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Google’s WaveNet uses neural nets to generate eerily convincing speech and music

Generating speech from a piece of text is a common and important task undertaken by computers, but it's pretty rare that the result could be mistaken for..
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The future of #voice response for the home?
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Unbearably Cute Bear Bot That Will Help You At Home

Unbearably Cute Bear Bot That Will Help You At Home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Home automation has never been so cute. Bearbot, an emotive universal control, is not only sleek and tiny but also shaped like a bear! Created by Mu Design in
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A grizzly idea or the Polar opposite, the opening of Panda-oras box for gesture control?
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Smart LED bulbs w/BLE based mesh offers networked lighting control & Airplay-enabled music streaming -NordicSemi

Smart LED bulbs w/BLE based mesh offers networked lighting control & Airplay-enabled music streaming -NordicSemi | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Astro Twist employs Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy SoC to allow users to color tune and manage their home lighting from a smartphone app

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Another great looking lightbub/speaker , only downside is it's just Airplay...needs Chromecast too. but that may not be possible over BT.
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Thermostats stuck at cool as U.K. smart home tech sales flatline

Thermostats stuck at cool as U.K. smart home tech sales flatline | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Sales of smart home technology like thermostats is flat in the U.K. as British consumers consider connected home gadgetry pricey and unimpressive.
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I would say it's not just cost and lack of features but the lack of a discernable integration path.  People want a smart home, not smart stuff in a dumb home.
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Amazon Echo could soon start talking to you unprompted

Amazon Echo could soon start talking to you unprompted | Home Automation | Scoop.it
The speaker that speaks might soon speak without you speaking to ask it to speak. Amazon's Echo is set to get push notifications, according to The..
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This could either be very cool, extremely creepy or utterly annoying!
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Philippe Starck designs voice controlled radiator valves for Netatmo

Philippe Starck designs voice controlled radiator valves for Netatmo | Home Automation | Scoop.it
French designer Philippe Starck has created smart radiator valves that allow homeowners to remotely control the temperature of each room using their voice
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Finally, these things are becoming more suitable for use in homes without looking like you had raided an old aircraft graveyard for spare parts.
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Siri set to control your home

Siri set to control your home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Apple's new iOS 10 software, expected to be released on Wednesday, will include a new Home app built by Apple to make home control easier.
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..erm...not mine!
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Espressif ESP32 WiFi & Bluetooth SoC is Now Up For Sale for $2.85

Espressif ESP32 WiFi & Bluetooth SoC is Now Up For Sale for $2.85 | Home Automation | Scoop.it
RT @pedritter: Espressif ESP32 WiFi & Bluetooth SoC is Now Up For Sale for $2.85 | CNXSoft - Embedded Systems News https://t.co/Yak23PxsvE
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Individual IoT Home Sensors : wireless tag

Individual IoT Home Sensors : wireless tag | Home Automation | Scoop.it
wireless tag - The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the minds of many tech-focused individuals these days, so ‘MESH’ wireless tags are designed t
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Senior-Centric Homes : in-laws home

Senior-Centric Homes : in-laws home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
in-laws home - The 3six0 architecture firm has gone ahead and converted an old family home garage into a fantastically well-equipped and intelligently designe
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Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT | Home Automation | Scoop.it
It's an awkward fact of life: the smart home, and the Internet of Things in general, is meant to make life more streamlined but can often just leave us poking
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erm...no comment...OK...I'll comment...it looks ridiculous but actually I can see a couple of good use cases for this.
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IoT manufacturer caught fixing security holes

IoT manufacturer caught fixing security holes | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Smart lock maker August fails to ignore flaws
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What a totally irresponsible spin on this from TheRegister
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How to prevent your security camera from being hacked

How to prevent your security camera from being hacked | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Even the devices we rely on for security and privacy are susceptible to malicious attack. Use these tips to lower the odds of your security camera getting hacked.
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There are a couple of good tips in this article but I didn't notice it mentioning one of the most important ones or at least not very well.  DON'T allow access to the camera from outside your network ... AT ALL!  If you want to access it remotely, use a VPN to get access to your home network.  Most routers now support this.  Google it.
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TheFridgeCam lets you spy on your milk, cheaply

TheFridgeCam lets you spy on your milk, cheaply | Home Automation | Scoop.it
UK-based tech firm Smarter is set to disrupt the increasingly high tech industry of refrigeration, starting with TheFridgeCam
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I can't make my mind up whether this is a ridiculous technoligcal solution to a Non-problem or an obvious "well why not" moment.  Probably the former.
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Amazon to launch Echo voice-activated personal assistant speakers in the UK

Amazon to launch Echo voice-activated personal assistant speakers in the UK | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Amazon will launch the Echo speaker and its voice-activated Alexa personal assistant in the UK this week, amid rumours of a cheaper model also being released.
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At last!  And the Dot returns too, hopefully they will have a plan for multidevice operation rather than relying on different activation words...not something my Mum has little time for...now just need to select a decent HA system to control...
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Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-home standard - TechHive

Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-home standard - TechHive | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Sigma Designs has released crucial software elements of its Z-Wave technology into the public domain.

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IoT protocols [List] behind the next technological revolution

IoT protocols [List] behind the next technological revolution | Home Automation | Scoop.it
IoT is the next technological revolution. This article lists the most used IoT protocols that are behind Internet of things
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Decent update on just some of the protocols that will be at play...
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You Can Now Buy ESP3212 ESP32 WiFi + Bluetooth Module for $6.95

You Can Now Buy ESP3212 ESP32 WiFi + Bluetooth Module for $6.95 | Home Automation | Scoop.it
“You Can Now Buy ESP3212 ESP32 WiFi + Bluetooth Module for $6.95” https://t.co/RKTMpygiLD
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next revolution or merely evolution?
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Mi Drone From Xiaomi Launched With Super Cheap Pricetag

Mi Drone From Xiaomi Launched With Super Cheap Pricetag | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi entered the drone market with the extremely affordable Mi Drone. Here is a breakdown of the drone's features.
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Every home should have one!
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The fabulous appliances and smart home gear of Europe's massive tech show

The fabulous appliances and smart home gear of Europe's massive tech show | Home Automation | Scoop.it
An exciting look at the intelligent, app-connected and just plain impressive appliances we saw on parade at IFA 2016 in Berlin.
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Multi-Device Controllers : spin remote

Multi-Device Controllers : spin remote | Home Automation | Scoop.it
spin remote - While it’s certainly nice to have a wide range of electronic goodies at home for all of your multimedia, connectivity, social media an
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Will never work IMHO.
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BASHLITE Family Of Malware Infects 1 Million IoT Devices

BASHLITE Family Of Malware Infects 1 Million IoT Devices | Home Automation | Scoop.it
More than one million consumer web-connected video cameras and DVRs are compromised by bot herders who use the devices for DDoS attacks, researchers say.
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There's only one person responsible for this....YOU!  Admittedly one would hope that these systems and devices were secure out of the box, which they're not and so I guess the manufacturers are responsible too, so that's everyone!
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Routers Are Pretty Now, Because They Have to Be

Routers Are Pretty Now, Because They Have to Be | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Don't look now, but routers have gotten a major makeover.
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Never liked the dead bug appraoch more is better.
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Creating your ultimate smart home

Creating your ultimate smart home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Are you looking to design and build a smart home, complete with connected devices in every room? Do you know whether to go HomeKit, Brillo or SmartThings? Do you even know what that means?
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The Smart Home Diary is definitely worth a scan through...
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ReSpeaker - Add Voice Interaction To Anything You Like

Seeed is raising funds for ReSpeaker - Add Voice Interaction To Anything You Like on Kickstarter!

Open Source, Modular design. Voice Interaction Development Board. IoT controller. Interact with the world, just using your voice.
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Looks like a nice bit kit but when you add up all the Addons, I think you'll be getting close to Echo or Home type prices
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