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Swann Video Doorbell with night vision supports Alexa, Google Assistant

Swann Video Doorbell with night vision supports Alexa, Google Assistant

Swann, the company best known for its video surveillance products, has announced the Swann Video Doorbell, a connected lock for your home or office. As with other connected smart locks, the Swann Video Doorbell allows users to view and talk to their visitors anywhere in the world, as long as there's a decent Internet connection. The Video Doorbell boasts multiple features, including night vision.

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Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon has patented a smart mirror that uses virtual clothing and mirrors to help consumers decide what to buy. This isn't the first time we've seen the idea of a smart mirror for modern shopping; it is, however, a bit unique from the others. The mirror doesn't just show virtual clothing overlaid onto the potential buyer's body -- it also puts virtual scenes in the background, helping the customer visualize what they would look like on, for example, the beach.

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Roku joins smart home market with voice assistant, new licensing program

Roku joins smart home market with voice assistant, new licensing program

Roku has announced several big changes that underscore the company's own push into the smart home market. The company has officially unveiled Roku Entertainment Assistant, its own voice assistant for verbally controlling Roku OS devices. In addition, Roku has launched a new licensing program for "whole home entertainment" that will allow OEM brands to make smart home entertainment devices that work with Roku OS.

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Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku has confirmed the acquisition of Dynastrom, a Danish multi-room audio startup that will continue to operate out of Denmark as a Roku subsidiary. In confirming the acquisition, Roku said the business move was a way to expand its own engineering team, but the talent grab comes amid a wider rumor: that Roku is planning to launch its own smart speaker to take on Echo, Google Home and more.

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Logitech Circle 2 security cameras get Google Assistant integration

Logitech Circle 2 security cameras get Google Assistant integration

Logitech has announced that its Circle 2 models now work with Google Assistant, the latest functionality to arrive for these small circle-shaped home security cameras. This announcement follows Logitech's addition of Apple HomeKit support for the Circle 2 this past September. With the new support, owners can access their security camera feeds using voice commands.

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Wink Lookout IoT home security system is an all-in-one bundle

Wink Lookout IoT home security system is an all-in-one bundle

Wink has unveiled a new home safety system called Lookout, an IoT option for home owners and renters who want a connected way to protect their home. Wink Lookout is described as an all-in-one offering that is composed of three different products: sensors for windows and doors, a motion sensor, and a Siren & Chime device. These components are connected together via the Wink Hub.

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Panasonic’s CaloRieco machine figures out the calories in a meal

Panasonic’s CaloRieco machine figures out the calories in a meal

At CEATEC 2017 in Japan, Panasonic has shown off a prototype machine it calls CaloRieco ("Calorie co"). The machine looks like a cross between a 3D printer and a microwave, but it is neither -- it is a machine that intelligently evaluates food and determines approximately how many calories it contains.

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LIFX WiFi smart bulbs get support for Apple HomeKit

LIFX WiFi smart bulbs get support for Apple HomeKit

LIFX has announced that its current Lifx and Lifx+ lineup of WiFi smart bulbs now work with Apple HomeKit. Thanks to this new support, current and future Lifx smart bulb owners are able to control their home or office's lighting using their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or other Apple product. The new support is available now.

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Ya Doggie smart food scoop tracks when your dog eats

Ya Doggie smart food scoop tracks when your dog eats

A startup based in Santa Cruz, California has launched a smart pet food scoop that keeps track when when your dog eats, automatically ordering more food when the existing bag is running low. The scoop is designed to make feeding a dog easier and more organized, in part using LEDs to indicate whether it is time to feed the dog or whether someone has already done so.

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Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has a sideways touchscreen

Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has a sideways touchscreen

The Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has an embedded touchscreen display that'll tell you when to stand up or sit down. This desk is also a standing desk - as you might have guessed - that's motorized for ease in rising. It's the touchscreen, though, that I've found strangest - as it's embedded at an angle, aimed at the user in the center.

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Project One And Electrification Take Center Stage at Frankfurt for Mercedes-Benz

Project One And Electrification Take Center Stage at Frankfurt for Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz took the Frankfurt Auto Show with both a bang and a whirr as it showcased not just a world-beating Mercedes-AMG Project One 'hypercar' - the brand's first foray into such rarefied air in well over a decade - but also several facets of its electrification strategy, which figures ever more prominently in the plans of all global automakers.

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Philips’ new Hue starter kits simplify the smart home lighting transition

Philips’ new Hue starter kits simplify the smart home lighting transition

Philips has announced an expansion to its Hue smart lighting product line with the addition of two new items, plus new starter kits. The starter kits, of course, are designed to get new customers quickly established with a smart lighting product. The two new models, meanwhile, include one light fixture, the Philips Hue White Ambiance Cher Suspension fixture, plus the new Philips Hue White Ambiance downlight bulb.

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