LAS VEGAS -- Samsung has just announced that two more Wi-Fi IP cameras will join its home security roster -- the $179 SmartCam HD and the $229 SmartCam HD Outdoor. Both cameras offer 1080p streaming and wide angle lenses with 128-degree fields of view. That should mean that you will get to view crisp, clear footage of your home and the surrounding outdoor area all from a Web browser or the free Android or iOS SmartCam app.
LAS VEGAS -- Lenovo’s ThinkVision 28 4K display is an impressive package, and not just because of its screen. The multitouch display not only boasts a 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution, it also doubles as an Android all-in-one device.
Starting at $1,199, the 28-inch monitor houses a variety of ports on the base of its stand, including DisplayPort, Ethernet, and three HDMI. The ThinkVision 28 also packs two 5-watt speakers, two noise-canceling microphones, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera.
As an all-in-one device, the ThinkVision 28 runs Android 4.4 and houses a NVIDIA Tegra CPU with 2GB of RAM. … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- A spin-off project from hotel smart lock provider OpenWays, Okidokeys has what looks like a comprehensive line of smart-lock products on its hands. Not only will the company be selling its Bluetooth-enabled Smart-Lock, but it also has an in-home gateway to sync up control of multiple locks, an electronic gate/garage door opener, as well as a door-mountable reader you can use to swipe your way inside your home.
Where other smart-locks companies have pursued a home-decor-friendly aesthetic for their products, though, Okidokeys' hardware is big, features multiple components, and has some obtrusive design elements.
You can … Read more
Once upon a time, home theater stories dominated CES. For years, TVs, TVs, and more TVs made the biggest headlines at the show. But times change, and while you'll find giant 4K televisions and curved OLEDs littering the show floor this year, we're expecting new topics to bubble up. Car tech and wearables will make waves, and so will a new breed of in-home technology that extends far beyond the living room.
Some smart home devices -- connected light bulbs and thinking thermostats, for example -- have made their way into homes already. But this year, these early … Read more
The Samsung family of smart appliances and devices is about to get a lot more tight-knit.
Today, Samsung announced a new platform that will enable users to manage all of their connected appliances and devices -- everything from wearable tech to washing machines -- from a single application. The platform, called "Samsung Smart Home," is set to debut at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, with a planned roll-out during the first half of the year.
Initially, the platform will provide users with three main services: Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service. Device Control will allow users … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung Electronics recently announced the release of its 2014 Smart Control, the remote included with most of its new Smart TVs, and today we got the chance to try one in-hand.
The updated clicker now supports motion control a la a Nintendo Wiimote or LG Magic Motion wand, and it also includes a touch pad. The touch pad is one-fifth the size of last year's.
It supports a swiping left/right gesture to flick between Samsung Smart Hub panels or content listings across multiple pages. It's now bounded by four directional buttons enabling users to &… Read more
Nest, the smart-home startup best known for its thermostat, is closing in on some serious cash, according to a new report.
Nest is near the end of a financing round in which it will raise at least $150 million on a $2 billion valuation, Recode's Kara Swisher reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the talks. Nest could raise as much as $200 million on a $3 billion valuation, the site's other sources say.
Over the last few years, Nest has become one of the more popular companies in the smart-home business. The company was founded by Tony Fadell, … Read more
LG has partnered with the free Line messaging app to create a service dubbed HomeChat. HomeChat relies on Natural Language Processing (NLP) to let you send texts to your compatible LG appliances. It works on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia Asha, and Windows Phone devices as well as OS X and Windows computers.
This is an interesting update, since one major complaint we have about LG's Smart ThinQ line is that the range, the fridge, and the washer/dryer all use different apps. That makes for a fairly chaotic connected experience. Why separate everything when some other brands let you … Read more
That's what Alex Hawkinson, chief executive of SmartThings, envisions. His startup makes a family of Internet-connected devices for the home. SmartThings also runs a platform service that helps people remotely control all of the other disparate devices made by different companies that are beginning to make their way … Read more