Author Archives: Oliver Berger

Technology enthusiast - interested in how IOT can change the world but without all the complicated bits to go with it.

Canary is the future of smart home security

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If you want to keep your home safe and secure without having to install an expensive home security system, check out Canary. Canary’s is a smart home security device that does away with wires and mounted sensors, instead it uses the Internet of Things, and is a connected device controlled through the owner’s mobile phone or tablet. How Canary works ... Read More »

Smart Home Christmas Gift Guide

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2014 was year of growth for the home automation industry. So many start-ups and ideas flourished from viral Kickstarter campaigns while the tech behemoths of Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and Google opened their smart home platforms to third-party innovations. If you have someone special in your life who loves new tech, this year could definitely be the time to buy some ... Read More »

Introducing Amazon’s connected speaker – Echo

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Online shopping behemoth, Amazon, is making its own surge into the home automation market with its new connected smart speaker for the home – The Amazon Echo. The Amazon Echo is a tuned, voice-activated speaker that begins to work whenever it detects its “wake” word. This word, default “Alexa”, but can be customized to whatever you want, will perform task ... Read More »

Apple’s HomeKit expected to showcase at CES next month

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Although Apple’s execs have promised to bring the Internet of Things and home automation to the iOS system through the company’s HomeKit smart home platform, no launches occurred in 2014. The company announced their take on the home automation concept at the same time that iOS8 was unveiled, back in June. Many tech experts expected the Apple HomeKit to be ... Read More »

Knight Rider’s KITT and David Hasselhoff reunite for Samsung Smart Home commercial

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In a move of casting genius, David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff appears in Samsung’s Smart Home commercial reprising his most successful role – himself. After playing himself in over three feature films and several TV episodes, Hasselhoff appears to have finally mastered the role. He is joined in the commercial by his headstrong, if somewhat emotional, co-star of the hit 1980’s ... Read More »

5 Home Automation start-ups to watch in 2015

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According to a recent report by Transparency Market Research, the value of the home automation industry is expected to reach $16.4 billion by 2019. This is up from the $3.6 billion industry valuation in 2012. As we head into 2015, it is clear that the home automation industry is moving from strength to strength; and with so many new products ... Read More »

More IoT companies sign on to work with Nest Labs

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Google constantly stays at the forefront of technology, and it seems their home automation project, Nest, is no different. The company has just announced that it will be integrating its technology with a raft of new partners. Nest Labs launched its “Works with Nest” developer program around five months ago. At the time, partnerships with big names such as Mercedes ... Read More »

The Ring Wraps Home Automation around your Finger

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If you’re a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings books and movies, you’re sure to be intrigued by California-based startup, Logbar, and their new home automation device – Ring. This “precious” item is one of the more intriguing pieces of hardware to emerge in the smart home tech space and allows customers to shortcut many everyday things around ... Read More »