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MIT's New Augmented Reality App Synchronizes Your Entire Household

Three years in the making, MIT's new Reality Editor augmented reality app lets users link smart objects in their home, from items as simplistic as a kid's toy to as complex as heavy machinery.

Smart Home December 14, 2015

This Very Tiny Temperature Sensor Opens Up Enormous Possibilities Of Future Technologies

A tiny temperature sensor that operates without a battery was created by researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology. The technology presents a massive breakthrough, and can potentially be used in the future over a wide range of applications.

Smart Home December 9, 2015

Amazon Wants To Bring Headset-Free Augmented Reality To Your Living Room

Amazon could be looking into a headset-free augmented reality implementation. Instead of wearing head mounts, Amazon envisions generating a digital environment within a room.

Smart Home December 7, 2015

Spot Smart Home Camera Touts Ability To Hear Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The small, cube-like camera alerts users via a smartphone app, even if they aren't home.

Smart Home December 2, 2015

MIT Researchers Say Exploiting Light’s Polarization Can Deliver 3D Imaging A Thousand Times Better

Can this pave the way for smartphones being equipped with 3D cameras?

Smart Home December 1, 2015

Man Saves House From Deadly Bushfire With The Help Of Smart Home Sprinklers

Professor Simon Maddocks watched through his home security camera as a deadly bushfire approached his property in South Australia. While he felt helpless, his quick thinking of activating the smart sprinklers helped save his property from complete destruction.

Smart Home November 30, 2015

Nest Labs Refutes Teardown Results That Nest Cam Is Always On And Spying On You

Alphabet-owned Nest Labs has denied allegations that its Nest camera is secretly spying on its users. The company claims that the near-active status of the camera is actually part of the device's design.

Smart Home November 26, 2015

GE Unveils First Connected LED Smart Bulbs, Launches E-Commerce Site To Bring The Tech To Consumer's Doorsteps

GE announces the launch of a new e-commerce site, along with its first Bluetooth-enabled smart bulbs.

Smart Home November 19, 2015

Ario Smart Lamp Learns User's Schedules And Mimics Natural Sunlight To Improve Mood

Ario launched a Kickstarter campaign for its smart lamp that helps improve mood by emitting blue- and red-tinted light to aid in the production of hormones for better sleep and increased energy upon waking.

Smart Home November 18, 2015

Europe Gets Powerful Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen) With Hot Water Control, OpenTherm Tech And More

Nest has released its latest third generation Learning Thermostat in Europe. The upgraded device comes with a larger screen and two exclusive features found nowhere else outside of the region.

Smart Home November 18, 2015

IoT Rise Paves The Way To Faster Bluetooth With Four Times Wider Range In 2016

The Bluetooth SIG announced exciting updates for the Bluetooth standard. In 2016, Bluetooh will be two times faster and quadruple its range, better positioning itself as the backbone of the rapidly-growing IoT.

Smart Home November 12, 2015

The Internet Of Things To See 30 Percent Boost With 6.4B Connected Devices In 2016: Gartner

A Gartner report described the fast paced increase in the Internet of Things market. Estimations counted 6.4 billion devices come 2016 and more than triple until 2020. The IoT spending services were also evaluated in the Gartner analysis.

Smart Home November 11, 2015

Darth Vader Beer Fridge And Vodka Fountain: The Remote-Controlled R2-D2 Mini Fridge Alternative

The life-sized remote controlled R2-D2 mini refrigerator may look awesome, but at the price it is listed at, it isn't the droid people are looking for. A cheaper and much bigger alternative is the Darth Vader beer fridge and vodka fountain.

Smart Home October 31, 2015

GE Introduces The 'C' Series Of Connected LED Smart Lightbulbs, Adjusting To Day And Night

The C-Life and C-Sleep bulbs can be fully controlled via a smartphone app and don't require a smart hub to work.

Smart Home October 29, 2015

Sick Of Slouching Over Your Computer? Altwork Is A $5,900 Workstation That Lets You Lie Down While You Work

The California startup Altwork will let you sit, stand or recline while working on one desk. The Altwork Station will let you stay comfortable during long working hours.

Smart Home October 29, 2015

Wi-Fi Signals Can Now Track And I.D. You, Even Through Walls

A fascinating new technology developed by a group at MIT uses Wi-Fi signals like sonar to detect human shapes. It's still rudimentary, but it could be used to monitor the elderly or detect heart problems.

Smart Home October 28, 2015

Smart LED BeON Bulbs Can Learn Your Daily Routine, Protect Your Home From Burglars

The company BeON Home has created a lightbulb that can not only learn your daily schedule so that you don't have to worry about turning your lights on and off, it can act as your own guard dog against burglars.

Smart Home October 20, 2015

Engineers Use A Quantum-Tweaked Virus To Make Better Solar Power

Quantum physics, virology, sustainability and engineering come together to create the most efficient solar panel cells.

Smart Home October 20, 2015

New August Smart Lock Lets Siri (And The Plumber) Open The Door

August, the smart home innovator, has three new products - an updated Smart Lock, Smart Keypad and Doorbell Cam. August is also introducing a new service, August Access.

Smart Home October 15, 2015

Savant's $500 Smart Home Remote Can Create 'Scenes' For Movie Night, Breakfast Time And More

Savant scheduled a smart home system controller for December, at an intriguing price. The premium home automation provider worked hard to level technology and costs, and had some promising results.

Smart Home October 14, 2015

Comcast Xfinity Home Now Works With August Smart Lock, Nest Learning Thermostat And More

Comcast promised a while back to add support for more home automation gadgets and it now activated that support for its Xfinity Home service. Newly-supported devices include the Nest Learning Thermostat, the August Smart Lock, the Chamberlain MyQ garage-door controller and more.

Smart Home October 12, 2015

Meet The Meater, A Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer That Helps Cook The Perfect Steak

The Meater smart wireless meat thermometer is designed to guarantee users with perfectly-cooked meat every time. Interested meat lovers can still order the Meater through its Kickstarter page.

Smart Home October 10, 2015

This Washing Machine Of The Future Will Wash, Dry And Fold Your Clothes For You

Panasonic, Daiwa House and Seven Dreamers Laboratories demoed the Laundroid bot that will wash, dry and fold your clothes at CEATEC consumer electronic show in Tokyo.

Smart Home October 8, 2015

Nest Opens Its Technology For Developers To Make Their Own Devices For Smart Homes

Nest opens its Nest Cam API so developers can work with Nest Cam, as well as Nest Weave communication protocol that enables communication among devices.

Smart Home October 1, 2015

Logitech’s Circle Is A Cute But Powerful Smart Camera That Creates A Timelapse Of Your Day

Logi Circle's Day Brief feature hyper speeds the day's highlights in 30 seconds. The cam can also distinguish between bigger, more important movements and lesser ones.

Smart Home October 2, 2015

Mysterious Company Offers Mobile Private Islands: Perfect For Supervillains

Migaloo, which has a few other designs for private submersible yachts, is offering the mobile private island named Kokomo Ailand. The island includes a penthouse, a jungle deck complete with waterfalls and a shark-feeding station.

Smart Home September 25, 2015

iRobot’s Wi-Fi-Equipped Roomba 980 Gives Rosie The Robot A Run For Her Money

iRobot has unveiled a beefed up version of its famous vacuum-cleaning robot, the Roomba 980. Here is what homeowners can expect from the company’s newest Roomba.

Smart Home September 19, 2015

Logitech Harmony Elite: Make Your Smart Home Come To Life In A Touch

Not everyone's house is filled with smart home devices. For those who are techie or rich enough to collect the most recent releases, Logitech Harmony Elite is the best way to organize technology.

Smart Home September 18, 2015

Sony Expands 4K TV Lineup With HDR Support, Teams Up With Amazon To Bring More Content

Sony is bringing HDR to a greater range of 4K Ultra HD TVs and has partnered with Amazon to provide HDR content. Both companies are giving away free titles to buyers of HDR-compatible TV models.

Smart Home September 17, 2015

Samsung Unveils New SmartThings Internet Of Things Kit That Works Even Without Internet

The new SmartThings kit includes a smart home hub, four sensors and a free companion app that work on Android and iOS. Here is what homeowners can do with the new smart home kit.

Smart Home September 3, 2015

This LG Smart Sensor Can Turn Your Low-Tech Appliances To Smart Home Appliances

LG has announced plans to showcase a neat new sensor called Smart ThinQ at the upcoming IFA 2015, designed to turn regular home appliances into smart ones. A Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner will also star at the trade show, boasting AllJoyn compatibility.

Smart Home August 31, 2015

Google’s Next-Generation Nest Smart Thermostat Purportedly Spotted In Leaked Images

Following an FCC filing for what is believed to be the next-generation Nest learning thermostat, new photos have surfaced online showing what the upcoming smart home hub will look like.

Smart Home August 28, 2015

Butterfleye Is A Home Security Camera That Captures Moments That Matter (Less Creepy Style)

The Indegogo campaign for Butterfleye, a new smart home security camera, already exceeded its $100,000 funding goal by 326% over the first 10 hours.

Smart Home August 26, 2015

Metering Company NWP To Start Testing Smart Apartments With Smart Locks, Thermostats and Connected Lighting

Smart metering and billing company NWP has plans to test apartments equipped with technology including smart locks and connecting lighting that could cut costs on utility bills and allow owners to charge more for units with these amenities.

Smart Home August 25, 2015

Alexa Is Ready To Help: Amazon Echo Now Supports SmartThings [Video]

Amazon has teamed up with SmartThings to add more options to its Echo Internet-connected smart speaker, offering a range of neat home automation features.

Smart Home August 22, 2015

The Egg-Shaped Ecocapsule Is Now Entering Production Phase

A tiny home called the Ecocapsule is ready to enter its production phase. The Ecocapsule includes solar panels and a wind turbine to generate energy, battery storage and a water filtration system for rainwater.

Smart Home August 17, 2015

iRobot Gets FCC Approval To Make Robotic Lawn Mowers

The Roomba may not be just for the home anymore. On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission cleared iRobot to make and sell robotic lawn mowers.

Smart Home August 13, 2015

This Transforming House Adds Or Sheds Layers Based On The Weather

Motus is a design concept for a new kind of energy-efficient house that is shape shifting, self-regulatory and responsive to its surroundings.

Smart Home August 5, 2015

This Domestic Elevator Looks Like The Elevators Used In 'Star Trek'

A UK-based company has created an elevator that can be installed in your home — and also happens to resemble the elevators on the USS Enterprise.

Smart Home August 3, 2015

No Surprise: Apple Stops Sale Of Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is no longe rlsited on Apple's online store and physical retail locations. The device is compatible with iOS devices, but not with Apple's HomeKit.

Smart Home July 24, 2015

Hive’s New Thermostat And Smart Home Devices Look The Part

British Gas has made design a priority in its new, sleek mirror-finished Hive 2 thermostat. The company is also releasing a range of smart home devices including motion sensors, smart lightbulbs and plugs.

Smart Home July 15, 2015

Apple HomeKit-Compatible Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat Goes On Sale

The ecobee3 will be the first smart thermostat to showcase Apple's HomeKit smart platform.

Smart Home July 7, 2015

Shape-Shifting Laminate Can Change According To Weather

A student at the Royal College of Art has designed an architectural laminate that reacts to rain, sunshine, and more.

Smart Home July 3, 2015

Oomi Wants To Make Smart Home Tech More Accessible To The Average Joe

Oomi is hoping to change the way home automation is programmed with their secret weapon: a tablet that will usurp the use of a smartphone.

Smart Home June 24, 2015

Sengled Shows That Lightbulbs Can Do Much More Than Just Brighten Your Home

Lightbulbs are a staple of any American household. However, Sengled serves up lightbulbs with a twist that do so much more than just help you see.

Smart Home June 24, 2015

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