smart home

D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

Smart appliances are all the fad these days, and smart smoke and CO detectors have been one of the earliest to claim the IoT space. But not everyone has the budget, time, or skill to replace their perfectly working smoke and CO alarms. At the same time, homeowners might indeed want to be part of the smart home revolution. Is there a middle ground? D-Link is saying yes with its new mydlink Smart Alarm Detector, which gives those UL-certified alarms the ability to notify you of the situation on your smartphone, even if they themselves can't connect to the Internet.

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Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Securifi has unveiled the latest router in its Almond touchscreen wireless router family and it is called the Almond 3. The router is a smart home hub and a traditional WiFi router in one device. It supports Gigabit WiFi, has an integrated ZigBee radio, supports Z-Wave, and Bluetooth devices. It also has an integrated programmable siren for home security.

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Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

With the smartphone offering a near-infinitely flexible interface, do we really need physical controls for digital services? Senic believes so, and the Nuimo controller is its solution, a touch-sensitive wireless scroll wheel that can manage your streaming music, connected lights, and more.

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Netatmo Welcome getting ear for alarms plus FTP backup

Netatmo Welcome getting ear for alarms plus FTP backup

Netatmo is giving its Welcome face-recognizing camera a fresh batch of smarts, allowing it to keep an ear out for danger among other things. Launched in 2015, the distinctively-styled Welcome not only reacts to movement in its field of view, beaming back HD video to its owners' smartphone app, but can identify faces in the frame and, over time, recognize who they are.

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Samsung Family Hub fridge packs 21.5″ touchscreen for IoT and grocery shopping

Samsung Family Hub fridge packs 21.5″ touchscreen for IoT and grocery shopping

If there's one thing Samsung loves, it's slapping big LCDs on the front of refrigerators. CES 2016 is no different, and this time it's the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator's time to shine. Intended, so the company says, to bring back the days where the fridge door was a place to pin up family photos, kids' artwork, and notes, the Family Hub consists of a 21.5-inch Full HD touchscreen and wireless connectivity.

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Samsung is giving SUHD TV buyers the tech to make a smart home hub

Samsung is giving SUHD TV buyers the tech to make a smart home hub

SmartThings has announced a dongle that turns Samsung TVs into the hub of a smart home. The SmartThings Extend USB adapter will allow Samsung TVs to hook into the SmartThings ecosystem, controlling over 200 products ranging from lights, through outlets, and more esoteric kit like baby monitors and more.

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Ring Stick Up Cam takes on Nest Cam wire-free

Ring Stick Up Cam takes on Nest Cam wire-free

Connected doorbell maker Ring is wading into the security camera space, with Ring Stick Up Cam promising the easiest installation on the block. The new camera, announced at CES 2016 today, is wire-free, courtesy of WiFi for streaming video through your router to your smartphone or tablet, and an internal rechargeable battery for power.

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Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford's newest play for the smart experience is pairing their SYNC-equipped vehicles with Amazon Echo and Alexa. At CES 2016, Ford has announced that they are developing ways to pair "millions of SYNC-equipped vehicles" around the world with smart products in your home. To begin, they're working with SYNC Connect, pushing connections to Amazon's products - Amazon Echo and their smart assistant system Alexa. This connection will allow voice control access between smart cars and smart homes.

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iLuv debuts an alarm clock that can vibrate your pillow

iLuv debuts an alarm clock that can vibrate your pillow

At CES 2016, accessories-maker iLuv has announced the latest in line of Bluetooth-connected alarm clock devices: the SmartShaker 2. The thin disc-shaped object pairs with users smartphones to enhance the alarm options when it comes to being woken up in the morning. Instead of just playing music or an alarm tone, the SmartShaker 2, which is placed under the pillow, can use multiple vibration levels to get someone up on time.

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BeeWi’s smart home line now includes an oil diffuser

BeeWi’s smart home line now includes an oil diffuser

When people talk about smart or automated homes, they usually think of lights, TVs, speakers, thermostats and maybe even ACs. But an aromatherapy diffuser? Probably not. But that's exactly what BeeWi is showcasing at CES 2016 today. As a proper member of its smart home lineup, the BeeWi smart oil diffuser connects to your home network, automatically adjusts itself according to the conditions inside the room, records environmental statistics, and, of course, lets owners remotely control and view all that from the convenience of their smartphone.

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Triby connected speaker, with Alexa inside, coming this Spring

Triby connected speaker, with Alexa inside, coming this Spring

Amazon might have its own virtual smart assistant but Alexa, as she is more personally known, can be found in one and only one device, the Amazon Echo. Well, soon not anymore. At CES 2016, we're once again seeing Invoxia's Triby connected speaker fridge magnet and, as we've seen, or rather heard, months ago, Alexa is still inside, ready to take your order. This makes Triby the first third party device to integrate Amazon's assistant, expanding Alexa's reach by just a wee bit and perhaps signaling the start of a new breed of Alexa-empowered devices.

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Qarnot’s Q.rad reuses computing heat to provide warmth to rooms

Qarnot’s Q.rad reuses computing heat to provide warmth to rooms

Almost all computer users, especially PC gamers, would prefer their machines not to emit heat at all. In fact, a whole market exists to offer different, and sometimes almost insane, ways to cool down computers. There are times, however, when heat output is unavoidable, like when it comes to server farms. French computing company Qarnot has designed a way to turn that fact of life to people's benefits. First is to distribute computing power across the Internet instead of locating them all in a single physical space. The second is to reuse the heat from those nodes to provide heating for homes. Introducing Q.rad, claimed to be the world's smartest heater.

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