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Attention, Star Wars Fans: You Only Need $40 To Have R2-D2 Brew You A Cup Of Coffee Every Morning

Retail company ThinkGeek is now selling an R2-D2 Coffee Press, which is capable of brewing four cups of coffee per refill. It is now available for preorder and will begin shipping in December.

Smart Home October 10, 2016

Kokoon Is The $15,000 Prefabricated House That Could Change The Future Of Homes

Finnish students have built a three-story prototype home, which some are now touting as the home of the future. It costs $15,000 to make and could be built in one day.

Smart Home October 10, 2016

Xiaomi Mi Box Officially Lands On US Shores: Android TV, 4K Support For $69

Xiaomi Mi Box is now available at Xiaomi's U.S. website as well as in Walmart stores for $69. Aside from the attractive price, it features top-of-the-line specs and will come with special perks worth $76.

Smart Home October 4, 2016

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) Review Roundup: What Makes This Amazon Product Amazing?

Amazon recently released its Echo Dot 2nd Edition and the small gadget is a radical improvement in both price and audio capability over its first iteration. The new Echo Dot taps into Alexa’s skills, which grow more by the day.

Smart Home October 4, 2016

New Wink Hub 2 Plays Nice With Alexa, Makes Smart Home Smarter - And Simpler

Wink has announced a new smart home hub simply called Wink 2, bringing a number of neat upgrades over the original Wink. In addition to better connectivity and more features, the new Wink 2 also sports Alexa integration.

Smart Home September 27, 2016

Xiaomi's Mi Box Apparently Already Hit The Shelves At Walmart With A $69 Price Tag

Xiaomi's Mi Android TV Box is reportedly available in Walmart now. There is currently no official confirmation but a photo and video of the actual device displayed in the retail store, including its pricing, have already surfaced online.

Smart Home September 27, 2016

Apple Has A Smart Home Device To Rival Amazon Echo

Is Apple working on a smart home device right now? A new report claims this to be the case, with Apple hoping to create something with unique features to trump the Echo.

Smart Home September 24, 2016

Control4 Gets Integration With Amazon Alexa, Brings More Voice Controls For Smarter Homes

Control4 announces an integration with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, which can now be instructed to activate preset scenes for the smart home. With a single command, Alexa can turn off the lights, lock the doors and arm the security system.

Smart Home September 16, 2016

Nest Outs Nest Cam Outdoor, New Designs For Nest Thermostat

Launched in July, the Nest Cam Outdoor is now available for $199. Nest also revealed three new colors: black, white and copper for the Nest Thermostat.

Smart Home September 9, 2016

Moorebot Is The Adorable, Yet Creepy, Animated Robot That Will Watch And Play With Your Family

Moorebot is an interactive robot that can entertain and monitor the entire family. The personal assistant is being funded via an Indiegogo campaign.

Smart Home September 6, 2016

LG 'Aggressively Investing' In Smart Home, Seeing Robots As The Future Of Home Appliances

LG Electronics recently made a statement saying that its efforts will focus on robotics as a way to make home appliances more user-friendly and efficient. The company is already dipping its toes into the future with smart home appliances.

Smart Home September 5, 2016

LG's New InstaView Smart Fridge Has A Huge 29-Inch Windows 10 Tablet: Talk To Cortana In The Kitchen

LG has a new InstaView smart fridge that's equipped with a large 29-inch tablet that's running on Windows 10, allowing customers to use Microsoft apps such as Cortana and many others.

Smart Home September 4, 2016

LG Adds Alexa To Amazon Echo Lookalike SmartThinQ Hub, Making Them Even More Similar

LG teamed up with Amazon to add digital assistant Alexa to the SmartThinQ Hub. The device is now more similar to the Amazon Echo, but there are still some glaring differences.

Smart Home September 3, 2016

Bosch And Drop Want Every Kitchen To Be Smart

Bosch announced its partnership with smart kitchen company Drop. Drop has already began integrating its kitchen operating system in Bosch home appliances with Home Connect functionalities.

Smart Home September 3, 2016

Google Absorbs Nest Engineers To Make Google Home A Super IoT Device: Are You Ready Amazon Echo?

Google's strategy of moving Nest engineers to the Google Home department reflects the company's plan of developing a great smart home product. Amazon Echo will face stiff competition if Google Home entices customers.

Smart Home August 31, 2016

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Makes Automated Lighting Even Easier And More Convenient

Philips Hue systems just got a new addition that will push home automation even further. The motion sensor pairs with the Hue Bridge and allows users to trigger the smart lights just by entering a room.

Smart Home August 29, 2016

Logitech Pop Brings Easy Smart Home Control At The Press Of A Button: Starter Kit Just $99

Logitech announced that it has a simple and elegant solution for smart home control. With the Pop Kit, users will be able to control many of their smart home gadgets with just the touch of a finger.

Smart Home August 11, 2016

Nucleus Smart Home Touchsceen Intercom Device Adds Support For Amazon's Alexa

Nucleus is the a touchscreen intercom system that allows families to communicate with each other in-house and when mobile, and now supports Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.

Smart Home August 4, 2016

Prisma Coffeemaker Hits Indiegogo: 10-Minute Cold Brew Promise Already Secures Strong Start

Prisma, a high-end technology cold coffee brewer, started its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign recently. FirstBuild announced that it is crafting the device that can deliver cold brewed coffee in only 10 minutes, and it promised an app will join the device.

Smart Home August 3, 2016

Amazon Alexa Can Now Lock Users' Front Doors With August Smart Lock Skill

Those with Alexa-enabled devices can now use Amazon’s voice assistant to lock their front doors with the new August Smart Lock skill.

Smart Home July 28, 2016

Nest Finally Brings Video Surveillance Outdoors With The Rugged Nest Cam Outdoor

Nest is finally bringing its video surveillance system outdoors. The company has just introduced the Nest Cam Outdoor, the outdoors-friendly variant of the Nest Cam.

Smart Home July 14, 2016

Nest Finally Launches An Outdoor Security Camera: Meet The $199 Nest Cam Outdoor, On Preorder Now [Video]

Nest recently unveiled an outdoor version of its surveillance camera, and it comes packed with neat new features. The Nest Cam Outdoor is touted to keep burglars away from your home with the help of technology.

Smart Home July 14, 2016

Origami-Inspired Ori Robotic Furniture Is A Game Changer For Small Places

Ori, a spinoff from MIT Media Lab, recently unveiled a robotic furniture system that could save tons of space for small apartments. The company aims to launch it by 2017 and is using origami-like techniques to boost living spaces.

Smart Home July 12, 2016

Sony Unveils Prices For New 4K Ultra HD TVs With HDR And Android TV Support

Sony has unveiled its newest 4K HDR Android TV line, and fans of the brand have found out about pricing and availability as well. Albeit not cheap, Sony’s TVs come packed with future-proof features and Ultra visual quality.

Smart Home July 1, 2016

Amazon Plans To Expand Lineup Of Brands For Dash Buttons: Report

Amazon is expected to announce the addition of dozens of new Dash buttons this week. While the Dash program has had success, Amazon has more work to do to get its message across to consumers.

Smart Home June 27, 2016

You Can Buy The Nest Thermostat For $200 Until July 4

Nest has lopped $50 off the price of its $250 Nest Learning Thermostat. Some people may find that price to be outrageous for a thermostat, but this thing has all sorts of money-saving features.

Smart Home June 27, 2016

From Smoke Alarms To Water Detectors: Roost To Release Smart Home Device That Will Help Identify Leaks

Roost has unveiled the Smart Water and Freeze Detector, which looks to help homeowners save on repair work due to water and freeze damage. The device will cost $49.99 and will begin shipping in the fall.

Smart Home June 23, 2016

How To Protect Your Smart TV From Hackers: Here Are Some Tips

Hackers can now get into your fully secured networks through an unnoticeable and negligible entrance: your Smart TV. Here are different preventive measures to make sure Smart TV vulnerabilities and access points are safely secured from unsolicited hacking.

Smart Home June 20, 2016

FoldiMate Is An $800 Laundry-Folding Robot That Can Make Lives Easier - Sort Of

A startup from California has a new appliance dubbed FoldiMate Family that could potentially make life easier for people. The FoldiMate Family is bot that can fold and de-wrinkle the laundry in a matter of seconds!

Smart Home June 9, 2016

Vizio Launches Sound Bars With Google Cast Technology: Prices And Options

Vizio has launched a lineup of sound bars that feature Google Cast technology. With these speakers at hand, users can now stream music over Wi-Fi and use their tablet or smartphone as a remote with the SmartCast app.

Smart Home June 8, 2016

Atari Is No Longer Just About Video Games, Enters Internet Of Things Industry

Atari has unveiled a partnership with Internet of Things company Sigfox to enter the smart products business. The developments of new Atari-branded smart products will start within the year.

Smart Home June 1, 2016

Asus Unveils Walking, Talking Robot For The Smart Home: Meet ZenBo [Video]

Asus expanded its field of interest into robotics and smart homes, and showcased ZenBo at the Computex 2016. The quirky device hosts a myriad of features and costs about as much as a premium smartphone.

Smart Home May 30, 2016

If You Have 4 Grand Lying Around, You Might As Well Play Music On This LG Fridge

LG rolled out a new version of its large-capacity French-door model fridge, and it comes with built-in Bluetooth speakers. The LFXS30786S is available from a number of retailers at a whopping price.

Smart Home May 20, 2016

Report: Garage Door Openers Are The Most Frequently-Used Smart Home Devices

According to a report, smart garage doors, locks and security cameras are the smart devices that are used most.

Smart Home May 11, 2016

Uhoo Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign For Indoor Air Toxin Sensor

uHoo is attempting to launch a smarter air quality monitor and has turned to Indiegogo's community for support. The little air monitor is only about the size of a soda can, but it isn't short on sensors.

Smart Home May 11, 2016

Nissan Takes On Tesla Powerwall With New Home Battery xStorage: Is It Better?

Nissan announced xStorage, a home energy storage system, which is expected to give stiff competition to Tesla's Powerwall. The xStorage will be available in the UK in September.

Smart Home May 12, 2016

Connected Labs To Host Hackathon Promoting The Use Of The IBM Watson IoT Platform

Connected Lab will host a smart device hackathon for the purpose of creating chat bots.

Smart Home May 11, 2016

Samsung Smart Home Security Red Flags Raised In IoT Security Research

Computer scientists from the University of Michigan have published an extensive report on the vulnerabilities in Samsung's Smart Home automation system. The researchers said such vulnerabilities 'expose a household to significant harm.'

Smart Home May 9, 2016

Amazon Alexa Can Now Summon Your Tesla Model S But First, Say Hello To Lexi

Amazon's Alexa is growing up fast. The digital assistant is driving a Tesla Model S - and she now has a kid named Lexi.

Smart Home May 7, 2016

Roost Introduces New Smart Smoke Alarms That Could Give Nest Protect A Run For Its Money

Roost is now more than just smart batteries, unveiling two smart smoke alarms that can sense danger up to 87 percent faster than standard detectors.

Smart Home May 5, 2016

Samsung Introduces Personal Assistant Robot Otto: Should Alexa Be Worried?

Samsung unveiled its smart speaker/personal assistant named Otto, a prototype showcasing the company’s ARTIK IoT platform. The robot not only listens and speaks but also acts as a remote security system through the built-in HD camera.

Smart Home April 30, 2016

Triby Portable Speaker From Invoxia Sends Amazon's Alexa AI To The Kitchen

Amazon backed Invoxia one year ago and now the French company rolled out Triby. The magnetic speaker is a great addition to the kitchen, as it sports many of Alexa AI’s capabilities and some unique features to boot.

Smart Home April 28, 2016

Amazon Echo Dot And Echo Tap Teardown: iFixit Shows What's Inside

Amazon Tap and Amazon Echo Dot went through the iFixit teardown and the results are rather optimistic. The two devices scored differently in repairability rating, but only by a small margin.

Smart Home April 23, 2016

PillDrill Scanning System Could Track Prescriptions And Remind You To Take Your Meds

The PillDrill is a smart scanning system that tracks prescriptions and reminds users about medication schedules. This also allows caregivers to stay connected and check whether the patient has already taken their medicine.

Smart Home April 21, 2016

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