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The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) has been established to standardize Internet of Thi...

The flood of smart devices aimed at hooking into the Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be turning into a flood of consortia of industry heavyweights looking to standardize the IoT. First we had the AllSeen Alliance, which was followed by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and now we have the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), which boasts Atmel, Dell, Broadcom, Intel, Samsung and Wind River as members.  Read More

The EcoDrain uses outgoing hot water to heat incoming cold water

Generally-speaking, when there's something that we're trying to conserve, we don't just put it down the drain. For those of us who are trying to save power, however, that's just what happens when we let hot water from our showers or baths run straight into the sewer. The EcoDrain is made to address that problem, via a unique design that allows outgoing hot water to warm up incoming cold water.  Read More

Fresh beer from your local brewery

Small tap systems like the Heineken/Krups Sub and Philips PerfectDraft serve as small, simple alternatives to larger keg refrigerator systems. The problem with these mini-keg systems is that there are precious few compatible beers to put on tap. The SYNEK offers what it hopes will be a far more versatile mini-tap, going so far as to say that it can fill your mug with any beer on Earth.  Read More

GE is entering the smart bulb market with Link bulbs starting at around US$15

Having connected devices in the home is quickly becoming more and more popular. One device that's leading the charge is the light bulb, with products like the Lumen Smart Bulb and LIFX LED light bulbs feature connected coolness. Now, GE is entering the space, as the company has just announced Link, a connected LED bulb with a fairly reasonable price tag.  Read More

LaMetric is a customizable ticker able to display whatever is important to you personally

LaMetric is a customizable "smart ticker" designed to help navigate the daily information avalanche by delivering the specific information you need on one simple interface – from weather forecasts to stock prices to social media updates.  Read More

Nest is letting developers get hands-on with creating new ways to use the company's home a...

Nest Labs has announced the launch of a developer program designed to drastically expand the diversity of its home automation devices and the number of products they interact with. Names like Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone and Google Now are already in the mix.  Read More

Cozy Room offers a personal isolation chamber with all your personal belongings close to h...

Even the most gregarious people occasionally need some alone time. Many choose garden sheds or outbuildings as their place of solitude, while others choose the spare room. But a new option has arrived in the form of Cozy Room, a personal isolation chamber that contains everything you could wish for from a man (or woman) cave.  Read More

Sentri is a new smart home and security device

Smart home and security devices like the Piper and the Vivint Sky provide a host of clever and useful functions, but can be tricky to describe concisely. The same goes for new arrival Sentri, though its makers claim that it's the smartest around. Users can geofence their home, check in on a live video and audio feed, monitor ambient conditions, view trends and stats, set up alerts for "irregularities" at home, control other smart devices, and even personalize its appearance to blend in with the decor.  Read More

The Twelve24 ClockONE is the world's first E-Ink wall clock, which gives it several advant...

The Twelve24 ClockONE is the world's first E-Ink wall clock. E-Ink is normally used in eBook readers such as the Kindle, but Twelve24 has used it as the basis for the ClockONE ... and with good reason, as E-Ink offers some advantages over more traditional displays.  Read More

Honeywell has announced the Lyric smart thermostat

Honeywell has announced a new thermostat, Lyric, that tracks the user's location via their smartphone and adjusts the temperature of their home accordingly. It figures out when a household is empty and when residents are on their way home. Users can expect reduced energy usage and costs.  Read More

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