connected home

  • Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

    Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

    The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning, Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands — announced that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Home to double down on new technology. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked both August… Read More

  • Ring launches Protect, its own $199 connected home security system

    Ring launches Protect, its own $199 connected home security system

    Ring, maker of one of the original (and still likely the best) connected video doorbell, has launched a comprehensive home security system called Protect, which retails for $199 and includes a base station, keypad (for arming and disarming) a contact sensor for a window or door, a passive infrared sensor for detecting motion and a Z-Wave extender for adding range to smart home devices that use… Read More

  • i.am+ buys Wink, the smart home hub formerly owned by Flex and Quirky

    i.am+ buys Wink, the smart home hub formerly owned by Flex and Quirky

    Wink — the smart home hub and platform originally incubated inside the failed connected object maker Quirky, and then acquired by Flextronics (now known as Flex) as part-payment for Quirky’s debts — has moved on to its third owner. i.am+, the “lifestyle technology company” owned by musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am, has acquired the company. Flex disclosed the… Read More

  • iRobot’s CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns arise

    iRobot’s CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns arise

    iRobot CEO Colin Angle has been talking about his company’s plans to map user homes with the Roomba for a while now, but a recently published Reuters interview has raised a number of new privacy concerns. Of particular note is a bit where the executive speculates that the company “could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three [Amazon, Apple, Google] in the… Read More

  • Hayo’s Kinect-like sensor for your home now has an API

    Hayo’s Kinect-like sensor for your home now has an API

    Sometimes I miss the Kinect. It was such a breakthrough device, yet it didn’t go anywhere. But it inspired a lot of entrepreneurs, including the team behind Hayo. This new device lets you set up virtual buttons on a table to control all your connected objects. Hayo recently announced there will be an API so developers can play with the company’s image recognition technology. Read More

  • Most consumers not being turned on by connected home, study finds

    Most consumers not being turned on by connected home, study finds

    Connected homes aren’t yet sparking interest beyond the early adopter crowd, according to survey of nearly 10,000 consumers in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia conducted by analyst Gartner. Read More

  • Connected home revenue in the US grew 57-percent in 2016, according to NPD

    Connected home revenue in the US grew 57-percent in 2016, according to NPD

    No surprise, really, that connected home sales experienced a surge last year. Between the seemingly exponential number of new players and driving pushes from major companies like Apple, Google and Amazon, the market’s been pretty tough to avoid. In a new study released this week, NPD is offering some insight into the phenomenon, noting that the home automation market saw a 57-percent… Read More

  • IoT startup Notion draws $3.2 million in additional funding

    IoT startup Notion draws $3.2 million in additional funding

    Notion, a connected home startup headquartered in Denver, closed $3.2 million in additional funding as part of the second tranche of a previous seed round from last year. XL Innovation led the deal with Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures participating. Notion has now raised a total of 5.7 million dollars in addition to a successful Kickstarter. The company currently has 11 employees and has… Read More

  • Building a smarter home Crunch Network

    Building a smarter home

    The Jetsons presented a highly entertaining vision of what homes of the future would look like. The animated television show anticipated a world where humans would be able to do everything with just the push of a button. In many ways, the show turned out to be prophetic; today we have printable food, video chats, smartwatches and robots that help with housework — and flying cars may… Read More