Google plans to finally launch its new smart home industry standard called Matter this fall. Devices will all connect quickly and easily using Fast Pair and the platform will support a variety of voice assistants and networking protocols. Those include Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri as well as WiFi, Thread and Bluetooth LE. While Fast Pair feature has been used for headphones and audio gear, the company is working to use it for more things, including syncing lightbulbs and smart plugs with Android and Nest devices. You'll be able to scan a code with your phone to get things rolling, which should be quicker and easier than the current method for adding new gear to your arsenal.
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On 20 January the European Commission published its final report in its sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT) sector. The study aimed to gain a deeper understanding of the IoT sector and its overall competitive landscape. The inquiry covers wearable devices, such as smart watches or fitness trackers, and connected consumer devices used in
For all the modern conveniences technology brings to the home – Wi-Fi-enabled washing machines, powerful gaming systems and enormous smart televisions – one of the downsides is paying to power it all. In fact, home utility costs are continuing to spike for many parts of the country, with 2021 electricity prices rising at the fastest rate since 2008, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – already hitting Americans facing skyrocketing inflation, resulting in higher costs for many goods and services. Not only does the average household have dozens of consumer electronics products plugged into power outlets at any given time, most consume electricity when not in use. "Vampire power" – also referred to as "phantom power" or "standby power" – can account for as much as 10% of a household's electricity bill, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This can really add up.
You know what Alexa does. She turns on your lights. She answers your math questions. She's your canister of helpfulness wherever your voice can be heard in your house. She does everything you need, that you should be able to do yourself. And, as long as she doesn't wake up one morning, decide to take over the world, and murder us in our beds, she'll be a friend to us all. But Alexa is more than the Echo, that black Pringles Can of Doom we met back in November 2014. Since the Echo was introduced, Amazon has been fielding a plethora of Alexas, a veritable Alexapalooza of devices. Since Alexa answers "Sorry, I don't know that one," to "Alexa, which Alexa should I buy," we figured we'd help out.
Chances are, if you're reading this article, you have at least one smart home device in your household. After all, according to several studies on the topic, nearly half of U.S. households currently have at least one. From smart speakers and connected thermostats to light bulbs and video cameras, these gadgets have quickly moved from cutting edge to mainstream. If you have multiple smart devices in your home, you've likely discovered what's keeping much of the remaining half of U.S. households from buying their first one. It's hard to make them work together.
You Got This is a series that spotlights the gear you need to improve one area of your life. Your home could be a finely tuned hive of efficiency, where scheduled lights turn on and off, conserving energy automatically, illuminating your walkways, and dimming your bedroom as you doze off in the middle of a movie. A smart home hub is the control center for different devices and their apps. Hold up, can't you just do that with your phone? Home Depot's Hubspace app takes the confusion out of setting up a smart home with one app to control a wide array of products that are easy to set up and easy to use, such as lights, outlets, and ceiling fans.
Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Amazon's Echo smart speakers and displays can listen for more than just your wake word--devices like the Echo Dot and Echo Show 5 can also keep an ear out for everyday household noises like barking dogs, appliance beeps, and even your snoring spouse (to name a few). The idea is to help turn your home's everyday sounds into triggers for your smart devices to make your life a little easier. Get deals and shopping advice delivered straight to your phone. Sign up for text message alerts from the experts at Reviewed.
Smart lights bring real convenience, enabling you to turn them off and on from your phone or with your voice. You can transform the atmosphere from bright to cosy in seconds, or turn on the house lighting from the other side of the world. There are smart light bulbs, which are the easiest to install as they simply replace the existing bulbs. There are also full-on smart lights which can replace table and floor lamps, for instance. If you have other smart gadgets then they can work together, so that on a voice command like "film night" you can dim lights, close the blinds and turn on the TV.