13. January 2016 · Comments Off on CES 2016: The smartest home is not a solo endeavor · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In four days of briefings, demos and general nosiness, a general model for “smart” living has emerged.

Step one: Get a smart phone

Step two: Get some device which is really a sensor in pretty packaging

Step three: The data is sent from the device to the cloud

Step four: Download a smartphone app that takes all the data from the device maker/service provider’s cloud and repackages it in a user-friendly way

Step five: Get nagged by your phone when your sensor data triggers an if-then statement of some sortStep five is where the so-called smart home fails or flies.

Source: CES 2016 | Smart homes need to recognize that families share chores | Mobile content from SuperSite for Windows

29. December 2015 · Comments Off on Logitech Harmony Elite review: I’m finally living the automated smart home dream · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Logitech’s Harmony Elite is the closest I’ve got to achieving the smart home dream. You know, the one where you enter the house, all the lights flick on, and the entertainment system boots up to your favourite channel while the heating system asks if the temperature is cosy enough for you—that sort of thing. The problem has always been standards: the Internet of Things (IoT) has lots of them, but few of them play nicely together.The £279 ($350) Harmony Elite bridges the gap with a fancy touchscreen remote, charging dock, smartphone app, and a wireless hub, letting you control most infrared, Bluetooth, and IoT devices from either the included remote, or a smartphone app. The hub—which you can purchase separately for £99 ($99)—is the where the magic happens. Logitech sells the remote separately for £199 in the UK, as well as range of cheaper models, but none feature the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth IoT wizardry that makes the Elite bundle so appealing.

Source: Logitech Harmony Elite review: I’m finally living the automated smart home dream | Ars Technica UK

23. November 2015 · Comments Off on Home IoT security could come from a glowing rock next year  · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

An Internet of Things security startup thinks it can reduce the complexity of a home full of connected devices to three colors: red, orange, and green.Those colors will glow from a wireless orb that looks like a smooth river rock and is small enough to fit in your hand. But it’s what is behind this friendly bit of decor that will make the colors meaningful. The San Francisco startup, Dojo-Labs, makes a network security device that plugs into your home Internet gateway and talks to a cloud-based service. It’s all managed through a smartphone app.

Source: Home IoT security could come from a glowing rock next year | ITworld

09. November 2015 · Comments Off on Internet Of Things: Microbot Push is a clever home automation system · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A South Korean startup called Naran has come up with an incredibly clever way for users to control and automate any type of switch-oriented task you can think of. By attaching low-energy Bluetooth devices called “Microbot Push” (or wireless robotic fingers, to be precise) to manual switches, users can rely on an accompanying smartphone app to more easily accomplish any number of tasks, from starting up a coffee machine in the morning to effortlessly turning light switches on and off.

Source: Internet Of Things: Microbot Push is a clever home automation system | BGR

31. July 2015 · Comments Off on With IoT, appliance makers aim to create ‘smart homes’ · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A microwave that accepts voice-over-recipes, a washing machine that takes commands from a smartphone app and a Wi-Fi enabled air conditioner connected to a smartphone—Appliance makers in India plan to put these innovations together to create smart Indian homes for consumers.Internet of Things (IoT) that enables machines to interact with each other with minimal or no human intervention has spread across various consumer domains. Home appliance makers in India are keen on implementing IoT to everyday used home appliances.

Source: With IoT, appliance makers aim to create ‘smart homes’ | The Asian Age