Automation

Watch: This black nurse from Queens invented the basis of the home security system

Marie Van Brittan Brown engineered a solution to her problem<p>Marie Van Brittan Brown returned home from her nursing shifts at odd hours of the night. …

Culture

How to center your smart home around your Google Home

If you're an Android fan or you have a Google Home, here's how to set up a smart home that plays well with Google.

Google Home

Wink Connected Home Hub hits Amazon all-time low at $35 shipped

Amazon is offering its Prime members the Wink Connected Home Hub for <b>$34.97 shipped</b>. That’s as much as $15 off some listings, matching our previous mention, the lowest Amazon has ever offered it for and the best we can find. Rated 3.5/5 stars with more than 63% of reviews at 4+ stars.<p>Wink Hub …

Home Automation

Amazon's race to make Alexa smarter

<b>Amazon's range of smart speakers and their artificial intelligence assistant Alexa have proved to be a huge sales hit.</b><p>But the product is still a shadow of what the man in charge - Dave Limp - and indeed their owners, hope it will become.<p>"We have thousands of engineers inside Amazon adding to [its] …

Amazon

Smart home platform Wink has been acquired by will.i.am

Yes, that will.i.am<p>Struggling smart home platform Wink has been acquired by lifestyle and technology company, i.am+, the company owned by musician and hit and miss (but mostly miss) tech entrepreneur will.i.am.<p>Wink has had a rocky existence, starting life as part of the failing tech incubator …

Samsung Bixby Voice: An interactive, sometimes confusing personal assisatant | ZDNet

Bixby voice is unlike any other personal assistant available today. Or is it?<p>Samsung first unveiled its Bixby personal assistant alongside the Galaxy …

Bixby

Telstra announce Google Home as a partner in the Australian market

Telstra signalled their intentions in the IoT space last year when they announced their own smart home platform based on the Zigbee protocol. Today …

Google Home

How Smart Homes Go from Being Manual to Smart

August Home makes smart home access products and services — from smart locks to video doorbells — which we at GearBrain believe can be safer than …

Home Automation

Thalmic Labs CEO hints at what the start-up is building with money from Amazon's Alexa fund

Start-up Thalmic Labs, which received venture funding from Amazon and Intel last year, is working on a wearable device that "will change the way …

Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat Transforms Your Living Space [Review]

Ecobee 4, the newest smart thermostat released on the market in 2017, is one of the hottest products. On Amazon, <b>Ecobee 4</b> is the no.1 in New Releases …

Home Automation

i.am+ has purchased Wink, the smart home hub company, from Flextronics

Wink is a name that's decently well-known in the smart home space. Previously owned by the ill-fated Quirky, the home automation company got pawned …

Home Automation

Amazon Echo vs. Amazon Echo Show: The Show has a screen but is it worth the upgrade?

After much anticipation, Amazon has finally unveiled the latest in the Alexa-equipped Echo family, the Echo Show. While the unit isn’t the easiest on …

Gear & Gadgets

Say What Now? ‘Alexa’ Records a 9-Year-Old’s Voice, Implicates Him in Theft

Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ snitched on a 9-year-old boy after he broke into his neighbor’s home and stole some of her things — including an Echo device.He also …

Crime

Google Hires Former webOS, Pebble Design Lead to Work on Google Home Products

Google has hired a former lead Pebble and webOS designer Liron Damir as the new head of user experience of its Google Home group, which works on …

Google

Google Home: The personal assistant all busy mums are actually going to love

In the world of technology there are the early adopters – those who rush to take up new tech and products as soon as they’re available – and then …

Google Home

Smart Speakers?

It may seem like an aeon in consumer tech, but it’s been about six years since I picked up the Bose Soundlink Wireless Bluetooth speaker for casual …

Audiophile

Google Home isn’t working with Philips Hue bulbs for some users

Google Home is capable of a multitude of things, and for a lot of users, one function of Home that’s the most helpful is using it to control smart home devices. Philips Hue light bulbs are the most popular connected lights on the market, and according to numerous reports on the Google Home Help …

Home Automation

Buzzfeed Enters the Home Appliance Market

The website is getting into the world of home products with the new Tasty One Top, a smart hot plate<p>Buzzfeed, the internet giant known for creating clickable, shareable #content the way we know it today, is dipping its toes into an unexpected realm: kitchen appliances. Yes, you read that correctly. …

Kitchens

The Dangers Of Automation: The Nation’s Eye-Candy Pool Boys Are Struggling To Compete With More Efficient, Sexier Pool-Cleaning Robots

Technological progress often comes at a price, especially when it comes to automation. More and more people are being put out of work with each new …

Robots

How the Amazon-Sears Deal Could Make the Smart Home a Reality

Take a look at any suburban shopping mall, and you’ll see that Sears (shld) has been in a slow-motion death spiral. And while Amazon’s announcement …

Amazon

41% of marketing automation technology is in the domain of B2B, but B2C is on the move

Although B2B marketers are increasingly reliant on marketing automation technology, consumer-oriented businesses increasingly see the need to adopt …

Marketing

Talking Speakers Just Arrived---and There's Already a Bubble

Smart speakers powered by artificial intelligence are one of the hottest consumer products in the U.S. Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. are all offering competing products. If they think that’s a crowded field, they should come to China.<p>Within a day of Apple announcing its …

Smart Speaker

URC’s New Home Automation Drivers: IFTTT, Push-Notifications, Oppo, Wemo, More

In time for CEDIA 2017, URC Total Control is one of the first pro-oriented home-automation systems to support IFTTT; Other new integrations include …

Home Automation

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is entering the smart speaker battle

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is entering the smart speaker race, according to TechCrunch.<p>Its Mi AI speaker, which goes on sale next month for 299 yuan ($45), will only be …

Smart Speaker

Q2 Update for Microsoft Flow | Flow Blog

Easy process automation means better business for Microsoft customers - Flow brings new automation capabilities to more services.<p>Microsoft Flow, the …

Microsoft

Facebook may be joining the smart speaker market as well

It seems like everyone and their brother want to get into the growing smart speaker market, a market that is expected to grow to $5.5 billion by …

Smart Speaker

Facebook’s Rumored Smart Speaker Is A Great And Terrible Idea

The social networking giant is rumored to be working on an Echo-like speaker device. It makes sense, but it also makes us a little nervous.<p>Yesterday, <i>DigiTimes</i> reported that Facebook is working on an ambient voice device to compete with the likes of the Amazon Echo. This could be a great and/or …

Smart Speaker

Robo-vacuums may be more sinister than you first realised

The CEO of robotic vacuum manufacturer iRobot has made a few worrying comments about what the little gadgets get up to while cleaning your …

Privacy

Smart Home Consumers Willing To Give In Order To Get

Consumers are willing to give a little to get a little when it comes to their smart home devices.<p>According to new research from Parks Associates, …

Advertising Industry

Gate control made easy

Life & Style<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>Posted 7 Hours Ago<p>Gate control is now so easy<p>In Summary<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>Are you tired of the ritual …

Kenya