Last month, a CERT advisory was issued that Belkin Wemo Home Automation firmware contained a hard-coded cryptographic key and password that potential attackers might have been able to extract the key and password to sign a malicious firmware update.
While you won’t find all of these products in America, and many of them are made to order, there are some unusual, and in some instances, downright awesome, electronics to be found on the WWW. Here are some of the more interesting products we’ve stumbled upon using the Houzz app. Whether you laugh, cry, or get out your wallet, we hope you enjoy these bizarre finds.
Yesterday was the Luxury Technology Show in New York, and there were a lot of high-end, not to mention high-ticket, items on display. Here are some of the coolest products from a few of the manufacturers on display for you to buy or covet, depending on your budget.
Intelligent homes are nothing new. Manufacturers like Crestron, AMX, Control4, Elan, Savant, and others have been playing the home automation game for years, decades even. These OG home automation systems require a custom integrator to install, usually have some hard-wired element, and are intuitive, sophisticated, feature-rich, and highly functional.
I’m from Texas, graduated UT, and have a couple of awesome sisters that still live in Austin. And although I’m an Socal transplant, I’ve lived vicariously through their SXSW experiences for years. I’ve also been a technology writer for nearly 15 years. So I consider it nearly impossible that I have never heard of SXSW Interactive, which launched in 1994, until this year.
The first thing you start worrying about when you go on a trip is the “did I” list. Did I…. turn off the stove? Feed the cat? Close the garage door? Well, now you can not only find out the status of your garage at any minute of the day from anywhere, but close it, open it, and know when someone else does the same.
It used to be that the hardest label to read was the nutrition label on food; now it’s light bulbs. The Lighting Facts label is the informational table required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that outlines a light bulb’s brightness and annual energy cost, just to name a few of the numbers and stats you’ll now find on a light bulb package.
Want to shop for Sony products at the mall? Chances are, you won’t be able to soon, Sony said this afternoon. About two-thirds of its U.S. stores are going bye-bye as part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month.
Today, Savant announced a sub-$1000 home automation system, the Smart Series, designed to do just that. Smart Series products bring the Savant experience to a broader audience, with complete packages starting at $1,599, including the new Smart Host remote and controller ($799).
We just love Kickstarter and all the crowd-funding sites out there for their ability to level the playing field even a little bit to allow the average Joe or Jill a shot at inventing something. We also love crowdfunding because it breeds innovation. We scoured Kickstarter and were delighted to find these five high-tech projects worth peeping–from sensor-based parenting to making musical instruments out of everyday objects.
IP-based cameras are really taking off these days. Never has home security been so sexy as when they started getting connected to the Internet. OK, maybe ‘sexy’ is stretching it a bit, but the improved industrial design plus the ability to monitor your home from afar and integrate IP security cameras as part of a larger smart home installation combine to make these products that aren’t relegated to the inventory lists of your local security service.
WeMo, Belkin’s standard protocol for home automation devices has apparently been hacked, and the core security laid wide open for potential malware attacks. The exposure is so bad that security experts at IOActive have gone so far as to recommend its use be discontinued altogether.