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Honeywell turns up the heat with the Lyric smart thermostat

Honeywell (yes, Honeywell) has announced their own smart thermostat to compete with Google's Nest. The Lyric, which was first leaked in April, has now been officially announced and is priced at $279. It has some visual kinship with the round Nest and thermostats of old, but it has some different...
Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam aqcuisition

Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam aqcuisition

Google has already kicked off its home automation plans with the purchase of Nest, the makers of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, but the company is rumored to be looking into purchasing Dropcam. This next potential acquisition is the brand behind security cameras that stream directly to a...
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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 Droplet aims to save people money with a connected sprinkler system

The latest in the growing trend of Connected Home devices is the Droplet, which claims to offer home owners a way to save lots of money via an "intelligent" sprinkler system. The Droplet sprinkler itself connects to a regular garden hose, plus a second connection is needed to an electrical...
Battery-less Philips Hue Tap switch taps in for US availability

Battery-less Philips Hue Tap switch taps in for US availability

US customers can now buy the Philips Hue Tap switch from the Apple Store to easily control their Philips Hue lights. Previously the Hue Tap was only available in Europe, which makes sense as Philips is a Dutch company. The switch has no batteries and is powered through kinetics simply by pushing...
Jibo is a little robot assistant trying to be human

Jibo is a little robot assistant trying to be human

A promising new robotics project hit Indiegogo today called Jibo. It's a little connected automaton that sits in your home and can deliver messages, answer questions, take pictures, facilitate home automation, and lots more. It uses facial recognition to identify folks around the house and learns...
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Samsung reportedly to buy home automation company SmartThings for $200 million

Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung is reported to be in talks to by home automation company SmartThings. The deal is said to be around $200 million, though it isn't yet a done deal. Samsung buying up SmartThings follows Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest back in January and Apple's...
Nexia keypad

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...
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The connected nursery: Smart baby monitor

My wife and I are currently in the process of setting up a nursery ahead of the arrival of our firstborn. Besides the cot, rocking chair and other assorted baby-related furniture there's also some great tech that can – and will – be implemented into baby's first bedroom. It's actually a nerds...
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Samsung, Intel and Dell create a consortium for connected devices

Samsung, Intel and Dell have teamed up to establish an Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) that will handle the creation of standards and set guidelines for data transmission between several IoT devices like connected thermostats, light bulbs, burglar alarms and home automation systems. Gary...
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Is the iPod touch the perfect remote for your connected home?

In the past couple of weeks Apple has relaunched its iPod touch line bringing the prices down and adding a camera and different colors to the 16GB model. Rene Ritchie over on iMore re-explored the place the iPod touch has in Apple's lineup and who it might be best for and brought up some great...
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Is your home a connected home?

Nexia, Nest, U-Verse, FiOS, Vivint, SmartThings — the list of home automation devices is extensive. There are a ton of services and devices available for monitoring and/or controlling your home from afar — some better than others — but most having very similar features. Each one has its own...
Microsoft

Microsoft joins Qualcomm-backed AllSeen Alliance to standardize connected home tech

Microsoft has partnered up with Qualcomm and other companies to establish standardized ways for connected household objects (such as light bulbs and thermostats – the "Internet of Things") to communicate with one another. The move will see Microsoft working with other tech companies to bring...

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