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Wyze Plug Review: A budget smart plug for dumb appliances

Wyze Plug Review: A budget smart plug for dumb appliances

Wyze, the company that skyrocketed to popularity with its $20 security cameras and solidified its status with an inexpensive home sensor kit and connected light bulb, is back with another smart home device: Wyze Plug. The newly launched Wyze Plug, which was introduced earlier this year, enables users to connect any dumb gadget to their WiFi network, adding it to a wider smart home setup for use with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

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Google Nest Mini may soon expand smart home affordability

Google Nest Mini may soon expand smart home affordability

Today a new Google Nest Mini appeared at the FCC, and with it, confirmation of Google's continue expansion to every room in your home. Google has a plan with Google Assistant - that plan is to cover your entire world in Google-made natural voice smart assistant coverage, wall to wall, environment to environment. Google already has a first-gen Google Home Mini - the Google Nest Mini won't be particularly different in approach.

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2020 Smart EQ fortwo previewed as all-EV future gets interesting

2020 Smart EQ fortwo previewed as all-EV future gets interesting

Times are changing for the Smart car, with Daimler's smallest model on track to go all-electric, and now it's previewing the next generation of urban runaround. The new 2020 Smart EQ fortwo won't make its official debut until the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but that hasn't stopped the German automaker from teasing us with some design sketches.

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Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

The folks at Swagtron just revealed a new electric longboard called NG2. This longboard has the ability to be moved with a hand-held remote control or a hands-free (no remote) A.I.-powered somatosensory control. This board is a full 38.6-inches long and has dual 450-watt motors that allow speed capabilities of up to 18 mph for up to 11.8 miles per charge.

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Smart EQ fortwo EV is axed in the US and Canada

Smart EQ fortwo EV is axed in the US and Canada

Daimler has been building the tiny smart fortwo for a while, and the quirky car isn't a big seller. The EV version of that car is called the smart EQ fortwo and Daimler AG, the parent company of smart, has announced that at the end of the 2019 model year the EV will no longer be sold in the US or Canada.

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The Smart City Blueprint

The Smart City Blueprint

Smart cities are all the hype these days. Everyone from urban planners to private companies have been throwing the two words around lately, as a common aspiration for metropolitan cities in the coming years. It comes tied with a bunch of other complicated concepts, from the Internet of Things (IoT), to 5G, autonomous transportation and information and communication technology (ICT).

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Hong Kong ‘smart’ prisons test trackers, poo robots, and AI cameras

Hong Kong ‘smart’ prisons test trackers, poo robots, and AI cameras

Hong Kong's Correctional Services has revealed plans to test various surveillance technologies with the intention of creating 'smart prisons,' according to a local news report. The technologies are intended to monitor for unusual behavior among prisoners, Correctional Services Commissioner Danny Woo Ying-ming revealed this week. The systems will include AI cameras, robots, and real-time heart rate monitoring.

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Ford smart bed rolls sleepers back to their own side of the mattress

Ford smart bed rolls sleepers back to their own side of the mattress

Ford Europe is back with another interesting innovation, this one designed to solve the age-old problem of people who hog the bed. Tired of your significant other crowding your side of the mattress? This Ford smart bed can automatically roll them back onto their own side, helping each person get restful sleep without resorting to separate beds. The new smart bed joins the smart dog house Ford Europe introduced last year.

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Panasonic HomeHawk Floor lamp has a built-in hidden camera

Panasonic HomeHawk Floor lamp has a built-in hidden camera

Panasonic is seeking funding for HomeHawk, a new floor lamp that features a built-in camera. The product is billed as an alternative to existing indoor home security cameras, one that blends in with the decor and doesn't require mounting. The lamp offers the same array of security features as many competing models, but with the added benefit of being essentially invisible.

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Caper smart grocery shopping carts are powered by AI

Caper smart grocery shopping carts are powered by AI

Caper has revealed an alternative to the smart grocery store: a smart shopping cart with all of the technology for checking out built in. Rather than installing an intelligent checkout system within the building itself, grocery chains could deploy these smart shopping carts as an alternative to traditional checkout lines, enabling customers to scan and pay for their goods at the shopping cart.

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Smart Rod Sensor is a fishing rod tracker to monitor catches

Smart Rod Sensor is a fishing rod tracker to monitor catches

If you're serious about fishing as a sport, Cyberfishing has a new product that'll help keep track of your success over time. Called Smart Rod Sensor, the device is exactly what it sounds like: a smart sensor that attaches to fishing poles, where it tracks the number of fish the user has caught, shuttling the data off to a companion smartphone app.

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Nissan GT-R smart key fob concept reverses the smartphone trend

Nissan GT-R smart key fob concept reverses the smartphone trend

These days we are turning more and more to our smartphones for things we’d often use separate devices or instruments for. That’s true even for modern cars where a simple tap on a smartphone’s screen could start an engine, turn up the heat, or lock the doors. Some owners, however, may still prefer having a separate key for their vehicle but do want more than what a simple fob can give. Enter the smart key fob, a concept that brings the best of both worlds together in one advanced key that does all but drive the car for you.

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