Archive for the ‘Home Automation’ Category

D-Link has announced that it is becoming one of the latest companies to embrace Apple’s HomeKit framework with the development of a new HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi camera aimed specifically at those building a connected home.

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It turns out the Apple TV isn’t the only device that will be able to act as a HomeKit hub after the recent update to HomeKit in iOS 10, as according to Apple, the iPad will be able to do the same. Here are the details.

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Here’s a collection of some of the best Apple HomeKit-compatible and Siri-enabled home automation devices and accessories that you can get for your home.

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Amazon seems keen to make sure it continues to rule the home assistant market, because it has made available an online simulator to help prospective customers experience what it is like to use the Alexa-powered device within their homes.

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According to a new a rumor, Apple’s Amazon Echo-like connected speaker device could pack a camera for facial recognition. Here are the details.

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Apple is working on a device that will see it enter the home assistant game, with a competitor for the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices said to be on the way.

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After announcing the arrival of the Philips Hue White Ambiance Kit back in March this year, the HomeKit-compatible kit is now available, starting at $130 only. Here are the details.

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Google has used the opening keynote of its I/O 2016 conference to announce two new offerings. The Alphabet-owned company has introduced its own Siri/Cortana/Alexa-like personal digital assistant called Google Assistant, as well as an Amazon Echo rival called Google Home. Google CEO Sundar Pichai described the underlying technology within Google Assistant as a “conversational assistant”, whereas Mario Queiroz – VP of product management at Google – claims that the Home will come equipped with “strong bass and clear highs” that should eclipse the performance of the Amazon Echo from a musical enjoyment perspective.

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Google’s Nest has today received a boost in that it can now be integrated with other home automation hardware and services from other vendors such as August, LIFX, Lutron, AT&T, P&G, Waxman, SkyBell, Simplehuman, Misfit, and WeMo.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since Apple introduced HomeKit at the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. The HomeKit protocols were originally revealed and exposed to developers and manufacturers as a way of addressing some of the problems that existed within the Home Automation market at that time, namely price of hardware and the complexities involved in getting started. Over the last two years, Apple has filed a number of patents to improve and push HomeKit forward, including this recently discovered filing that outlines how “automated behaviors in an environment can be implemented based on aggregation of individual user routines.”

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It probably won’t come as any great surprise to learn that Alphabet-owned Google is continuously working on internal projects of both the hardware and software variety. Like most companies of this size that invest heavily in research and development, a lot of those products and ideas won’t ever make it to market or come to fruition, whereas others are given the green light to make it onto our physical and digital shelves. A resurfaced rumor has once again ignited the conversation around internal Google plans to go to market with a product named internally as ‘Chirp’, designed and engineered to rival the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap.

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If you are lucky enough to own one of Amazon’s fabulous and extremely popular Echo, Echo Dot or the Tap hardware, then you’re about to benefit from even more added functionality thanks to a new and improved Amazon Alexa experience. Starting today, Amazon has upgraded its Alexa virtual assistant with some new abilities that will allow users to utilize the new found travel expertise of the assistant to be more efficient in the booking of all things related to travel. Alexa’s new functionality, which waterfalls down to a variety of Amazon hardware including the Fire TV, is all thanks to an integration partnership with travel search engine KAYAK.

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