Home Automation

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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Here’s what the stunning Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat will cost you

Here’s what the stunning Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat will cost you

The striking GLAS thermostat, which takes on Nest and others with its Microsoft Cortana integration, will go up for preorder in March, new details have confirmed today. Made by Johnson Controls, the thermostat is a pane of translucent OLED touchscreen mounted on the wall, though your fingers aren't required when it comes to setting the temperature.

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Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner will soon have another job aside from tidying up, with iRobot set to turn the 'bots into roving WiFi analysts. The company has had connected robot vacuums in its line-up for some years now, but a new software update iRobot plans to trial will allow them to not only connect, but assess wireless signal strength.

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GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

Alexa and the Google Assistant may soon be living in your ceiling lights or light switches, with GE Lighting announcing plans for new, voice-assistant enabled fixtures for the smart home. The updates will come to the manufacturer's C by GE range, which already includes wirelessly-enabled light bulbs and lamps.

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5 must-have accessories for your new Amazon Echo

5 must-have accessories for your new Amazon Echo

So you found an Amazon Echo under the tree, and now you're wondering what to do next. Amazon's best-selling smart speaker line-up was its star of the holiday 2017 shopping season, with millions sold. Once you've got Alexa set up to your liking, however, there are some easy first-steps to wade into the smart home, accessories that address some of Echo's lingering annoyances, and general usability improvements that needn't break the bank.

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5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

Amazon's Alexa turned out to be the holiday guest in millions of homes this year, and that means plenty of people getting to grips with everything their new Echo can do. Although she may be most often seen as a joke-telling, fact-searching assistant, Alexa can do plenty more than that. Read on for five things to do in order to get the most out of Alexa.

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Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Amazon has acquired Blink, the wireless security camera company that launched back in 2014 and then subsequently closed a million-dollar Kickstarter campaign. The deal was announced today, and for the moment will see Blink continue to operate as-is, with no changes to the company's line-up. That includes the recently announced Blink Video Doorbell.

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Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

It's not unfair to say that Amazon's Echo line-up is getting pretty crowded. The arrival of the Echo Spot brings a second display to the range, but there's more to the spherical smart home gadget than that. The big decision many are facing is do they pick a new Echo Spot or go for the existing Echo Show... read on for five things you should consider before ordering.

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