Saving energy and security are among the top priorities of homeowners, who look into the implementation of smart home solutions, according to a research done by Bosch and Twitter.
The Smart Home Industry in 2016 didn’t saw much innovation in terms of devices. However, more and more huge tech companies decided to step into the home automation scene. Here are some of the most notable moments and news for the smart home from 2016.
We all know that Alexa can play you any song on your smart home speakers. However, have you thought about Alexa playing your favorite song on the jukebox? The guys at Liberty games certainly have, and they’ve created what may very well be, the perfect voice-controlled Games room in existence today.
After releasing Google Home, Alphabet Inc. is now releasing Google WiFi, an easy to setup wireless network router. However, is it good enough and do you truly need it for your smart home?
Today Australia homes are getting smarter with the release of The Telstra Smart Home. The company offers two subscription-based services, the first being “watch and monitor”and the second aimed at “Automation and energy.”
Earlier this week, Philips unveiled their new Hue lights that have better green lighting. Recently, the company also introduced their Philips Hue motion sensor into their and partnered with Huawei to deliver a better and more seamless smart home lighting experience.
Google officially unveiled the Google Home Hub at their recent MadeByGoogle event. The answer to the Amazon Echo, the hub will have far-field voice recognition with touch controls and integrated Hi-Fi speaker.
Amazon continues to become more influential in the smart home industry by partnering with Crestron. Users of Amazon Alexa devices, such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap will be able to control their Crestron home automation system via voice control.
Reaching More than 70-percent of their IndieGoGo goal in less than a week, MOVEZ is the perfect Z-Wave based motorized solution that can help you easily automate the blinds and the shades in your home.
At the International Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA), a convention for consumer electronics, similar to CES, the UK-based company Smarter debuted a new wireless fridge camera, called TheFridgeCam, that will be able to look over your food.
Recent talks from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have raised speculation that the company will be revealing a new home automation…
The Nexia Home Automation System Company has finally added voice control from Vognition to its Z-Wave ready smart home hub. Home Bridge will now be able to respond to a multitude of voice commands, bringing the device up-to-par with its competitors.
Appearing on Kickstarter, Lucy is a wall-mounted display that incorporates voice control and face recognition technology to help you control your smart home. However, the device might just fall short of what home automation enthusiasts are truly looking for.
The new operation system update of iOS 10 brings an array of new features that show the company’s interest in better implementation of Smart Home solutions. Apple’s Home Automation vision is highly reflected in their Siri update and most notably in the update of their Home application.
Manufactured by British Gas, Hive is a collection of smart home devices that provide simple and easy to install home automation solutions. While the products do manage to stand their ground on the ever evolving market, they have suffered a lack of interconnectivity, due to the strict walled garden approach of the company. However, things are beginning to change as Hive has officially announced, earlier this week, which they will finally be bringing IFTTT support to their line of smart home thermostats.
Today, the smart home industry market saw two new major additions in the form of the Yonomi App and the Logitech Pop. The software is aimed at delivering a better and more enjoyable smart home experience, while the hardware aims for ease and simplicity in home automation. However, this is not the first time we’ve seen smart home devices with huge promises. Are this app and this device any different and can they change the industry? Chances are, they won’t. However, they are sill two great additions to the smart home market and are certainly worth checking out.
Staples has officially announced that it’s handing over their home automation system Staples Connect to Z-Wave Products.
According to a recent report from Navigant Research, Ecobee is the leading smart thermostat vendor, followed closely by Nest Labs and Honeywell.