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Best smart home devices of 2014

From smart locks to smart lights, here's the best in smart home tech.

Editors' Take

Fibaro smart home system

Fibaro smart home solution sets its sights on the US market with distinctive eye-like looks.

13 September 2014

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Review

Archos Smart Home Starter Pack

While you may be tempted by the promise of value, Archos' sloppy Smart Home Starter Pack fails at a fundamental level.

16 August 2014

2 stars Editors' rating 16 August 2014

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Editors' Take

Archos Smart Home

Is this the home automation kit Android users have been waiting for?

20 June 2014

Typical price: $266.00

Article

Sony backs AllSeen Alliance for smart-home push

The consumer electronics giant has thrown its weight behind an effort to get devices on the Internet of Things to communicate and cooperate. There are several such groups, though.

By 3 September 2014

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With Nest, Google homes in on smart-home blueprint

Commentary: Nest Labs' purchase of Dropcam may signal a future in which parent Google tries to balance licensing technology for and participating in the smart-home market.

By 23 June 2014

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Samsung vows to expand Smart Home platform, add third-party gadgets

Samsung's connected home tech will shortly be getting a boost, the South Korean tech giant has promised, with a software development kit due later this year.

By 1 September 2014

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Get to know the Archos Smart Home Starter Pack (pictures)

The Archos Smart Home Starter Pack crams a bunch of home automation and security capabilities into its tablet-centric design.

18 Images By 16 August 2014

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Samsung buys SmartThings to become a smart home hub

Samsung gears up for the upcoming smart home wars, Intel creates heartbeat sensing earbuds, and Barnes & Noble teases the next Nook.

By 16 August 2014

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Insteon calls on Cortana to control the smart home

Thanks to an upcoming app update, Windows Phone 8.1 users will soon be able to call on the virtual assistant to check the thermostat or turn the lights off.

By 16 July 2014

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iRobot: Smart homes should have one brainy bot to run the show

Roombas are great, but not much fun to talk to. iRobot CEO Colin Angle feels intelligent human-interface robots must be the future of any smart household.

By 15 July 2014