Citing manufacturing "adjustments," the team behind the Goji smart lock told the backers of their successful Indiegogo campaign today that there would be a three-month shipping delay. The announcement pushes the Goji's expected release date into June, and marks the second such delay for the smart deadbolt. The first came three months ago, and pushed the product's arrival back from December 2013 to March of this year.
AT&T unveiled its Digital Life home security and automation service back in 2013. At that time it was available in just 15 US cities, but AT&T has been steadily introducing its product to new markets. Today, AT&T announced that Digital Life will make its way to Albany, N.Y.; Dayton, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Wichita, Kan., on Friday, February 21, which will bump the tally up to 63 markets.
Kevin Petersen, president of Digital Life, Inc., comments on this expansion in the official press release: "This year is going to be exciting … Read more
Smart home networks are rapidly gaining popularity, but some security experts worry that not enough encryption controls are coming with the products.
Security firm IOActive released an advisory (PDF) on Tuesday saying more than half a million Belkin WeMo devices are susceptible to widespread hacks. The firm uncovered several vulnerabilities in these devices, which would let hackers gain access to home networks and remotely control Internet-connected appliances.
The hacks could range from a mean-spirited prank to actually posing a danger. For example, they could be as benign as turning someone's house lights on-and-off to something dangerous like getting a … Read more
Are you tired of the repetitive tap dance that completing simple tasks on your iPhone sometimes requires? If so, then Launch Center Pro may just be the best app you've probably never heard about.
What it does is let iOS users automate repetitive tasks such as "send an e-mail to my boss," and other common actions that only require a tap of your finger. No, it's not glamorous, but it simplifies the actions you do most, and in the process, saves you a ton of time. At $4.99, Launch Center Pro is expensive, but once … Read more
So far, Cree is only extending SmartCast to commercial and industrial troffers, luminaries, and downlights -- but a simplified approach to lighting controls seems like a smart idea for residential use, too, … Read more
There's little doubt that the popularity of "smart home" products is surging. Connected devices both large and small were everywhere at CES this year, and with Google buying Nest recently, it's clear that the titans of tech are paying attention.
But with all of these new devices comes a Babel-esque smattering of networking protocols -- the "languages" they use to receive and transmit data. Some speak to your router over Wi-Fi, others speak to your tablet over Bluetooth. Kwikset, Yale and Schlage make smart deadbolts that relay information using Z-Wave, while Philips Hue bulbs … Read more
You can go ahead and add temperature, humidity, noise, and even carbon dioxide levels to the ever-growing list of IFTTT triggers, as the service has announced a new Netatmo channel designed especially for the Netatmo Weather Station, a two-piece home monitoring set capable of tracking environmental changes both inside and outside of your home.
IFTTT users have thus far only been able to craft environment-based recipes using the "Weather" channel, which uses forecasts, temperatures, humidity levels, and sunrise/sunset times for their region. The Netatmo channel will take things one step further by providing environmental triggers specific not … Read more
Over the course of the week, some clear trends emerged at this annual tech takeover of Las Vegas -- some we expected, while others were a bit more surprising. Wearable technologies like new smartwatches and activity trackers dominated the show (they must be able to multiply as quickly as rabbits... or Bluetooth speakers, which appeared this year with a level of ubiquity previously met only by iPhone cases).
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 Revolv Smart Home Solution is about to get a whole lot easier to get your hands on. Using CES 2014 as a stage, the company announced a brick-and-mortar and retail partnership with Home Depot.
When we reviewed the Revolv device earlier this year, we loved its potential to be your everything in terms of home automation control. If you've been automating your house, no doubt you're familiar with the clumsiness that accompanies owning smart products from different manufacturers, each with its own control hub and app.Catch CNET's complete coverage of CES 2014 … Read more