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Dropcam

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...
The SmartThings family of devices

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...
Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat

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...

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Archos Smart Home gets you connected, but you can probably do better

Archos recently released their latest offering in the connected home space, dubbed Smart Home. We first checked out the system back at CES in January, and Archos has recently made the starter kit available in the U.K. The Archos Smart Home system offers smaller, less expensive components than...
Blink aims for the security camera trifecta: wireless, affordable, and long-lasting

Blink aims for the security camera trifecta: wireless, affordable, and long-lasting

A new Kickstarter project, Blink, is mixing up the standard home security camera model by going truly wireless. There are plenty of home security systems out there with "wireless" cameras, but that wireless is only in the transmission of data — they still need to be wired up for power. Blink,...
lechal

The Bluetooth enabled Lechal 'smart shoe' goes on sale in September

India-based Ducere Technologies plans to start selling their Lechal 'smart shoes", which link to the Google Maps app on a smartphone via Bluetooth, sometime in September. So what can a "smart shoe" do that others cannot? According to the Lechal website, the shoes can link to the Google Maps...
Canon Pixma

The Canon Pixma MG7120 lets you print anything from anywhere

For as long as I can remember, I've had the same old printer in my office — mostly collecting dust or serving as a resting place for other office supplies. It wasn't until about two years ago when it finally gave out and I upgraded to a newer, Wi-Fi connected printer (ooh, Wi-Fi!). It was great...
Netgear

How to choose the best router for your connected home

We are living in a connected age, where all the devices we use are increasingly becoming smart and joining our home networks. What started as just a way of connecting multiple computers in our homes for sharing and remotely accessing resources, has now evolved into something we rely on for a lot...
droplet

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...
The SmartThings family of devices

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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