smart home

  • Watch Jeff Goldblum’s GE Link Spot, The Smartest Smart Home Ad Ever

    Watch Jeff Goldblum’s GE Link Spot, The Smartest Smart Home Ad Ever

    Hey, who here gets excited about smart lightbulbs? Probably four of you raised your hands, and two of them were me. GE has taken a different approach to selling its new Link connected bulbs, eschewing sales pitches of convenience and connectivity in favor of trotting out a shirtless (and well-preserved) Jeff Goldblum. The celebrated chaos theoretician is doing what’s known as… Read More

  • Belkin WeMo Crock-Pot Review: Not The Smartest Of Smart Devices, But It Gets The Job Done

    Belkin WeMo Crock-Pot Review: Not The Smartest Of Smart Devices, But It Gets The Job Done

    Belkin is going all-out on the connected home, with products ranging from connected lighting systems to smart outlets. But one of its oddest offerings might just be a collaboration with slow cooker industry leader Crock-Pot, whose name is essentially synonymous with fire-and-forget meal-making. Belkin and Crock-Pot now offer the Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo, a $130 kitchen appliance that… Read More

  • Notion’s Connected Sensors Aim To Serve You All Sorts Of Home Alerts

    Notion’s Connected Sensors Aim To Serve You All Sorts Of Home Alerts

    The march of sensors into our homes to furnish and flesh out the concept of the automated ‘smart home’ continues apace, rallied by the advent of device certification programs like Apple’s HomeKit initiative. To that end meet Notion, a smart home-focused hardware startup which is currently in TechStars’ Boulder program and also now raising crowdfunds on Kickstarter to put… Read More

  • The Smart Home Is Going To Be A Huge Boon To Accessibility

    The Smart Home Is Going To Be A Huge Boon To Accessibility

    I reach for the iPhone tucked down the side of my wheelchair and launch the Hive app. After a couple more taps on the screen, there’s an audible click from across the room. A few seconds later, I hear the boiler sparking up before the central heating finally kicks in. It’s a familiar sound, but this time the experience is profoundly different. Read More

  • Smart Plug Startup Zuli Raises $1.65M And Kicks Off New Pre-Orders

    Smart Plug Startup Zuli Raises $1.65M And Kicks Off New Pre-Orders

    Smart home automation startup Zuli has just raised $1.65 million in venture funding following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The company has created the Zuli Smartplug, a connected outlet that plugs into your existing ones and gains Bluetooth LE powers. A single outlet provides basic smart features, including in-home control of lights and appliances plugged into them, but when you get three… Read More

  • A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone. Read More

  • YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    Ravti co-founder Alex Rangel walked into TechCrunch with a stack of crumpled yellow slips in his hand. “This is what the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry still looks like,” he said, showing me a stack of papers with unintelligible scrawl. But Rangel and his co-founder Chris Ginter want to make managing HVAC units easier for property owners by marking equipment… Read More

  • Ninja Blocks Starts Pre-Orders For The Ninja Sphere Smart Home Hub

    Ninja Blocks Starts Pre-Orders For The Ninja Sphere Smart Home Hub

    Ninja Blocks, the Australian startup that created Ninja Blocks to create physical triggers for IFTTT style recipes that can detect motion, temperature and humidity, a window and door sensor and more, successfully followed those up with the Ninja Sphere, a connected home smart hub which raised over $700,000 AUD back in January on Kickstarter. Now, the company is set to ship the Ninja Sphere, and… Read More

  • Ambi Climate Wants To Make Summers In Asia More Bearable 

    Ambi Climate Wants To Make Summers In Asia More Bearable 

    Created by a Hong Kong startup, Ambi Climate is the latest entrant in the smart air conditioner market. The smartphone-controlled device is designed to work with split-unit air conditioners that have an infrared sensor and use machine learning to keep your home at a comfortable temperature while reducing energy consumption. Ambi Climate’s first target markets are in Asia, but it plans… Read More

  • Robin, A Company Enabling Sensor-Powered Smart Offices, Raises $1.4 Million

    Robin, A Company Enabling Sensor-Powered Smart Offices, Raises $1.4 Million

    Imagine walking into a room, having it recognize you, then customize itself to your particular preferences. That’s not the future — it’s happening now thanks to an up-and-coming startup called Robin, which provides a “software layer for office buildings.” The Boston-based company has raised a $1.4 million seed round from Atlas Venture, Deep Fork Capital… Read More