Texas Power Companies Have Been Remotely Raising Temperatures In People’s Homes
The joy of owning a smart home device is that you get to control it remotely, which is pretty cool. However, over in Texas, it seems that owning a smart thermostat also means that there is a good chance your power company could remotely control it and adjust the temperature without your knowledge.
IKEA’s Symfonisk Picture Frame Speakers Are Launching July 15
Do you feel that some of your tech gadgets stand out a bit too much in your home? Are you finding that you have to compromise on the design or space you want to make room for certain gadgets? If you are, then maybe you might be interested in IKEA’s new Symfonisk speakers which double up as a picture frame.
Level Home Introduces Their Smallest Ever Smart Lock
The thing with some smart lock designs is that they’re obvious that they’re a smart lock. This is because the design of some of these locks have huge front-facing panels that house technology like fingerprint sensors and number pads to enter your passcode on. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but for some, it might be too obvious for their liking.
Nanoleaf’s New Elements LED Panels Are Designed To Look Less Obvious
Nanoleaf is best known for their wall LED panels that can be individually controlled and rearranged to form shapes and patterns. However, when not in use, they can look a bit out of place as they are essentially translucent pieces of plastic stuck onto your wall, but the company wants to change that.
Law Enforcement Will Now Need To Publicly Request Access To Ring Doorbell Videos
One of the criticisms faced by Amazon’s Ring isn’t so much that the product or system doesn’t work, but rather the invasion of privacy felt by some when the company allowed law enforcement agencies in the country to tap into the Neighbors app. The idea on paper is that this is meant to improve security and safety, but many feel like it’s a violation of their privacy.
Apple Job Listing Mentions ‘homeOS’
Apple’s HomePod, for those unfamiliar, is powered by tvOS, the same operating system that powers the Apple TV. However, could Apple be thinking about giving the HomePod its own platform? According to a job listing spotted by developer Javier Lacort, that could very well be the case.
HomePod And Apple TV Combo Reportedly In Early Development
At Apple’s Spring Loaded event in April, the company announced a new Apple TV. Sure, it had improvements under the hood and there was also a brand new Siri remote control, but otherwise it wasn’t a particularly significant or groundbreaking update to the Apple TV lineup, but there could be a reason why.
Google’s Nest Products Will Be Part Of Matter
There are a bunch of tech companies who have been making their own smart home products. The problem with those products is compatibility, where you can’t always mix and match if you’re hoping to create a cohesive system. This is why it was kind of a big deal when Google, Apple, and Amazon announced Matter, a new smart home alliance.
Amazon’s New Echo Show 8 Has A Camera That Tracks You Around A Room
If you’re in the market for a new smart display, you’re in luck because Amazon has recently announced an update to its Echo Show 8 smart display. With the new update, the smart display will come with a 13MP wide-angle camera that has the ability to track you around the room, meaning that you can walk around and have a conversation instead of sitting in front of it.
Google, Apple, Amazon Team Up For ‘Matter’ Smart Home Alliance
Google, Apple, and Amazon all have their own smart home platforms. This can be confusing and also a bit annoying because certain products might support Google but not Apple, and vice versa, so trying to piece together your “perfect” smart home will be a headache. However, that could change in the future.
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.