smart home

The top Matter-compatible devices announced at CES 2024

For years, a coalition of companies, including Google, Amazon and Apple — the Connectivity Standards Alliance — has been trying to get Matter, the smart home networking protocol, off the g

Amazon adds Matter Casting to its smart displays and TVs

Amazon might never formally endorse AirPlay or Google’s media-casting tech. But the company will be the first to support Matter Casting, the video- and audio-beaming feature of the Matter smar

ABB buys smart home device maker, Eve Systems

ABB this week announced that it has acquired Eve Systems, a German firm best known for a broad range of smart home accessories, including smart lights, plugs, air monitors and security cameras. I’ll

Ring’s founder will become Latch’s CEO after selling a stealth startup to the company

Jamie Siminoff has been busy. The Ring founder quietly exited the advisor role he took back in March after exiting the brand’s CEO role. He had been at Amazon since its 2018 acquisition of the f

Why the Matter logo was everywhere at CES 2023

AR/VR/MX took center stage at CES 2023. Automotive trends got a lot of love, as well, as did robotics and the metaverse. Heck, even pee-related gadgets had their moment to shine last week in Vegas. An

Bird Buddy’s new smart hummingbird feeder can photograph and identify 350 different bird species

Bird Buddy, the maker of a smart bird feeder that snaps photos of your bird visitors, which are collected in a companion mobile app, is out today with another product for its nature enthusiast and bir

Nanoleaf debuts smart lighting for ceilings, TVs and more

CES isn’t as consumer-focused as it once was, despite the overt branding. (CES stands for “Consumer Electronics Show.”) Indeed, automotive and enterprise vendors have encroached on t

Amazon is now replacing customers’ discontinued Cloud Cams with new Blink Mini devices

Amazon is now offering to replace customers’ discontinued Cloud Cam smart cameras with a new Blink Mini following its decision earlier this year to shut down its Cloud Cam line of products and e

Samsung and Google partner to speed up Matter-enabled smart home setups

Samsung and Google announced a new partnership today that will allow easier setup for Matter-enabled devices on both Samsung SmartThings and Google Home systems. At the Samsung Developer Conference he

The EU unboxes its plan for smart device security

European Union lawmakers have proposed a new set of product rules to apply to smart devices that’s intended to compel makers of Internet-connected hardware — such as ‘smart’ wa

Ring adds a Wi-Fi intercom accessory to its lineup

Amazon today announced the addition of Ring Intercom to its list of smartphone offerings. The product is designed to be an add-on to existing apartment intercom systems. The company has created a quic

The average person doesn’t have a chance with the smart home

If you’ve been shopping for a major appliance lately, you might have noticed that everything — from ovens to fridges, TVs, dishwashers and microwaves — is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivit

GE Lighting adds smart thermostats, security cameras and other bright ideas

GE Lighting, a Savant company, today expands its smart home lineup with a smart thermostat, a temperature sensor, a suite of security cameras and a crate of new lighting products. The company also tea

Schlage’s new locks open your front door with your Apple Watch

We’ve seen no shortage of smart door locks over the years, but it seems as if the giants in the industry are starting to wake up to the future as well. At CES, keeping-the-doors-closed giant Sch

Hardware design platform nTopology raises $65M

Software for hardware design is all the rage in the VC funding world these days. Following recent rounds from Flux and Bild, nTopology just announced a sizable series D of $65 million. The funding rou

Level Home acquires fellow smart home startup Dwelo, raises $100M

Seems there’s a fair bit of M&A news on the smart home front these days. Following Ecobee’s acquisition by generator company Generac, Level Home today announced that it’s acquiring Dwelo, ne

Generator-maker Generac set to buy smart thermostat startup Ecobee

Wisconsin-based generator producer Generac today announced plans to acquire Ecobee. A bit of a surprising match on the face of it, though not the first time we’ve seen a more traditional company has

Yo-Kai Express introduces Takumi, a smart home cooking appliance

Yo-Kai Express is known for autonomous restaurant technology for venues like office campuses, malls and hotels. As people continue staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the company i

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Japanese startup Nature launches Remo 3, its home appliance smart remote, in the US and Canada

Nature, a Japanese hardware startup that focuses on IoT home devices, announced the launch of Nature Remo 3, its home appliance smart remote, in the United States and Canada today. Priced at $129, the
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