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SmartThings Surges Toward Connected-home Supremacy

David Smothers May 23, 2014

The appeal — and potential — of the SmartThings connected-home platform was obvious when I reviewed one of the SmartThings starter kits in December 2013. Now, in 2014, that potential is starting to get realized in a big way, as the increasingly popular open platform is surging forward with a revamped app, a slew of… Continue Reading »

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Smart Home To Detect Symptoms Of Neurodegenerative Disease

David Smothers March 24, 2014

The Tecnalia Centre for Applied Research has created a system of sensors which when fitted in a home can monitor changes in a person’s habits and routine. These observations can then be used to assess whether an individual is suffering from the early stages of a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. The aim of the… Continue Reading »

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Voice-controlled home achieved by hooking Siri up to Raspberry Pi

David Smothers February 6, 2013

Siri, Apple’s voice assistant for the iPhone, is extemely limited in what it can do while trapped on Apple’s hardware. But, pair Siri up with one of those hack-friendly Raspberry Pi computers, like how YouTuber “Elvis Impersonator” did in this video, and suddenly the voice assistant isn’t so stifled anymore. As Elvis Impersonator shows in his video,… Continue Reading »

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Lowe’s Iris smart home system tracks elderly, pets

David Smothers January 10, 2013

Your elderly parents, living alone, haven’t cracked open the fridge in days. Or they left the front door open late at night. Maybe they’ve fallen and can’t get to a phone. Lowe’s tapped into the fears of children living apart from their aging kin with its CES display of its new Iris Care system, which… Continue Reading »

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