Days ago, Apple was set to go up against Amazon Echo and Google Home, with its own version of Siri-powered device. The device, to help users in their homes, was likely to be just a speaker, similar to its rivals. The iPhone-maker owning the much-famed audio maker Beats, increased the possibility of launching a similar variant soon.According to CNET, the speaker will have a major addition; a built-in camera. This will not only distinguish itself but also raise the bar for smart home devices. The source stated how the device would be “self-aware” and through facial recognition, it will identify users present in the area.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a smart home skeptic or a rabid enthusiast — the chances are good that you’ve got questions on the subject. After all, for all of its potential, the connected home is still a confusing and uncertain landscape, and even with tech titans like Apple and Google finally getting into the fight, the future is anything but clear.
Samsung Group launched this year the SmartThings Hub 2.0 to monitor and control home appliances and devices in an Internet of Things setup.Most of today’s tech products are geared towards IoT and the growth of the numbers keeps soaring so it is becoming a crowded space, said CNET. The South Korean conglomerate has a product line called SmartThings, such as, outlets, security, water sensors and more.
“We’re really buying a house?”We’ve looked far and wide for months for the right property, and we at CNET can hardly contain our excitement for the project ahead. We’re really buying a house, and a fantastic house at that.We’ve tested connected locks, thermostats and other smart-home products around our state-of-the-art test lab and our own homes since we launched the Appliances section in 2013. But we’ve always thought a house dedicated to reviewing smart-home products would let us tell a more complete story about this rapidly evolving category.
Today CNET is launching a smart home in Louisville, Ky., where its editorial team can see how the homes of tomorrow will function—like a test kitchen for the Internet of Things.The popular product-review site bought a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house with a swimming pool and a three-car garage for the endeavor. There, CNET’s staff can tinker with the various gadgets home owners are expected to buy over the next three to five years, like smart kitchen and laundry appliances that could help reduce water and energy consumption.As part of the project, it launched a hub for all of its smart-home reviews. “Today people have a piece or two of smart technology,” said Eric Johnson, evp and general manager for CNET Media Group, CBS Interactive. “As we’ve seen, technology has become the driving factor in every bit of our lives. The notion of a smart refrigerator five years ago was that there was an LCD screen on the front of the fridge, but we think it’s going to be a lot more than that.”
Samsung’s bet on the Internet of Thing is about to get a little smaller — physically, that is.The South Korean electronics giant on Tuesday plans to reveal new chip platforms to power Internet-connected devices, ranging from wearables to smart washing machines, sources tell CNET. The new hardware will be called Artik, said a person who didn’t want to be named in talking about a product that’s not yet announced, and it comes from Samsung’s Menlo Park, Calif.-based Strategy and Innovation Center.
CNET, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, will bring consumers right to the CES show floor, offering real-time coverage of major press conferences, interviews with newsmakers, expert analysis of the top tech trends, products and companies to watch and CNET’s daily “Must-See” picks. Complete coverage of this year’s conference, which runs from Jan. 6, 2015 – Jan. 9, 2015, will be available at CNET’s dedicated CES site, cnet.com/ces/.
CNET is also hosting its popular “The Next Big Thing” SuperSession, which will take an in-depth look at augmented reality, virtual reality and the amazing futures they will enable. CNET editors will also lead discussion panels with industry innovators on what lies ahead for the smart home and connected car.
via CNET Brings CES 2015 To Consumers with Comprehensive Coverage of Top Show News and Tech Reviews, Live Video Streams of Major Press Conferences and CNET’s “The Next Big Thing” SuperSession with Industry Innovators – MarketWatch.
Leaders and influencers from GE Lighting, Quirky, The Home Depot and CNET joined together Friday for a panel discussion on the future of smart home technology and how the “Internet of Things” is changing the face of the home industry.
GE Lighting President & CEO Maryrose Sylvester and GE General Manager, North America Consumer Lighting John Strainic helped guide the discussion at GE Lighting’s Global Headquarters, Nela Park, in Cleveland, Ohio.
If you take CEO Thorsten Heins’ word for it, the next Research in Motion operating system — BlackBerry 10 — isn’t intended just for mobile devices, and is already drawing interest from other industries.
In an interview with CNET, Heins said businesses in the health care and smart-grid fields have already expressed interest in using the operating system. The company likes to tout that QNX, the software BlackBerry 10 is based on, powers a number of different systems, including cars