While this year’s CES hasn’t necessarily born any great surprises in debuting home tech, it has revealed that smart home tech is becoming the norm rather than niche as more big brands reveal their connected home products to the masses. Last year we saw a lot of the first wave of smart home devices with […]
It’s been an interesting year for Intenet of Things (IoT) devices. I’d like to think that in 2017 we’ll be welcoming a carefully curated market of consumer tested, thoughtfully considered and security first enabled smart devices. However, the reality is that the most superficial of IoT connected devices aren’t going away anytime soon if 2016 is anything to […]
So, you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone, but it’s the last minute. What do you get someone that has everything? How about a device that connects with… everything? We’ll take a look at five really awesome last minute IoT gift ideas that you can pick up right now at your local electronics store. These […]
Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa has received a large update, making it much easier to find and activate skills from third-party services. The Alexa mobile app that shows all the available skills—totalling 1,400 as of Tuesday—has been revamped to show skills in an organized fashion, and the app now features search. See Also: Is DIY smart […]
In Argus Insights’ newest “Smart Home 360” report, it’s clear there’s a strong distinction between consumer perception of the apps associated with the most popular Smart Home Service Providers and MSOs (Multiple System Operators) and the apps coming with Do It Yourself (DIY) devices. Argus Insights found that — from over 56,000 app and device […]
Arduino has announced two new developer boards aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT) community, called the Primo and Otto. It comes just one month after the MKR1000 was announced worldwide. The Primo is Arduino’s first IoT computing board to feature all the traditional wireless standards, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low-energy, near-field communications (NFC), and […]
New industry research from Icontrol Networks, the company behind the most widely-distributed connected home platform in the industry, has found exceptionally high satisfaction amongst customers who opted for a professionally installed smart home solution. Icontrol Networks’ DIFM (“Do it for me”) Smart Home Survey revealed more than 96 percent of respondents report they are very satisfied or satisfied with […]
Lutron Electronics has added its Caséta Wireless system to the growing list of devices that support Amazon Alexa range, which includes the Echo, Dot, Tap, and Fire TV. The Caséta Wireless system features various connected LED lights that can change color or brightness on demand. The integration of Alexa allows users to change the lights […]
Boston Children’s Hospital has announced a new “skill” for Alexa powered devices, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, and Fire TV, which provides health advice on children’s symptoms. This is all done through listing in the noticeable symptoms. Once finished, the KidsMD app will quantify if the child should see a doctor, and can […]
One of the more interesting products to appear in the IoT space of late is Protonet’s ZOE, a smart home hub that’s competing with Amazon’s Echo for the home market. You may remember Protonet as the company that broke the internet back in 2014 by crowdfunding $1 million in 89 minutes and completed the delivery too. […]
Report says Echo wins in customer reviews but consumers want to see better IoT connectivity across all platforms
Sony throws some R&D weight at this small, robotic personal assistant concept.
The Alexa Voice Service goes into developer preview.
Alexa AppKit is the missing piece.
Not mincing words now, Amazon’s talking smart homes.