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ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

The company Intuition Robotics has introduced a new home robotic device that helps the elderly stay connected with their friends and family, only without the confusing aspects of using a smartphone or tablet. The system is sort of like Amazon Echo, in that it speaks and can be spoken to. However, it works with a dedicated tablet device and also provides the owner’s family or caretakers with things they may need to know, such as whether the house is too hot or cold.

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Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

A new successful Kickstarter campaign presents the Heng Balance Lamp, a modern lamp with a minimalist design and natural wood appearance. Unlike most lamps, the Heng Balance Lamp doesn’t have an obvious power switch — this is because the two seemingly decorative wooden balls in the middle turn the device on and off, also appearing to float in the air thanks to embedded magnets.

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ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

Among its CES wares is the ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot mesh networking system, something the company describes as a modular and high-speed solution for home networks that’ll get rid of poor connections and dead zones in one’s residence. The system is comprised of HiveSpot and HiveDot ‘nodes,’ of which at least three are required to get a home mesh network up and running. The system maxes out at five nodes.

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August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August has introduced its new August Smart Lock Mortise Kit, the first product in North America that converts a mortise style lock into a smart lock. This mortise kit works with the August Smart Lock, and brings the same functionality we’ve previously detailed. Though the name is likely unfamiliar, most people have used these lock styles before -- they're commonly found in commercial office buildings, schools, and similar places.

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Ring Floodlight Cam joins video doorbell for outdoor home security

Ring Floodlight Cam joins video doorbell for outdoor home security

Ring, maker of the Ring Video Doorbell, has introduced a new outdoor security product called the Ring Floodlight Cam. This item is designed to take a standard floodlight and add onto it the benefits of both a smart home ecosystem and what Ring calls ‘proactive vision technology.’ The company says its new product is now the ‘most powerful security camera’ available.

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Smart hairbrush from Withings and L’Oreal monitors forceful brushing

Smart hairbrush from Withings and L’Oreal monitors forceful brushing

It's the year 2017 and we have smart cars, smart homes, smart appliances, and just about every other type of product "enhanced" with smarts, so it's time we stop brushing our hair with dumb hairbrushes. Thankfully, L'Oreal and Withings have teamed up to bring us out of the hair care dark ages with the first smart hairbrush, the Kérastase Hair Coach.

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch work with Nest

Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch work with Nest

Belkin has announced its new Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch, two new smart products that complement existing Internet of Things devices for better home automation and hassle-free control of one’s home. Both items were unveiled at CES 2017, where Belkin detailed its new hardware. The two new models work with a variety of existing devices, including Amazon Echo, Google Home, IFTTT, and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

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Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller mini keyboard with touchpad arrives in March

Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller mini keyboard with touchpad arrives in March

Lenovo has introduced its new keyboard and mouse combo device, the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller. This wireless device is small enough to fit in your hand, and is designed to control consumers’ various gadgets, doing so with typing, gestures, and other simple movements. Among its other perks, the 500 Multimedia Controller has a larger-than-average wireless range of 65.6ft.

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Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

If Internet access is spotty or slow in parts of your house, mesh networking is probably the solution, and here to help with that is Plume. The company launched its Pods WiFi system for pre-order earlier this year, and now it has announced that those pre-orders are shipping. Anyone who didn't pre-order the Plume Pods can now buy them for immediate shipping, as well, opening the door for relatively inexpensive, attractive WiFi distribution.

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Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

There’s a new Death Star lamp on the market, and it boasts three different lighting options. During the day, this lamp simply looks like a Death Star-themed desk lamp. At night, though, it takes on a whole new look by illuminating either the themed lampshade, the glowing base, or both the lampshade and the base at the same time. Thanks to this multi-lighting design, the lamp could also be used as a night light.

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Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than regular roof before electricity savings

Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than regular roof before electricity savings

Last month, Elon Musk went on stage to unveil the Tesla and SolarCity solar roof, a product that looks very similar to an ordinary home roof, but with each shingle instead being a small part of a large solar offering. Prices weren't discussed at the time, though Musk emphasized the necessity of affordability and suggested the solar roof wouldn't be more expensive than a regular home roof when taking into account electricity savings.

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Amazon job listing hints home cleaning service heading to Prime

Amazon job listing hints home cleaning service heading to Prime

In the near future, some Amazon Prime members may be able to order home cleaning help through the subscription service, at least if a new job listing is anything to go by. A pair of job listings have surfaced on Amazon's website for "Home Assistant" workers who will help customers "with tidying up around the home." The job listings are only for the Seattle region, however.

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