Tagged with: Connected Home

Omni is a Baby Monitoring System Designed and Built by Parents

Omni is a Baby Monitoring System Designed and Built by Parents

Satu Niemelä and Erasmus van Niekerk, the husband and wife team behind the Onni baby monitor, knew what they wanted out of a baby monitor. Instead of a cheap black-and-white camera they wanted full-color HD video. And instead of looking like a CCTV camera from the Island of Misfit Toys, they wanted the design to be ...

Report: Samsung May Buy SmartThings for $200 Million

Report: Samsung May Buy SmartThings for $200 Million

Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source. (Update: The deal is not done yet, says another.) SmartThings is in the home automation space, and allows you to connect devices ...

‘Thread’ is a New Wireless Networking Standard from Samsung, Google’s Nest and More

‘Thread’ is a New Wireless Networking Standard from Samsung, Google’s Nest and More

Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed Thread, it is a low-power, mesh network protocol that also supports IPv6. The standard is built on the existing radio hardware used by ZigBee devices (802.15.4), which means that a company could update ...

GE is Building a Microwave That Counts Your Food’s Calories

GE is Building a Microwave That Counts Your Food’s Calories

Your next microwave might be able to measure how healthy your food is. Researchers at General Electric have developed a device that can quickly measure the calories in your food by utilizing just three pieces of information: fat content, water content, and weight. From this data its able to approximate the calories of your ...

Wink’s Smart Home Platform Makes its Way to Home Depot

Wink’s Smart Home Platform Makes its Way to Home Depot

Everyone’s gunning to be the platform for your smart home, including Apple and Google, but Quirky spin-off startup Wink has its range in stores as of Monday at The Home Depot, giving it access to a market of average consumers. The Wink platform is basically a central hub for devices from manufacturers including Dropcam, ...

Philips is Spinning its Lighting Products Into a Separate Company

Philips is Spinning its Lighting Products Into a Separate Company

Philips said on Monday it is spinning off its lighting components business in the latest stage of the once-diversified Dutch electronics group's plan to focus on a handful of higher-margin activities. Philips said it would seek outside investors for its Lumileds Lighting unit which it will combine with its ...

GE Unveils the ‘Link’, a $15 Smart Light Bulb

GE Unveils the ‘Link’, a $15 Smart Light Bulb

Smart home? How about smart light bulbs? GE has revealed a brand-new LED light bulb that can connect to the Web shortly after you've twisted it into an available socket. Dubbed the Link, the $15 light bulb will be controllable by a companion appn for iOS and Android — "Wink." If that sounds familiar, it will be the same ...

Apple’s Vision for the Smart Home Could Include Connected Speakers and TVs

Apple’s Vision for the Smart Home Could Include Connected Speakers and TVs

It’s always been a question of when — and not if — in assessing Apple’s plans for the connected home, although a better question is probably “how.” As in, how will Apple attempt to bring its brand of design and usability to the fragmented market for app-controlled home products, which ranges from speakers to ...

An Open Platform for Nest is a Internet of Things Win for Google

An Open Platform for Nest is a Internet of Things Win for Google

We’ve been told that an Internet of Things (IoT) is coming, and our salt shakers will soon be speaking to our light bulbs. But how? There’s no decided way for all of these devices to talk to one another. That was, until this week, when Nest, the smart thermostat company owned by Google, opened its platform to other ...

Will the Smart Home Be Psychic or Programmable?

Will the Smart Home Be Psychic or Programmable?

Oh yeah, this is the year the smart home goes mainstream. This week Time has devoted a hunk of its magazine to profiling Tony Fadell, the founder of Nest, explaining SmartThings and showing off six “smart homes” that aren’t exactly smart. The profile of Fadell gets into his concept of the conscious home and won’t ...