Smart Home

Nokia Prepping New Hardware? Rumors Swirl as Former Handset Maker Launches Teasers

'We're up to something' says Nokia of a teaser image that depicts what appears to be a set-top box. The timing of the teaser and the use of Nokia's logo suggests the former handset maker had some role in the development of the box, though Nokia's CEO recently said the company had no licensing deals in the works.

Smart Home November 17, 2014

Life After Nokia: Finland Oulu's Second Miracle Takes Shape

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia dealt a solid blow to Finland's technology industry, but the country to the east of the Baltic Sea is poised for another economic boom. Tech Times speaks with the CEO of BusinessOulu to find out how the Nokia buyout affected Oulu and what the city's future looks like. This is part one of a two-part series on Finland's tech industry rebound.

Smart Home November 18, 2014

5 Videos for Tapping Tech to Secure the Home

Home security is important for any homeowner or renter, and there are many ways to ensure no one can enter your home without your permission. Here are five videos that will help you keep your home secure.

Smart Home November 20, 2014

Squair Box Uses Cold Plasma Technology to Purify Air, Now on Kickstarter Campaign

Plasma-powered air purifier promises to clear the air of dust, pollen and other pollutants. Unit can work in a home, office or in your car, inventors say.

Smart Home November 13, 2014

Samsung Intends To Be In The Thick Of Internet Of Things

Developers were invited to get aboard the Internet of Things bandwagon at the Samsung Developer Conference 2014. Samsung is betting big on its SmartThings and Tizen platforms, but it needs developers to produce apps that draw consumers.

Smart Home November 12, 2014

Amazon Echo is a cylindrical personal digital assistant for the living room [Video]

Amazon is taking an unexpected foray into the home automation industry with a cylindrical speaker that can do everything that Siri, Google Now and Cortana can do.

Smart Home November 9, 2014

Amazon Echo is here: Voice-controlled wireless speaker is cool and creepy

The Amazon Echo is a wireless, voice-controlled speaker that can play back music, set alarms, and fill out shopping lists. It will be sold for $199, but only $99 for Amazon Prime customers.

Smart Home November 7, 2014

Amazon Echo speaker gadget features Alexa, a Siri-like home presence

Amazon wants consumers to welcome Alexa into their homes and their daily routines. The digital voice assistant lives inside Amazon's new cloud-connected speaker unit.

Smart Home November 6, 2014

Netgear's Arlo security camera can battle harsh elements in smart home monitoring

Netgear has announced a smart home security camera system called Arlo, which offers a wireless camera system that lasts from four to six months on a single charge and can withstand wind and rain. It's likely just the first of many smart home devices coming from Netgear.

Smart Home November 5, 2014

Nest thermostat update drives efficiency, utility cost savings

Nest has released an update to its smart thermostat software, offering a number of new features. Nest claims the update will help users save up to 6 percent on heating and cooling bills.

Smart Home November 4, 2014

I3-year-old Braille printer inventor one of 16 startups Intel now backing

Intel's venture capital division pours $62 million in funding into 16 promising startups. The company expects to invest approximately $355 million in startups over the year.

Smart Home November 4, 2014

Nest software update makes it smarter, helps users lower utility bills

Nest releases a new Thermostat software update which features some interface tweaks and enhanced automation smarts. The Google-owned company says the update will help users lower heating and cooling bills.

Smart Home November 5, 2014

Want a perfect cup of coffee? There's an app-controlled coffeemaker for that

Coffee lovers in search of the perfect brew will love Bruvelo, an app-controlled coffeemaker. The gadget can be used with your smartphone and comes pre-configured with three 'Flavor Profiles,' which determine the strength of the coffee.

Smart Home October 28, 2014

Google Nest buys smart home automation startup Revolv only to stop selling its products: Here's why

Impressed by the startup's smart home platform, Google's Nest acquires Revolv. The talent at Revolv will be tasked with improving Nest's Works with Nest platform.

Smart Home October 26, 2014

Nest purchase of Revolv brings Google step closer to complete domination of smart home

Google's Nest has acquired smart home startup Revolv. Revolv will be joining the development of the Works with Nest platform, as Nest continues to grow into the dominant player in the industry.

Smart Home October 25, 2014

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight can protect your home while you're away. Here's how it works

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight not only detects smoke or carbon monoxide alert signals, but also calls and sends texts. It even tries to reach one's family and friends.

Smart Home October 22, 2014

Telecoms, services providers playing a niche role in the emergence of the smart home

The smart home race isn't only about hardware and software manufacturers. Telecoms and home security companies could help smart home products stay secure, connected and up-to-date.

Smart Home September 26, 2014

ARM Cortex M7 chip promises to give IoT a shot in the arm

ARM has a powerful, new chip made for everyday smart objects. Here’s to giving the Internet of Things a boost.

Smart Home September 24, 2014

Logitech debuts harmonious command hub for the home

Logitech wants to serve as the intermediary for smart home products built by different manufacturers. Logitech's Harmony line now includes a smart home hub.

Smart Home September 17, 2014

A thermostat that does a bit more than control temp, it knows when you leave a room!

Ecobee has announced its new Ecobee3 system, a smart thermostat that allows users to specifically control different areas of the house. It gets smarter each time a new sensor is introduced.

Smart Home September 16, 2014

Ecobee3 promises it's smarter than the Nest thermostat. Here's why

A comfortable home is a wonderful home. ecobee3 steps up to the challenge of being a smarter thermostat, intuitively making heating and cooling decisions for your optimum comfort.

Smart Home September 17, 2014

Withings' Home is no ordinary baby cam, it detects motion, crying and even monitors air quality

Consumer electronics company Withings rounds out its line of health products with the Home. The all-in-one monitoring station captures video, monitors air quality and analyses the environment for sounds of distress.

Smart Home September 4, 2014

IFA 2014: Elgato to showcase smart bulb Avea, Eve smarthome sensors

The products that Elgato will showcase in IFA 2014 are the Eve smarthome system and its sensors, the Avea smart bulb and the Smart Power portable power device.

Smart Home September 2, 2014

Broadcom hopes to woo IoT developers with $20 WICED development kit

Broadcom is looking to stimulate growth for Internet of Things applications. The company has come out with its $20 WICED Sense Kit that promises to make it easier for developers to create prototypes.

Smart Home August 29, 2014

Samsung spends $200M for a pretty smart thing: An open smart home platform

Samsung's reveals how it will approach the Internet of Things. The Korean tech titan acquires SmartThings, a home automation developer with a deep collection of smart products.

Smart Home August 15, 2014

Samsung makes smart move by snapping up SmartThings for $200 million

Samsung and SmartThings together? It can only mean the beginning of better things for consumers looking to take full advantage of smart home solutions.

Smart Home August 16, 2014

Samsung acquired smart home start-up SmartThings for $200 million: Competition with Google Nest heats up

SmartThings is now part of Samsung as the smart home wars begins to take heat. Samsung will now compete directly with Google Nest and Insteon to become the go-to smart home hub provider.

Smart Home August 15, 2014

Smart sleep monitor boasts $1M in crowdsourcing funding

Sense wants to tell you how you slept, why you awoke early and what what you can do to maximize the effectiveness of your subconscious hours. The smart alarm clock enjoys overwhelming success on Kickstarter.

Smart Home August 5, 2014

HP points out security flaws of Internet of Things devices

HP studied ten devices and found that an average Internet of Things device possesses 25 security vulnerabilities. These devices would include sensors and connected infrastructure.

Smart Home August 2, 2014

$120K Samsung TV hits the shelf, are you saving up for one?

Samsung's 105-inch curved TV boasts a resolution of 5,120 x 2,160. The ultra-high-definition TV bears a $120K price tag, however.

Smart Home July 24, 2014

DIYers jumping into Internet of Things? One company thinks they'd love to

Three-year-old littleBits Electronics is ready to make it easy for anyone to make electronic devices that connect to the Internet. It's cloudBit module lets users turn any object into an Internet-connected smart device.

Smart Home July 24, 2014

Meet Jibo, a family robot who dances, tells stories and is even a good listener

Here comes Jibo, a personal assistant, family-friendly foot-tall robot. Jibo can speak, hear, snap pictures and video, deliver messages, teach children and provide some warm and fuzzy moments for the whole family.

Smart Home July 16, 2014

Google, Samsung, Nest sewing a 'thread' for smart home standard

Tech world's biggest are joining forces to deliver new smart home standards. Google's Nest will lead the way in helping to push the Internet of Things forward.

Smart Home July 15, 2014

LG 18-inch OLED display is transparent and can be rolled up like a magazine

LG announced that it has come up with a flexible 18-inch OLED display panel that can be rolled into a cylinder that's just three centimeters across.

Smart Home July 13, 2014

LG gets flexible with 18-inch OLED display that can roll up like a yoga mat

LG expands it lineup with displays that are more flexible. The South Korean tech company shows off an 18-inch display that can be rolled into a tubular form and viewed from new angles.

Smart Home July 11, 2014

Aereo wants to operate like Cable TV in order to survive

Aereo faces an uphill battle as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasters. The company has started to file the necessary documentation to be classified as a cable TV provider.

Smart Home July 13, 2014

All-glass iPhone, iPad, and TV? New Apple patent suggests its possible

Apple patent teases the possibility of an all-glass iPhone, iPad. Is Apple on its way to making the future clear?

Smart Home July 11, 2014

Intel, Dell, Samsung and the Open Interconnect Consortium

Companies including Intel, Samsung, and Dell have founded the Open Interconnect Consortium. The organization seeks to create communication standards for the Internet of Things.

Smart Home July 8, 2014

Intel, Samsung, and Dell form coalition to establish standard for smart home devices

A number of technology companies decided to form a new group dubbed as Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC). The goal is to set the new compatibility standards for interconnected smart devices.

Smart Home July 8, 2014

Wink smart home products hit Home Depot stores

Making the not-so-smart home a smart home is only a trip to Home Depot away, as Wink has begun shipping more than 60 smart home products to thousands of Home Depot stores in the U.S.

Smart Home July 8, 2014

Microsoft jumps on Internet of Things bandwagon

Microsoft joins an alliance to push Internet of Things. The AllSeen Alliance welcome's Microsoft multi-platform capabilities as the consortium seeks to standardize a language for all devices and applications.

Smart Home July 3, 2014

GE rolls out cheaper Link smart light bulb

GE launches a new LED light bulb called the Link as part of a smart home line of appliances. This smart bulb is more affordable at $15 and is expected to compete with Philips Hue wireless light bulb.

Smart Home July 2, 2014

Nest taps developers with 'Works with Nest' API: Prepping for a connected future?

Nest has launched a developer program to allow its smart home technology to connect and interact with other devices. Several companies have already signed on.

Smart Home June 25, 2014

Nest ready to control your smart home, invites developers to join in

Nest is integrating with other smart devices to automate your home. Six developers are ready to show off how their products can team up with Nest to make your life better.

Smart Home June 24, 2014

Nest Labs launches developer program. Smart homes will be smarter.

Nest Labs wants its smart thermostat to become the center of the smart home of the future. The Google-owned company has already enlisted several developers to create smart appliances that work with Nest.

Smart Home June 24, 2014

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