Internet of Things

Sonos IFTTT support lets your smart home sing

Sonos IFTTT support lets your smart home sing

Shortly after launching an open API, Sonos has wasted little time in partnering with a big IoT name. Sonos has announced that its platform is now compatible with IFTTT, which opens up a pretty wide array of options when it comes to integrating your speakers into your smart home set up. For now, IFTTT functionality is launching in beta, which means that you're somewhat limited in what you can do with it.

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SmartThings Tracker packs LTE-M, GPS for tracking people, pets and more

SmartThings Tracker packs LTE-M, GPS for tracking people, pets and more

Samsung has introduced SmartThings Tracker, a new tracking device that features LTE-M and GPS for tracking items like bags and keys. The system supports real-time tracking using an app available for Android and iOS. Even better, the tracking device can double as an arrival sensor to trigger certain Internet of Things devices, such as a connected porch light that turns on when you get home.

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Brilliant smart home controller release date: Right Now

Brilliant smart home controller release date: Right Now

Back in May of 2017 we first got our hands on Brilliant, a smart home control panel system. Now, here in September of 2018, we've finally reached general availability. With this system, users will be able to control all sorts of smart home products, including by not limited to Samsung's SmartThings, IFTTT, Philips Hue, Nest products, and Sonos speakers.

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iRobot’s self-emptying Roomba i7+ fixes robot vacuums’ big headache

iRobot’s self-emptying Roomba i7+ fixes robot vacuums’ big headache

iRobot has answered one of the biggest frustrations about robot vacuum cleaners, with the new Roomba i7+ offering automatic emptying so it can be left to its own devices for more of the time. Replacing the Roomba 960, the new vacuum also increases its onboard intelligence, with a new mapping system that can remember customizable floor plans for more intelligent cleaning.

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Locky uses keys to make regular house locks smarter

Locky uses keys to make regular house locks smarter

Smart home locks are expensive, particularly if more than one is needed to adequately update the house. A new alternative has arrived in the form of Locky, a device that attaches to a house key, transforming the regular dumb lock it belongs to into a smarter, more capable system. The device and its app supports unlocked door alerts, lock sharing, and more.

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The Best of IFA 2018

The Best of IFA 2018

IFA 2018 draws to a close, and as always there's no shortage of fresh gadgetry to choose from at the Berlin technology show. Laptops, smart home technology, and the perennial big screen TVs - now pushing 8K resolution - abounded, but that wasn't all. Read on for SlashGear's Best of IFA 2018.

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Haier InstaSwitch smart freezer can transform into a refrigerator

Haier InstaSwitch smart freezer can transform into a refrigerator

Appliance brand Haier has taken the wraps off a new smart appliance called InstaSwitch, a freezer that can transform into a refrigerator when necessary. The company showcased its new offering at IFA 2018 this week, introducing a single-door freezer model with multiple divided storage compartments that can be individually controlled based on need.

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New Philips Hue smart switches have a clever installation aid

New Philips Hue smart switches have a clever installation aid

While there are plenty of ways to control Philips Hue connected lights - including by voice, smartphone app, or smartwatch - sometimes there's nothing quite so convenient as a regular light switch. Now, integrating the Zigbee bulbs into a more streamlined smart home is about to get easier, the announcement of a range of new Friends of Hue light switches at IFA 2018.

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Huawei Locator squeezes GPS into tiny tracker

Huawei Locator squeezes GPS into tiny tracker

The AI Cube isn't Huawei's only unusual connected gadget revealed at IFA 2018, with the Huawei Locator also making its debut. Joining the competitive beacon segment, the compact dongle promises better positioning courtesy of using actual satellite location data, rather than triangulating its position through Bluetooth as some rivals do.

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Huawei AI Cube bakes Alexa into an odd 4G LTE router

Huawei AI Cube bakes Alexa into an odd 4G LTE router

Huawei has launched an LTE-connected smart speaker and router, the Huawei AI Cube, complete with Alexa built-in, but the weirdest thing about it is the shape. Making its debut at IFA 2018 today, the Alexa speaker may be called a cube, but in fact it's a stubby cylinder. Huawei does say the design may change before launch, but what shouldn't are the capabilities.

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Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo's Smart Display works with any connected home tech the Google Assistant supports, but now it's getting into the action with a range of Smart Home Essentials. The new line-up of accessories kicks off with three products, all of which will work with the Lenovo Smart Display as a hub.

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Google Assistant embraces bilingual speech and more smart home tech

Google Assistant embraces bilingual speech and more smart home tech

The Google Assistant is going multilingual, with the ability to recognize and then reply to more than one language at a time, alongside a host of new smart home features. Announced at IFA 2018, the new language feature means smart speakers like the Google Home and Google Home Mini will be able to differentiate automatically between two languages, and respond in the same.

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