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10 Reasons Home Automation is the Way of the Future

10 Reasons Home Automation is the Way of the Future | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“If you're building or remodeling, you might wonder how home automation figures into your plans. Here are 10 top reasons home automation is a must-have.”
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Lowe's Adds to Iris Home Automation Lineup - CEPro

Lowe's Adds to Iris Home Automation Lineup - CEPro | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Lowe's Adds to Iris Home Automation Lineup CEPro ... smoke detectors, water leak detectors, and more. Also important to note is that Iris works with products from companies such as GE, Kwikset, Schlage, Whirlpool, and more.”
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Webee Promises True 'Learning' Home Automation System at CEDIA 2014 - CEPro

Webee Promises True 'Learning' Home Automation System at CEDIA 2014 - CEPro | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Webee Promises True 'Learning' Home Automation System at CEDIA 2014 CEPro At CEDIA Expo 2014, Webee promises to demonstrate a truly smart solution – a home automation system that learns behaviors so it can adjust lights, thermostats, A/V and other...”
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Linux-based home automation hub gains Android app

Linux-based home automation hub gains Android app | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Revolv released an Android app for controlling devices via its Linux-based Revolv Hub home automation controller, and added Nest Thermostat support.”
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BOT Home Automation Doorbot review - CNET

BOT Home Automation Doorbot review - CNET | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Doorbot is an excellent idea poorly executed -- hold off for now and hope that this glitchy device improves with time. (This smart doorbell sends signals straight to your phone - BOT Home Automation's Wi-Fi-enabled Doorbot packs a doo...”
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Smart Homes Could Benefit from Internet Connected Sensors That Power Themselves from Wi-Fi, TV, and Cellular Signals | MIT Technology Review

Smart Homes Could Benefit from Internet Connected Sensors That Power Themselves from Wi-Fi, TV, and Cellular Signals | MIT Technology Review | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Simple devices that can link up via Wi-Fi but don’t need batteries could make it easier to spread computing throughout your home.”
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Cooking with my iPhone: A review of Supermechanical’s Range thermometers - GigaOm

Cooking with my iPhone: A review of Supermechanical’s Range thermometers - GigaOm | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
meWe put Supermechanical’s new iOS-connected cooking thermometers to the test and were impressed. It’s Ember roasting thermometer and accompanying app combine the best elements of Silicon Valley design with actual kitchen utility.
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When cooking meets technology. When your kitchen meets silicon valley. This  piece of information from gigamon.com informs the public that the collection of kitchen tools are now not limited to the things that we were familiar with several years ago. In fact, technology has come so far that we now involve our cellular phones as tools in kitchen. Some use them for their timer function while others use them as recipe books. Now, we can turn our phones into accurate roasting thermometer or pan thermometer.

 

The article reviews the Ember roasting thermometer and share the pros and cons of the product. Being impressed by the product, the Ember is said to have accurate measurements at almost instantaneous timings. This would help when trying to roast a big piece of meant like a brisket or shoulder of lamb to the right internal temperature to ensure that we do not end up with raw portions of meat. 

 

The main drawback about the Ember product was that the device still needed to be connected your phone with a wire. That may not be suitable especially for those people whose oven may not be situated near any table or counter top. 

 

Knowing that this type of technology exist can only be beneficial for people thinking about roasting big pieces of meat for the first time. Even though having a thermometer like this is not necessary, I feel that in order to be a better "you", one must look after the safety in the kitchen. So, a very important point of food safety is to make sure that you cook all meats to the right temperature to ensure that all the bad bacteria has been cooked of and that the meat is safe for consumption. Yes some like to eat meats medium rare but medium rare is still dangerous as there could still be blood in the meat and we might end up just eating it. So this article helps us to find a meat thermometer which is accurate and easy to use.

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Here's what your smart home interface looks like on a Pebble watch - GigaOm

Here's what your smart home interface looks like on a Pebble watch - GigaOm | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“I snapped this picture of an iControl employee wearing a Pebble and showing off Time Warner Cable’s connected home app on the watch this week. My first thought was that the interface is too cramped to make this a great option, but then I realized for someone (like me) who never has a smartphone,…”
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Wait on Wink: Fixable flaws in this smart home hub, but a solid user interface on which to build - GigaOm

Wait on Wink: Fixable flaws in this smart home hub, but a solid user interface on which to build - GigaOm | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“The Wink smart home hub launched this month, but it's not ready for the mainstream just yet. If it fixes its flaws though, it's software should make it a winner.”
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Smart Homes For Dummies - Smart Home News.us

Smart Homes For Dummies - Smart Home News.us | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“smarthomenews.us- The Best News, Videos, Information and Products in the Home Automation Space (Smart Homes For Dummies http://t.co/Syq6z2ooBC #smarthomenews)...”
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Visiting Samsung Smart Home @ CES 2014 - YouTube

Visiting Samsung Smart Home @ CES 2014 - YouTube | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
This time, it is Samsung Smart Home! Kristin from Samsung Tomorrow TV invites you to Samsung Smart Home at CES 2014 to introduce you what the future smart ho...
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Samsung Smart Home "Always On, Connected Home"

“Samsung is No. 1 market share in Korea. They are known as the World Best Home Network Technologies & Solution. Has won numerous awards and recognition global...”
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Smart appliances, connected homes at CES 2014 - CNET

Smart appliances, connected homes at CES 2014 - CNET | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“What we saw -- and loved -- in Vegas this week. (Smart appliances and connected homes at CES 2014.”
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Be Home Smart: What to Look for Before You Buy -- RECO Video Series - YouTube

“Granite countertops and hardwood floors are visually appealing, but the condition of the plumbing, electrical and more is also important, it not more so. Bef...”
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Home security, automation demand growing - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Home security, automation demand growing - Jackson Clarion Ledger | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Home security, automation demand growing Jackson Clarion Ledger Ridgeland's C Spire plans to debut by the end of the year C Spire Home, a suite of home security/automation services for homeowners that can be monitored in or outside the home through...”
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Internet Of Things – 3 Handy Home Automation Devices - CloudTweaks News

Internet Of Things – 3 Handy Home Automation Devices - CloudTweaks News | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Internet Of Things – 3 Handy Home Automation Devices CloudTweaks News We're hearing the term 'home automation' mentioned more and more frequently recently, as more and more devices are being launched to help you control many different elements of...”
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BOT Home Automation Doorbot review - CNET

BOT Home Automation Doorbot review - CNET | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Doorbot is an excellent idea poorly executed -- hold off for now and hope that this glitchy device improves with time. (This smart doorbell sends signals straight to your phone - BOT Home Automation's Wi-Fi-enabled Doorbot packs a doo...”
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New App Aims to Be the Nerve Center of All Future Smart Homes | Business | WIRED

New App Aims to Be the Nerve Center of All Future Smart Homes | Business | WIRED | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“One of the biggest obstacles to the "internet of things" movement is the fact that hardware manufacturers are territorial. Wink wants to circumvent this technological turf war. (New App Aims to Be the Nerve Centre of All Future Smart Homes.”
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Led by Nest, ‘Thread’ for Home Automation is Most Promising IoT Standard Yet - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro

Led by Nest, ‘Thread’ for Home Automation is Most Promising IoT Standard Yet - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Thread Group, launched today by Nest, Big Ass Fans, Yale and major chip makers, presents mesh network for 6LoWPAN; millions of deployments in the field already via Nest Weave. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)”
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Alarm.com Shows Home Automation on Pebble Smart Watch - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro

Alarm.com Shows Home Automation on Pebble Smart Watch - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Cloud-based security and home automation provider Alarm.com demos app for Pebble, shows Google Glass for installation purposes, intros networked server for local CCTV recording. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)”
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IDG Connect – Smart Homes Will Enhance Your Old Age

IDG Connect – Smart Homes Will Enhance Your Old Age | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Robotics and intelligent appliances will help to give people more comfortable, independent later lives (RT @UE_home: Smart Homes Will Enhance Your Old Age http://t.co/5MMI5He9Um)...”
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Time Magazine shows just how creepy smart homes really are

Time Magazine shows just how creepy smart homes really are | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Over the holiday weekend, I sat down with Time’s special on “The Smarter Home.” A few things hit me straight up. It always feels goofier than it should when populist magazines take on emerging tech...”
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SmartThings Demo: New Home Automation | CES 2014 - YouTube

SmartThings Demo: New Home Automation | CES 2014 - YouTube | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
From the SmartThings home, their Co-Founder and CEO Alex updates TechCrunch TV on the progress since CES 2013. Their native app has recently released during ...
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Will smart locks open the door for home automation? | NetworkWorld.com

Will smart locks open the door for home automation? | NetworkWorld.com | Smart Homes & Home Automation | Scoop.it
Home automation has a public relations problem: If the non-tech obsessed public views it at all, it views it as complicated, intimidating and possibly unnecessary. And home-automation technology is still in an emerging state, with many products still working out various kinks and tangles--understandable, maybe, but still frustrating for any person brave enough to give home-automation systems a try. However, people seem more likely to try out home-automation tech when it comes a la carte. Color-changing Bluetooth light bulbs and smart thermostats are good examples, and another area that's on the rise seems to be smart locks. I kept running into smart locks at booth after booth after booth. From the all-inclusive Okidokeys, to the sleek Goji, to the deceptively standard looking Kevo, smart locks were making themselves known on the show floor. Each of these smart locks have slightly different features and advantages to make them appealing to consumers looking for smarter functionality at their front door--Okidokeys locks can be unlocked with either smart or feature phones, the Goji Smart Lock will not only greet you by name but will also send you a picture alert of who is at your front door, and the Kevo lock can recognize your phone as you approach and will unlock your door when you tap the lock. However, there are also similarities: Most of the locks I saw operated via battery power, most use Bluetooth functionality, almost all of them included the traditional key-and-lock structure into the device as well (and many also provide a key fob or alternate method of access for those who don't have access to an app or web dashboard), most eschewed subscriptions or any fee-based services, almost every one featured a notification system of alerts via text or email, and more than one used "rules" or "modes" that are similar to IFTTT recipes. The majority of the smart locks that I saw on the show floor were not part of a complete home automation system (although a few did feature Z-Wave capabilities, meaning they could potentially be added to a larger system), and all focused on serving a common need: An easier way for you to control access to your home from anywhere. Click headline to read more--
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