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Why I love my connected home

A few years back I made the decision to start outfitting my house with some connected devices. I'm a geek at heart (I always have been) so having my humble abode outfitted with electronic gadgets felt like the right thing to do. I took the plunge with a Nexia start kit and installed a keypad door...

I'd love to see Google move into home security

In the world of the Internet of Things, the thought of Google entering the home security market put a smile on my face this morning when I read about the possibility of the mobile and search giant acquiring Dropcam. When Google bought Nest, it looked like an obvious long term play on home...
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LG's connected appliances launch, texting with your washing machine is about to be a thing

LG has begun rolling out smart appliances that can be controlled via text messages. You can interact with LG's smart appliances via HomeChat, a messaging service that utilizes Natural Language Processing to translate your text messages into actionable commands. The HomeChat service uses Line...

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The Revolv Hub is the center of your connected universe

If you have more than one connected device in your home, chances are you'll also have more than one app to control said devices. As you add more toys, you also get bogged down with more apps, more hubs, and an all around bigger mess. That's where Revolv comes in. The $299 Revolv hub sets out to...
Amazon reported to make ordering easier with new connected home devices

Amazon will reportedly ease ordering with new smart home devices

Amazon may be expanding its hardware plans beyond tablets, TV set-top boxes and smartphones. According to a new Reuters report, the company is testing a prototype of a connected home device and is also interested in wearable technology. Reuters, which based its report on a recent government...
Nest Protect

Nest Protect 2.0 update brings improved pathlight, steam check, and CO levels

The Nest Protect is going 2.0 and getting some cool new features, which will be rolling out this week. Within the update, the Protect gets a bit smarter and will help keep you at ease in the process. New in the update are steam check, Protect history, learn and prepare, improved pathlight, and CO...

The Dyson 360 Eye is a robotic vacuum you can control with your phone

Dyson is known for making some of the best vacuums on the planet, and their latest addition takes things one step further. The new 360 Eye is a robotic vacuum (yes, like Roomba) that cleans your floors quickly and efficiently. The 360 Eye has a 360 degree camera which it uses to create reference...
Elgato announces Eve connected home accessories, Avea smart light bulbs ahead of HomeKit's arrival

Elgato announces Eve connected home accessories, Avea smart light bulbs ahead of HomeKit's arrival

Elgato is jumping into the home automation space ahead of Apple's broader HomeKit push when iOS 8 debuts this fall for consumers. Ahead of Apple's plans and the IFA trade show, the company has announced a range of products under the Eve brand and some colorful connected light bulbs that should...
Philips Hue Tap

Philips Hue Tap review

Part of the attraction to the Philips Hue smart lighting system is the total control you get from your smartphone or tablet. It's one of the finest examples of connected home products out there, but what if, sometimes, you didn't want to reach for your smartphone. You just want to turn the lights...
Yves Behar-designed August smart lock finally shipping

Yves Behar-designed August smart lock finally shipping

August announced that it is finally beginning to ship its smart lock. The Yves Behar-designed smart home accessory works with your existing dead bolt and an accompanying app on your phone to allow you to ditch your keys and enter and lock your home by using an app and the Bluetooth connectivity...
Archos has a new weather station, music light, and music hat

Archos launches a connected weather station, light bulbs and beanies that will play your tunes

In addition to today's announcement of new Android phones and tablets and new Windows Phones from Archos, the company is expanding their connected home line with a new home weather station. The spherical pair of devices, due to be announced at IFA 2014 is designed to work with both Android and...
Simplicam offers home security alternative to Dropcam

Simplicam offers home security alternative to Dropcam

A new system called Simplicam by Arcsoft promises to be a strong Dropcam competitor thanks to cheaper cloud storage subscriptions and facial recognition alerts. Simplicam has the same simple plug-and-play set-up and mobile app for movement alerts and live monitoring. Facial recognition just lets...
Eve smart irrigation system integrates with more

Eve smart irrigation system takes to Kickstarter, hooks into SmartThings system

Santa Clara, California based start up Plaid Systems is currently raising money on Kickstarter to finish development of Eve and Adam, a new connected home irrigation system that taps into the SmartThings platform to help water yards and gardens more efficiently. This new product is, on the...