The Internet of Things dead pool claims another victim, with Emberlight announcing that it's out of cash and shutting down, with bad news for owners of its smart lighting tech. The company launched on Kickstarter back in 2014, raising six times as much cash for its wireless bulb adapter than it was expecting. However, the intervening years have seen a huge influx in smart home gadgets, and that's made it difficult for Emberlight to stand out.
Apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its HomePod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes Siri a better assistant. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. Today, it conceded it will "need a little more time" before HomePod is ready for public consumption.
Apple has delayed its HomePod smart speaker, pushing the launch of the Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival back into 2018. HomePod was revealed back in June 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied Siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market.
We've been using a set of WiZ smart LED lights for the past week to see how they stood up to their closest competitors. In the world of smart bulbs - especially when we're talking about SIMPLE smart home lighting systems, there's one stand out brand: Phillips hue. Today we're going to run down the reasons why the new-to-America brand WiZ is more than a fly-by-night smart lighting competitor - they might just have hue beat.
Amazon may have pitched the Cloud Cam as a key security feature of Amazon Key, but researchers have demonstrated a huge flaw that could leave customers thinking twice about giving couriers virtual keys. Launched in October, Amazon Key offers Amazon's most loyal users in its Prime membership scheme a way to accept packages even if they're not home, by giving delivery people one-time access to the home with a connected lock. Figuring many would be wary of that, the Amazon Cloud Cam was pitched as a way to ensure everything was above board.
If your demands from a smart speaker focus more on, well, music than how well it answers questions, the latest update to Google Home might be of interest. In a new update, the Google Home and Google Home Mini have gained an equalizer, allowing owners to tweak the audio levels to suit their own particular tastes.
Ecobee's line up of smart thermostats already supports a number of IoT platforms, and today that list is getting just a little longer. Today ecobee revealed that Google Assistant is rolling out to its current product portfolio, which means that support is launching on a grand total of three thermostats. That's great news for anyone who was a bit disappointed to see the ecobee4 launch with Alexa support baked in but Google Assistant nowhere in sight.
Connected cameras might be the current darlings of the smart home, but what if a 24/7 stream from inside your house gives you the privacy shivers? A smarter motion sensor might be the answer, with Aura promising a new way to track activity in the home - as well as automate it - based on wireless activity.
Security cameras are known for being pricey, and that's why Wyze is so unusual. Forget spending $100+ for a name-brand home security camera or $50+ for a generic brand. Wyze is a small cube-shaped camera that costs $19.99, making it one of -- if not the most -- affordable home security cameras on the market. What kind of compromises were made to hit such a low price point? Surprisingly few.
I knew Jibo was onto something when I he managed to coax a laugh from my tech-skeptic partner in the other room. I'd been in the middle of setting up the companion robot's voice recognition system, repeating his trigger phrase six times in a row so that he could learn who was talking to him. "Now say "Hey Jibo" 400 more times," the robot told me, before quickly adding "I'm only kidding" and pirouetting giddily. It got a chuckle from next door, and gave me my first glimpse of how home robotics might well wriggle and wise-crack their way into our hearts.