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Darkside Ollie hits market for the evil robot lover in you

Darkside Ollie hits market for the evil robot lover in you

Earlier this year we had a peek at the Sphero Ollie, a two-wheeled remote-control robot from the same folks that made the original spherical Sphero device. Now the two-wheeled beast has been given a slight reboot in an all-black design called Darkside Ollie. This unit will cost you just a bit more than the original Ollie, and not just because it comes in a limited-edition color scheme. This unit has a whole lot more in the box as well - Prime Hubs and Flux Hubs and Turbo Tires, oh my!

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Ambi Climate helps control heating and cooling costs

Ambi Climate helps control heating and cooling costs

One of the most expensive utilities for many people all around the world is electricity. With many homes using electricity for cooling and heating, electric bills can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars per month. One of the places where people can save money is by cutting back on the costs of heating and cooling, this is where a device called Ambi Climate comes in. Ambi Climate is a small internet of things device that you place in the home and it learns your habits and home environment to automatically adjust the AC unit.

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SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

Another day, another smart home hub, and this time it's Swann Security wading in with the SwannOne. Another attempt to pull together the disparate parts of DIY home automation into a single box, SwannOne kicks off with a wireless video camera that can feed video to a smartphone or into the cloud, but will eventually support lights, locks, and professional remote monitoring.

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SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

Home automation hub SmartThings has added Logitech's Harmony platform to its growing list of supported devices, turning the universal remote into a smart controller for lights, multimedia, and more. The new functionality, part of SmartThings' Labs open-beta, means that Harmony remote owners will be able to build in TV triggers and other A/V kit control based on triggers from the smart home platform, like doors opening or movement detected.

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Logitech outs new Harmony remotes as smart home expands

Logitech outs new Harmony remotes as smart home expands

Logitech's Harmony range of universal remotes is opening its arms to the smart home, with two new models that can control not only your TV but your lighting, thermostat, and more. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home and its more affordable Harmony Home Control sibling both work with the company's Harmony Home Hub, launched last year to support the home automation apps for iOS and Android.

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Philips Hue Beyond bakes wireless LEDs into dual-zone lamps

Philips Hue Beyond bakes wireless LEDs into dual-zone lamps

Philips has launched Hue Beyond, a new range of luminaires that integrate color-changing remote control bulbs into a line of ceiling, pendant, and table lamps. Building on the standalone Hue bulbs but integrating them into lamps, each Hue Beyond model actually includes two different lighting scenes that can be independently controlled for uplight and downlight purposes.

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Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Selling people on the concept of Philips Hue color-changing bulbs generally isn't hard, but convincing them on the cost of the system can be tougher. Into the mixture, then, steps Hue Lux, slashing the price of the bulbs though giving up on color as a compromise. At just under thirty bucks a bulb, has Hue Lux finally got the balance right?

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My Smart Home Trolled Me

My Smart Home Trolled Me

"Motion near upstairs," the notification says. That's upstairs in my apartment, the place I was around 2,800 miles away from; on the other side of the country from, in fact. It's Saturday morning, I'm away for the weekend, and SmartThings is being terribly helpful in notifying me that one of its motion detectors has spotted something unusual. That's when I start to panic.

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Recon Jet gets Myo control as gesture band hits up HUDs

Recon Jet gets Myo control as gesture band hits up HUDs

Recon's Jet HUD is stretching its usefulness, linking up with the motion-sensing Myo armband for a more natural method of control that doesn't rely on voice. The integration uses Myo's gesture and motion tracking to quickly navigate the Jet's UI, with a range of speedy movements that can be done without falling off your bike.

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Hue Lux ships September for entry-level wireless lighting

Hue Lux ships September for entry-level wireless lighting

Philips' latest hue bulb has hit virtual shelves, with the Hue Lux becoming the most affordable of the company's wirelessly-connected lighting, albeit without exactly the same functionality. Announced back in March, Hue Lux is up for preorder now, with Philips telling us that it will begin shipping in the first week of September.

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SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

Prepare to hear a lot more about SmartThings. Kickstarter success turned Samsung acquisition, the smart home startup isn't the only DIY approach to home automation and security out there, but it may well end up being one of the best funded. SmartThings' mantra is one of openness, aiming to work with as many third-party components as possible rather than lock users into a closed platform. Admirable, but it could easily add up to confusion; I've been living the SmartThings life for the past six months to see whether it works.

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Samsung buys SmartThings in preemptive HomeKit strike

Samsung buys SmartThings in preemptive HomeKit strike

Home automation start-up SmartThings has been snapped up by Samsung, with the South Korean firm grabbing the modular smart home specialist. The deal will see SmartThings - which offers a wireless home hub that connects to various sensors, remote sockets, light bulbs, and other components - operate as an independent company as part of Samsung's Open Innovation Center group, though it's still likely to prompt some concerns from avid fans of the firm.

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