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The prices of smart home devices are slowly reaching a point where they're affordable, but BroadLink is aiming to bring said functions to users at a price that is truly within the comfort zone of the masses. Its DIY smart home kit, called SmartONE (S1), is available for less than US$50. Read More

Although it may be handy to have sensors in your windows that remind you if you've left them open, running electrical wiring to all those sensors (or regularly changing their batteries) could be a hassle. A new window-monitoring radio sensor chip, however, gets all the power it needs from the sun. Read More

We've already seen both complete bicycles and aftermarket handlebars that provide cyclists with navigational cues. Now, Boréal Bikes is reducing things further still, with a set of handlebar grips that serve the same purpose. The company's smrtGRiPS can be added to an existing flat handlebar, from which point they will proceed to tell the cyclist where to go. Read More
Personal security cameras are already widely available to help us monitor activity at our homes. Most simply record what's happening, and cannot actively flag up any unusual activity. The Netatmo Welcome, however, uses facial recognition to provide alerts about who is in your house. Read More
There are already bicycle locks that alert users when their untended bike is moved, along with tracking devices that let users know where to find their bike once it's been stolen. Paris-based Connected Cycle is now offering those same functions and others, in its smart pedal. Read More
Your smartphone is more than a communication and entertainment device in your pocket. It's a powerful computer with tons of your personal and private data stored within, just like your home or work computer. Here are some essential tips that will help keep your smartphone and the data on it protected. Read More
Across crowdfunding sites, we're seeing more and more smart doorbells and other devices designed to protect user's homes. A new one from Glate, called DefenDoor, aims to combine some of the best features from all of them, as it serves as a doorbell, camera, motion sensor, and more. Read More

Carrying a bike lock while cycling can be a hassle, which is why some companies have started developing built-in locks. One of the latest, the Frameblock, is actually part of the frame. That way, if a thief cuts through it, they're left with a damaged bike that they won't want ... a fact that they'll hopefully realize before cutting it. Read More

Over the past couple of years, we've heard about two different bicycle U-locks – the Skylock and the BitLock – that can be unlocked via the user's smartphone. Both were the subject of successful crowd-funding campaigns, and both are now available for pre-order. When it comes to a product that's actually being shipped to buyers now, however, the imaginatively-named Ulock has just beaten them both to it. Read More
There are plenty of systems that use an app-running smartphone instead of a key to unlock doors, such as UniKey and Lockitron. A new app not only wants to do that, but wants to give you a seamless journey through buildings. myPORT provides building access, calls elevators and sends intercom feeds to your phone. Read More
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