Wireless

Simplicam tackles Dropcam with face-detection

Simplicam tackles Dropcam with face-detection

Wireless security cameras like Dropcam are shaping up to be an integral part of the smart home experience, and ArcSoft is hoping its Simplicam will carve a niche courtesy of face detection. A compact WiFi camera with a companion cloud-based recording service, Simplicam offers alerts only if a human face is spotted in-frame, rather than just responding to any sort of movement.

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LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

Lightbulbs that talk to you may not sound like the very first thing your smart home needs, but LightFreq believes they'll help give its color-changing speaker lamps an edge over Sonos, hue, and others. The crowdfunded bulbs have already more than tripled their Kickstarter goal of $50k with time to spare, and so are adding voice notifications to the feature list.

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Star Trek Communicator Pin “OnBeep” nabs $6.25M in funding

Star Trek Communicator Pin “OnBeep” nabs $6.25M in funding

It’s become clear that in our speedily expanding "wearables" world there’s cash for the best ideas. Or the simplest to explain, at least. Today we’re to understand that the device known as "OnBeep", what’s essentially a Communicator from Star Trek, has nabbed $6.25 million in funding.

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Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

The US government plans to mandate cars that can talk with each other, proposing wireless intercommunication between moving vehicles that will warn drivers of potential crashes and other perils that they might not ordinarily have spotted. Dubbed V2V or "vehicle to vehicle", the system could lead to more than a thousand road deaths from intersection collisions a year, the NHTSA says, in addition to making blind spots safer, flagging up times when it's dangerous to overtake, and pre-warn drivers of upcoming stop signs and lights.

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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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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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New Nomiku 2 sous-vide adds WiFi to kitchen favorite

New Nomiku 2 sous-vide adds WiFi to kitchen favorite

Nomiku helped sous-vide go from gastronomic novelty to geek chef must-have, and now the company is back with a second-generation model that adds WiFi, boosts performance, and makes for less chance of steaming your hands. The new Nomiku 2 will be made in the US - right next to the company's San Francisco headquarters, in fact - and, like its predecessor, clips to the side of a pan of water. However, new the second time around is integrated WiFi to hook up to a remote app.

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Denon’s HEOS Sonos-rival now plays nice with existing speakers

Denon’s HEOS Sonos-rival now plays nice with existing speakers

Denon's HEOS streaming home audio range is getting two new pieces, with the multi room system adding new ways to easily hook up existing speakers. The HEOS Link and HEOS Amp join Denon's Sonos rival, for those who already have their choice of receiver speakers but still want to add wireless streaming to them.

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Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips’ hue smart lightbulbs have always been at the mercy of a dumb switch. The range of color-changing LED bulbs have won over many smart home enthusiasts with their flexible effects and easy installation, but while controlling lighting from a smartphone or tablet is catnip to geeks, the less tech-savvy were left bemoaning their suddenly redundant physical light switches. Enter Hue Tap, a tactile and portable way to bring up to four presets out of the app and into the real world.

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iPhone 6 NFC tipped plus high-speed WiFi

iPhone 6 NFC tipped plus high-speed WiFi

The iPhone 6 gets nearer and the leaks come faster, with new specifications - including the long-anticipated arrival of NFC - teased for Apple's future flagship thanks to some freshly exposed components. Leaked boards, said to come from inside the new iPhone, along with some tipster promises claim to settle the speculation on short-range wireless, which Apple has so-far eschewed in favor of iBeacon.

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Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo has revealed a new wearable prototype, the Lenovo C1, a Google Glass aping set of smart glasses to help launch its NBD platform for the smart home and Internet of Things. Announced in China today, the NBC - or "New Bench" - platform aims to make connected devices like web-enabled air purifiers more inter-compatible, by providing a framework, manufacturing support, R&D, and even funding to third-party firms.

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SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

Your doorbell isn't smart enough, and SkyBell wants to change that: a hockey puck scale upgrade to the traditional push-button that delivers motion-triggered video direct to your phone. After having raised almost six-times its crowdfunding goal in late 2013, the WiFi-enabled doorbell is counting on some big names like Apple to help it stand out from the growing home automation melee.

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