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You Don’t Need A House To Have A Smart Home. Smart Doorbells Work Just As Well For Apartments.
You don't have to deal with electrical wiring or damaging your doorframe with a power tool. This makes the most sense for folks living in apartments and any other rental properties with cranky landlords who have rules about installing devices.
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Can We Finally Say Goodbye To Bridges And Hubs (and Their Extra Costs) To Have Smart Door Locks In Our Home?
New generation of smart locks slated to debut this year will streamline the setup process and could keep down costs. These new smart locks, introduced at CES 2019, incorporate the WiFi chip in the lock rather than in a piece of hardware called a bridge or a hub that comes at an extra cost.
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IKEA’s New Smart Blinds Set To Hit The U.S. Market Just In Time For Spring
We’ve known IKEA was moving into the smart home market for a while, thanks to the popularity and adaptability of its smart lighting, motion sensors, and dimming kits. Now the Swedish furniture giant will be bringing its jazzy new smart blinds to the U.S. market.
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More Than A Power Tool Company, Black & Decker Entering The Smart Home Market With A Digital Assistant For Elderly
Black & Decker is developing two devices that can be used together or apart. Pria is a digital assistant designed to help seniors age in place, instead of moving into a nursing home or an assisted-living center. Omni is a new mesh Wi-Fi router that leverages what Pria can do, but it can also operate on its own as a high-end home network.
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Could Smart Robots Help Elderly People Live Independently In Their Own Homes?
A robot created by Washington State University scientists could help elderly people with dementia and other limitations live independently in their own homes. The Robot Activity Support System, or RAS, uses sensors to determine where its residents are, what they are doing and when they need assistance with daily activities.
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This Year Is All About Building A Smart Home Ecosystem, And That Includes Making Your Kitchen More Connected.
The voice-activated coffee machine is so last year, if exhibitors at this year’s CES tech expo in Las Vegas live up to their promises. Now, it’s all about the culinary experience, along with creating an ecosystem of smart appliances for your kitchen.
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Hard To Ignore The Excess Of IoT Devices Released To The World At CES 2019, Including A Smart Plank Of Wood.
Internet of things (IoT) devices remain the focus of much of CES, with every object you can think of being made ‘smart’ by connecting it to the internet. One of the most eyebrow-raising at the event was the Mui Smart Display that, when not active, looks like a plank of wood – because it is one.
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Sonos’ Filing With The FCC Marks Shows For A New Smart Speaker, But Its Primary Use Remains Unknown.
Sonos is developing a new, smaller speaker. And though not too many details are available about what the audio specialist intends to use it for, some think it could be part of a new surround-sound system for its Playbar, or possibly a smaller smart speaker on the order of Amazon.com's Echo Dot and Google's Home Mini.
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According To CES 2019 Is The ‘Year Of Voice’ For Smart Home Devices
Just like how 1995 was ‘the year of mobile’, despite much speculation, it's possible that 2019 won't be the year of voice after all. CES deemed 2019 ‘the year of voice,’ meaning we’re still years away from that reality.
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It May Be Argued That Google And Amazon Had A Larger Presence At CES 2019 Than Ever Before
CES 2019 was jam-packed with announcements from the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, many of which shared a theme: support for Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
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