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Nest killed its smart home hub: What do they owe customers?

Revolv promised "lifetime subscriptions" for buyers of its home automation hub. Then Google's Nest Labs bought the company and killed the product. …

Why The Internet Of Things Might Never Speak A Common Language

A single standard for smart homes and other connected devices sounds great, but some of the biggest tech firms don’t seem interested.<p>At the moment, the Internet of Things has some communications issues.<p>Unless you shop carefully, you might end up with a smart garage door opener that can’t converse …

Nascent Objects, a Sustainable Electronics Platform, Wants to Make Gadgets More Green

The startup wants to make interchangeable parts the centerpiece of a sustainable electronics revolution<p>Even the most sought-after gadgets have a short shelf life, often finding themselves second rate, or fodder for landfills, due to the rapid pace of technological change. A new startup, Nascent …

I Was Wrong About Myxyty, the Impossibly Tall Home Automation Hub

In my Ultimate Guide to Home Automation at CES 2016, I tried to cover virtually every new smart-home product at the show … in 60 minutes or less.<p>So I …

Can you take the Internet out of the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things and the Internet might seem inextricably linked, but, increasingly, there are questions centered around how IoT devices should work with one another — and what happens when the Internet connection goes down?<p>Users also are concerned with the privacy implications of having …

5 DIY Home Automation Projects to Get Started With Your Smart Home

Advertisement<p>With more and more smart home devices hitting the market, the idea of automating our houses seems less left-field than it once did. …

Aussie company wins global contract to build smart home foundations

An Australian team is building the foundations of the smart home of the future, with an alliance of the world's most powerful technology companies …

100 Connected Home Innovations

From smart home hubs that allow for centralized control to energy-efficient thermostats that provide a high-tech solution for sustainable living, it …

IoT Reality: Smart Homes Not Smart Enough Yet

The Internet of Things needs standardization and easier programming options. Until then, the promise of IoT for consumers remains unfulfilled.

Business Technology

Aussie company Higgns formed to take care of IoT

Australian software developer Two Bulls is spinning out a new company, Higgns, to exploit its software of the same name, which uses the AllJoyn open …

IOT

Samsung SmartThings Hub review: an Internet of Things to rule them all?

Hoping to be the one-stop-shop for open IoT control, it joins up various new and existing connected devices in a user-friendly and powerful system<p>The Internet of Things – where seemingly ordinary devices connect to each other and the internet to make them more than the sum of their parts (think …

How The Internet Of Things Will Change In 2016

There is one thing for certain when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT) for this coming year: the numbers of online products and consumer goods …

Control4 Rolls Out New Line of Smart Home Solutions Starting at $600

Control4 has launched a new lineup of affordably priced smart-home controllers, dubbed the EA Series. The line includes the entry-level EA-1 (which …

Smart Homes

British Gas unveils Hive Active Plug and window sensors for the smart home

British Gas spin-off Hive has launched two new smart products that will allow you to control your home wherever you are.<p>The Hive Active Plug and Hive …

Consumers Satisfied With Smart Home Devices; Apps That Run Them, Not So Much

There are smart home devices and then there are the apps that control those devices, and consumers don’t seem satisfied with both.<p>It turns out that …

Smart home IoT device market at risk from “frustrating” companion apps

• <b>Consumers more frustrated by smart home apps than devices</b>• <b><br>Disappointing apps break the user experience</b>• <b><br>Consumers forced into using device-specific</b> …

MIT researchers want to use a transparency equation to make cheaper smart windows

When your chewing gum goes from wad to bubble, it becomes more transparent as it stretches. Pursuing similar logic, researchers at MIT have started …

Engineering

Families warned to ‘be afraid’ as security flaws lurk in IoT smart home devices

News: Google, Samsung, PixStar, Ubi and Sharx all found to have issues when sending and receiving data from the network or an outside …

Information Security

Top 10 green building products for 2016

Every year, BuildingGreen names the ten best green building products that, as the publication states, “transform the design and construction …

Home Improvement

This smart home climate system changes the temperature depending on who’s in the room

When your home’s heating and cooling system allows you to set just one temperature for every room in the house, it can be hard to find a setting that …

Home Automation

Are We Getting Any Closer to the Smart Home? A Look at Trends From CES

CES 2016 was a record-breaking year for the Consumer Electronics Show, with more vendors and a bigger exhibition floor than ever before. Seasoned …

Study: Smart Home Appliances Market Expected to Surpass $38 Billion by 2020

We’ve read and heard a lot of reports and studies about how the smart home market is expected to take off, like, now. In fact, countless tech sector …

Home Appliances

Internet of Things (IoT) Devices Market to Grow at 43% CAGR 2019

PUNE, India, January 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --<p>The IoT devices market report says recent increase in the number of smart homes is a major driver that …

Sleep Number's smart bed tracks your activity by day to make for a better rest by night

If the ever-expanding array of sleep tracking straps, spheres and mattress covers has you in need of a lie down, then Sleep Number might have your …

Biggest Challenge in Making Your Home Smarter? Getting Gadgets to Talk to Each Other

The problem with smart home technology in 2016 isn’t a lack of intelligence; it’s a failure to communicate.<p>As more new ‘smart’ devices appear — and …

92% of Security Installers/Integrators See Home Automation as a Future Revenue Generator - IFSEC Global | Security and Fire News and Resources

August Smart Locks develops digital door protection for the residential market and exhibited at CES 2016<p>An overwhelming majority of security …

Can a Smart Home Help Make Life at Home Easier for the Elderly?

Smart home tech is more than just about slick features as it can help give peace of mind to senior citizens.<p>David Marine Jan 8, 2016<p><i>The following is</i> …

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 …

The first products for Google’s new smart home platform are being announced

Google wants to be the thread that ties together the smart home world, and we're starting to see what that could look like today. At CES this morning, companies are announcing their first plans to use Google's new Internet of Things platform and language, Brillo and Weave, which were announced last …

Hamwells e-Shower rains down water and energy savings

Hamwells was founded only this year, with the aim of building a shower that could make significant savings on water and energy, while still providing …

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