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.
Where I live, we’ve actually been rocking the single digits, making radiant floor heating–which warms the actual body of the house and not just the air inside it–an incredible thing. This not only keeps your tootsies warm in winter but helps to alleviate drafts and cold exterior walls.
As my sister once described it, being a mom is a ‘total ass-whoop’, and you need every shred of help you can get. But if have endless supplies of energy, you really don’t have anything to complain about, do you? Permanent LED smiles don’t hurt, either.
Many unlucky stiffs might as well call the office ‘home’, while others can do their work in their pajamas. But for some, socializing plays a huge part in career success, causing the lines between home and office to blur. For this self-made music manager located in Brooklyn, entertaining at home is simply part of the job. It’s more »
Today Proofpoint, a security service provider, put out a press release that reveals a cyberattack coming from smart appliances–the first such documented Internet of Things (IoT) attack. More than 750,000 malicious emails were sent from 100,000+ compromised connected home appliances and gadgets, including routers, TVs, and a connected fridge. Considering that the market is flooded with such devices, it brings up some important security questions.
With all the recent buzz about the smart home, and home-technology innovation running rampant, it begs the question: Where the bejesus is Apple? On the heels of the recent announcement that Google purchased Nest for a jaw-dropping $3.2 billion, Apple’s silence on the smart-home front is puzzling in the quest for smart-home world domination. Sure, there are higher-end Apple-based solutions like those from Savant, but as far as user-installed smart home technology, it’s been crickets so far.
While it may look like a compact bookshelf speaker, Blacksumac’s Piper is actually a panoramic security camera with siren, Z-Wave home automation, and environmental sensors (like temperature) all built in to one little package. You can set up rules for Piper for various “If…Then” scenarios. For example, “If motion is detected while I’m on more »
Giving the term couch potato a whole new meaning, PointGrab and Sunplus Innovation Technology are partnering to bring gesture control to the home appliances market, meaning you only have to lift a finger to operate everything from your lights to AC. Building on the gesture control trend in the home entertainment industry, as well as the demand for more »
Clearly, the connected home is an exciting thing. So exciting, in fact, that Archos showed its hand more than a week before the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show is scheduled to begin in Las Vegas January 7. The company revealed today Archos Connected Home, a slew of connected devices for your smart abode, as well more »
If you’ve operated anything via your smartphone or tablet, ever, then you know what the Internet of Things (IoT) is in its most basic form. Basically, IoT is a network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. The example Bosch gave in a more »
The Internet of Things is a burgeoning category in the home technology space. Bosch is the latest company to get on board with their new company, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. The company will supply compact electronic products and software designed to make devices and objects intelligent and web-enabled across a range of applications. It more »
According to a recent report by The Information, Google is peeping out smart thermostats via a program called EnergySense: The company has been running a trial of Internet-connected home thermostats to help consumers monitor and adjust their energy use, according to two people told about the project. The program has been referred to as EnergySense, more »