Smart home devices are fantastic inventions. They let us remotely control our lights, doors, home appliances, and more. It can also be automated which could also potentially be great for energy savings. However, the problem with smart home devices is that because they’re connected to the internet, it means that they are also susceptible to hacks.
CES 2020 will be taking place next week. This is an exciting time of the year because CES is easily the largest consumer electronics show in the year. Many companies usually take this opportunity to announce new products, show off prototypes that they’re working on, along with various concepts and ideas that they are working on. (photo courtesy of CTA)
The Philips Hue smart bulb initially started as a humble bulb used for indoor lights. However, over the years, Philips expanded on the type of bulbs that would be available where we started seeing light strips as well, along with some outdoor lighting options. If you’re looking for more outdoor-based Hue lights, you might be in luck.
For those unfamiliar, back in 2018, Amazon acquired Ring. In case you did not know, Ring is a company that makes smart video doorbells, but the company has also since branched into creating security cameras. However, could the company be planning on expanding their portfolio with more smart home devices?
As some of you might be aware, IKEA recently launched a set of smart blinds. IKEA isn’t exactly new to the smart home game, and one of the selling points of its smart home products is support for Apple’s HomeKit platform. This was supposed to be the case with the smart blinds, but it looks like owners will have to wait until next year.
B8ta was founded in 2015 to create spaces where shoppers can try the latest high-tech products out of the box. The first location opened in Palo Alto, and the Retail-as-a-Service company now counts 23 showrooms across the United States. A few innovative IoT French companies have been selected by Business France to launch in the U.S. in partnership with b8ta, from December 1st until January 31st.
When it comes to smart locks, there are plenty of choices in the market today, and for the most part, a lot of them requires you to replace the current lock you’re using at home. However, if you’d rather not go through the trouble of calling a locksmith and buy an entirely brand new lock system, Level Lock could be worth checking out.
The tyres on our cars are extremely important where the size and grip of the tyres really helps to determine our driving experience. It also impacts the safety of the car, where some tyres are considered to be “better” than others for certain road conditions. Now it looks like Pirelli is taking things to the next level by developing smart and connected tyres that use 5G to relay information.
These days there is a growing number of smart home security cameras available in the market, and for the most part, their selling point is that the videos that their devices capture can be retrieved from the cloud, meaning that users won’t need to worry about storing videos locally and finding a way to store them.
IKEA has been on a roll in recent years, where they are starting to expand on their lineup of smart home products. The company started out with some basic smart bulbs, and if you’re looking to furnish your home with more IKEA offerings, you might be in luck as the company has since announced their latest smart bulb, a decorative Edison-style bulb that is part of the company’s Tradfri lineup.
Known for their affordable furniture, IKEA has in the recent years start to branch out by creating more relevant and hi-tech offerings. We’ve seen this happen with smart blinds, smart bulbs, Bluetooth speakers, and more. Now it looks like they might have a new smart home shortcut button in development.
With HomeKit, Apple has attempted to create its own ecosystem of smart and connected home products. However, this is largely dependent on manufacturers choosing whether or not to adopt it and incorporate it into their products, which means that if customers are hoping to furnish their home with HomeKit products, they may run into situations where certain smart home products they want might not necessarily support it.
Earlier this week, we reported that in a firmware update that was pushed out to the Google Home and Home Mini devices, some users ended up with bricked devices where in some cases, there was nothing that they could do about it. It was made worse with some users claiming that Google was refusing to replace the affected devices outside of its warranty.
If you own a Google Home or Google Home Mini device, you might want to look into whether or not you can halt automatic firmware updates. This is because according to a series of reports, it seems that the latest firmware update being pushed out to these devices is bricking them, and it also seems that Google is of no help.