With great home automation comes the potential for great fatigue, stemming from different brands of devices each requiring different hubs and apps. Smart home platform-provider Zonoff announced a partnership with Staples last year to offer a solution that problem with the Staples Connect home automation kit. The initial announcement declared support for several smart home device brands, provided they transmitted over Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, or the Lutron Clear Connect wireless standard. Staples and Zonoff are now announcing large-scale expansion at this year's CES.
LAS VEGAS -- The notion of "smart appliances" and "home automation" have been dominant themes at CES for years -- decades, even -- but they always seemed to be just over the horizon, a Jetsons fantasy that would never come true.
But technology has a funny way of catching up with fantasy. The Connected Home is finally -- finally -- becoming a real thing. And not just for gadget tinkerers and eggheads, either.
With the smart appliance category on the precipice of going mainstream, CES 2014 was a perfect time to take stock of this emerging … Read more
Connected home appliances are getting a heavy push at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. From a high-end luxury oven that'll save you time in the kitchen, to a smart lock from Goji that adds to your home's security, these domestic devices are paving the way for a more connected lifestyle of the future. Continue to check this space for more video updates throughout the show.Whirlpool connected concepts gives us a look into the future In Las Vegas, CNET's Megan Wollerton gives us a tour of the Whirlpool connected concepts booth and shows us the future … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- AT&T is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to its drive to turn cars into smartphones.
The Dallas-based telecommunications company on Monday unveiled AT&T Drive, a platform that allows automakers to add connected services such as in-car entertainment systems, over-the-air diagnostic systems, and other cellular-enabled features.
In addition, AT&T will open the 5,000-square-foot Drive Studio, where automakers can bring in vehicles and test out services and components. The company told CNET that it has invested several millions of dollars on the construction of the facility.
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It's been a year since GM and OnStar opened up their app development platform to the masses -- and two years since the company's first LTE-enabled car, powered by Verizon. At the 2014 International CES, GM and OnStar are showing some fruit from that app platform and a new partner providing that sweet LTE bandwidth: AT&T.
Connected by OnStar is an HTML5-based platform and suite of components for developers to use in crafting their apps. In a move that's unlike the platforms offered by Toyota, Ford, or BMW, all app connectivity here relies on an … Read more
Many of us expected home automation to take a step forward at CES this year, and Belkin didn't disappoint, announcing a new slate of WeMo devices that promise to make the smart home even smarter. With new LED light bulbs, an intriguing, multifunctional "Maker" device, and even a connected slow cooker, WeMo is looking less and less like a niche offering and more and more like a legitimate, full-fledged home network.
LAS VEGAS -- These days, it seems just about every imaginable thing is "connected." There's connected thermostats, locks, refrigerators, forks, and so many more. And now, add toothbrushes to the list.
Today at CES, Kolibree unveiled what it calls the world's first connected electric toothbrush. Whether anyone actually needs such a device is very much up in the air, but the startup believes that it can help people brush smarter -- and as a result, have healthier teeth.
The concept is simple. Users download Kolibree's mobile app on their smartphone and then connect to the … Read more
The Samsung family of smart appliances and devices is about to get a lot more tight-knit.
Today, Samsung announced a new platform that will enable users to manage all of their connected appliances and devices -- everything from wearable tech to washing machines -- from a single application. The platform, called "Samsung Smart Home," is set to debut at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, with a planned roll-out during the first half of the year.
Initially, the platform will provide users with three main services: Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service. Device Control will allow users … Read more
That's what Alex Hawkinson, chief executive of SmartThings, envisions. His startup makes a family of Internet-connected devices for the home. SmartThings also runs a platform service that helps people remotely control all of the other disparate devices made by different companies that are beginning to make their way … Read more
Incandescents have enjoyed a good century as the light bulb of choice, but times are changing. So too are efficiency standards, which jumped to a new, even higher threshold back on January 1, officially rendering 40-and 60-watt bulbs obsolete. Despite Congressional leaders postponing the official phase-out for the time being, manufacturers are continuing to lead the charge into a new era of higher efficiency lighting -- and largely leaving incandescents by the wayside.
Don't be too quick to mourn them though. Recent advancements in LED technology have brought prices down on these highly efficient, long-lasting bulbs even faster than … Read more