Google Wants To Put Nest Hubs Into Hotel Rooms
If you’ve ever been to a hotel in the past few years, you might have noticed how some hotels have been upgraded to become “smarter”. This can come in the form of features like tablets, where guests can use the tablet to control various appliances like the lights, play music, set an alarm, control the curtains, and more.
Future HomePod Could Feature A Robotic Arm That Can Hold An iPad
Apple’s HomePod has seen mixed success. The original model was kind of a flop and was eventually discontinued, but the smaller model, the HomePod mini, seems to be faring much better. That being said, a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims that there could be a new model in the works that honestly sounds very futuristic.
Ring Unveils New Floodlight Cam Wired Pro Security Camera
Are you looking for a new outdoor security camera to protect your home while you’re away? If you are, then you might be interested to learn that Ring has announced their latest security camera in the form of the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro. It is quite a mouthful but if anything, it is a pretty accurate description of the camera.
IKEA And Sonos Are Working On Another Set Of Speakers
IKEA, a company many associate with affordable, nicely-designed furniture. However, in recent years, the company has started shifting towards other product categories, like speakers. In 2019, the company announced a partnership with Sonos which resulted in the Symfonisk line of speakers, and it looks like that collaboration is far from over.
Apple Adds FaceTime Framework To Apple TV
Recently it was reported that Apple could be developing new smart home devices like smart displays, which are essentially smart speakers with a display and camera built into it. This suggests that in the future, there is a chance that we could see Apple expand FaceTime to more of its products.
Apple Could Be Developing Smart Speakers With Built-In Screens And Cameras
According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it seems that Apple is developing some new smart home devices. These smart home devices aren’t new per se as they have been done by other companies, but it will be the first for Apple. These devices are allegedly smart speakers that come with built-in screens and cameras.
HomePod Mini Comes With A Hidden Temperature And Humidity Sensor
Apple’s HomePod mini is designed to be a smaller version of the HomePod smart speaker. It also acts as a hub for HomeKit users who want to use their voice to control various HomeKit connected smart home objects like lights, kitchen appliances, smart locks, and more. However, it seems that Apple could have designed it to do more.
Google Launches Its Second-Gen Nest Hub With Sleep Tracking
Google’s Nest series of smart devices range from smart speakers to and smart displays. If you’re looking for something in the latter category, then you might be interested to learn that Google has actually announced an update to its Nest Hub series where they have since unveiled the second-gen Nest Hub.
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.
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.