smart homes

  • The IoT threat to privacy Crunch Network

    The IoT threat to privacy

    As the Internet of Things becomes more widespread, consumers must demand better security and privacy protections that don’t leave them vulnerable to corporate surveillance and data breaches. But before consumers can demand change, they must be informed — which requires companies to be more transparent. Read More

  • Tech trends that will impact your home Crunch Network

    Tech trends that will impact your home

    High-tech homes are about to revolutionize the way we live. While interior design once relied on color schemes and playful accents, new tech trends are completely revamping how we design, build and live in our spaces. Read More

  • Building as a modular gadget Crunch Network

    Building as a modular gadget

    Researchers and companies have been exploring new ways to improve buildings through analytics software, prefabrication, connected devices, new materials and construction automation. It’s striking that most of these efforts are trying to patch problems within the legacy framework of “permanent” construction. Could it be that the one thing that is taken for granted is the… Read More

  • Who’s afraid of the IoT? Crunch Network

    Who’s afraid of the IoT?

    It’s heeeere! The Internet of Things, I mean. I just spent several days at the Connected Conference in Paris, which focused on IoT hardware. They built a whole home full of connected devices, showcased the War for the WAN and underscored that the IoT is — as always — not quite what we imagined, and not quite what we hoped. Read More

  • Smart-home technology must work harder to create smarter consumers Crunch Network

    Smart-home technology must work harder to create smarter consumers

    Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year were confronted with a head-spinning volume of smart-home devices. From $5,000 refrigerators that can communicate when you’re running low on milk and eggs, to the ability to control lights, locks and thermostats from your mobile app or TV screen, these products and technologies all show very nicely — until the point… Read More

  • Cujo is a firewall for the connected smart home network

    Cujo is a firewall for the connected smart home network

    “Cujo protects everything on your network,” the company’s CEO, Einaras Gravrock says, describing his product in the simplest terms ahead of its Disrupt NY launch this week. “Think of it as an immunity system for your network.” The Cujo is surprisingly unassuming, a small plastic stump with light-up eyes that stands in adorable contrast to its mad dog name and… 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

  • Bridging The Gap As The Smart Home Industry Expands

    Bridging The Gap As The Smart Home Industry Expands

    With the smart home market growing, the focus is shifting to the seamless connectivity of different products under one platform, rather than the quality of hardware construction. At the same time, automation is driving technology to react to human interactions — rather than us reacting to it. Read More

  • OpenArch Adds A “Digital Layer” To The Average Room

    OpenArch Adds A “Digital Layer” To The Average Room

    Creating a workable Minority Report-like screen isn’t very hard but what about an entire room or building that responds to touch, voice, and movement? Now that’s hard. That, however, is the goal of OpenArch, a project by designer Ion Cuervas-Mons that uses projectors, motion sensors, and light to create interactive spaces. Read More

  • Smart Money For Smartphone-Controlled Smart Homes: TechStars Alum Mobiplug Gets $2.7M Led By Foundry Group

    Smart Money For Smartphone-Controlled Smart Homes: TechStars Alum Mobiplug Gets $2.7M Led By Foundry Group

    That was fast: Mobiplug Networks, a startup focusing on smartphone-controlled smart home technology, which was featured only in August as part of TechStars’ most recent class in Boulder, Colorado, has today announced a new CEO and news that it has picked up $2.7 million Series A round of funding, led by Boulder-based VC Foundry Group. Bullet Time Ventures, SK Ventures, Social… Read More

  • CEATEC 2011: Nissan Showcases “Smart House Of The Future”

    CEATEC 2011: Nissan Showcases “Smart House Of The Future”

    Next-generation homes are definitely one of the big trends at the CEATEC 2011 exhibition that currently takes place in Chiba, Japan. We have covered multiple “smart home” concepts from various Japan companies over the last years, and at CEATEC, Nissan’s so-called NSH-2012 Smart House of the Future is stealing the show. It’s not a typical home but rather a simple… Read More

  • Video: Futuristic Smart House

    It’s not the first “next-generation home” we have covered so far, but major Japanese housing manufacturer Sekisui House‘s so-called “Smart House” is definitely one of the coolest concepts so far. Apart from Sekisui, telecom giant NTT Docomo, NEC, and Namco Bandai Games have been involved in the creation of the prototype house that was recently showcased… Read More