Tagged: home automation

Sonos One is your Alexa, and soon Google Home, or Siri with Spotify

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmart speakers have come into our homes in the last year. Something that can play music, become a hub for your other smart devices, and even be a personal assistant. Sonos One is a speaker that not only connects with Amazon Alexa, but is focused for the music lover. With 50 music services available, Sonos One allows you to play music, podcasts, and other audio right from the unit. Attach your Amazon account, and say “Alexa, tell me a joke”. Multiple Sonos devices in different rooms can enhance your experience. You can even mix in services with the Echo series, although you might lose out on some of the music services if they are not skills. Sonos One Can Be Part of Your Sonos Theater System Sonos Play and One devices are pairable, to create stereo sound. If you purchase the...

Turn Your Light Into a Computer with Beam Labs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might think “Why would I want to turn my light into a computer?” I was thinking that, too, until I saw what the folks at Beam Labs are up to. This is a ingenious bulb that has a full Android OS inside. Simply screw in the Edison bulb, turn it on and use the lamp as a projector. The first application I thought of was for a restaurant. You could  easily have a menu project onto a table. When you don’t want to see the menu anymore, flip the switch and it’s a regular light bulb. With the app, you could also turn that menu-light into an Internet Connected game system or video watching system. While the family waits for breakfast, they could be watching the latest news projected on the table from the overhead lamp. Most portable lamps could be...

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight and Alarm Monitor

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHome automation is valuable in not only keeping us safe, but informing us when something is wrong. Internet connected thermostats and detectors are great, but some of us rent as opposed to own. In those cases, we might be stuck in what we have. But it doesn’t mean we can’t be informed. Enter in the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight. This is an Internet connected device that’s primary role is to illuminate your hallway, stairs, or another area of the house. But the nightlight is only one of the few cool things it does. First of all, let’s look at how easy it is to activate. Simply plug in the nightlight, then download the iOS or Android app. Connect via the peer-to-peer Wifi Leeo emits to configure this device and add to your home wireless system. The Leeo smart alert will then...

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Nest Smoke Alarm Demonstration – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the Nest tent at SXSW to see the nest thermostat and smoke alarm in action. Nest makes home automation devices which can be controlled via smarphone or by hand. The Nest thermostat can help you adjust your heat or air, while the smoke alarm can detect smoke or carbon dioxide. The Nest fire truck was on hand to give the smoke demonstration. Notice how unnoticeable the smoke is when the alarm goes off. I have done this many times – I cook something which trips the alarm. When I move out of the kitchen, I finally notice the smoke that is actually in the room. The demonstration also showed me how to test the batteries and make sure the smoke alarm is functioning without having to get on a step-stool to do it. The batteries can keep your...

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Lowes Iris: Modular Home Security – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe smartphone is changing security monitoring and home automation  – with consumers demanding the ease of use of app based display and control. Smartphone connectivity and apps permit Lowe’s to offer packages like the Smart Kit and Safe and Secure are basic security systems in a box.  In addition to hardware  such as plant monitors, smoke detectors, instrusion alarms, medical alert or area coverage monitors, Lowes now offers a variety of monitoring services that that can trigger alert or safety alarms. Integration of pet doors, sprinkler systems and other sensors all combine to observe the daily routine of seniors and alert via SMS is less than $15 per month. TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews.com [cessponsor]

Nexia Home Intelligence: Full Home Automation from Schlage – CES 2012 1

Nexia Home Intelligence: Full Home Automation from Schlage – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSScott talks with Ann Mathias, Brand director for Schlage. They are introducing a new product: Nexia Home Intelligence. Schlage will be bringing in companies like Pella and Trane to bring new features in home automation. Using C-Wave technology, they can turn on lights, open shades,  and more. A great example – You are away on a business trip. You forgot to turn down the thermostat. Using the interface, you can easily do that. You can also set automation to look like you are home. Also, if your neighbor comes over because they see something wrong in your house, they can call you to unlock the door. You go to the interface, and unlock the front door for the neighbor. When they are done, just lock your house back up. Perfect item for those of us who double check things when we leave. The more smart items in...

UPnP Forum: Universal Plug and Play Setting Standards – CES 2012 0

UPnP Forum: Universal Plug and Play Setting Standards – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSuPNP’s Alan Messier joined the CES TPN Live coverage to talk about how they are standardizing newer technology. Things like adding your refrigerator and your TV. uPNP also worked with DLNA, broadband forum, and more. The mission of the Universal Plug and Play Forum is to make sure you can connect seamlessly. For instance, your smart phone most likely has uPNP inside. WiFi protected setup, AV sharing, open ports for programs like Skype, TV control (remote control), all use the uPNP standard. Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network. [cessponsor]

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GWP 2010-04-14 #134: Coco with TBS, New Contests Coming, Opera for iPhone

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