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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are coming for the smart home

If you wanted to build a smart home anytime in the last decade, you turned to one of two places: ZigBee or Z-Wave. Both are connectivity standards tailor made for the smart home, each connecting the hundreds of products approved for their systems. You’ve probably never heard of them, but you’ve …

Home Automation

Smart windows are the next frontier for connected homes

Window to the future<p>Architecture's most iconic design element is getting an upgrade<p>By Stephanie Walden<p>Promoted by<p>Window to the future<p>Architecture's …

Category: Technology – Which? News

Technology<p>Which? reviews light in-ear wireless headphones from Sennheiser and JVC to see if they're worth your money, plus the B&O Beoplay H8i and …

Turntables

Recharge Your iPhone 6 Quickly With the iTron Portable Battery Pack

With CES 2016 underway, the year’s best products are slowly starting to trickle in and among the first is a powerful new battery pack called the …

Batteries

Roost smart 9V battery turns your dumb smoke alarms into connected ones

The plethora of smart home devices at CES makes it clear that home automation is an idea whose time has finally come. It seems there’s almost no household device now that can’t be controlled by, or at least communicate with, an iPhone.<p>The only downside is the expense of having to replace your …

Effectively Monitor Water Use In Your Home With Calliope

It’s estimated that nearly 18 percent of the water used in a person’s home is lost to leaks. Annually that can amount to a staggering 13,000 gallons of water. Whether all of that is coming from the toilet that won’t stop running or a catastrophic burst pipe, oftentimes you find out far too late …

Water

AmpMe Syncs Multiple Devices To Become A Portable Speaker System

There are plenty of services out there that promise to sync up your devices to form a surround-sound speaker system.<p>But AmpMe, an app that launched out of Montreal three months ago, claims to be the only one that can work across both iOS and Android.<p>The company was founded by serial entrepreneur …

Portable

Review: Soundbox 10 Is One of the Best Bluetooth Speakers

There are a lot of wireless speakers out there, but the Soundbox 10 ($95.95) from PAWW is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you'll find. When you touch and pickup the Soundbox, you feel the quality, heft, and attention to design that sets the Soundbox apart from its plastic competitors. Other …

Consumer Tech

Smart battery maker Roost partners with ADT for fire safety monitoring

Roost, a startup that makes a $35 smart battery for turning your dumb smoke detector into a smart one, is partnering with security firm ADT, the two companies announced today. ADT will now provide fire safety monitoring for Roost-powered smoke and CO detectors as part of its paid home security …

Smart Homes

Vinli lets you control your smart home from your smart car

Everyone is creating smart homes and smart cars. But so far, the two are not talking to each other.<p>Vinli wants to fix that. The Dallas-based company said today it wants to end fragmentation among platforms with its Vinli Home Connect platform. The single interface is compatible with home systems …

CES 2016: Sleep Number Announces iPhone-Connected 'IT' Smart Bed

Sleep Number already has a line of beds that use its SleepIQ technology, which helps people adjust their beds and get better sleep than before. Today at CES 2016, the company announced the "IT" bed, which the company says will make customers "smarter, healthier and happier."<p>Like other SleepIQ beds, …

Siri hits the fan: Hunter debuts a HomeKit-enabled ceiling fan at CES 2016

Debuting at CES 2016, Hunter ceiling fans are the first to work with Apple's HomeKit.<p>Siri's learning some new tricks at CES 2016. On display at CES Unveiled, Hunter ceiling fans will work with Apple's Homekit, allowing full control and integration with other HomeKit devices as well as voice control …

Home Automation

CES 2016: iDevices Debuts Four New HomeKit Accessories

iDevices has announced four new connected home products at CES 2016 featuring Apple's HomeKit technology, including the iDevices Socket, Wall Switch, Dimmer Switch and Wall Outlet. The home automation accessories can be controlled with Siri and the free iDevices Connected app for iPhone, iPad and …

D-Link detects your smoke alarms from a distance at CES 2016 - CNET

D-Link<p>Ready to listen for trouble, the Mydlink Smart Alarm Detector will keep you posted if it hears something. A Wi-Fi connected box that plugs into your wall, the detector listens for the alarms of smoke or CO detectors and sends you a push notification if it hears something.<p>Compatible with the …

Smart Homes

Smart-Home Gadgets Still a Hard Sell

Computer chips and wireless communications are being added to everything from doorknobs to dog collars. But the cascade of gadgets for the so-called …

Internet of Things

Alarm.com's Apple TV app lets users stream HD security video, pan and tilt cameras with Siri Remote

At CES Unveiled on Monday, smart home solutions provider Alarm.com launched a new Apple TV app that allows users to monitor and interact with live HD …

Smart TV

Griffin’s Travel Power Bank keeps your Apple Watch charged for days

Griffin Technology introduced several new products ahead of CES 2016 that aim to improve the way you charge your Apple devices. A prominent pick is a tiny portable battery called the Travel Power Bank that delivers much needed on-the-go power to the often inadequate Apple Watch.<p>“With our compact, …

2016 Predictions for the Internet of Things

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>Happy New Year from <i>The Architechnologist</i>–we are thrilled to bring you our predictions that will bring the most change to the …

Internet of Things

Netgear transforms your power plug into a fast WiFi hotspot

2016 is here, and the flying cars and hoverboards are disappointing, to say the least. Worse yet, we still can't get a decent internet connection in our man cave, but Netgear is at least trying to solve that problem with a string of new devices for CES 2016. The most interesting is the PowerLine …

The Movi is a camera that makes live streaming look pretty

We all know Livestream, the service, but here comes Livestream, the camera: The Movi is the company's first venture into consumer hardware — a …

Your Amazon Echo can now tell you how to work out

Amazon's Echo personal assistant (powered by Alexa) is an unusual device that's had a very beta-existence since its launch last summer. It still struggles to hear certain commands, and its utility is limited to certain areas, but that isn't stopping Amazon from releasing new features — like a new …

Smart Homes

LG’s Amazon Echo-like device controls smart home devices and plays music | Ars Technica

The SmartThinq Hub is a portal to your smart appliances and sensors.<p>Ahead of CES 2016, LG is hopping on the smart speaker bandwagon with a new device …

Smart Homes

Florence turns piazzas and palazzos into cash machines

FLORENCE, Italy — In early December, the son of a Dubai-based petroleum magnate celebrated his wedding with a three-day Bollywood-style affair that …

IoT comes to the CES: opening up the home to the sharing economy

One of the most intriguing corners of this year’s CES is the dedicated SuperSession on ‘IoT Business Strategies: Partnerships for the Sharing …

HomeKit with older home automation devices

I love home automation. I’m enamored with the idea of a house that knows where I am, intelligently controls lighting for me, talks to me, and the …

Home Automation

2016 predictions for IoT and smart homes

Every day, various aspects of our lives are becoming easier — and more connected — through the Internet of Things and smart home technology.<p>We are constantly generating data, receiving information, and in real-time communication with our devices and each other – from anywhere, at any time. And this …

The new iOS-connected Hamwells e-Shower recycles your water with eyes on saving energy

Low-flow shower heads are not a new phenomenon. They’ve been around for some time, with varying degrees of annoyance for many years. The idea of saving water while enjoying a long, hot shower has been discussed and executed in many different ways. A new $3,000 shower that recycles (and purifies) …

Zenno Smart Controller Allows You To Access Your Old Electronics (video)

Anyone looking for a way to made their older electronic devices a little smarter and provide a way to connect to the using your smartphone, tablet or …

Review: Dog & Bone’s Locksmart Padlock uses Touch ID, Bluetooth + multi-user accounts for keyless security

Thanks to Nest and other “smart home” accessory developers, wirelessly controlled appliances and security accessories are rapidly becoming mainstream. Garage and home doors have gone wireless, adding Bluetooth locks and remote controls, so it’s no surprise that the same features are beginning to …

Apple Watch

What's next for Apple?

<i>The following is a script from "Inside Apple" which aired on Dec. 20, 2015. Charlie Rose is the correspondent. Michael Radutzky, Andrew Bast and Glen</i> …