Piecing together your own smart home used to be a headache; now, you can buy products off-the-shelf, like D-Link's new WiFi Smart Plug, and be up and running from your smartphone in minutes. We're not just talking remote control over lights, either: D-Link's system allows for power and heat monitoring, for the frugal and safety-conscious among us. Read on for our full review.
Digital dogs could be the first to benefit from the first dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network in the US, with canine tracking collar WhistleGPS using startup SIGFOX's wireless system for low-power monitoring. The collar, an Oreo-sized disk, promises twice the battery life of traditional GPS pet tracking and a third of the bulk, thanks to SIGFOX's IoT-dedicated network that will light up first in parts of California.
One of modern humankind's most classic methods of getting around, the bicycle, has gotten a 21st century makeover with the introduction of the Vanhawks Valour. The Valour is hailed as the first connected fiber carbon bicycle, and with it comes various integrated functions.
A solar-powered, wireless bike lock promises to bring cycle security firmly into the 21st-century, with Skylock also promising to give your friends and family a heads-up if you're in a riding accident. The lock, which has launched as a crowdfunding campaign today, hooks up via Wifi and Bluetooth, and automatically unlocks whenever the owner's phone is nearby.
This month we were sent the tiniest device we’ve seen in a long time. I opened the package that included several cases for our most recent HTC One (M8) case extravaganza, and in the box was the iFrogz Tadpole. What on earth does someone do with the world’s smallest Bluetooth speaker?
Payphones are all but entirely obsolete, relics left over from an age where a smartphone wasn't found in nearly every pocket. Back in the summer of 2012, New York City began converting its payphone kiosks into WiFi hotspots, something the city plans to expand into a large network across NYC.
Forget speaking to Siri, or winking at Google Glass; startup Nod Labs wants you to control your digital world with its gesture-responsive Nod smart ring, whether that be your TV, your wearable, your notebook, or your console. Effectively wrapping high-resolution movement sensors around your forefinger, Nod can track multi-finger gestures for everything from virtual keyboards through to gaming. We caught up with the Nod Labs team - which includes former designers and engineers from Apple, Google, Jawbone, and Samsung, among others - to find out more.
Wireless security camera Dropcam has scored SmartThings integration, feeding live photos to the smart home app, as well as triggering home automation devices when movement is detected. Part of SmartThings' Labs open beta, Dropcam cameras can be used both as triggers or outputs in a DIY smart home setup, including automatically capturing a cluster of photos when someone opens the front door.