I recently caught up with my old friend Michael Wolf, who is the person who first hired me for some work at…
Mesh, mesh baby
This year is going to be a big one for Bluetooth technologies in the smart home. Thanks to some updates in the…
Z-wave gets some big support
With the launch of the Thread radio protocol, I’ve already heard several people deride ZigBee and Z-wave as legacy standards for smart…
Home is where the hub is
I thought we’d be over hubs by now, but I was wrong. They are still coming hot and heavy, and if the…
Adding more sensors, too
Wink, the relatively new company that spun out from Quirky to sell connected home devices and software, is looking to be a…
A wide variety of companies are seeking to capitalize on the huge potential of the smart home space. Vendors and buyers must be aware of key disruptors that will shake up the market in coming years.
The Peq home automation system is pitched at mainstream consumers who are willing to install their own light switches but who also don’t mind paying a $10 monthly service fee.
ZigBee isn’t everyone’s favorite smart home standard, because it was so fragmented. Other standards organizations can learn from its mistakes.
WigWag, a smart home platform that consists of a hub, lights and sensors, is both a compelling way to automate your home as well as a trojan horse for a new run time environment for IoT.
Combine Bitcoin’s block chain technology, BitTorrent and a secure messaging protocol called telehash and you get a distributed infrastructure that some IBM researchers think would be ideal for the internet of things.
The rush to woo the makers continues with Icontrol launching an incubator program for the smart home, plus a partnership with crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Welcome another thermostat to the market with awesome design, connectivity and a pledge toward openness that could win fans. It’s also a wee bit cheaper than the Nest.
Thread offers enough compelling advantages in the long term that we will see a significant portion of the market evaluate the technology and ultimately adapt it into their products.
HomeKit will become a must-have item for manufacturers of connected devices looking to tap into Apple’s large and loyal user base.
Home builders are getting hip to the smart home, with Lennar signing a deal to put Savant’s smart home control software in…
Samsung already has a big home presence in sales of TVs, Blu-Ray media players, phones and tablets. Now it wants to light up the rest of your life with new connected LED bulbs.
Connected things are everywhere at this year’s CES. There’s a problem though: Consumers aren’t likely to buy them unless they connect to the wireless networks that are already in our homes.
Connected home hubs are hot right now, but which one should you buy? I tried four and here’s how they compare.
Atlas Box & Crating uses a smart LED lighting network from Digital Lumens to slash a million kilowatt-hours of consumption from its annual energy bill, and it’s just getting started.
Buying connected devices or bringing the internet of things into your home doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way.
I’ve been eager to see the Revolv home hub in action since meeting with the company several months ago. The good news is the hardware is awesome. But the software could use some work.
Since I’m covering the internet of things, I decided to dive in with both feet. My first project was installing a SmartThings sensor and hub review unit in my home. Here’s how that went.
This week’s podcast stars our gadget reporter, Kevin Tofel, who helps me figure out a few tips for consumers thinking about buying connected devices to build out an internet of things in their homes.
The Internet of things has already invaded the garden, but Oso Technologies has created a better sounding solution with its PlantLink project on Kickstarter. The startup wants to build a plant watering service that knows how much to water your plants and waters them.
GE is launching more gadgets to help consumers monitor and manage their home-energy consumption.
Choosing a home automation network standard can be a hassle. It’s too bad there isn’t a ubiquitous network standard to use in plug-and-play modules. Oh wait: what about Wi-Fi? Belkin’s new WeMo products use Wi-Fi, which may help move home automation from geeks to the mainstream.
A wireless standard called 6LoWPAN is looking like a dark horse for helping wirelessly connect devices — from lightbulbs, to appliances — in the smart energy home and could be a good candidate to connect an end-to-end smart grid network.
Google wants to connect all your devices to the Android ecosystem and then expose their functionality to app developers. Apps to control your light, wash your dishes and even grow your vegetables in your in-house garden are just part of a bigger plan of real-world domination.
Quiet smart grid player Digi International is already providing networking for some of the best-known names in the industry, and it’s aiming to move into the emerging world of cloud-based smart grid services and applications as well.
Could proprietary Z-Wave be gaining ground on standards-based ZigBee in the home energy networking space? Here are a couple of recent developments that indicate Z-Wave could have a role to play.
General Electric research shows that ZigBee uses less than half the power of Wi-Fi for home energy networking — a fact that cements its likely role as a key enabler of GE’s home energy management devices to come.
Smart energy gear — from smart meters to intelligent plugs to routers that can connect with smart meters — represents the largest growth opportunity for chips and modules that use the wireless standard ZigBee (or in geek terms 802.15.4).
Despite attempts by companies and industry groups to paint the wireless standard Wi-Fi (the one commonly used within buildings for Internet connections)…
Energy harvesting — technology that can capture and store energy from external sources like the sun and movement — first took hold…
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HTC is easily the most prolific producer of Windows Mobile phones and their Touch line has pushed the limits of those phones.…
Traffic tie-ups aren’t just a headache for drivers, they can also be a significant source of pollution. But new, low-cost, wireless sensors…