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Apple CarPlay vs Android Auto – A Comparison

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Since both technology power houses announced their foray into the connected vehicle world, there has been a lot of discussion about what their products might look like. With very few automobile manufacturers releasing connected vehicles, eager enthusiasts have had to wait for a real insight into how the eventual products might function. Interestingly, Hyundai have gotten ahead of the game, ... Read More »

Lifx – Smart Lights for the Smart Home

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Lifx smart lights are light bulbs that you can connect to your smart home. They’re multi-colored and wi-fi enabled, so that they can be controlled by your smart phone. Think of them as a direct competitor with Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo lights. The Lifx are essentially “plug & play”. You can just screw them into your lamp or light ... Read More »

Could Plugaway be the smartest power plug ever made?

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Demonstrating that even the humble power plug can receive a ‘smart’ make-over, Beijing-based start-up company, Plugaway, have invented perhaps the smartest power plug ever made. Letting you wirelessly control your all of your existing home automation devices via your smart phone, the Plugaway Wi-Fi connected Smart Plugs and associated LED bulbs are a leap forward in mobile-controlled home automation. How ... Read More »

SmartThings Does Home Automation Right

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While the latest home automation systems are capable of altering the very nature of the home, we have in recent years begun to notice a series of compatibility issues arise from the myriad of technologies on offer. With so many different companies selling home-automation devices that are not compatible with each other, users regularly find themselves having to switch through ... Read More »

The August Smart Lock says goodbye to clunky keys

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The Internet of Things is dramatically changing the way devices are used within the home. With smartphones today having the capability to control everything from the smart thermostats to the lighting in your home, it makes you wonder what’s next in store to receive the ‘smart’ upgrade. Image: coolhunting.com It looks like start-up company, August, has the answer with their ... Read More »

Ninja Sphere – The Smart Home Hub

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For those who have been waiting for an all-in-one smart home hub, Ninja Blocks has at last started shipping Ninja Sphere, a smart home hub that connects appliances around the house into one central “brain”. Using an app that works on ios or on android, you can set rules for one device to interact with another based on inputs from ... Read More »

Lechal – Smart Shoe – Wearable GPS

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Fresh out of the “why didn’t we think of that” box is the Lechal smart shoe from india. But what can a smart shoe do for you and why would you prefer it to any other wearable device? Well, the main functionality of  the Lechal is to guide and steer you on a pre-determined path. Like Wearable Experiments’ “Navigate”, Lechal ... Read More »