into more homes, and as such ordinary light switches are no longer good enough. Mobile devices, of course, are the primary way for one to interact with smart lighting, but sometimes it is easier to flip a switch than to fire up a smartphone. That's where the Sentido touch-based light control panel comes in.
With the new Moto X further refining its flagship Android phone, the new Moto G revamping the company’s most popular smartphone ever, and Moto 360 and Moto Hint making a double play for wearables, Motorola is certainly having an interesting month. With the whispers from the Her-like Hint still echoing in my ears, I sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior vice president for software engineering at Motorola, to talk about wearables, fitting into Lenovo’s ecosystem, and what he’ll miss when out from under Google’s umbrella.
Nest Labs is expanding its coverage to give more households in Europe the opportunity to give their homes some smarts and make them safer. Its products will soon be available in around 400 stores in Europe, particularly in Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands, with 150 more to come later this year.
Unlike conventional smoke detectors, or thermostats, Nest's products can gain new features without having to buy and install a completely new device. That is the case here with version 2.0 of the software for the Nest Protect, giving it a couple of new features that not only help owners weed out false alarms but also learn from the past.
Philips has launched Hue Beyond, a new range of luminaires that integrate color-changing remote control bulbs into a line of ceiling, pendant, and table lamps. Building on the standalone Hue bulbs but integrating them into lamps, each Hue Beyond model actually includes two different lighting scenes that can be independently controlled for uplight and downlight purposes.
Elgato is wading into the smart home space, launching a new wireless lightbulb and teasing an iOS 8 HomeKit compatible range of sensors dubbed Elgato Eve for launch later this year. Elgato Avea hooks up via Bluetooth Smart, thus requiring no hub unlike Philips' popular hue system, and is controlled via an iPhone and iPad app with various preset color scenes.
Internet-of-things and web service glue IFTTT (If This Then That) will soon launch premium accounts for greater flexibility, as the company celebrates $30m in new funding. The service works as a 21st century exchange between products and services like Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, SmartThings, and more, allowing simple "recipes" to be set up that prompt different functionality depending on various triggers.