01. July 2017 · Comments Off on Hives subscription smart home kit needs to sweeten the deal · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Hives Welcome Home Standard ZigBee automation kit includes a thermostat, two smart plugs, two door sensors, one motion sensor, four LED bulbs and a hub. Set schedules, create custom automations and opt in to alerts in the responsive and smartly designed Hive app. Enlist your voice platform of choice — Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant — to control your devices without ever picking up your phone. It sounds pretty good, right? Not so fast.

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06. June 2016 · Comments Off on Consumers unfazed (and uninterested) by IoT and smart homes  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The tech industry is in full swing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) and the ways in which it could revolutionise business and our daily lives, but new research has revealed that consumers do not share the same level of excitement for smart technology.PwC surveyed over 2,000 people and found that almost three quarters of consumers have no interest in putting smart technology into their homes in the coming years. This greatly contradicts the vision of the smart home that consumer electronics companies have been peddling over the past few years in which every house will have a fridge, a coffee maker, a thermostat and a host of other devices that communicate with one another and the cloud to offer a better experience to consumers.

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09. May 2016 · Comments Off on WattTime Partners With Energate to Launch Green Smart Thermostat Solution to Automatically Power Homes on Clean Energy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Every time the heat or air conditioning cycles on inside your home or office there’s a good chance the electricity powering it is coming from a dirty power plant, which contributes to mercury and carbon dioxide pollution, harming the environment. What if there was a way to select the power plant your energy comes from, so your house could run on green, clean energy? Today, that’s finally a reality.

WattTime, the nonprofit creating technology that makes using clean energy as simple as tapping your smartphone, is announcing a closed beta pilot in partnership with Energate, creator of the H?lH?m smart thermostat, as a critical first step in its mission to give any thermostat the ability to selectively use clean energy.

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29. March 2016 · Comments Off on Magid: New home system controls doors, lights, appliances · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Over the past three decades I’ve experimented with do-it-yourself home automation systems to control lights and appliances.But now, instead of a DIY system, I accepted Vivint’s offer to lend me a professionally installed system that includes an Internet controllable thermostat, front door lock and doorbell camera along with modules that let me control lights and appliances and even check to see if my garage door is closed. All of these devices can be controlled via an Android or iOS app or from the web at vivintsky.com.

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01. March 2016 · Comments Off on Move over, Nest! We’re swapping the Ecobee3 into the CNET Smart Home · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

We’re on the hunt for the perfect climate control setup for the CNET Smart Home. If that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been down this road before. We’ve been making our living lab in Louisville, Kentucky smarter piece by piece since September of last year, and in October, Megan Wollerton tackled the thermostat.At the time, she picked the Nest 3.0 for our smart-home setup because it looked great, worked well, and was the most well-rounded option available at the time. She mentioned, though, that Nest wasn’t perfect; that the competition, particularly the Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, was catching up; and that we might have to revisit this decision at some point in the future.That time is now. this week, we’re swapping out the Nest for the Ecobee3 in the CNET Smart Home.

Source: Move over, Nest! We’re swapping the Ecobee3 into the CNET Smart Home – CNET