Smart Home

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

Home Automation 101 With Apple HomeKit

Apple wants to make you more comfortable in your own home by making Siri do manage your smart devices and appliances according to your preference. Check out what the Apple HomeKit can offer.

Smart Home January 19, 2016

Amazon Echo Issues And Quick Fixes: Wi-Fi Connectivity, Connected Home Device And How To Reset

Amazon Echo users often encounter issues with the device's connectivity or Alexa's inability to understand voice commands. Here are some quick fixes for the niggling problems.

Smart Home January 18, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg's New Goal Is To Build An AI Butler For His Home Like Tony Stark's Jarvis

Mark Zuckerberg's latest personal challenge is to build an AI for his home just like Jarvis from "Iron Man." Using already existing technologies, and projects being developed by Facebook, Zuckerberg will soon have a smart home just like Tony Stark.

Smart Home January 4, 2016

Samsung Bets Big On The Internet Of Things: Entire 2016 Smart TV Lineup Will Be IoT-Ready

2016 will be Samsung's year in the world of Smart TVs. The company is preparing to launch a full lineup of SmartThings-ready TVs, including the company’s premium SUHD TVs which are intended to feature the IoT hub technology.

Smart Home December 31, 2015

Biohacking The Future Of New York City With Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE is a Brooklyn-based design studio that's using design-thinking to reinvent the wheel.

Smart Home December 29, 2015

House Cleaning With Augmented Reality: New LG CordZero Robotic Vacuum Is Full Of Awesome Tricks

LG Electronics is preparing to unveil its latest CordZero collection at the upcoming CES 2016. The company’s featured lineup will include the robotic vacuum cleaner called HOM-BOT Turbo+ along with other products such as the CordZero Canister, the CordZero handstick and the CordZero Bedding Cleaner.

Smart Home December 22, 2015

Philips Hue Will Not Block Third-Party Lightbulbs After All

Philips takes back its decision to block lightbulbs that were not certified by the company's Friends of Hue program from working with its Hue smart lighting platform. Third-party lightbulbs could exhibit the 'same incompatibility issues as before.'

Smart Home December 17, 2015

IBM Bets Big on Internet Of Things With New Watson IoT Global Headquarters

We're not saying your fridge is going to cure cancer, but there's value in all that data.

Smart Home December 15, 2015

Philips Hue Blocking Third-Party Lightbulbs Over 'Interoperability Issues'

Philips announced that it is no longer supporting third-party light bulbs. While this goes to new and untested products, the company said that it will continue with those it was working with before the decision.

Smart Home December 16, 2015

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

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