smart home

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.


10 Expert Tips For Building Your Automated Smart Home

Imagine walking into your house, and tapping a button on your iPad — then seeing the lights come on, your air conditioning change to a comfortable temperature, and your favourite program come onto the TV. You can turn your apartment into a high-tech penthouse and stand out from the crowd, or build a smart home on your very own piece of Australian soil.


WeMo Beefs Up Smart Home Lineup With Four New Sensors

Right now, piecing together a smart home, your very own domicile outfitted to perfectly fit your life, is a confusing cobweb of wireless standards, compatibility, and brands — lots and lots of brands. But the first step into this brave new connected world is just giving your home awareness, and that’s what Belkin WeMo’s new sensors, just announced at CES, are all about.


Here's How Microsoft Imagined The Smart Home Of The Future In 1999

Early rumours may have hinted that Apple had a fully integrated smart home up its sleeve. But after a few WWDCs, we know that’s not the case. And it’s unclear what developers are going to do with Apple’s HomeKit, a piecemeal tease that implies you’ll soon be able to control your smart toaster with your iPhone. But in the meantime, we have this Microsoft concept video from circa 1999, showing the amazing interconnected smart home of tomorrow.


Gift Guide: 6 Gifts To Turn A House Into A Smart Home

The number of connected home devices has skyrocketed in the past dozen months, and your loved ones might feel a little left out if they’re not controlling appliances with a phone. Let’s fix that, shall we?