Connected home appliances are getting a heavy push at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. From a high-end luxury oven that'll save you time in the kitchen, to a smart lock from Goji that adds to your home's security, these domestic devices are paving the way for a more connected lifestyle of the future. Continue to check this space for more video updates throughout the show.Whirlpool connected concepts gives us a look into the future In Las Vegas, CNET's Megan Wollerton gives us a tour of the Whirlpool connected concepts booth and shows us the future … Read more
It was bound to happen. Focal, known to audiophiles all over the world for its statuesque Utopia series of high-end speakers is readying its first sound bar system. It's the 3-inch deep, "uni-body" aluminum Dimension, which can be placed in front of a display or mounted to a wall and provide a five-channel audio experience. The Dimension sound bar's speakers deliver bass down to 50 Hertz, that's exceptional bass performance for a slender, one-piece sound bar. For tabletop mounting you can add the optional, "zero vibration" low profile subwoofer base that extends the … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Though at its core the Snakebyte Vyper is a 7-inch Android tablet, it's better to think of it as an all-in-one home media and gaming console that allows you to stream video from your tablet to your TV.
Available in the US starting January 31, the Vyper is packaged with a docking station and an AirMouse remote control for $199.99. However, for $249.99, it also comes with a Bluetooth gaming controller.
In an of itself, the Vyper is a mid-range Android 4.2 tablet with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor inside. It has a … Read more
Last year, we came away impressed with SmartThings and the wide variety of ways you can put the home automation system to work. That level of multi-functionality will only continue to grow in 2014, as the young start-up is set to announce "SmartThings Labs," a new component of their app that will allow users to easily integrate popular third party devices into their setups.
Tech-savvy users have already had a field day hacking SmartThings, an open platform, in order to incorporate specific devices and accomplish specific functions. SmartThings Labs plans on taking advantage of the most useful hacks, … Read more
Standing just 6 inches tall and weighing in at about 13 ounces -- about the size of a large coffee -- Canary is a little device that's big on tech. In addition to an HD night vision camera, Canary boasts motion detection, temperature and humidity sensors, and an integrated microphone and speaker, along with an accelerometer for good measure. Using the free Canary app, you'll be able to … Read more
These days, consumers interested in protecting their homes have more options than ever before, thanks to security-minded home automation services like SimpliSafe and fee-free, crowd-funded DIY upstarts like Piper and iSmartAlarm that continue to improve. That spells trouble for established industry leaders like ADT, as an increasing number of consumers are finding better value with the little guys.
Today, ADT answered back, announcing a sweeping list of upgrades to ADT Pulse, its premier home security package. Chief among these is the ADT Pulse Voice app, which will enable users to manage their home security and automation needs by way of … Read more
Samsung CEO BK Yoon made the company's current mission clear at a CES press conference Monday: Samsung wants to take over your home.
Yoon said Samsung products will soon aid people in almost all aspects of their lives.
"Imagine getting a health check from your doctor through your TV. Imagine your family watching a TV show in the living room while you cook. This is streamed directly to a screen on your kitchen appliance. Imagine taking a call from your refrigerator without picking up your smartphone. These are all glimpses into the home of the future," Yoon … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Breadth can be appealing, and that's apparently what Lowe's is counting on with today's announcement of a handful of updates to its Iris home automation system at CES 2014. Starting in the first quarter of 2014, Lowe's will begin offering, among other things, leak-detecting smart shut-off valves, smart lawn sprinkler control, and a voice-command interface for Iris.
The company hasn't offered any pricing information, but those add-ons as well as upcoming smart energy grid compatibility and a garage door opener accessory will make Iris one of the most feature-rich smart home kits … Read more
Embedded technology was a major focus of Bosch's CES press conference, where Chairman Werner Struth presented the various use cases for the company's tech in, among other things, smart home products, eco-friendly building design, and automated cars.
At the core of its push in the smart home is a new embedded sensor, the Bosch SensorTec BME280, and a new business division, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, headed by CEO Thorsten Mueller).
A descendant of Bosch's MEMS sensors, the BME280 combines temperature, humidity, and pressure into a single package. Bosch says this is the first of its kind … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- If you're interested in home security, but averse to paying monthly fees, then the Indiegogo-born iSmartAlarm is a system that already belongs at the top of your list. That's even truer today, as the company announced a system expansion that includes three intriguing new components: a glass-break sensor, a plug-in automation module, and the "Doorfront," a multifunctional doorbell camera with an integrated motion detector and intercom.
With its unique design, the sleek-looking Doorfront is the probably the biggest eyebrow-raiser of the bunch. Weather-resistant and flexible enough to be hard-wired into an existing doorbell … Read more