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Call for smart home devices to bake in privacy safeguards for kids

A new research report has raised concerns about how in-home smart devices such as AI virtual voice assistants, smart appliances, and security and monitoring technologies could be gathering and sharing

Court rules warrants are needed for cops to access smart electrical meter data

You can tell a lot about what's going on in a home from how much electricity it's using — especially when that information is collected every few minutes and recorded centrally. It's revealing enoug

A vacuum vulnerability could mean your Roomba knockoff is hoovering up surveillance

Yet again we are reminded that the mild conveniences of the smart home are all well and good, right up until someone decides to turn one of those Wi-Fi-connected things you invited in against you. But

LifeDoor crowdfunds the production version of its fire-thwarting door-closer

At CES in January I was pleasantly surprised by the LifeDoor, a smart home gadget that's actually worth having. These little boxes automatically close doors when smoke detectors go off, inhibiting the

Smart dresser helps dementia sufferers put their clothes on right

It goes without saying that getting dressed is one of the most critical steps in our daily routine. But long practice has made it second nature, and people suffering from dementia may lose that famili

Piccolo is building a gesture-based smart home ‘vision assistant’

Voice assistants may be the hottest thing since sliced bread when it comes to controlling your $60 Wi-Fi light bulbs, but Piccolo is launching out of the latest Y Combinator class with a desire to put

This is the ultimate Super Bowl smart home setup

Do you like to watch football? How about the biggest game of the year -- which happens on February 4 (aka this Sunday)? If yes to either of these, then you're in luck: I can tell you how to get the mo

LifeDoor closes your home’s doors automatically to protect against fires

It turns out that in case of a fire in your home, a closed door is the best barrier against spreading smoke, heat and flames. But who's going to run around the house shutting doors? LifeDoor is a simp

EZVIZ’s ‘Lookout Smart Door Viewer’ turns a peephole into a smart video doorbell

Home security camera maker EZVIZ announced its first product for smart entry security at CES 2018 today, with the debut of the Lookout Smart Door Viewer. The system is designed to work with the compa

Smart home robot gives LG exec the silent treatment during CES keynote

Keynote demo mishaps with voice recognition products are par for the course, but LG's Hub Robot, which debuted at CES last year, didn't work onstage for the majority of the keynote, leaving an LG exec

iHome debuts a Google Assistant-powered clock radio, the iGV1

Amazon’s Echo Spot, introduced late last year, smartly combined the power of Alexa with a more traditional clock radio type form factor and interface, complete with a screen for video viewing an

Netatmo launches a chatbot to manage all your connected devices

French company Netatmo is adding one more way to control your smart objects around your house. You can now talk and control with all your connected devices using a chatbot in Messenger. The feature is

Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

Otto showed the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. Hardware is hard. It’s a cliche for a reason. The company made the decision just ahead of t

Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

Amazon’s Echo lineup got a refresh earlier this year that included a brand new version of its basic Echo, well as an Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub, and the stalwart Echo Dot – uncha

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 o

Google is building a smart screen competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show

Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon’s Echo Show. The device could help Google keep up in the

Alexa’s ‘Routines’ will combine smart home control with other actions, like delivering your news and weather

Along with yesterday’s announcements of a half-dozen new gadgets, including new Echo devices, Amazon also detailed some of Alexa’s new abilities, due to arrive in the near future. One of

Amazon’s brightest new innovation might just be the smart home bundle

Amazon went above and beyond today in terms of launching stuff – it debuted not one, not two, but six brand new devices at an event held at its HQ. One of the most interesting things it did today wa

Amazon’s Echo Plus features a built-in smart home hub for $149

Sure, the new $99 Echo is a more premium (if lower cost) version of Amazon’s wildly popular home assistant. But Amazon had another big surprise up its sleeve. The Echo Plus features all of the n

Walmart partners with smart lock maker August to test in-home delivery of packages and groceries

Walmart announced today it will begin testing a new service that will allow customers with August smart home devices, like the August doorbell and security cameras, to have their packages delivered in
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