Zigbee’s All Hubs Initiative Could Solve The Main Issue With Zigbee Adoption

In many ways Zigbee is technically superior to Z-Wave, but the lack of guaranteed compatibility with Zigbee devices is one of the main barriers to its adoption in the home. Their “All Hubs Initiative” could sort that. If it does, Silicon Labs should be worried, very worried. The Zigbee Alliance Announces the ‘All Hubs Initiative’ Driven by Leading Ecosystems to […]

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Kwikset Announces Halo Wi-Fi Smart Lock

Details are still a bit thin on the ground, but Kwikset is bringing out a Wi-Fi enabled deadbolt lock. Wi-Fi is obviously a much lower bar to entry than a proper home automation hub/system, so I can see why they are doing it. But, if it’s just an isolated lock, with no chance of integration with other systems (even the […]

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Android Q Brings Wide Color Photos

More colors = more realistic photos. So just as HDR (properly applied) makes for a better viewing experience, I’m happy to see that Android will be receiving wide color photography with the next major release of the OS. The application is likely to be small at first, only one of the devices that I viewed the photos included in the […]

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There can be only one (assistant on your Sonos)

Google Assistant has finally come to the Sonos One, and I couldn’t be happier. While it’s still a bit less-than-first-party (e.g. the same lack of room awareness as Alexa), being able to control Google Music via voice from the device makes it no longer a paperweight in the lounge. Enjoy voice control for Sonos from your phone, a Google Home […]

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COROS Launches VERTIX GPS Adventure Watch

Aside from the fantastically orange “Fire Dragon” SKU, the COROS VERTIX watch has a slew of very nice features/sensors. Including: heart rate, oximeter, altimeter, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and thermometer. As well as 45 (!) days of battery life, as long as you stay off the GPS (which is “only” 60 hours), & BTLE (phone connectivity) / ANT+ (sensors). It also […]

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TIL: OpenZWave exists, and it’s rev’d to 1.6

I’ve never run across OpenZWave before so the specifics of what it does are still a bit fuzzy (if you’ve used this, and know exactly what it does please let us know). It looks like a C++ (with .NET wrapper available) library which allows anything that wants to interact with a Z-Wave network natively, to do so. If this is […]

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