smart home

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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Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

We're at the age of smart home functionality where we can move beyond devices and begin to enable services - so says SmartThings. We won't be dismissing smart devices - they still have a ways to go and much ground to explore - but the age of smart home software services has - according to SmartThings Vice President of Product Mark Yoshitake. Thats why the company has teamed up with Scout Professional Monitoring. "Smart home technology has advanced to a stage where we can move beyond functionality enabled purely by devices," said Yoshitake, "and start to plug in services that will bring real, tangible benefits to customers."

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Spot smart home camera knows when smoke alarms go off

Spot smart home camera knows when smoke alarms go off

One of the big reason that people like cameras in their home that can stream content online is to keep an eye on things from afar. With a streaming camera, you can see if a thief breaks in or if your house catches on fire. The catch with most cameras of this type is that if your smoke alarm goes off, you have to see the smoke to be able to react. That isn't the case with the Spot camera from iSmartAlarm.

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You should probably buy Amazon’s Echo on Black Friday

You should probably buy Amazon’s Echo on Black Friday

Amazon has given its Echo smart speaker a Black Friday price cut, trimming the interactive gadget to $149. The deal follows increasing availability of Echo, which began on an invite-only basis but has since begun showing up at brick & mortar retailers.

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Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest created the smart thermostat market, and now it's under attack. Turns out the appeal of home temperature control without requiring programming more complex than a graduate degree, and more flexible than "on" or "off", is enough to lure in not only customers but competitors. After granular improvements since the 2011 launch, Nest's third-generation hardware bumps up the most eye-catching aspect of the thermostat: the display.

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D-Link Komfy Smart Home Device is a switch with built-in camera

D-Link Komfy Smart Home Device is a switch with built-in camera

D-Link has announced a new smart home device called the Komfy Switch with Camera that is a smart light switch aimed at creating a safe and smart home. The switch is made to replace a standard one or two-gang light switch. The device is an all-in-one solution that allows users to keep an eye on their home from afar.

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Lowes Iris smart Home solutions use Microsoft Azure cloud tech

Lowes Iris smart Home solutions use Microsoft Azure cloud tech

Lowes has announced the next generation of its Iris smart home product line and the new generation of products use Microsoft Azure cloud technology. The new line brings new functionality and better performance with updated software and hardware. The updates aim to make the Iris products easier to use and more intuitive.

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Netgear Arlo Q is a security camera with more free cloud storage

Netgear Arlo Q is a security camera with more free cloud storage

The connected home security camera market continues to heat up, with not only the Nest Cam, but also Kodak and Logitech competing for supremacy. Now Netgear is back with an updated version of their Arlo camera, the Arlo Q, touting more free cloud storage for video recordings than its rivals. The Arlo Q comes with seven days of online storage, whereas Logitech's Circle offers 24 hours for free, and the Nest Cam requires a subscription.

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