Automation

41 cool and useful IFTTT applets

Applets for All<p>The name is clunky: "If This, Then That." The acronym, IFTTT, is awkward to say – “ift,” as in “shift” without the “sh.” But who are …

Business Technology

How Siemens are Building the Home of the Future

In film and culture, we’ve all seen extravagant depictions of the home of the future. Washing, cooking, and housework is a thing of centuries gone …

Siemens

Voice-Enabled Smart Speakers Make Life Easy but Begs Caution

It’s still in its early days in India, nevertheless smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo are finding takers, with many willing to try it out. …

Google Home can now directly control washers, dryers, vacuums, and dishwashers; also adds scene support

About a week ago, the smart home devices support page of Google Home was updated to add a host of new features that we hadn't heard about until then. …

Technology

Alexa

<b>Alexa</b> ist the digital assistant that is integrated into Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Unlike Cortana, Alexa does not speak a single klingon phrase. But …

Amazon

Sonos One review: The Alexa-powered smart speaker we've been waiting for

The Sonos One is the audio manufacturer’s first voice-controlled smart speaker. And, thankfully for those of us who are beginning to struggle to …

Amazon

Holiday gift ideas: Virtual assistants transform from novelty to necessity

If you asked me what I consider to be this year's breakthrough product, I'd go with the rise of virtual assistants.<p>Apple really started things off …

Fortune 500

Digital Assistants – Giving Life To Artificial Intelligence

In a relatively short space of time, the digital assistant market has boomed. Six years ago Apple’s Siri went global with the launch of the iPhone …

Artificial Intelligence

Cheapest Google Home deals for Black Friday as price war ignites across the high street

Google's version of aptly named voice controlled speaker Google Home caught the eyes of the nation over the past year, and now that Black Friday is …

Amazon

System Integrator Market Overview (2017-2024) for Safety and Security Concerns Increase the Demand for Automation Systems

The latest report titled <b>“Global System Integrator Market Analysis, By Geography; Service Outlook (Consulting, Hardware Integration Service, and</b> …

Amazon Echo Show review: the smart speaker with a screen has great potential

Alexa’s latest home works as a digital photo frame, a small TV, a video-calling hub and is smart in the kitchen, making it more than just a novelty device<p>The Amazon Echo Show takes the Alexa voice assistant and squeezes it into a cross between a digital photo frame, small TV and smart speaker for …

Amazon

Holiday gift ideas: Automating your home means everything from floodlight cams to connected locks

Home automation is evolving, but I think the pace is slowing a bit. We are starting to see more interoperability between some of the bigger …

Home Automation

Experts Break Down The Difference Between Google Home and Amazon Echo

Choose wisely.<p>The world is so full of tech that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. Some of us struggle to grasp the basic features of the iPhone X, let alone brief ourselves on whichever smart home device <b></b>is next to hit the market.<p>You’ve probably heard about the Google Home and Amazon Echo devices ― …

Amazon

Why You Shouldn't Buy An Amazon Echo Or Google Home As A Gift, And How Black Friday Is Changing

With Black Friday upon us, it’s a good time to think about how the gadgets, gifts and the ways we buy them have changed. Those changes are signs of shifts in consumer attitudes and beliefs.<p><b>Something New We’re Buying</b><p>Voice technology and the connected home are clearly one of the next consumer …

Outfit your home with SmartThings sensors and accessories at new lows from $20

Amazon is offering the Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub for <b>$49 shipped</b>. Also at Best Buy for $1 more. That’s good for over $50 off the going rate, beats the previous mention, an all-time low by $1 and is the best available. Rated 3.8/5 stars and is a #1 best-seller at Amazon. Head below for more …

Home Automation

I Let an $800 Alexa Robot Creep Around My House Like a Tiny, Mechanical Zombie

Have you ever fantasized about having the weather read to you every morning like it was a beautiful Shakespearean sonnet? That’s probably the best …

Robots

Rachio 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler system hits Amazon low at $137 shipped, more

Amazon is now offering the 2nd Generation Rachio 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler with Wi-Fi for <b>$136.99</b> shipped. Even with the past $50 gift card promotions, this is still a better value and the lowest price we have ever tracked. Regularly between $180 and $200, this is the best price we can find including …

Home Depot

Black Friday 2017: Here are four great smart speaker deals you should check out

If you’re in need of some help from a virtual assistant, one of the better routes to go down is by picking up smart speakers. Not only are they perfect items for budding cord-cutters, but with Black Friday coming up fast, they look to be great stocking-stuffers for those wanting a little extra …

Amazon

Black Friday deals to make your home smarter this holiday season

Nothing screams Thanksgiving more than parking yourself on the couch after eating everything in sight. And if you’re going to be spending so much …

Shopping

Tricking voice recognition on Amazon Echo and Google Home

How easy is it to fool the voice recognition on these smart speakers? And what does that mean for the security of your info?

Amazon Echo

12 things you need to know before your next appliance delivery

If you need a new major appliance, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make—like what to buy, and where to buy it.<p>But don’t forget about delivery. …

Money

Origin Energy launches AI smart home controller

Energy retailer Origin Energy has made its debut in the smart home market, launching Home HQ, a device that enables customers to remotely monitor and …

Home Automation

Just say the word to get some help from Alexa or Google Home this Thanksgiving

For some, Thanksgiving is about stuffing themselves and watching football, end of list. But it can be a source of stress for whoever is running the …

Gear & Gadgets

Sony's smart speaker lets Google Assistant get loud

Sony has entered the smart-speaker market, sensibly integrating Google Assistant rather than trying to build its own artificial intelligence from …

Gear & Gadgets

Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn’t use Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK — the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn’t send …

Startups

A year of home automation

Last December I posted a summary of my experience playing around with some home automation products. Almost one year later, I thought I’d update what …

Home Automation

Here’s how people really feel about their digital assistants

Voice had a big year in 2017. Amazon Alexa passed 10 million unit sales, and there are over 24,000 skills in the store. Google is right up there with Amazon in terms of innovation. The addition of the Google Mini, to go along with the original Google Home, made waves in the consumer tech space this …

Business

Buoy is a smart home water system that gives you complete control

Smart appliances have allowed us to take control of our home security, heating, lighting, and more. Now you can do the same with your water supply, thanks to Buoy.<p>This revolutionary new smart device uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to give you a complete understanding and complete …

Home Automation

Sonos Sets The Holiday Mood

Having shown how its wireless speakers can “reset the mood” to transform a house or room with music in general, Sonos is showing how that mood can …

Advertising Industry

Point Smart Home Security System

The developers at Minut have designed and created a new smart home security system which requires no invasive cameras or complex setups and comes …

Home Security