Many of us expected home automation to take a step forward at CES this year, and Belkin didn't disappoint, announcing a new slate of WeMo devices that promise to make the smart home even smarter. With new LED light bulbs, an intriguing, multifunctional "Maker" device, and even a connected slow cooker, WeMo is looking less and less like a niche offering and more and more like a legitimate, full-fledged home network.
Belkin is adding LED bulbs to their rapidly expanding WeMo family of smart devices, the company announced today at CES.
The Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bulb is an 800 lumen 60-watt replacement that you'll be able to control remotely on Android and iOS devices using the free WeMo app. Each bulb features a warm white color temperature of 3000K along with a lifespan of 25,000 hours. You'll be able to automate the bulbs to turn on and off at certain times, or trigger them with another WeMo device, like a motion detector.
LAS VEGAS -- Belkin's Maker Kit is an interesting addition to the WeMo lineup. Many of the products we've covered up to this point have been user-friendly gadgets for the entry-level DIYer interested in home automation stuff. I'm talking about the WeMo Light Switch, the WeMo Switch + Motion, and the WeMo Insight Switch. All three of these products are very simple to set up and after that, offer basic smart home functionality (IFTTT compatibility does allow for enhanced customization, but only if you want to use it).
That's what sets the Maker Kit apart from the … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Belkin has had some success with its WeMo line of home automation power plugs and light switches, but neither WeMo nor arguably Belkin has the brand clout to stand out from the likes of Lowe's, GE, Staples, and Philips when it comes to mass market home products.
You might not recognize Jarden, either, but its family of brands -- Oster, Sunbeam, Mr. Coffee, Crock-Pot, GrillMaster -- makes it a perfect candidate to help shepherd Belkin and WeMo into greater consumer awareness.
The Jarden-branded WeMo products Belkin is announcing here at CES include the Crock-Pot Smart Slow … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung has just announced that two more Wi-Fi IP cameras will join its home security roster -- the $179 SmartCam HD and the $229 SmartCam HD Outdoor. Both cameras offer 1080p streaming and wide angle lenses with 128-degree fields of view. That should mean that you will get to view crisp, clear footage of your home and the surrounding outdoor area all from a Web browser or the free Android or iOS SmartCam app.
LAS VEGAS -- Lenovo’s ThinkVision 28 4K display is an impressive package, and not just because of its screen. The multitouch display not only boasts a 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution, it also doubles as an Android all-in-one device.
Starting at $1,199, the 28-inch monitor houses a variety of ports on the base of its stand, including DisplayPort, Ethernet, and three HDMI. The ThinkVision 28 also packs two 5-watt speakers, two noise-canceling microphones, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera.
As an all-in-one device, the ThinkVision 28 runs Android 4.4 and houses a NVIDIA Tegra CPU with 2GB of RAM. … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- A spin-off project from hotel smart lock provider OpenWays, Okidokeys has what looks like a comprehensive line of smart-lock products on its hands. Not only will the company be selling its Bluetooth-enabled Smart-Lock, but it also has an in-home gateway to sync up control of multiple locks, an electronic gate/garage door opener, as well as a door-mountable reader you can use to swipe your way inside your home.
Where other smart-locks companies have pursued a home-decor-friendly aesthetic for their products, though, Okidokeys' hardware is big, features multiple components, and has some obtrusive design elements.
You can … Read more
Once upon a time, home theater stories dominated CES. For years, TVs, TVs, and more TVs made the biggest headlines at the show. But times change, and while you'll find giant 4K televisions and curved OLEDs littering the show floor this year, we're expecting new topics to bubble up. Car tech and wearables will make waves, and so will a new breed of in-home technology that extends far beyond the living room.
Some smart home devices -- connected light bulbs and thinking thermostats, for example -- have made their way into homes already. But this year, these early … Read more
The Samsung family of smart appliances and devices is about to get a lot more tight-knit.
Today, Samsung announced a new platform that will enable users to manage all of their connected appliances and devices -- everything from wearable tech to washing machines -- from a single application. The platform, called "Samsung Smart Home," is set to debut at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, with a planned roll-out during the first half of the year.
Initially, the platform will provide users with three main services: Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service. Device Control will allow users … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung Electronics recently announced the release of its 2014 Smart Control, the remote included with most of its new Smart TVs, and today we got the chance to try one in-hand.
The updated clicker now supports motion control a la a Nintendo Wiimote or LG Magic Motion wand, and it also includes a touch pad. The touch pad is one-fifth the size of last year's.
It supports a swiping left/right gesture to flick between Samsung Smart Hub panels or content listings across multiple pages. It's now bounded by four directional buttons enabling users to &… Read more