10. July 2017 · Comments Off on You talkin’ to me? Home automation with Amazon · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

Ever get the feeling you are being listened in on? I’m referring to home automation and devices like Amazon’s Alexa technology. Amazon’s platform has multiple home automation devices that can play music, offer up entertainment, local weather forecasts, news and much more when given voice commands. The devices are known as Echo products and can also be controlled by a cell phone, tablet, or another Internet-connected device.

Source: You talkin’ to me? Home automation with Amazon | Technicalities | Colorado Springs Independent

18. August 2016 · Comments Off on SYLVANIA Smart Lighting Makes it Even Easier to Create a Smart Home by Offering Direct Voice Control via Alexa · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

LEDVANCE announced that SYLVANIA smart lights can now be easily controlled via voice directly with the OSRAM LIGHTIFY® Gateway and Alexa-enabled devices including the hands-free voice controlled speaker Amazon Echo, helping make the Smart Home a reality for the general public. In addition to being able to control your lighting, Amazon Echo connects to Alexa to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.

Source: SYLVANIA Smart Lighting Makes it Even Easier to Create a Smart Home by Offering Direct Voice Control via Alexa | Benzinga

21. June 2016 · Comments Off on Netatmo launches new platform to make smart objects talk to each other · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

French startup Netatmo just introduced a new developer platform called Netatmo Connect so that developers can build software and hardware integrations with Netatmo products. Netatmo sells weather stations, thermostats, indoor and outdoor cameras. The startup raised $32 million in November 2015.It’s interesting to see that Netatmo doesn’t want to rely exclusively on other platforms, such as IFTTT or Apple’s HomeKit — some of its products are compatible with other platforms already. Instead, the company thinks other developers are going to integrate with its devices thanks its own unified set of APIs.

Source: Netatmo launches new platform to make smart objects talk to each other | TechCrunch

03. April 2016 · Comments Off on SparkFun IoT Starter Kit with Blynk Board · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Blynk is an easy to use app builder that allows users to add a variety of buttons, sliders, graphical displays and even RGB controllers to their phone. The SparkFun Blynk Board is specially designed to work with the ‘widgets’ within the Blynk mobile app to create your next IoT project. Monitor local weather conditions, control LEDs from your phone, even send a tweet when it’s time to water your plants!

Source: SparkFun IoT Starter Kit with Blynk Board – KIT-13865 – SparkFun Electronics

30. January 2016 · Comments Off on Nest, other IoT devices, sent user info in the clear  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

However, there are questions as to why Nest is playing down the scale of the leak, as users would surely not be entering more than one ZIP code when setting up their device. “The devices inside the home send all of the information to the cloud”, he said during his talk.The team also found that Sharx security cameras were leaking unencrypted video feeds and Pix-Star digital frames were leaking image content. Grover told thermostat-leaked-home-locations-over-the-internet”>Motherboard that we have a “pretty bad” situation where a number of smart devices that transmit information over the internet don’t even have the computing power required to perform encryption processes. Yet, this clarification seems to be a red herring:  What they found was that numerous devices failed to encrypt at least some of the traffic. The device then pings the weather station in the area, which could be close by, or span for tens of miles away, and it was that data that was vulnerable to hacking. This means that coordinates of company weather stations, as well as user location information, were not secure.

Source: Nest, other IoT devices, sent user info in the clear | NanoNews.org