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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

Smart Mattress Will Notify You If You're Partner Is Cheating - Or Rocking The Bed

The Smarttress is a smart mattress that will let you know if you're partner is up to no good, detecting whenever there's someone using your bed in a 'questionable way.'

Smart Home April 20, 2016

Best Smart Light Bulbs That You Can Buy Today: Philips Hue, Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker, Misfit Bolt And More

We check out some of the best smart light bulbs available such as the Philips Hue, Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker, Misfit Bolt, Sengled Pulse and the Elgato Avea to help you reimagine your home.

Smart Home April 19, 2016

Parents, Don't Panic: Amazon Echo, Other Alexa-Enabled Devices Can Answer Questions About Your Kids' Health

The KidsMD software – the first healthcare skill for Alexa-enabled devices – was launched on April 12 and will help parents get answers to common symptoms and ailments plaguing their child.

Smart Home April 19, 2016

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball: Vacuum Cleaner That Refuses To Get Knocked Over

Tired of vacuum cleaners that keep tipping over? Dyson created a perfect solution to this old problem: a ball-shaped corded vacuum cleaner that is impossible to topple.

Smart Home April 15, 2016

Who's Willing To Share Personal Data For Money? A Lot Of People Will, A New Intel Security Survey Says

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the future of wireless networks, as smart home technology is growing in popularity among users. A majority of Intel Security survey respondents indicated they are willing to trade personal data collected from smart home technology for money.

Smart Home April 12, 2016

Nest May Offer Revolv Owners Compensation On Case-By-Case Basis

Nest will be disabling the $300 Revolv smart home hub on May 15, which will make the device useless. The company said that it could be providing customers with compensation for the device on a case-by-case basis.

Smart Home April 6, 2016

Nest Will Disable Revolv's $300 Smart Home Hub On May 15: You Will Not Be Able To Use It And That's Unfair

Nest is going to render the $300 Revolv smart hub and app useless on May 15, and that means owners won't be able to use them anymore after a month.

Smart Home April 5, 2016

Xiaomi Unveils Smart Rice Cooker: Here's What This $150 Product Does

Xiaomi's product launch last March 29 introduced us to a new smart rice cooker that will seemingly know how to cook rice perfectly. It features a minimalistic design packed with new technology and smartphone integration.

Smart Home April 4, 2016

Forget Passwords: New MIT Wireless Technology Makes Password-Free Wi-Fi, Safer Drones, Smarter Homes Possible

The new-age Wi-Fi system, Chronos, brought to light by the MIT research team, might be the answer to a password-free wireless device. From a single Wi-Fi point, this system tracks localization with 20 percent more accuracy and may ensure safer drones and prevention of Wi-Fi theft.

Smart Home April 3, 2016

Dyson Outs Pure Cool Link Smart Air Purifier: Here's What It Can Do

Dyson has just updated its air-purifying, bladeless fan, 'Pure Cool.' The new update enables users to connect to their fans through their smartphones and monitor, regulate and adjust its performance.

Smart Home April 2, 2016

Xiaomi Launches Stunning 65-Inch Curved Mi TV 3S With 4K Samsung Display

The new 65-inch curved Mi TV 3S from Xiaomi boasts a 4K Samsung display in a razor-thin 0.23-inch metal build. With an unbelievable price tag of around $1,380, the curved TV is initially available in China.

Smart Home March 27, 2016

Amazon Reveals How To Make Your Own Alexa-Powered Echo Using Raspberry Pi

Amazon has released a guide that teaches users how to make their own Alexa-powered Echo using the Raspberry Pi. The end product of the project is a viable, low-cost alternative to the Echo, but with one major catch.

Smart Home March 26, 2016

Tesla Discontinues Large 10-kWh Consumer Powerwall To Focus On Smaller Model

Tesla has quietly discontinued its larger 10-kWh Powerwall home battery system. People just didn't buy it, and probably for good reasons, too.

Smart Home March 24, 2016

Vizio P-Series 4K HDTVs Have Google Cast Baked In, Boast HDR And Bundle Tablets As Remotes

Vizio launched its first-ever revised version of the P-Series 4K TVs, which will retail starting at $999. The 2016 P-Series model is built upon Google Cast and ships with a 6-inch Android tablet along with the traditional IR remote.

Smart Home March 23, 2016

Amazon Echo: Here's A List Of Compatible Devices With Alexa

Amazon's Echo Smart Home page lists all the smart home devices that are compatible with the Amazon Echo. The list is continuously expanding, providing users with a growing list of options for their ideal smart home.

Smart Home March 19, 2016

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Will Ship Late April: Advanced Motion Detection, Night Vision And Other Features

The startup Ring took the wraps off the Video Doorbell Pro, showcasing configurable motion-detection zones, 1080p camera resolution, 5 Ghz Wi-Fi on top of the 2.4 GHz and swappable faceplates, to name a few.

Smart Home March 17, 2016

Philips Hue White Ambiance Will Help You Wake Up More Naturally: Here Is How

The Philips Hue white ambiance, the company's latest hue lightbulb, will help you fall asleep and wake up more naturally. It will arrive with an app that is filled with different handy features.

Smart Home March 15, 2016

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Excited About Amazon Echo And Here's Why

The Amazon Echo, which uses the virtual assistant Alexa, has a fan in Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In an interview with CNBC, Wozniak praised the device while mentioning how he uses it in his home.

Smart Home March 12, 2016

Bosch Joins Internet Of Things Race With New IoT Cloud Service

Bosch joins the cloud computing bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things. The company aims to have all of its electronics IoT- enabled through IoT Cloud by the year 2020.

Smart Home March 11, 2016

Hot Features: Nest Introduces Family Accounts And Home/Away Assist

Nest finds a better way for its smart home ecosystem to determine if you're home or away. Plus, it now supports up to 10 users with its new Family Plan.

Smart Home March 11, 2016

Tovala Is A Smart Oven That Wants You To Live Well And Eat Better

Some are calling it the 'Keurig of Ovens.' With the ability to bake and broil and steam and cook through convection, that label might not be far off for the Tovala Smart Oven.

Smart Home March 9, 2016

Panasonic Unveils First Countertop Induction Oven The Size Of A Regular Microwave

Panasonic's Countertop Induction Oven offers an easy way to do induction cooking, and to make things better, it only has the size of a regular microwave or oven toaster.

Smart Home March 7, 2016

Amazon Echo And Nest Play Nice To Have Alexa Set Your Thermostat

Nest thermostat users will soon be able to adjust their temperature settings by simply giving out commands to Amazon Alexa. Some of these commands include setting the bedroom thermostat to a certain degree and telling the thermostat that the user feels too hot.

Smart Home March 5, 2016

New Display Reduces Discomfort When Watching 3D Movies On Smartphone

Scientists from China have developed a new device boasting of comfortable 3D visual effects. The device is based on a “super multi-view technique” working to reduce viewing discomfort, particularly on portable screens.

Smart Home February 26, 2016

Pantelligent Is A Smart Frying Pan That Talks To Your Smartphone So You Don't Burn What You're Cooking

Pantelligent is a smart frying pan that will make you cook better, everytime. Here is why this gadget is deemed frying pan of the future.

Smart Home February 23, 2016

Fast Forward To 2116: Earth Scrapers, 3D-Printed Food, Commercial Flights To Mars And More

A new SmartThings report predicted the existence of Earth scrapers, underwater cities, 3D-printed homes, and space colonies come year 2116. With the smart home revolution, these ideas are thought to be no longer a product of wild imagination.

Smart Home February 16, 2016

Latch Is The Smart Lock For Luxury Apartment Buildings And Tech-Loving Offices

The New York-based startup Latch reported it has received $16 million in funding to now be able to start manufacturing its first smart lock targeted for high-end buildings.

Smart Home February 10, 2016

US Intelligence Chief Lists Main Global Threats, Warns Of IoT As Tools For Spying On You

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released a report of the main global threats to the United States. Under the Cyber and Technology Category is the Internet of Things, as both hackers and the govenment can take advantage of connected devices.

Smart Home February 10, 2016

This Android-Powered Smart Bathroom Mirror Lets You Do Voice Searches On Google

Google engineer Max Braun created an Android-powered smart bathroom mirror. This tech-forward mirror offers the date, time, weather and news, and it supports voice searches to boot.

Smart Home February 3, 2016

General Electric Phasing Out Compact Fluorescent Light In Favor Of LEDs

The industrial company will stop producing and selling compact fluorescent bulbs in the United States by the end of this year, transitioning to LEDs.

Smart Home February 1, 2016

The Air Bonsai Levitating Mini Tree Is The Future Of Gardening

Gardening and technology have been combined, resulting in what Hoshinchu calls the Air Bonsai. The floating plant is placed on what's called a 'little star,' and it uses magnetic levitation to hover above the 'energy base.'

Smart Home January 26, 2016

ComfyLight Smart Bulb Touts Motion Detection That Alerts Home Owners Of Break-Ins

The startup company behind this light bulb is touting this as a security device that learns home owners' routines, while alerting them if something's wrong via an accompanying smartphone app.

Smart Home January 22, 2016

Verizon Gears Up To Pilot Blazing-Fast 5G Technology In US This Year

After introducing the first 4G network to the United States six years ago, Verizon is aiming higher than ever. The carrier announced its plans to launch a hyper fast 5G network until 2020, and is working double time to make it happen.

Smart Home January 23, 2016

Nest Denies Smart Thermostat Data Leak, Researchers At Fault

The Internet of Things has its pros and cons. The technology can make things immensely convenient, but concerns of late surround how secure connected devices can actually protect our private information in an open web.

Smart Home January 22, 2016

GE’s New Monogram Pizza Oven Promises Restaurant-Quality Pizza At Home

Assuming you can afford it, of course.

Smart Home January 19, 2016

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