HomeKit Will Let You Access Your Smart Home Via iCloud

Slowly but surely, Apple is been threatening to creep into the smart home market. The company just took one more small step by announcing that it’s HomeKit software will give you access to connected home devices from anywhere in the world by using iCloud. And the software will finally work on a whole bunch of products. » 6/08/15 2:25pm 6/08/15 2:25pm

IKEA's Building a Super Cheap and Versatile Smart Home System

Smart lighting systems like Philips Hue are futuristic and awesome and, typically, expensive. But IKEA wants to offer this type of technology to the masses. The Swedish flatpack furniture empire is developing an entire smart home system, and it looks futuristic and awesome and, you guessed it, cheap. » 5/28/15 11:00am 5/28/15 11:00am

Report: Amazon Wants Your Smart Home To Know What You Need Before You Do

Despite having almost a quarter of a billion active users, Amazon is struggling to find a footing for its hardware in peoples' homes. You might have ten old Amazon boxes lying around—but did any of them contain a Fire phone? A new report from Reuters details how Jeff Bezos plans to change that by doubling down on… » 9/24/14 9:08am 9/24/14 9:08am

Wink's New Touchscreen Smart Home Panel Belongs in the Jetsons' Foyer

When it introduced its ultra affordable hub a few months ago, Wink signaled that it wanted to win the smart home wars. Now, with the release of a touchscreen display and control pad called Relay, it's clear that the Quirky off-shoot is in a hurry, too. It's not like the home of the future is going to build itself! » 9/23/14 9:00am 9/23/14 9:00am

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home

We've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy… » 7/23/14 10:00am 7/23/14 10:00am

Facebook's Messenger Protocol Will Power the Internet of Things

One of the big problems with creating a connected house—where thermostats talk to light swtiches which talk to coffee-making robots—is that there’s a lot of communication protocols, and most of them are proprietary. But never fear, a new standard’s been agreed on: um, Faccebook Messenger. » 5/01/13 5:27am 5/01/13 5:27am