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RoomMe Is Making The Smart Home Even More Personalized By Using Sensors To Automatically Adjust Your Home To Your Liking
With RoomMe, you can create personalized home automation profiles for every person in your house. Simply walk into the room, and RoomMe will adjust the lights, thermostat, music, and even television to match your personal preferences.
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Throwing Shade At Their Smart Home Competition, Ikea Is Making Inexpensive Smart Window Blinds.
Ikea has been expanding into the smart home market with connected lights and outlets. Now they are launching two models of inexpensive smart window blinds. The Kadrilj is a set of regular gray blinds that start at 99 euros (around $113) for the smallest size, and the Fyrtur, which are blackout shades that start at 119 euros (around $136).
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Wireless Power Is No Longer Science Fiction, Wi-Charge Providing Long-Range Power To Smart Home Devices
Announced and demonstrated at CES 2019 earlier this month, Wi-Charge's collaboration with Alarm.com and Allegion, provider of security solutions from brands like Schlage, shows how a smart lock and an alarm system can be powered with long-range wireless technology.
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Wemo And Nanoleaf Are Just A Few Brands Integrating With Apple’s HomeKit Giving Them A Chance In The Smart Home Race
Apple announced at CES 2019 a handful of companies that now work with their HomeKit platform for smart home devices. Included on that list are trusted brands such as Wemo, Kwikset, and Nanoleaf.
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TP-Link Is Expanding Their Smart Home Products Line To Include A Video Doorbell And New Security Cameras
TP-Link, best known for building routers, is rapidly expanding into the smart home arena with its Kasa Smart product line. The company announced seven new products at CES, including a video doorbell and new smart security cameras.
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Flight Check-In And Maps Integration Just A Few Of Google Assistant’s Newest Features Announced At CES 2019
Google Assistant is on Google Maps to help you plan your next trip. Android smartphone users can now use their voice and natural language voice commands to do things like share your ETA with a friend or loved one, search for places to stop along your route, or add a new stop to your journey.
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How Does Comcast’s Subscription Based Service Protect Your Smart Home Devices?
Comcast is putting AI to work to protect its customers’ home networks. Their Xfinity xFi Advanced Security analyzes traffic using AI and machine learning technologies, then automatically blocks anything it deems “suspicious activity.”
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Ring Expands Their Smart Security Products With Lighting And Motion Detection For Your Home
Ring is launching a new range of smart lighting that will brighten areas around your house while beefing up motion detection capabilities. For customers with a Ring security camera or Ring doorbell and a Ring Protect Plus subscription, it will be possible to trigger video recording when a motion sensor is triggered.
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KB Home Wants To Make Your Home Smarter And Healthier With Smart “Wellness” Software Integration
Starting this spring Los Angeles-based homebuilder KB Home will sell what they’ve developed called “wellness real estate.” This will offer home buyers technology to make their households smarter and healthier.
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Does Google Really Have 10 Times As Many Smart Assistant Devices Than Amazon Alexa?
Google wants to let the world know just how many devices have access to the Google Assistant: a cool billion. Google says it expects to hit one billion Google Assistant devices by the end of the month—that's the total install base of devices that allow the user to issue voice commands to the Google Assistant.
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