Home Automation

Comcast wants to make Xfinity the center of your home automation setup

Comcast wants to make Xfinity the center of your home automation setup

Home automation and IoT services have been a pretty big focus of CES 2018 thus far, and Comcast wants in the action. Today Comcast announced its intention to turn its Xfinity platform into the centerpiece of a new home automation service, which will be free to existing Xfinity customers. When this roll out is finished, 15 million Xfinity customers will have access to these new home automation features.

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Milo smart speaker doubles as home hub, Google Assistant inside

Milo smart speaker doubles as home hub, Google Assistant inside

CES is usually a time for big announcements but, this year, there is a somewhat silent undercurrent happening. An army is silently growing, made up of smart speakers that integrate this or that AI assistant. But, smart as they are, they are often just another device you have to add to your network. Startup Hogar Controls thinks it has the solution. Meet Milo, a smart speaker that almost looks like any other smart speaker, except for one invisible talent. It can also double as the central hub for your smart home instead of being just another node in the network.

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Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

The Google Assistant is getting its touchscreen and camera, with the new Lenovo Smart Display taking on Amazon's Echo Show at CES 2018. Taking the same Assistant we know from the Google Home smart speaker, Lenovo's new Smart Displays give it an 8-inch or 10-inch housing for video calling and more.

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Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Modular color-changing LED light panel company Nanoleaf is adding a odd remote control, complete with Apple HomeKit compatibility. The Nanoleaf Remote eschews traditional form-factors in favor of a dodecahedron design, with the twelve sides acting as different triggers.

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iHome iGV1 puts the Google Assistant in a nightstand clock

iHome iGV1 puts the Google Assistant in a nightstand clock

One of the most useful spots for a smart speaker is arguably next to your bed, and that's where the iHome iGV1 wants to be plugged in. Packaging the Google Assistant into an alarm clock body, it's designed to replace your existing clock-radio with a much smarter version that gives control over your connected home before you've even lifted your head off the pillow.

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iDevices Instinct hides Amazon Alexa behind a light switch

iDevices Instinct hides Amazon Alexa behind a light switch

Gone are the days when light switches were just that: switches to turn lights on or off. These days, they can do all sorts of things that are not even remotely related to lighting. Take for example iDevices’ newest wall light switch, the Instinct, which now comes with Alexa, Amazon’s multi-talented voice-controlled personal assistant. And that’s only just one of the many things the light switch can do, which includes playing music.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Smart locks are already smart for being able to connect to the Internet, be controlled remotely, and communicate with our mobile devices. These days, however, you’re not a smart home product if you can’t be controlled by voice. Lock master Schlage already has its Sense Smart Deadbolt talking with Siri via Apple HomeKit. Now it’s leveling the mobile platform playing field by making the Sense also respond to “OK Google”.

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Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo is adding Apple HomeKit support, with the new Wemo Bridge joining the gap between the iOS smart home system and its remotely-controlled plugs and light switches. Announced last year, Wemo has confirmed today at CES 2018 that the Wemo Bridge is now on sale. It promises easy setup by plugging via ethernet cable into your existing router.

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Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator now comes with Bixby

Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator now comes with Bixby

Samsung wants to make everything smart and, in doing so, pull everyone into its ecosystem. From smartphones to smart TVs to smart refrigerators, Samsung is putting the Internet and, now, even artificial intelligence into previously “dumb” home appliances. At CES 2018, Samsung is showing off the next gen Family Hub that will now integrate one of Samsung’s most controversial new feature: the Bixby smart personal assistant. Fortunately, that’s not the only thing going for the smart refrigerator.

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Kohler’s new Alexa mirror isn’t even its weirdest IoT product

Kohler’s new Alexa mirror isn’t even its weirdest IoT product

Alexa is headed to the bathroom, with Kohler announcing the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, the first bathroom mirror with Amazon's assistant built-in. Part of the kitchen and bath company's new smart home line-up for CES 2018, the mirror slots into the Kohler Konnect ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which will include voice-controlled faucets, showers, and even toilets.

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Hive View hands-on: Yves Béhar’s beautiful Nest Cam rival

Hive View hands-on: Yves Béhar’s beautiful Nest Cam rival

The connected security camera market is crowded right now, but Hive believes its Yves Béhar designed Hive View can carve out a space. Latest product from the company trying to make smart home tech not only functional but beautiful too, the Nest Cam rival follows Hive's connected thermostat and other devices that, having launched first in the UK, began arriving on US shores last year.

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Alexa turns personal chef with oven control

Alexa turns personal chef with oven control

Alexa's tentacles continue to spread through the connected home, with Amazon's voice-controlled assistant now adding cooking capabilities. While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves. Meanwhile, Amazon itself has invested in one smart oven startup.

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