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Google's OnHub Is A Mysterious And Slightly Terrible Device

The OnHub is Google’s latest weird experiment. It’s a $US200 router stuffed with fourteen antennae that’s being marketed as a cure-all for people who have a zillion wireless devices with different network needs. But what does that actually mean? I tore down my OnHub with the hardware hackers at iFixit to find out.

Amazing Video Tour Of A 1985 Home Automation System

YouTuber Avboden has a home automation system from 1985, and he recently created this video to show people how it worked. It actually has a pretty great UI, with touchscreen — and it even allows you to give commands from your 1980s ultra-modern, push-button phone.

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.

Experimental Households Have Their Tech Charged By Wi-Fi

Wireless charging isn’t anything new, but it usually requires direct contact if not cables. But in Seattle, six houses have been rigged up to provide power to small devices using Wi-Fi routers.

It's Google Brillo, The New Operating System For Your Home

This week at Google I/O, we’re likely to learn more about Brillo, Google’s oddly-named new operating system for low-powered devices that are perfect for a smart home or internet of things setup. The news about Brillo is intriguing for two reasons.

You Can Take This Little Wind And Solar Powered Home Anywhere

If life in a future megacity isn’t for you, your hour of escape is fast approaching. Especially if you don’t mind living alone in a 14 x 7 x 7-foot pod. Well, what if I told you the view was fantastic?

Smart Light Switches Require No Wiring

The ultimate expression of the lazy smart home is probably turning the lights off from your phone. It’s not necessary, and it probably doesn’t even save any time; but damn it’s cool. This switch will let you do that, without needing to be an electrical engineer.

How Creeps Will Use The Internet To Break Into Your Home

Your refrigerator is sending spam. Your front door is running buggy firmware that tells you the deadbolt is locked (when it’s not). And the kid next door is pirating music over your Wi-Fi network, thanks to a backdoor in your thermostat app. All the internet-enabled things that make your home “smart” are also turning it into a security nightmare.

Hands On With Push By Schneider Electric

Having a smart TV or a smart Blu-ray player is all well and good, but what if you could build yourself a smart house? Push, from the electrical geniuses at Schneider Electric, wants to take control of all of your fittings, fixtures and home appliances — everything from your home theatre to your lighting and air conditioning — and let you administer them all from your tablet or smartphone.

Luna: A Sleep Gadget That Turns Your Mattress Into A Smart Bed

There are loads of gadgets that promise to make your home smarter. Smart lights, smart alarms, smart locks, smart everything. But what about your sleep? Is that getting any smarter? One start-up wants to make your sleep smarter than ever with a mattress cover called Luna.

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