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Wink gives us yet another DIY security system to choose from

The DIY Wink Lookout security kit comes with two sensors and a siren, tied together with Wink's existing hub.<p>Add Wink to the growing list of companies with a DIY home security system. The smart hub maker, acquired in July by Will.i.am's tech company I.am+, just debuted a self-monitored security kit …

Microsoft shows off a Nest-like thermostat based on Cortana

Johnson Controls' GLAS relies on Windows 10 tech to control your climate.<p>Microsoft isn't content to let Amazon or Alphabet dictate the future of the smart home. The software giant has unveiled a smart thermostat from Johnson Controls, GLAS, that promises to one-up what you see from the likes of …

Windows 10

Smart Homes' Basic Setup: 5 Devices You Need, Prices And Risks Involved

Our homes and generally our lives, are growing more and more smart every day. Whether it be smartwatches, smartphones and smart speakers, they can …

The best light bulbs you can buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Good lighting is essential in any home, and it all starts with the humble light bulb. The first electric light was developed back in 1802 …

Ring ships Apple-compatible Video Doorbell 2, says HomeKit coming to other accessories

By<p>Ring on Monday launched the Video Doorbell 2, a Mac-, iPhone-, and iPad-compatible smarthome accessory that makes several key upgrades over its …

The best Z-Wave in-wall dimmer

The HomeSeer HS-WD100+ wins, offering easy remote operation, dimming and scheduling.<p><i>By Rachel Cericola</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn</i> …

Hands-on with the Philips Hue Tap: a wireless light switch powered by kinetic energy [Video]

As I continue to go hands-on with more products in the Philips Hue family, I have to say that the Philips Hue Tap is one that caught me by surprise. This is a device that allows you to control your Philips Hue lights using physical buttons, sort of like a traditional light switch, which to me …

Philips Hue

Dojo brings critical security to smart home automation

The introduction of smart home devices into the average home is on an upward trajectory with Gartner forecasting the number of connected devices to reach more than 21 billion by 2020.<p>With this growth comes an increased risk of cyber attacks. As we get closer to a time where home electronics are …

LG didn't think its smart hub was Echo-like enough so it added Alexa

LG’s SmartThinQ Hub is a lot like the Amazon Echo. It looks like an Echo. It’s designed to control your home like an Echo. And now, it has Alexa, like… you guessed it… an Echo.<p>Part of the Amazon Voice Service — a program that licenses Alexa software to those that want to integrate it — the …

Drop partners with Bosch to let users monitor their oven remotely

This could actually go a ways toward easing my obsessive dial checking on the way out the door in the morning. Drop, they of connected kitchen scale fame, is partnering with Bosch to bring an added layer of connectivity to the German appliance maker’s kitchen devices.<p>The deal, announced at IFA in …

Home automation start-up iGloo to raise $7m and hit US after wowing Microsoft

An Australian start-up that has developed an app to enable old household appliances to be upgraded for home automation systems, will expand to the US …

Review: Curb, energy monitoring for an entire home

My kids don’t turn off the damn lights. Ever. And now, with Curb, I have a new way to see when they leave on their lights. All I have to do is look at an app. This is the future of parenting — and, well, energy monitoring. <br>Curb is a comprehensive household energy monitoring system. The system …

AnyMote Home review

It’s likely that you’re using separate remotes and controllers for all of the different devices and equipment in your home. Because IR blasters are …

Samsung Launched Personal Assistant Robot To Compete With Amazon Echo

As we all know that Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul and recently the company has …

Google’s search finds a future where devices don’t matter: It’s all AI

In the foreseeable future, we likely won’t even notice our devices. That’s the vision Google CEO Sundar Pichai cast in the search giant’s annual …

Artificial Intelligence

Vivint lands $100m investment from Peter Thiel and Solamere Capital

Vivint’s smart home systems are about to get a bit smarter. The home automation and security company just nabbed $100m co-led by tech investor Peter Thiel and strategic investment firm Solamere Capital. This influx in capital will be used for Vivint’s growth and research and development of products.<p>…

Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution

First came steam and water power; then electricity and assembly lines; then computerization… So what comes next?<p>Some call it the fourth industrial revolution, or industry 4.0, but whatever you call it, it represents the combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, and the Internet …

Manufacturing

Why Goldman Sachs, AmEx, and Citi Just Funded A Machine Learning Upstart

Persado, a software company spun out of a larger mobile marketing firm in 2013, has raised another $30 million in funding.<p>The Series C round was led …

Alleged Nest engineer: Company is on ‘deathwatch,’ employees ‘crying in bathrooms’

Recent reports have painted a dire picture for Nest, with executives reportedly leaving, funding potentially on the verge of being cut, and much more. Now, a supposed Nest engineer has taken to Reddit to voice some frustrations. The engineer, who didn’t disclose his or her name, says that the …

Employment

Internet of random things: Fridges, doorbells, beds, and ovens are your connected future. Right?

The year 2016 could go down in history as the year the Internet of Things (IoT) <i>really</i> came to fruition.<p>Yesterday, San Francisco-based June announced a fresh $22.5 million funding round, taking its total money raised to the $30 million mark to help bring its smart oven to market. The June oven isn’t …

VR will make working from home cooler than ever

Nascent entrepreneurs and seasoned pajama warriors know that working from home is life-changing … and also kind of sucks. That’s why WeWork’s valuation is $16 billion and why the most popular product in a coffee shop is the power outlet. As VR headsets shrink and pixel densities balloon, working …

Amazon's stealth takeover of the smart home at CES 2016

Alexa everywhere<p>Of all the forecasts made here at CES, the smart home feels like one of the nearest to coming true. Nearly every big-name technology brand, from Google to Samsung to LG, is in the process of trying to own the way we interact with our appliances and our appliances interact with each …

Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected

If you’re a parent who’d like to do a better job keeping in touch with your kids when you’re not a home, then a forthcoming product called Ily might be the answer.<p>Ilan Abehassera, founder and CEO of Ily-maker Insensi, has talked about his vision before, but today he’s demonstrating Ily onstage at …

Battery-less Philips Hue Tap switch taps in for US availability

US customers can now buy the Philips Hue Tap switch from the Apple Store to easily control their Philips Hue lights. Previously the Hue Tap was only …

Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn …

SmartThings’ new smart-home ‘Hub’ will work even if your Internet or power goes down

SmartThings unveiled a major update to its Hub smart-home device today, enabling it to work even if your Internet or power goes down.<p>SmartThings made the announcement onstage today at the 2015 CES conference in Las Vegas during Samsung’s keynote speech. The announcement came shortly after Samsung …

Insteon unveils its HomeKit-enabled Hub and automation app

HomeKit, Apple’s framework for connecting automation accessories and Siri together, is already proving to be a big hit at CES 2015. Today home automation company Insteon unveiled its own HomeKit plans as part of the Consumer Electronics Show. Specifically, Insteon announced its new app that will …

Home Automation