Nest’s thermostat and Protect smoke detector may help automate your home, but they haven’t actually talked directly to home automation systems so far — a bit of a discrepancy, don’t you think? All should be well now, though, since the Works with Nest program has just expanded to support the whole-home automation gear from Control4, Continue Reading →
Before I consider my home smart, I’m going to need to replace my appliances. While the smart fridge is a cliché, having a smarter kitchen (that might include the fridge) or a washer and dryer that are connected to my air conditioning system will make my home more energy-efficient and could help me take full Continue Reading →
Samsung is plotting an expansion to its Smart Home platform, opening up the service to make it work with third-party technology. Ahead of IFA 2014, a major tech trade show that kicks off this week in Berlin, the South Korean smartphone-maker says you’ll be able to activate air conditioners, robot vacuum cleaners and smart LED Continue Reading →
Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source. (Update: The deal is not done yet, says another.) SmartThings is in the home automation space, and allows you to connect devices like lights and Continue Reading →