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.
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.
Crowdfunding has been a boon for connected home technology gadgets. Canary was quite the hit on IndieGoGo, raising $100,000 in short order to fund its development. Now, the $199 box is almost ready to start protecting homes around the world. Canary is a sensor you can place anywhere in the room that combines video, heat, humidity, and motion-sensing capabilities into one box that’s connected to your home network. An app on your smartphone or tablet alerts you to changes in your home.
URC’s Total Control automation system is popular for its ability to do a lot, for not a lot of dough. URC recently announced that it is expanding its Total Control lineup to include a wand-style handheld remote with Z-Wave compatibility, and offering wider two-way, third-party IP camera integration. What this means is that you won’t always need a smart phone to operate your home, and you have a wider choice for what security cameras you want to integrate into your URC Total Control system .
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.
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.
Wireless locks are a popular thing right now, and for good reason. Imagine being stuck in traffic and your dinner guests arrive early…just send them an e-key so they can let themselves in (and hopefully turn on the oven). Want your housekeeper to clean while you are on vacation? No problem, you can open and close doors remotely from anywhere you have Internet access, then come home to a nice clean house. Want to lock out your psycho soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend before she sets the place on fire? No problem.
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 »
Samsung has been pretty busy over the last year or so making everyday appliances into Internet-connected wunderkinds. But one area they have yet to dabble in is the nitty gritty of home automation–the heat, the light, the locks–that is, until now. The Lumen is a device intended to replace a light switch or thermostat somewhere more »
Today is the last day of CES 2014, and what a show it has been. This year’s consumer-electronics extravaganza was so incredibly crowded–even with a bunch of weather-induced cancelled flights from around the country–that at times, it was actually hard to walk. Adding insult to injury, there were tour operators leading newbs around the convention more »
CES 2014 hasn’t even started yet, and the smart home is already the star of the show (ok, maybe next to 4K Ultra High Def TV). In fact, there seems to be a sort of scrambling going on as companies compete to be the platform for your home in this burgeoning marketplace. Here is what we more »