We’re at one of those quantum leap moments — the kind that transport us from the lives we’re living to a new and better world, like when we started driving cars or using the Internet. Today, the next quantum leap is making your home smarter, giving you the power to monitor, control, secure and customise your living space with a touch of your smartphone. Soon, it’ll be hard to imagine life any other way .
“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.
Plucky ‘internet of things’ startup Netatmo is taking on Google’s Nest Labs, with the launch of a new smart home camera that competes directly with Dropcam, the home-monitoring camera that Nest bought for $555m (£326m) in 2014.Netatmo’s camera, which is called Welcome, costs £199, and features proprietary face recognition technology that is capable of recognising registered people’s faces even if it only catches a glimpse of them as they walk past.