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iRobot and IFTTT partner for smarter home integrations at CES 2020

Want your robot to vacuum when you leave home? There’s an app for that.

What you need to know iRobot and IFTTT have partnered to create simple smart home integrations to better automate your life. These free recipes are available via the IFTTT app or website and can be used to automatically run your vacuum when you leave the home. iRobot is working in deep IFTTT integration into its iRobot Home app, making future routines less complicated.  [Read More…]

Weber announces Smart Grilling Hub at CES 2020 for smarter cookouts

Due out early 2020 for $ 129.99 in the U.S.

What you need to know The Smart Grilling Hub comes with the hub and two temperature probes to monitor your food doneness. You’ll be able to get notifications for readiness, when you need to flip, and remaining cook time. There will also be cooking tips and tricks from grilling experts within the app.

Weber is one of the most well-known grill makers around, mostly for its charcoal  [Read More…]

Nanoleaf offers up smarter “Learning Series” light system

Because it’s not cool enough to have lights that glow, dance, pulse and change colors, Nanoleaf has introduced new products that take things to the next level.

The lighting company ushers in 2020 with a new “Learning Series” of lights which aim to make things even more friction-less for users. As more intelligent lights, the new line learns from its users and reacts to needs.

As Nanoleaf advises, its new system minimizes the need for manual adjustments and even voice  [Read More…]

Make your home smarter and safer with Amazon UK’s deals on Ring and eero

Black Friday has come to the UK a week early, or at least Amazon is pretty bad at reading a calendar. Nevertheless, the online giant has kicked off its Black Friday event with a number of hot discounts across its first-party hardware. This is a perfect time to add some smarts and even a little security to your home with scorching deals on both Ring and eero hardware.

All of the deals featured here are now live and  [Read More…]

Google is making its search engine smarter

Unsurprisingly, machine learning is behind the upgrade.

What you need to know Google is employing its machine learning chops to make search smarter. The search engine will better understand conversational language beyond just keywords. The company says it’s one of the biggest leaps forward in search.

Google’s Pandu Nayak took to its blog this week to announce what he says is “the biggest leap forward [in search] in the past five years, and one of the biggest  [Read More…]

Assistant is getting smarter about talking to you when turning off lights

The feature isn’t available for everyone yet.

What you need to know The Google Assistant will now respond with just a chime when you ask it to switch off the lights. In addition to lights, the change will apply for switches and plugs identified as lights. It might take some time for the feature to be rolled out to all users.

Google has begun rolling out a new feature for its Google Home and Nest Hub devices  [Read More…]

Ecobee’s latest smart thermostat offers smarter sensors and more for $249

There are a number of great options available when it comes to smart thermostats, but one of the leaders has always been Ecobee. The company has several models that we’ve looked at before, and now it has released a new model that’s even better than all the previous ones. Ecobee just announced the SmartThermostat with Voice Control, which comes with new sensors, a refreshed design, and without a price increase over the Ecobee4’s regular price. The new model is available  [Read More…]

Make your bedroom smarter and your mornings happier

Smart home tech is a great way to liven up your home and automate certain aspects of your life, and that extends to the bedroom as well. Whether you have trouble sleeping in anything but complete darkness or you can’t wake up without a bit of sunlight in your face, there’s a good chance picking up some smart gadgets can make your bedroom a little more convenient.

Best smart display Google Home Hub

The Home Hub is an  [Read More…]

Make your dumb technology smarter with these smart plugs

An easy way into the smart home space without having to completely replace everything is by getting a smart plug or two. Smart plugs take “dumb” technology and makes them smart by allowing for control via a smartphone application or voice assistant such as the Amazon Echo. There are many types of smart plugs out there for almost every use, and we have compiled them into a collection of the best of the best in smart plug technology.

Note: All  [Read More…]

The Schlage Encode deadbolt is smarter than ever thanks to Ring integration

Makes life a little simpler.

The $ 249 Schlage Encode smart Wi-Fi deadbolt is now one of the first smart locks to be fully compatible with Ring devices like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro or Stick Up Cam. Set it up via the Amazon Key app or the Schlage Home app and you’ll be able to operate it from your phone. When set up to work with Ring you can streamline your home’s security and control all  [Read More…]