Our smart speakers are listening to us all the time. This isn’t really spying, but rather they are listening out for commands so that they can respond whenever we ask a question. However, we totally get it if you feel a bit uncomfortable knowing that a company could possibly be listening to your every word and you don’t know for sure if they aren’t.
Devices like Tile’s Bluetooth trackers allow users to add the tracker to everyday objects like keys, wallets, bags, and so on, where they can then track those items in the event that they misplace them. Taking things to a whole new larger scale is Nali who have announced the N100 device for the location of things and people.
The problem with a lot of smart home devices is that they all come with their own apps. This can be a pain if you have multiple devices and need to open individual apps to control them, which is why companies like Apple have developed their own platform in the form of HomeKit, which allows users to control all HomeKit compatible devices through a single interface.
We have evolved from smart speakers to smart displays, which basically integrates the smarts of a smart speaker with a display. We’ve seen how this makes such devices infinitely more useful, like being able to watch a cooking video while in the kitchen, while also being able to control your smart home devices like light bulbs.
If you’re looking to turn your home into a smart one, it can get pretty expensive once you start adding things up. However, if you’re not looking for anything too major, maybe you just like the idea of being able to remotely control your appliances like your lights, then you might be interested in checking out Belkin’s latest Wemo WiFi Smart Plug.
A report from a couple of weeks ago suggested that Philips could be working on new Hue bulbs that could be brighter than its predecessors. If you’ve always felt that smart lighting solutions like the Hue bulbs were a bit too dim compared to regular bulbs, then you might be interested to learn about the company’s latest offerings.
Ever since Google acquired Nest, the company has been slowly rebranding some of its products with the Nest brand. For example, we’ve seen the company launch the Nest WiFi which effectively replaces the Google WiFi mesh router system, and we’ve also seen Google rebrand some of their Google Home lineup.
One of the strengths of the Philips Hue system is the brightness, in which their Hue bulbs are some of the brightest smart bulbs in the market today. However, if you thought that the bulbs could be brighter, you might be interested to learn that Philips could be working on a new lineup of smart Hue bulbs.
The concept of smart/digital photo frames aren’t new, but earlier this year at CES 2020, Lenovo took the wraps off their Smart Frame. This particular digital photo frame is admittedly one of the more stylish models we’ve seen to date, and based on the photos, could easily pass off as being an actual photo frame.
If you own an iPad or iPhone and want to make your home a smart one, then using Apple’s HomeKit platform is probably one of the better ways to go about it. If you’re searching for new smart devices, then Logitech might actually have something that you could be interested in if a home security camera is on your list of things to buy.
In recent years, we’ve seen companies start to transition from creating smart speakers to smart displays. These are essentially smart speakers that comes with a built-in display to allow for users to make video calls, watch videos, use it to see who’s at the door if you have a smart doorbell, and so on.
There are plenty of smart locks in the market today, but one of the more popular brands would be August. This is because the company’s smart locks are easy to install and does not require users to remove their old locks, instead it just sits on top of an existing (and compatible) lock, making installation a breeze.
If you’re looking to start making your home smarter, getting devices like a smart doorbell is one way to go about it. The ability to remotely see who’s at your door and talk through it is a pretty useful feature to have, especially if you’re not at home and you want to make sure that your home is safe.
Two-factor authentication is something that many companies recommend its users to use, but it is not always mandatory. However, if you’re a Nest user, it looks like the feature will soon become a requirement and Google has recently announced that they will be slowly implementing the feature.