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
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
It was bound to happen. Focal, known to audiophiles all over the world for its statuesque Utopia series of high-end speakers is readying its first sound bar system. It's the 3-inch deep, "uni-body" aluminum Dimension, which can be placed in front of a display or mounted to a wall and provide a five-channel audio experience. The Dimension sound bar's speakers deliver bass down to 50 Hertz, that's exceptional bass performance for a slender, one-piece sound bar. For tabletop mounting you can add the optional, "zero vibration" low profile subwoofer base that extends the … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Though at its core the Snakebyte Vyper is a 7-inch Android tablet, it's better to think of it as an all-in-one home media and gaming console that allows you to stream video from your tablet to your TV.
Available in the US starting January 31, the Vyper is packaged with a docking station and an AirMouse remote control for $199.99. However, for $249.99, it also comes with a Bluetooth gaming controller.
In an of itself, the Vyper is a mid-range Android 4.2 tablet with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor inside. It has a … Read more
Last year, we came away impressed with SmartThings and the wide variety of ways you can put the home automation system to work. That level of multi-functionality will only continue to grow in 2014, as the young start-up is set to announce "SmartThings Labs," a new component of their app that will allow users to easily integrate popular third party devices into their setups.
Tech-savvy users have already had a field day hacking SmartThings, an open platform, in order to incorporate specific devices and accomplish specific functions. SmartThings Labs plans on taking advantage of the most useful hacks, … Read more
Standing just 6 inches tall and weighing in at about 13 ounces -- about the size of a large coffee -- Canary is a little device that's big on tech. In addition to an HD night vision camera, Canary boasts motion detection, temperature and humidity sensors, and an integrated microphone and speaker, along with an accelerometer for good measure. Using the free Canary app, you'll be able to … Read more
These days, consumers interested in protecting their homes have more options than ever before, thanks to security-minded home automation services like SimpliSafe and fee-free, crowd-funded DIY upstarts like Piper and iSmartAlarm that continue to improve. That spells trouble for established industry leaders like ADT, as an increasing number of consumers are finding better value with the little guys.
Today, ADT answered back, announcing a sweeping list of upgrades to ADT Pulse, its premier home security package. Chief among these is the ADT Pulse Voice app, which will enable users to manage their home security and automation needs by way of … Read more
Samsung CEO BK Yoon made the company's current mission clear at a CES press conference Monday: Samsung wants to take over your home.
Yoon said Samsung products will soon aid people in almost all aspects of their lives.
"Imagine getting a health check from your doctor through your TV. Imagine your family watching a TV show in the living room while you cook. This is streamed directly to a screen on your kitchen appliance. Imagine taking a call from your refrigerator without picking up your smartphone. These are all glimpses into the home of the future," Yoon … Read more