With all the fuss surrounding smart speakers, it did not come as a surprise that Apple tossed their hat into the ring when they launched the HomePod. However, to say that the speaker received a lukewarm reception is overstating it as many were put off by the price and also the seemingly lack of features compared to other smart speakers.
You might be considering setting up a home security camera system, but the thing with a lot of the more traditional setups is that it requires installation which involves dragging wires and finding a way to keep those wires hidden and kept away neatly. If you’d rather not deal with this, then Arlo’s new wireless cameras might be worth taking a look at.
Earlier this year, we had heard rumors that Google was planning a new Nest speaker. Given that Google had been slowly transitioning some of its products to the Nest brand, and with the Nest Hub Max, it makes sense that they would have a new Nest speaker that would replace the old Google Home.
Ring is mostly known for its home security systems like its smart doorbell and more recently its home security camera that comes with a built-in sentry drone. However, it seems that the company has decided to expand on their portfolio where they’ll be moving beyond the home and into automobiles.
Does your home have several Echo or Echo Dot speakers setup? Or are you looking for a relatively more affordable way of keeping your home safe when you’re asleep or if you’re away? If you are, then you might be interested to learn that Amazon has since announced its new Alexa Guard Plus subscription service.
In addition to announcing the new Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon has also taken the wraps off their brand new Echo Show. For those unfamiliar, the Echo Show is an Alexa-enabled smart display where it will come with all the features you might expect from an Alexa-enabled device, with the added bonus of having a display so that you can use it to watch videos.
Due to the fact that home security cameras are becoming cheaper, easier to install, and easier to use, it’s not surprising that more people are starting to use them. For the most part, they get the job done, but who’s to say that it cannot be improved upon? That’s what Amazon is trying to do with its latest Ring home security camera.
If you thought that the design for Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot speakers were a little dated, then you might be interested to learn that the company has since taken the wraps off a brand new design for its Alexa-enabled speakers. As you can see in the photo above, Amazon has decided to give it a makeover, resulting in a spherical design.
Want to setup a home security camera but you’re intimidated by the potential wiring of it? If you’re the sort that does not like to get too technical nor do you want to pay an electrician to help you figure it out, Arlo has you covered as the company has announced a couple of new Essential wireless security cameras.
One of the benefits of smart home appliances and gadgets is that it lets you monitor them from a computer or a mobile device, essentially giving you more control over them. However, it would not necessarily be possible to furnish your entire home with smart appliances because it can be expensive, not to mention given that there is no existing standard, it can be troublesome.
When it comes to smart lighting products, there are many options that one can choose right now, but a brand that typically comes to mind is none other than Philips Hue. At IFA 2020, Signify (who makes the Hue system) has unveiled a bunch of new smart lighting products that might be worth checking out.
Solving a Rubik’s Cube can be incredibly frustrating but also immensely satisfying when you do figure it out. It can also be amazing to watch how fast people can solve these puzzles during competition. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, hosting competitions in real life doesn’t seem like the best of ideas.
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.