Articles about Connected Objects

Huawei’s Smart Home Shows Off What HarmonyOS Can Do
Huawei had previously confirmed that they are developing their own mobile platform alternative to Android called HarmonyOS. However, the company notes that HarmonyOS isn’t just another smartphone operating system, but it will be a platform for all manner of smart devices including those for the home.

Amazon Launches Three Smart Products For The Home, But There's A Catch
Amazon has recently made a surprise announcement for a trio of smart home products that you could be interested in. This includes a smart cuckoo clock, a smart nutrition scale, and also a smart sticky note printer. All of these are, of course, integrated with Alexa which will allow you to use your voice to control them.

Second-Gen Ring Video Doorbell Pro Could Offer Higher Resolution Videos
At the moment, the Ring Video Doorbell offers users video streamed at 1080p. This is actually pretty decent footage since we’re not sure who might need to stream doorbell video footage at anything higher. However, if you feel like you need to futureproof your purchases for the foreseeable future, you could be in luck.

Ring Doorbell Can Now Take Messages Or Play Pre-Recorded Messages
One of the benefits of devices like the Ring video doorbell is that it comes with a two-way intercom system. This means that even if you’re not home, you can use the camera to see who’s at the door and use the intercom to speak to that person remotely. It’s useful, but that’s assuming you have the time to use the feature.

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Ring Video Doorbell Wired Is The Company’s Cheapest And Smallest Doorbell To Date
A door’s peephole is good and useful if you’re home and someone rings your doorbell. But what if you’re not home? That’s where smart doorbells can come in handy, and Ring is a company that comes to mind when it comes to such products, but we get it, it can be a bit expensive to set it up.

Amazon Alexa Can Now Automatically Turn Off Your Lights When You’re Sleeping
Usually before you fall asleep, you would turn off the lights. However, sometimes you might be too tired and fall asleep without realizing it, and you’ve left the lights on through the night which can eventually rack up a pretty hefty electricity bill. Thankfully, if you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device in your home, it can help you on that front.

Baracoda Unveils A Couple Of New Smart Home Gadgets For Personal Healthcare
These days, smart home gadgets and appliances are becoming increasingly common, where we’re starting to see how regular objects that we interact with daily are becoming smarter. During CES 2021, Baracoda took the wraps off two such devices designed for personal healthcare in the form of the CareOS Themis and the Mateo BBalance.

New Philips Hue Switch Module Gives You A New Way Of Controlling Your Smart Lights
Controlling your smart lights is usually either done via its accompanying app or you can use a physical switch and turn it on or off the good old fashioned way. The problem with the latter is that if you turned the light off via the switch, you can’t turn it back on with the app, which does create some confusion.

Ring Launches Video End-To-End Encryption For Its Doorbells And Cameras
Ring is a maker of smart home devices like security cameras and doorbells that can stream video. There is some concern that maybe these video feeds could be hacked and allow a hacker to see through your camera, but the good news for those of you who own a Ring device is that the company has introduced an update that introduces end-to-end video encryption.

Ring’s Mailbox Sensor Lets You Know When You’ve Got Mail
While we can use tracking numbers to keep track of our deliveries, this doesn’t always apply to things like letters. If you’d like to be kept in the know whenever you have new mail in your mailbox, you might want to check out Ring’s new Mailbox Sensor, whose name is actually rather straightforward and telling.

Logitech Launches HomeKit Exclusive Circle View Doorbell
If you’re looking to buy into Apple’s ecosystem for smart homes, you will need to seek out devices that are HomeKit compatible. If you are in the market for such a device, then you might be interested to learn that Logitech has announced its new Circle View Doorbell that has been created as an exclusive HomeKit smart doorbell system.

Nanoleaf’s Smart Lighting Expands To Bulbs And Lightstrips
When it comes to smart bulbs or lightstrips, you might think of brands like Philips or LIFX, but it seems that the folks at Nanoleaf want to challenge those companies as they have since announced a new smart light bulb and also a new smart lightstrip that will complement the company’s existing products.

Some Ring Doorbells Are Catching On Fire When Installed Incorrectly
Ever had a doorbell catch on fire? We imagine that’s probably a concern almost no one had, but it appears that if you own the second-gen Ring Video Doorbell, there is a chance that could happen if you installed the doorbell incorrectly. So much so that Ring has announced that they’ll be recalling the device.

HomePod Mini Seems To Be Off To A Good Start
When Apple first debuted the HomePod, it was expensive as far as smart speakers were concerned, and it never quite took off the way Apple had hoped. However, it seems that the company could be making up for that with the HomePod mini because according to the estimated delivery times, the dates are starting to slip.

Older Nest Thermostats Can Now Monitor Your HVAC
A lot of our home’s energy is being used towards heating or cooling our homes, which is why there is a demand for smart thermostat systems like Nest, which can help us avoid unnecessarily wasting energy by making smarter decisions for us. One of the features of the new Nest Thermostat is HVAC monitoring, but the good news for those who own older models is that you won’t need to […]

Belkin Launches A New Wemo Outdoor HomeKit Smart Plug
Smart home plugs aren’t exactly new, but there is a difference between plugs designed to be used indoors and those meant for outdoors. For the latter, it is important to have things like weather sealing or making it water-resistant. After all, you don’t want to fry your circuit board in the event that it is raining and your plug is in operation.

Google Has Discontinued Its Nest Secure Device
Several years ago, Google introduced the Nest Secure. For those unfamiliar, the Nest Secure is an alarm system that actually fits in rather nicely with the company’s Nest series of smart home devices. It was also Google’s only Nest alarm system that they had not bothered to update for the past few years.

Nanoleaf Unveils New Triangular Shaped LED Panels With HomeKit Support
If you’ve ever browsed the r/battlestations subreddit, you might notice that one thing many of these setups have in common is the use of Nanoleaf’s LED wall panels. If you’re keen on setting up something similar for yourself, then you might be interested to learn that Nanoleaf has since unveiled a couple of new shapes.

Apple Introduces Their Brand New HomePod Mini
Following the rumors that Apple was working on a smaller, cheaper version of the HomePod, it turns out that the rumors were right on the money because Apple has since officially taken the wraps off their latest smart speaker, the HomePod mini.

Google’s New Nest Thermostat Features A Cleaner, Sleeker Design
Thermostats have been around for decades, and for the most part they were largely functional and you didn’t really give too much thought about it. However, when Nest first introduced their smart thermostat with its circular design, it started to make many think that maybe thermostats could stand to be redesigned.