The smart home industry has truly taken off in 2018, and Samsung's SmartThings is fast becoming one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the Internet of Things space. SmartThings could soon become one of the most popular ways to make your home more intelligent, with the Samsung's Connect Home mesh router that extends your Wi-Fi network, as well act as acting as a SmartThings hub. Of course, routers are just the beginning. As of this year, all Samsung SmartThings devices hook into SmartThings Cloud – a powerful service that uses a cloud-based hub to connect everything from your refrigerator and washer to your TV and smartphone all into a single unified platform. So why SmartThings over something else? It offers a number of advantages, but the reason it’s reached such high levels of acclaim is because it offers complete control of your burgeoning smart home without a monthly fee, annual contract or any sort of third-party tampering. … [Read more...] about Samsung SmartThings: meet the center of your future smart home
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Like roadside diners, cross-country family vacations, and retro-rockets, the Airstream camping trailer always seemed like a throwback to the halcyon days of 1950s America. But some recent changes to the classic trailer finds Airstream embracing smart home technology that might just turn the vintage trailers into modern classics. The first clue came earlier this year when the company rolled out its new Nest camping trailer, a $46,000 mini-trailer that costs less than half of one of the company’s Classic models and ditched Airstream’s aluminum design for one that features lighter and stronger fiberglass. The Nest version of Airstream’s camper even comes with Bluetooth-controlled LED lights that can change color and pulsate with music. It’s a tight squeeze but with its full-sized bedroom, kitchenette and shower, it’s a cozy camper for tight-knit couples or artists looking for space to create. More tellingly, last month Airstream rolled out a partial … [Read more...] about Is old-school Airstream finally embracing smart home technology?
Switzerland-based ABB launched a new smart home control platform at the 2018 CEDIA Expo in San Diego this week. The company promises the somewhat awkwardly named [email protected] will integrate major home systems with an intuitive all-in-one user interface. The new smart home automation solution operates via Wi-Fi to merge controls for climate, lighting, communications, security, and entertainment in an open platform that accommodates established players in their respective fields. For example, the Swiss product claims compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Sonos, and Signify’s Philips Hue. According to the company, customers can utilize the Alexa voice assistant to talk to the smart home system to manage climate control and home lighting. Users will be able to configure and control their installed Sonos speakers from the platform app on computers, smartphones or tablets or via in-wall keypads and proprietary touchpad. The company’s products … [Read more...] about Set yourself ABB-free with merged smart home, security, and entertainment system
Lenovo Smart Home Essentials is the company's new product line for the connected home. It's starting off humbly with a camera, a wall plug, and a light bulb — consequently, I feel like there should be a joke here, but I'm drawing a blank. These will be compatible with both Alexa and Assistant right out of the gate, too. Everything is setup using the Lenovo Link app, which manages all applicable devices. As an added bonus, owners of Lenovo's Smart Display can use that as a control hub, but otherwise, the app serves the same purpose. Here's a breakdown of the three products, including price and availability: Smart Plug: a small and unobtrusive smart wall plug, 15W; does what smart plugs do. $29.99, available in November. Smart Bulb: 2700K-6500K color range, 800 lumens (60W equivalent), can be remotely controlled, including brightness and color temperature. $29.99, available in November. Smart Camera: 1080p, allows for remote viewing of a live feed from anywhere (cloud … [Read more...] about Lenovo Smart Home Essentials is the company’s first steps in creating its own connected ecosystem
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2018--Power management company Eaton today announced it is simplifying ways to realize the possibilities of connected lighting for homes, communities and buildings at LIGHTFAIR ® International (LFI) 2018, taking place May 8-10 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Eaton is showcasing its new technologies and comprehensive portfolio of connected lighting solutions designed with intelligent power to enhance everyday life; from personalizing smart home solutions that cater to homeowners’ lifestyle needs, to empowering city leaders to improve the safety and quality of life in their communities, and streamlining facilities management and operations for businesses worldwide.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180507005548/en/During LIGHTFAIR® International 2018, Eaton is showcasing its new technologies and comprehensive portfolio of connected lighting solutions … [Read more...] about Eaton Demonstrates Transformational Possibilities of Connected Lighting for Today’s Smart Homes, Buildings and Communities at LIGHTFAIR International