Is DIY smart home tech hobbled by poor app functionality?

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 drops two new IoT developer boards

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 […]

Do we really want to DIY our home automation?

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 […]

Amazon Echo can now advise you on your kids’ health

Amazon Echo can now advise you on your kids’ health

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 […]

Meet ZOE, the smart home hub taking on Amazon Echo

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. […]