automation

Listnr personal assistant always keeps an ear out

Listnr personal assistant always keeps an ear out

Yesterday we saw the Personal Robot, a personal assistant robot with artificial intelligence and the ability to wheel itself around your home or office. If the idea of having a personal assistant of this type strikes your fancy, only you're not too keen on having a deep learning and mobile robot wheeling around while you sleep, there's the Listnr instead. Listnr is an electronic ear that is always listening to its surroundings and taking actions based on what it hears.

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Branto connected orb can rotate, monitor your home

Branto connected orb can rotate, monitor your home

Imagine having a small orb on your bookcase or counter. This orb can be remotely accessed from your smartphone to, for example, turn up the heat in your home before you leave work. Likewise, the orb -- with its integrated camera -- can be rotated using a mobile device so that the user can take a peek around at whatever is going on nearby. Such are some of the features of Branto, another Internet of Things device that promises users home security, automation, and a slight cool factor.

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Valeo announces lighting, connected car initiatives at CES

Valeo announces lighting, connected car initiatives at CES

Dedicated to reducing CO2 emissions and intuitive driving technology, Valeo is announcing a series of new products at CES this week meant to ease the stress of driving and enhance our experience behind the wheel. For tech fans, Valeo is rolling out InBlue, a smartphone and smartwatch capable app that serves as a virtual key that operates your car via Bluetooth. Cruise4U might be the backbone for your self-driving car of the future, and Valeo is also introducing some next-gen auto lighting tech.

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Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google “doesn’t want to become a car maker”. And judging by their quirky first pass at the job, we’re happy to hear it. Instead, Google wants the hardware for their self-driving cars to be done by someone else. Anyone else. Noting they’re “looking for partners”, Google’s self-driving care lead, Chris Urmson, also notes they’d like the car to hit us in five years’ time. Their first feat will be a fleet of self-driving cars, which they hope to have in testing next year.

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SmartHome Ventures adds Nest and Philips hue to PEQ

SmartHome Ventures adds Nest and Philips hue to PEQ

The team at SmartHome Ventures have expanded their PEQ smart home service to include Nest Learning Thermostat and Philips hue devices. This system will be able to work with Nest and Philips hue devices immediately if not soon, with a PEQ app update letting interaction happen with a tap. The PEQ app is available for both iOS and Android devices and PEQ devices in stores should all work with this newly integrated system as soon as the app update arrives for smartphones and tablets.

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Clime tiny sensors offer home monitoring, go up for pre-order

Clime tiny sensors offer home monitoring, go up for pre-order

The Clime tiny sensors, first introduced this past summer, have gone up for pre-order, offering those interested in a connected home a relatively low-investment option for getting into the automation game. The Clime sensors track different home metrics like light levels and temperature, with four different types of sensors being offered to meet various needs. As with similar products, Clime connects to the home's network and shuttles data off to the user's smartphone for mobile monitoring.

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ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

Brace yourselves folks. The tech giants are bringing their turf wars out of your pocket and into your homes. Apple has now just started to carry in its online Store shelves the ecobee3, the latest smart WiFi thermostat from ecobee, who market themselves as the original smart thermostat. This can be seen as another direct competition between Apple and Google, as the latter's Nest Learning Thermostat is also being sold through Google Play Store. Let the smart home wars begin!

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Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

The new Tesla Model S - the D, that is - won’t be driving itself to your workplace when it hits the road in the near future. But it very well could. Describing the autonomy their newest model was able to achieve today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested last night that they’re "essentially going to push the limits of what’s safe with this hardware, and what’s available with the current regulations." He speaks of self-driving cars, of course - which aren’t entirely street legal as of yet.

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Google’s self-driving car is programmed to speed, just like you

Google’s self-driving car is programmed to speed, just like you

The thought of self driving cars is pretty neat — unless it’s a perfectly driving shaming machine that will only make you feel like a scofflaw all the time. Google’s offering is going to emulate you, though, not obey the letter of the law. A Google engineer today said that will even extend to casual speeding when appropriate.

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UK to allow self-driving cars on public roads starting 2015

UK to allow self-driving cars on public roads starting 2015

By January next year, residents of the UK might start seeing cars without drivers, or at least without manual driver interference, on public roads. The legalization of these types of autonomous vehicle is part of the country's efforts to bill itself as place that is conducive for building and testing self-driving cars.

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Make your home more convenient with these three gadgets

Make your home more convenient with these three gadgets

The Internet of Things. Connected devices. The devices we use in our everyday lives are getting a makeover, and with that makeover comes an unprecedented amount of control over and automation in our homes. Lights know when to turn off and on. The house is already cooled down when you get home from work. Menial tasks fade into the background.

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ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the thing that everyone seems to want to talk about. But before it becomes a real thing, it seems that it will be thing that creates groups and consortia and all sorts of seen and unseen alliances. Just a week after the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) was born, a new fellowship called the Thread Group is rising up around the same IoT vision, but this time with a slightly different focus and slightly different members.

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