Plug-and-play varieties of light bulbs are readily available if you’re not a fan of complicated home automation. The SimpleHome Multicolor Smart LED Bulb is one of them.
Source: Enjoy Smart Light Bulbs Sans the Hub | OhGizmo!
The new Samsung Connect Home Wi-Fi mesh system is available for pre-order on June 2. It also functions as a hub for connected home devices that use the SmartThings protocol.
Source: Fix Wi-Fi Troubles With the Samsung Connect Home | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Recent research has shown that, unfortunately, many people are more willing to pay extra money on their monthly bills for various amenities, without being open to how home automation can help them save money.
Source: Why You Really Need a Home Automation If You Want To Save Money On Energy Bills | HULIQ
After spending more than 25 hours swapping out receptacles, flipping switches, programming timers, and talking to home-automation experts, we’ve determined that the HomeSeer HS-WD100+ is the best Z-Wave in-wall dimmer for smart-home systems.
Source: The best Z-Wave in-wall dimmer
With HomePod, Apple puts Siri in a speaker to face off against the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Let’s see how they stack up against each other.
Source: Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker Showdown | PCMag.com
Nest Labs, Inc. and ecobee Inc. today announced that they have reached a long-term patent cross-license agreement reflecting the respective strength…
Source: Nest and ecobee Enter Long-Term Cross-License Agreement | Business Wire
Google launched its Google Home hardware last year as a way to bring the Google Assistant into your daily life. Unlike Assistant on a phone, Home is designed for everyone to use, and it launched with various smart home integrations like Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats. Google has been talking a big game when it comes to voice recognition and control, but a small hiccup on Google’s end over the weekend is a reminder just how fragile a “smart home” platform can be.
Source: Google Home Outage Shows Smart Homes Can Be Dumb Sometimes – ExtremeTech
New research paints a rosy picture for the road to the smart home. Home-automation products will add $1.8 billion of new CE sales through next year, according to The NPD Group, growing an impressive 74 percent from 2016.
Source: We’ve Seen The Future Of The Smart Home, And It Is Bright | Twice
At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year’s WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with. Developers no longer have to get an MFi license to start controlling prototypes of smart home gadgets. They can even develop prototypes on top of popular developer boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. But once these developers want to bring a product out commercially, they still have to go through MFi certification. Nevertheless, this should make it easier for developers to start building HomeKit products.
Source: Apple Frees Up Its Smart Home Platform To Kickstart Development
We’re comparing Apple to oranges. Here’s why Apple HomePod stands apart from its supposed competitors, Amazon, Google and Sonos.
Source: No, You Can’t Compare Apple HomePod to Amazon Echo or Sonos – CE Pro