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Smart Home

A smoke detector is necessary for keeping your home safe, and with the rise of smart devices, it only makes sense for them to be one of the first items to get connected. Halo WX, a new smoke detector just hitting the market, features all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detection one would expect, while also adding in alerts for natural disasters.

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One simple controller to manage your locks, music, thermostat, lighting, appliances and more – that's the ambitious aim of Numio, an ultra-smart Internet of Things device currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. Portable and flexible, it can plug into more than 30 separate apps and platforms, from Sonos to Nest.

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Ottobox is a smart home automation device that its makers claim could reduce your electricity bills by up to 50 percent. It does this by monitoring the appliances plugged into your wall sockets, and turning them off when they're not in use. The thinking is that all the energy wasted by appliances sitting in standby mode can soon add up to a hefty amount. Read More
Let's face it, there's no shortage of smart home systems designed to connect everything in your home and make things easier to control. For example, both the Ninja Sphere and Revolv have recently made waves. With so many launching all the time, it takes a lot to make one stand out, but Oomi has found a way to make everyone stand up and take notice. It's promising to redefine the smart home by taking the smartphone out of the equation, and by making it quick and easy to set up and get going. Read More
Everything in the home, from light bulbs to TVs to fridges, seems to be getting smarter, and you can now add stoves to the list. Meld is a smart knob that attaches to your cooker, automating the process of maintaining temperatures and promising a perfect meal every time. It comes with a clip to monitor food temperature in the pot, and an app for iOS and Android that enables you to program in recipes. Read More
Being able to control your home's lights from your phone can be useful. Lights can be switched on or off from your bed, for example, or set to come on when you arrive home. Now, Switchmate is offering this functionality without the need for new fittings and wiring like, say, the WeMo Light Switch. Read More
Beam is a new projector that functions a little differently than others on the market. Not only can it be plugged into a traditional power outlet, but it can also screw directly into a light socket, making it easy for users to utilize anywhere. Read More
Though we've covered lots of Passive Houses, a project in Stuttgart, Germany, claims to be the "first fully functional Active House in the world." Aktivhaus B10 is said to use "active measures" such as self-learning and automation to improve its energy performance. Read More
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
Back in October, Cree released an improved version of its LED bulb, revamping its cooling system while hitting an affordable price point. The company’s latest effort continues the trend, adding in smart home functionality while keeping the price down and the energy efficiency high. Read More
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