Nest has announced a new version of its learning thermostat, the first major update to the product’s hardware since 2012. The newest Nest has a slimmer profile, allowing it to rest more flush with the wall in your home, and has an updated high-resolution screen that’s 40 percent larger than the display on the existing model.
Devices like the Netatmo Welcome and Blacksumac Piper can provide a real-time video stream of your home, but they can only look in one direction. The newly-launched Branto Orb, however, can view a room in 360-degrees. It has a host of communications, security and home automation features.
Can you knock on your kitchen countertop to dim the lights, turn on your favorite music or send your partner a text message? You can if you have a "Knocki" stuck to it. Developed by Texas-based Swan Solutions, Knocki is a disc-shaped device that turns solid surfaces, such as walls, doors or tables, into remote control switches for internet-connected devices. All you have to do is knock.
In an effort to improve the energy efficiency of building, researchers have sought to develop windows that change transparency to let more light – and therefore heat – through when it's cold, and less when it's hot. Unfortunately, these methods tend to impede the passage of visible light, some by tinting panes and others by complete obscuration. But a team at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a "smart window" technology that allows the passage of visible light while blocking heat, or vice versa.
We may still be some way from having lifelike humanoid robot helpers,
but there's no doubt robots are getting more helpful, friendly and
domesticated. Blue Frog Robotics' new Buddy robot is designed to be an
affordable family companion. It can help with communications, home
security, edutainment and even elder care.
The air that's around us is, in the big scheme of things, rather important to us humans. As we're constantly breathing this air in and out, if it's of a consistency poor quality it can adversely affect our health and well-being. This is why monitoring the air quality inside our homes is so crucial. Which is where Awair comes into play.
Google has announced a new operating system for the Internet of Things,
known as Project Brillo. It's built on a stripped-down version of
Android, provides a common language for connected home devices, as well
as a user-friendly interface that makes it easier to set up hardware.
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.
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.
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.