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Top Considerations When Purchasing a Home Automation System - Tip Sheet by SecuritySystemReviews.com | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Top Considerations When Purchasing a Home Automation System - Tip Sheet by SecuritySystemReviews.com | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Home Automation | Scoop.it
A home automation system is a valuable way for homeowners to integrate all of a home’s basic functions, including security, lighting, temperature and even entertainment control.

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The new IFTTT is here

The new IFTTT is here | Home Automation | Scoop.it
We launched IFTTT in 2010 with a simple mission: to bring the control we take for granted in the physical world to our digital services, and help them work together. The world’s changed rapidly over the last six years, but every twist leads us back to that promise. Today we’re excited to launch the first phase of a new IFTTT.
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New IFTTT is here indeed and still missing "Conditions" which in my view makes it as much an under-achiever as it always ways.
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Ding Is a Smart Doorbell—But Not Too Smart for Its Own Good

Ding Is a Smart Doorbell—But Not Too Smart for Its Own Good | Home Automation | Scoop.it
If you’re not home, Ding will turn the doorbell's ring into a voice call that goes straight to your phone, via an app.
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MODI: Create Anything You Want with Robotics of Things

Luxrobo is raising funds for MODI: Create Anything You Want with Robotics of Things on Kickstarter!

MODI is modular devices for your DIY IoT and robotic creations. No soldering, No electronics knowledge needed.
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Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage — Krebs on Security

Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage — Krebs on Security | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In the early days of IoT, this is the kind of problems introduced by millions of insecure devices: https://t.co/LOsB84AKIn #NetworkedSociety
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Creating a rod for their own back.  Manufacturers need to wake up, their negligence will come back to bite them.  Consumers need to wise up too.
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Amazon Echo ESP Update Now Live

Amazon Echo ESP Update Now Live | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Amazon slipped a nice little update out for the Echo, the "ESP" feature, which stands for "Echo Spatial Perception" means that if you have more than one Echo in your house, Alexa will hear your command, work out which Echo device is nearest to you and only answer from that device. This is a godsend…
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Europe to Push New Security Rules Amid IoT Mess — Krebs on Security

Europe to Push New Security Rules Amid IoT Mess — Krebs on Security | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Smart Grid Highlights :: Top story: Europe to Push New Security Rules Amid IoT … https://t.co/3owVaGHI4P, see more https://t.co/TR7F3uDKHF
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Yeah...like Europe knows the best way to make the web work!
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Testing out Amazon’s ‘Internet of Things’ button: Infinite possibilities, requiring infinite patience

Testing out Amazon’s ‘Internet of Things’ button: Infinite possibilities, requiring infinite patience | Home Automation | Scoop.it
You’ve probably seen those colorful Amazon “dash buttons” that will automatically reorder food, paper towels, detergent and even condoms with the push of a
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He who dares Rodney...he who dares...
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Sony PlayStation VR: The WIRED Review

Sony PlayStation VR: The WIRED Review | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In both price and performance, Sony's VR system splits the difference between high-end, PC-driven headsets and lightweight mobile solutions.
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Possibly the nicest looking VR headset and most affordable (ignoring Daydream), Sonys VR headset has a massive potential audience putting VR firmly in the hands of the masses.
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Google’s Pixel phone event: what to expect

Google’s Pixel phone event: what to expect | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Now that Apple has had its big fall phone event, it’s Google’s turn to show off its goods. And that’s going to happen next week, October 4th, at an event in San Francisco.
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Soo many of these "what to expect" type articles so I just picked one from the better of sources.. I'm looking forward to the event but they have a long way to go to catch Amazon on the digital assistant front and the initial leaks on the Pixel devices leave me yawning, let's hope there are some other goodies in there.

Another article on CNet also provides links to live stream and timings:
https://www.cnet.com/news/googles-october-4-pixel-event-live-stream-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect/
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Honeywell’s Lyric T5 thermostat revealed with Siri and Amazon Echo support

Honeywell’s Lyric T5 thermostat revealed with Siri and Amazon Echo support | Home Automation | Scoop.it
If you're in the market for a new Wi-Fi thermostat but aren't necessarily looking to spend an arm and a leg, Honeywell has a new product it hopes will catch
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Wondering why the black facia, white would be much less intrusive... still pretty cheap thermo with a lot of punch
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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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Robotic chef can prepare over 100 five star meals for you at home

Robotic chef  can prepare over 100 five star meals for you at home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
It is the last kitchen gadget you will ever need. Moley Robotics has built a fully-automated and integrated smart robotic chef that cooks over 100 meals from master chefs without human intervention.
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at last Gordon Ramsay without the expletives!
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Bixi: Control Any Smart Device by Simply Waving Your Hand!

Bixi is raising funds for Bixi: Control Any Smart Device by Simply Waving Your Hand! on Kickstarter!

A Fluid Smart-Home and Apps controller, Bixi senses your in-air gestures and commands the smart devices for a touch-free use!
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Competitor for Leap Motion if that's still out there
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Automate processes + tasks | Microsoft Flow

Automate processes + tasks | Microsoft Flow | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Automate tasks by integrating your favorite apps with Microsoft Flow. Make repetitive tasks easy with workflow automation.
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More focused on businesses, this is still useful for makers etc.
Its Microsofts competitor to IFTTT and this comes with multiple actions per flow and conditions...
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All That New Google Hardware? It’s a Trojan Horse for AI

All That New Google Hardware? It’s a Trojan Horse for AI | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Five years ago, experts thought the phone would be the interface to everything. That's not the case anymore.
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Who needs a trojan horse, my doors are wide open!
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Sonoff Pow is a $10.50 ESP8266 WiFi Relay Box that also Measures Power Consumption

Sonoff Pow is a $10.50 ESP8266 WiFi Relay Box that also Measures Power Consumption | Home Automation | Scoop.it
"Sonoff Pow is a $10.50 ESP8266 WiFi Relay Box that also Measures Power Consumption" by cnxsoft https://t.co/peRe52ffpx
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Getting the Most Out of Apple HomeKit and the iOS 10 Home App

Getting the Most Out of Apple HomeKit and the iOS 10 Home App | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In this article, you’ll learn about the growing list of HomeKit-related products and how to control them. You’ll also see how to spot a compatible product in the marketplace.
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Routers, IP Cameras/Phones & IoT Devices can be Security Risks even with the Latest Firmware, and a Strong Admin Password

Routers, IP Cameras/Phones & IoT Devices can be Security Risks even with the Latest Firmware, and a Strong Admin Password | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Routers, IP Cameras/Phones & IoT Devices can be Security Risks even with Latest Firmware, and a Strong Password - https://t.co/3rr7hj6kxg
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Don't just leave it to chance, if you don't have the skills, get someone who does to help with your installations and not just the guy who knows his way around Windows better than you...
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New Loxone Glass ‘Touch Pure’ Makes Smart Home Lighting Stylish | Automated Home

New Loxone Glass ‘Touch Pure’ Makes Smart Home Lighting Stylish | Automated Home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Loxone say their new Touch Pure glass smart switch combines sleek design with effortless lighting control… Add stylish lighting to your home with Loxone’s new ‘Touch Pure’ luxury touch switch
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Love the Loxone system, just seems to ooze quality, just a little out of my tinkerers price range.
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Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers

Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Back in the old days hardware manufacturers felt safe in the knowledge that no mere hardware hacker could attempt to recreate their inventions. From Sony to..
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Looks great for tinkers and maker alike, only downside is the reliance on the cloud service.  Hopefully that isn't a dependency.
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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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