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Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung is building Comcast Xfinity a set-top box with integrated smart home abilities, a new test filing confirms, with the prototype packing ZigBee among other wireless options. The new box, model number SX021AN, includes the mesh-networking radio - which is used in Philips' hue color-changing bulbs, among other things - along with WiFi b/g and Bluetooth.

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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 ZigBee iPhone remote system up for silent auction

Peel Fruit ZigBee iPhone remote system up for silent auction

How much would you pay for an iPhone remote control? Peel is hoping the answer extends to at least a few hundred; the company is following the unusual approach of putting its first ZigBee-based universal remote systems up for silent auction, testing the water to see just what users reckon it's all worth.

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HCL Aegis low-cost home automation gateway supports WiFi, ZigBee, DLNA, HomePlug & more

HCL Aegis low-cost home automation gateway supports WiFi, ZigBee, DLNA, HomePlug & more

HCL has announced Aegis, a multi-platform home automation gateway which promises to control your multimedia, energy monitoring, HVAC, security and more, all through Android, iOS and Symbian devices, and using multiple wireless standards. Debuting at CES 2011 this week, the platform-agnostic Aegis supports WiFi, ZigBee, DLNA and HomePlug networking.

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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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TI unveils industry’s first 2.4GHz SoC for ZigBee RF4CE remote controls

TI unveils industry’s first 2.4GHz SoC for ZigBee RF4CE remote controls

TI has unveiled a new SoC that is the first in the industry to use 2.4GHz tech for a fully optimized ZigBee RF4CE remote control. The new SoC is the TI CC2533 and it will enable single chip remote controls to be constructed that need low power and offer higher reliability and are cheaper to construct.

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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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ZigBee health care profile gets ratified

ZigBee health care profile gets ratified

Typically, when I think of ZigBee I think of wireless protocols for smart homes that are used for communication between devices. I have talked about ZigBee gateways before that enable smart home networks with ZigBee wireless protocols. ZigBee is also useful in other situations as well.

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NEC unveils new ZigBee Pro evaluation kit for HANs

NEC unveils new ZigBee Pro evaluation kit for HANs

I really like the idea of home automation, but the thought of running wires through my home is not appealing at all. That makes the only real option for me and other people who feel the same way with wireless networking options for home automation like ZigBee.

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