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Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips' hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. However, it's Philips hue tap that we think might be more exciting, both to existing hue fans and to home automation users in general.

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Samsung and HTC home automation plans teased with ZigBee

Samsung and HTC home automation plans teased with ZigBee

Samsung and HTC are flirting with advanced home automation control in future Galaxy and One smartphones, it's reported, turning new smartphones into universal remotes for lighting, entertainment, and more. The two companies are each separately working on plans for what Pocket-lint's source describes as "home smartphones" that blur the line between mobile products and gadgets found around the home.

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Philips hue iPad-controlled LED lightbulbs hands-on

Philips hue iPad-controlled LED lightbulbs hands-on

Colored LED lighting that could be remotely controlled used to take professional installation and thousands of dollars; now, Philips' new hue system makes it as easy as screwing in a bulb. On sale on Tuesday - initially exclusively through Apple Stores - the hue bulbs screw into a regular ES fitting and are remotely controlled from iOS or Android apps over a ZigBee connection, either locally around the home or (handy if you've left the lights on while you're on holiday) anywhere with an internet connection. They're hardly a cheap replacement to a standard incandescent bulb, though, so we spent some time with Philips to find out why hue is special, and how the system could actually make us happier or more productive.

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Peel Fruit turns iPhone into show-suggesting universal remote

Peel Fruit turns iPhone into show-suggesting universal remote

Another day, another iPhone remote control system that turns your Apple smartphone into a universal remote. Hot on the heels of RedEye's offering comes Peel, with a slightly different approach to the hardware/software hybrid setup. As well as the Peel software app, you get a bright yellow IR dongle called the Peel Fruit which hooks up via a ZigBee connection to an ethernet dongle - called the Peel Cable - on your router, and controls your A/V equipment.

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Cool PJs for infants lets parents sleep soundly

Cool PJs for infants lets parents sleep soundly

When my kids were small infants my wife used to worry that they were just going to stop breathing at night. It would usually work like this; she would wake me from a dead sleep and tell me to check the baby to be sure he is breathing. I would tell her to go back to sleep the baby is fine and then lay there for a few minutes before I had to go check out of paranoia.

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