While I didn't post officially here on smarterhomelife.com regarding the content "pause", I definitely needed to post something new here in 2018. As I talked about in the Thank You video, I've had to take a break from, and re-structure Smarter Home Life. But that certainly doesn't mean it's over. Smarter Home Life's content will slowly return in the coming weeks and months, but for now, let's talk about CES.
Cree, maker of both LED components, as well as commercial and consumer lighting products, has introduced three new high-output LED flood lamps. These new bulbs are designed for homes with high ceilings, and for those who simply desire more light.
Squashing the rumors, Google introduced a smaller version of the Google Home at its #MadeByGoogle event, and also included a surprise Google Home Max smart speaker.
Amazon introduced Alexa Calling and Messaging back in May, but it only worked between Alexa devices and the Alexa app. Today, Amazon is rolling out actual outbound phone calls from Alexa devices, with inbound calls coming soon via a companion Echo Connect device.
Amazon announced a plethora of new devices today, ranging from new members of its Echo family to fun light-up “buzzer” buttons to a new Amazon Fire TV with 4K HDR. This announcement almost felt like Nest’s mega-announcement of new products last week, but Amazon won on number of devices announced.
Just in time for "iPhone Season", LIFX has completed the work to make their smart bulbs work with Apple's HomeKit platform and the Siri voice assistant. Apple and LIFX fans, rejoice!
Today, Nest introduced more products in one press event than ever in its history, firmly planting its flag into the security portion of the connected home. Revealing the new Nest Cam IQ outdoor security camera, Nest Hello video doorbell, and Nest Secure alarm system, Nest erased ideas that the company "wasn't working on anything new".
Residential smart lock leader August Home introduced a new family of products this week, improving on its popular line of retrofit smart locks and security products with new models and new features. August Smart Lock Pro and August Doorbell Cam Pro become the new top-tier offerings, while the new August Smart Lock comes with new features at a lower price.
It’s been a pretty busy last few weeks in the world of the smart home, from Philips Hue’s Fifth Anniversary to Control4’s new “DIY” features, all of us here at Smarter Home Life are looking forward to this year’s holiday gadget season.
Well-known gadget maker Logitech introduced the Circle 2 home security camera earlier this summer and promised HomeKit support, and yesterday they made good on their promise with a software update.