22. January 2016 · Comments Off on Internet of Things lights up CES  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Another year at the Consumer Electronics Show and more records fell. Attendance topped 173,000 — including 50,000 from outside the U.S. — with 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.5 million square feet.But this year did not have any truly impressive, jaw-dropping product-tech debuts and felt very much like the last two to three years. The really cool topic remains the advent of the Internet of Things, or IoT, where the Web will move past logging onto a “www” URL to access content and instead free-flow in real-time, seamlessly throughout one’s typical day of interactions at home (web-connected shower, water heater, self-watering flower pots), on the road (connected car, exit signs), at work (thermostats, light bulbs), during lunch (bistro table, interactive menu), shopping (product displays, fitting rooms), dropping the kids at soccer (connected ball, goal-net, shin guards), and picking up some groceries (shopping cart interacts with your fridge’s inventory).

Source: Internet of Things lights up CES | Pacific Coast Business Times

02. November 2015 · Comments Off on ‘Your basement is flooding!’ (says text alert from sensor) · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Not every home-automation device, sexed up, looks as desirable as a smart thermostat. A Wi-Fi-connected water sensor, however it’s dressed, is still a lowly water sensor serving daily sentry over a washing machine, water heater or flood-prone basement.It’s not glamorous work, but an efficient water sensor can save thousands in potential damages. D-Link’s Wi-Fi Water Sensor (Model DCH-S160, $59.99), a new addition to the mydlink smart-home lineup, is a basic monitor that, connected to a home network, sends a smartphone alert when it detects water.

Source: ‘Your basement is flooding!’ (says text alert from sensor) – Chicago Tribune

27. January 2015 · Comments Off on Studying up on ‘smart homes’ · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

Mark DeNyse can work a thermostat as well as the next guy, and he’s perfectly capable of watering his own lawn. But he’d rather let the house take care of such things.

So the 50-year-old Internet developer has given his Hingham home a brain transplant. DeNyse has plugged in a Nest Learning Thermostat that knows when his family is at home and delivers hot or cold air only when it’s needed. He’s hooked up a RainMachine, a device that knows not to turn on the sprinklers in January or the day after a thunderstorm. He’s even placed sensors under the dishwasher, laundry machine, and water heater that’ll ping his smartphone if they spring a leak.

via Studying up on ‘smart homes’ – Real estate – The Boston Globe.

26. December 2014 · Comments Off on Wink hub can help bring your house under control · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

It seems like everyone wants to control your house.

Well, they want to help you control your house using their home automation ecosystem.

What do I mean by home automation?

Tasks like controlling lights remotely, controlling your thermostat and deadbolts remotely, setting appliances to turn on to cook dinner or make coffee automatically or even monitoring your home security or alerting you if your water heater starts leaking.

All those tasks can be done now with home automation hardware from all kinds of manufacturers.

via Wink hub can help bring your house under control | Dallas Morning News.

09. September 2014 · Comments Off on Home automation’s next big opportunity: Controlling the water heater · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Three years ago most people barely even thought about their air conditioning, until it didn’t work. Then along came NEST, the smart thermostat that opened up a whole new world of home control, and most importantly, money savings. Suddenly, the state of your indoor climate was dinner-table conversation. Get ready to start talking about your water heater.

via Home automation’s next big opportunity: Controlling the water heater | Network World.