Connected home http://www.stuff.tv/connected-home/news en-GB Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-buys-smartthings-boost-its-connected-home-potential/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smart home company, which makes home appliances app-controllable, will be run as an independent entity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential" alt="Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smartthings_0.jpg?1408159131" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has acquired &ldquo;Internet of Things&rdquo; company SmartThings in an apparent US$200 million (&pound;120 million) deal, seemingly in an attempt to boost its smart home, er, smarts.</p> <p>SmartThings, based in California&rsquo;s Silicon Valley, makes an app and Hub that allows the user to control hundreds of smart home devices &ndash; light switches, locks, thermostats etc. &ndash; from his or her smartphone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change the world</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart home for all? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The acquisition will see SmartThings remain an independent company operating within Samsung&rsquo;s Open Innovation Center group, and SmartThings claims on its blog that it will continue to push for an open smart home platform &ndash; in other words, it won&rsquo;t just be making devices compatible with Samsung smartphones and tablets.</p> <p>The blog post says the company&rsquo;s goal is to &ldquo;support all of the leading smartphone vendors, devices and applications &hellip; and help many more people around the world easily control and monitor their homes using SmartThings&rdquo; and it believes its new partnership with Samsung will help achieve that.</p> <p>SmartThings isn&rsquo;t the first smart home company to be snapped up by a tech giant. In January 2014, smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-google-buys-nest-simcity-goes-offline-and-game-thrones-back/news">acquired by Google</a> for a whopping US$3.2 billion. The connected home and the Internet of Things, it seems, are destined to become one of the next big technology battlegrounds.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.smartthings.com/" target="_blank">SmartThings</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-make-your-house-smart-home-future/feature">Project: make your house a smart home of the future</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SmartThings devices" alt="SmartThings devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartthings-devices_1.jpg?1408159131" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Connected home Samsung Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:51:11 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444930 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks’ surprising iPad app, and Samsung’s big smart home acquisition http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start Friday off right by catching up with the latest tech happenings around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" alt="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sms-biosport.png?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel and SMS Audio team for biometric earbuds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>50 Cent&rsquo;s SMS Audio announced yesterday that it will release biometric, heart rate-sensing earbuds this autumn in collaboration with Intel, which first premiered the tech back at CES this year. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones pull power straight from the standard headphone jack, meaning you don&rsquo;t need to charge anything before use; they&rsquo;re effectively plug-and-play.</p> <p>Granted, you&rsquo;ll need the RunKeeper app at launch to actually access the heart rate data, although additional apps will be supported over time. The earbuds are also sweat and water resistant with an IPX4 rating, and come with three sizes of ear gels and hooks for optimum comfort. No word on price just yet, but multiple colour options will launch in Q4.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/14/intel-and-sms-audio-to-supercharge-fitness-wearables">Intel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my-gadget-life-–-50-cent/news">My Gadget Life - 50 Cent</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Hanks made a typewriter app for iPad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tom Hanks: actor, seemingly all-around good guy, and productivity app maker? That&rsquo;s the surprising news this week following yesterday&rsquo;s launch of Hanx Writer for iPad.</p> <p>Published by Hitcents, the app was designed under the direction of Hanks, who is an avid fan of classic typewriters and once had a collection of 200 such machines. The free app recreates the look of typewriter keys and the loud sound effects, and offers additional virtual typewriters to wield via in-app purchases.</p> <p>&ldquo;I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it&#39;s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,&rdquo; said Hanks to USA Today, before charmingly adding, &quot;There&#39;s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/08/14/tom-hanks-hanx-writer-typewriter-app/13580367/?csp=tech">USA Today</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6002055/hanx-writer-ipad-app-released-by-tom-hanks">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hanx-writer/id868326899?mt=8">Tom Hanks turns video game developer with Electric City</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hanx Writer" alt="Hanx Writer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hanx-writer.PNG?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung acquires SmartThings for US$200 million </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung made a big splash in the smart home market on Thursday by purchasing SmartThings, a company that specializes in connected home controllers that allow appliances and devices using different standards to communicate with each other. SmartThings began as a Kickstarter success story before raising millions more in funding, and Recode pegs the Samsung acquisition at US$200 million (about &pound;120 million).</p> <p>Despite now being under a rather large corporate umbrella, SmartThings says it will continue to run independently and maintain its open platform for taming various Internet of Things devices. Even so, this gives Samsung a suddenly large stake in the burgeoning smart home field, just weeks after joining Nest and others to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news">form the Thread standard</a>&nbsp;for such things.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.smartthings.com/news/smartthings-updates/smartthings-samsung-open-platform/">SmartThings</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/14/internet-of-bling-samsung-buys-smartthings-for-200-million/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-make-your-house-smart-home-future/feature">Project - make your house a smart home of the future</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="SmartThings" alt="SmartThings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartthings-devices.jpg?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa#comments Connected home Headphones Intel iOS apps Samsung Wearable tech Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444900 at http://www.stuff.tv Hue and cry: LightFreq is a disco in a lightbulb http://www.stuff.tv/hue-and-cry-lightfreq-disco-lightbulb/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This smart lightbulb packs a speaker to add some son et lumière to your connected home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="LightFreq" alt="LightFreq" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lightfreq-01.jpg?1407462619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&#39;s a smart lightbulb. What&#39;s all the hue and cry for? </strong><br /><a href="http://lightfreq.com/" target="_blank">LightFreq</a> is much more than that &ndash; it packs a Bluetooth speaker and mic into a colour-changing, connected bulb that pumps out 800 lumens in 16 million colour combinations.</p> <p><strong>Why would I want my lights to make noise?&nbsp;</strong><br />You can play your tunes through your light sockets! Who wouldn&#39;t want to do that? Lightfreq reckons you&#39;ll be able to sync up to 50 of their bulbs together &ndash; using their built-in Follow Me feature, your music will follow you around the house, if you&#39;re carrying your mobile or tablet with you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Nice &ndash; but I&#39;m not sure I need 50 of them. </strong><br />Fair dos. Even one LightFreq pumps out impressive HD audio&nbsp;through its 5W speaker &ndash; we know, we&#39;ve heard it in action. Though if you want more sound, we&#39;d recommend hooking two up using the A2DP Bluetooth protocol for stereo audio.</p> <p><strong>Sweet, I&#39;m having a party. </strong><br />You&#39;ve come to the right place; using the LightFreq app&#39;s Party Mode, you can sync up the light and sound for your very own home disco. LightFreq will even change up the colours and tempo of the light show based on the genre you&#39;re listening to.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="LightFreq" alt="LightFreq" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lightfreq-06.jpg?1407462619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="LightFreq" alt="LightFreq" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lightfreq-02.jpg?1407462619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1202" height="900" title="LightFreq" alt="LightFreq" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lightfreq-03.jpg?1407462619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Can it do anything besides disco lighting? </strong><br />Yup. You can set LightFreq to alert you when you receive a notification on your smartphone. It&#39;s also handy as an alarm; you can set it to gradually light up your room while turning up your favourite tune in the morning. And each bulb contains a microphone, so you can use it as an intercom for phone calls.</p> <p><strong>How much does it cost? </strong><br />LightFreq is currently crowdsourcing funds on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lightfreq/733759399?token=aa557b8a" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>. If you want to bag a bulb, the cheapest option currently available is an early bird pledge for US$55 &ndash; plus US$15 shipping, for a total of US$70 (&pound;41).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">More awesome Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="LightFreq" alt="LightFreq" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lightfreq-04.jpg?1407462619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/hue-and-cry-lightfreq-disco-lightbulb/news#comments Connected home Hot Stuff Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:57:02 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443673 at http://www.stuff.tv Nest Labs and Samsung join forces for Thread connected home standard http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Secure and low-powered network will link up all of your flat’s smart tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thread" alt="Thread" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thread-group.jpg?1405475180" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Google-owned smart thermostat maker Nest Labs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">recently acquired Dropcam</a>, it seemed like a clear move toward running the connected home of the future. A newly-announced initiative to link up such devices only underscores that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news#comments Connected home Google Samsung Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:20:44 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442191 at http://www.stuff.tv Smappee energy monitor tells you exactly which appliance is eating up your electricity http://www.stuff.tv/smappee-energy-monitor-tells-you-exactly-which-appliance-eating-your-electricity/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fix it to your meter’s main cable and it’ll swiftly learn to identify individual gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smappee tells you exactly which appliance is eating up your electricity" alt="Smappee tells you exactly which appliance is eating up your electricity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smappee.jpg?1405102088" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Energy monitors are nothing new, but usually they&rsquo;ll only tell you the total amount of electricity being used at any time, leaving you to work out which gadgets are causing your bill to rise to the GDP of a small Caribbean nation.</p> <p>Smappee is designed to be much more user-friendly, because it&rsquo;ll identify separate appliances and gadgets and tell you how much power each of them is using.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It installs much like any other master monitor (just fix its sensor to your meter&rsquo;s main cable &ndash; or get a professional to do so if you don&rsquo;t like the idea of poking wires under the stairs) but once that&rsquo;s done it delves deeper than others, measuring energy oscillations every millisecond and thus identifying the individual signatures of each device in your home. Over time, it&rsquo;ll learn the difference between your clothes iron and your hair clippers, allowing you to work out where your money&rsquo;s going.</p> <p>All the data gathered by Smappee is viewable as charts and tables through its companion app (available for Android and iOS), which also lets you manually name appliances and group them together as you see fit.</p> <p>An extra way to save money comes in the form Smappee&rsquo;s Wi-Fi-equipped Comfort Plugs. Set these up between a device and a power socket and you&rsquo;ll be able to remotely turn it off. One Comfort Plug is supplied in the &pound;170 Smappee box (available <a href="http://www.smappee.com/uk/eshop/smappee">online</a> or from bricks-and-mortar Apple Stores), or you can buy them in packs of three or six (&pound;35 and &pound;60 respectively).</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.smappee.com/uk/">Smappee</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/11/smappee-smart-energy-monitor-uk/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change the world</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NNASDQNObm8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Connected home Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:32:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441780 at http://www.stuff.tv Droplet: a smarter, cheaper way to water your garden http://www.stuff.tv/droplet-smarter-cheaper-way-water-your-garden/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ditch your hosepipe and slash your water consumption by up to 90 percent with this Wi-Fi equipped sprinkler </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Droplet sprinkler is part of the Internet of Things" alt="The Droplet sprinkler is part of the Internet of Things" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/droplet-main.jpg?1404537539" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the weather heats up, your lawn and plants start to suffer &ndash; and that usually results in your water usage going through the roof. Droplet is designed to change all that.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a robotic sprinkler equipped with Wi-Fi and controllable via desktop and iOS apps (Android is &ldquo;coming soon), and its creators claim it&rsquo;s capable of keeping your garden healthy and green with just 10 percent of the water you&rsquo;d use with a regular sprinkler or hosepipe.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The key is in its smarts. Using the app, you enter the type of plants you need watered and their locations in your garden. Droplet, which hooks directly up to a normal hosepipe, then uses weather and soil data to determine how much water each plant needs and the best time to douse it. Each unit can spray a jet up to 30 feet, so depending on the size of your garden you may need only one.</p> <p>Its makers say it&rsquo;ll save the average user US$263 (around &pound;150) on water bills per year, not to mention the time that person would usually spend in the garden using a hose or fiddling with their normal sprinkler.</p> <p>The Droplet unit isn&rsquo;t particularly cheap at US$300 (&pound;175), but if the savings claims are true it&rsquo;ll have paid for itself in a little over a year. US residents can pre-order it now at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Droplet-Robotics-DR01-Sprinkler/dp/B00IORFJBG/">Amazon.com</a>, but there&rsquo;s no word as yet on a launch in the UK. Given that Droplet currently uses US soil data and weather stations, it may be a while before we see it making the trip across the Atlantic.</p> <p>[<a href="http://smartdroplet.com/index.html">Droplet</a> via <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/04/this-device-can-water-your-plants-for-only-300/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/edyn-garden-sensor-keeps-grass-greener-your-side/news">Edyn Garden Sensor keeps the grass greener on your side</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Droplet is incredibly precise with its water jet" alt="The Droplet is incredibly precise with its water jet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/droplet-2.jpg?1404537539" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/droplet-smarter-cheaper-way-water-your-garden/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Connected home Home Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:15:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441001 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Smart Home devices incoming? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-crafting-its-first-smart-home-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s no place like iHome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1280" height="960" title="Squashed iPhone" alt="Apple Smart Home devices incoming?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iHome-1.jpg?1403866198" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&rsquo;s iDevices have graced pockets, desks and bags for quite some time now, and we could soon see all-new iThings hanging on our walls.</p> <p>According to 9to5Mac, Apple&rsquo;s in the midst of fashioning a set of actual hardware products powered by its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8-winners-and-losers/feature">HomeKit platform</a>, which it unveiled at WWDC.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarthome wars? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The source also indicates that the products aren&#39;t designed to go head-to-headwith the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/virgin-lets-you-set-your-own-personal-thermostat-your-flight/news">Nest Learning Thermostat </a>or Honeywell Lyric, but will instead perform as more widely used, conventional tools.</p> <p>This suggests that Apple is looking beyond thermostats and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nest-protect-how-ipods-inventor-made-fire-alarm-smart-safe-and-sexy/feature">smoke detectors</a>.&nbsp;We could, for example, see something along the likes of a smart speaker system or some type of universal controller.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no telling when these solutions will be launched or made available, but we&rsquo;re guessing it won&rsquo;t be too far off in the future since Apple&rsquo;s already cast its vote of confidence for smart home functionality into <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a>.</p> <p>Until then, we&rsquo;ll sit happy with its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">new iPhones</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/you-may-expect-new-macbook-air-september-year/news">Macs</a>, expected to be out by the end of this year.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-it-s-good-apple-s-ios-8-stealing-android/feature">Why it&#39;s very, very good that Apple&#39;s iOS 8 is borrowing from Android</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/06/26/apple-said-to-be-working-on-mainstream-smart-home-hardware/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>, concept images: <a href="http://www.martinhajek.com/ihome/" target="_blank">Martin Hajek</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="960" title="Collect the whole set" alt="Apple Smart Home devices incoming?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iHome-2.jpg?1403866198" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1280" height="960" title="Brothers in apps" alt="Apple Smart Home devices incoming?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iHome-3.jpg?1403866198" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-crafting-its-first-smart-home-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-crafting-its-first-smart-home-devices/news#comments Apple Connected home iOS 8 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:45:27 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440288 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: NASA aims to capture an asteroid in 2019, Nest acquires Dropcam, and the crazy GoPro-filmed car crash http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start off the week with a diverse hodgepodge of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asteroid Redirect Mission" alt="Asteroid Redirect Mission" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nasa-asteroid.jpg?1403512941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NASA planning asteroid capture mission for 2019 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been talking about getting its hands on an asteroid for research purposes for a little while now, and late last week revealed new plans that it intends to get underway in just five years.</p> <p>NASA&rsquo;s current plan is to launch an Asteroid Redirect Mission in 2019, which will include a capture vehicle that can either collect a small asteroid in open space or otherwise snag a sample from a larger space rock. Either way, the sample will need to be less than 10 metres in size. After that, NASA&rsquo;s plan is to redirect the asteroid into orbit around the Earth, at which point astronauts will be able to take samples and study it (as visualized above).&nbsp;</p> <p>Sounds like science fiction, right? If NASA has its way, it&rsquo;ll be science fact before long. The benefit is reportedly twofold, as it will help NASA better understand how to deal with potential hazardous near-Earth objects in the future, and also further its plans to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/june/nasa-announces-latest-progress-upcoming-milestones-in-hunt-for-asteroids/#.U6eVIdzhiCb">NASA</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/22/nasa-asteroid-mission-launches-2019/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/just-because-they-could-–-asteroid-mining/news">Just because they could &mdash; asteroid mining</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nest acquires Dropcam for US$555 million </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google just bought smart thermostat company Nest a few months back for US$3.2 billion, and now Nest is making its part of the Google family a little larger with its acquisition of Dropcam for US$555 million. The deal went down on Friday, and Nest tells Recode that the deal was handled on its own independent of Google.</p> <p>Dropcam&rsquo;s super-simple security and surveillance cameras are meant for the average consumer, who can set one up inside or outside the home and keep an eye on what&rsquo;s happening from afar. The standard US$149 and Pro US$199 cameras also support an optional Cloud Video Recording (CVR) subscription feature, which saves a week or 30 days of footage online for viewing later.</p> <p>Even if Google didn&rsquo;t drive the deal, this move gives it an even stronger position within the connected home market, and Nest and Dropcam acting as one will no doubt make the smart home even smarter down the line. We&rsquo;re curious to see if Google has anything to share about Nest (and/or Dropcam) at its I/O developer conference this week.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/06/20/googles-nest-buys-dropcam-for-555-million/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas/nest-learning-thermostat-launches-uk/news">Nest Learning Thermostat comes to the UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dropcam" alt="Dropcam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dropcam.jpg?1403512941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch a horrific stunt car crash thanks to GoPro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this seems like a slightly odd way to promote a product. GoPro, the leading personal video camera maker, usually builds buzz around its tiny devices by posting awesome moments viewed from incredible perspectives&mdash;like, say, Felix Baumgartner&#39;s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYw4meRWGd4">edge-of-space Red Bull Stratos jump</a> from late 2012. But in this case, the moment goes spectacularly awry.</p> <p>Guerlain Chicherit is a snowboarder and rally driver, and in this clip, he vaults a Mini off of a ramp at nearly 160kph in an effort to clear a 101 metre gap&mdash;and an array of GoPro cameras capture every brutal detail as the car flips repeatedly after the botched landing. There&rsquo;s a happy ending, of course, and a nice motivational quote for the cameras at the end, but it&rsquo;s still a tough one to watch without cringing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWOANXNGrZc">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HWOANXNGrZc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo&#039;s adding a Mercedes Benz to Mario Kart 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even the colorful Mushroom Kingdom isn&rsquo;t immune from the pressures of product placement, as Nintendo has announced plans to add a Mercedes Benz GLA-Class kart to Mario Kart 8 on Wii U as downloadable content this summer. It was first announced for Japanese players recently, but Nintendo&rsquo;s European and North American Twitter feeds have since confirmed a wider release.</p> <p>As seen above, the luxury vehicle takes a slightly cartoonish demeanor for its series debut, but still looks a bit out of place cruising amongst the clouds on vine roads populated by dinosaurs and mushroom men. It&rsquo;ll likely be free&mdash;and hopefully not a sign of much larger things to come for real-world advertising within the stellar Wii U racer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/06/20/mario-kart-8s-mercedes-dlc-drifts-toward-north-america-europe/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review">Mario Kart 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Mario Kart 8" alt="Mario Kart 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mariokart8-mercedes.jpg?1403512941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil#comments Connected home Google GoPro Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439859 at http://www.stuff.tv Edyn Garden Sensor keeps the grass greener on your side http://www.stuff.tv/edyn-garden-sensor-keeps-grass-greener-your-side/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This smart sensor connects your garden to the Internet of Things </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Edyn Garden Sensor and Water Valve" alt="Edyn Garden Sensor and Water Valve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/edyn-01.jpg?1403147295" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Edyn? With a &quot;y&quot;? Sounds like a Las Vegas stripper.</strong><br />Nothing of the sort &ndash; Edyn is a connected plant sensor, like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flower-power/flower-power-sensor-takes-root-ces/news" target="_blank">Parrot Flower Power</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/koubachi-wi-fi-plant-sensor-keeps-your-bushes-lush/news" target="_blank">Koubachi</a>. Except that where they monitor the health of your pot plants, Edyn has loftier ambitions; it&#39;s a sensor for your entire garden.</p> <p><strong>What does it do?</strong><br />The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks the moisture, NPK levels and pH of your soil, along with humidity, temperature and sunlight, to build up a picture of growing conditions in your garden &ndash; one sensor will cover an area of 250 square feet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Great. What does it do with all that information? </strong><br />The sensor syncs up with the Edyn Cloud over 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, gathering weather data and cross-referencing it with its own measurements; the Edyn app for iPhone (an Android version is due next year) then shows all this data in a simple grid to give you a snapshot of conditions in your garden.</p> <p><strong>And what do <em>I</em>&nbsp;do with all that information?</strong><br />The app will send you alerts in response to changing conditions; when to fertilise your plants (and what fertiliser to use), when to water your plants &ndash; it&#39;ll even trawl its database of 5000 plants to tell you what will grow best in your garden.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Edyn Garden Sensor" alt="Edyn Garden Sensor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/edyn-02.jpg?1403147295" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Edyn App" alt="Edyn App" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/edyn-04.jpg?1403147295" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Edyn App" alt="Edyn App" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/edyn-05.jpg?1403147295" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&#39;ll let my gardener know&hellip; </strong><br />You can let your gardener go; the Edyn system also includes the Edyn Water Valve. It plugs into your garden watering system and syncs up with the Edyn Cloud, watering your plants when the Garden Sensor detects that it&#39;s time. If you want to take control, you can also use the app to manually dole out water from anywhere.</p> <p><strong>Sounds good &ndash; how much is it?</strong><br />Edyn is currently raising funds on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/edyn/edyn-welcome-to-the-connected-garden?ref=discovery" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>; with over double its funding goal raised already, it&#39;s definitely going into production. You can pick up a Garden Sensor for US$80 (&pound;47), or a Garden Sensor and Water Valve for US$160 (&pound;94).</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="327" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/97291773?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="581"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">More awesome Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Edyn Water Valve" alt="Edyn Water Valve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/edyn-03.jpg?1403147295" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/edyn-garden-sensor-keeps-grass-greener-your-side/news#comments Connected home Hot Stuff Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:02:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439481 at http://www.stuff.tv Honeywell’s Lyric smart thermostat knows exactly when you're heading home http://www.stuff.tv/honeywell-s-lyric-joins-smart-thermostat-ranks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out Nest, Tado and British Gas: there’s a new way to get smartphone-controlled heating in the home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Honeywell’s Lyric smart thermostat knows exactly when you&#039;re heading home" alt="Honeywell’s Lyric smart thermostat knows exactly when you&#039;re heading home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lyric-thermostat-front.jpg?1402509205" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s this? Another smart thermostat?</strong><br />Got it in one, friend. The Lyric is Honeywell&rsquo;s entry into an increasingly crowded marketplace.</p> <p><strong>How many does that make now?
</strong><br />Well, you can already buy smart thermostat&rsquo;s from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas/nest-learning-thermostat-launches-uk/news">Nest</a> (now owned by Google), <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tado-launches-cloud-based-weather-controlled-smart-heating-system/news">Tado</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas-announces-smart-thermostat/news">British Gas</a> &ndash; and Honeywell itself already offers a fairly high-end smart heating system that requires proper professional installation.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas/nest-learning-thermostat-launches-uk/news">Nest learning thermostat comes to the UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How is Lyric different?</strong><br />Well, it factors in outdoor temperature as well as indoor temperature, and takes into account things like the weather and humidity when deciding how to heat or cool down your home. It&rsquo;ll also tell you when your boiler needs a service.</p> <p><strong>And how do I control it?</strong><br />You can manually adjust settings by twiddling the dial (it&rsquo;ll glow orange when heating your home, and blue when cooling, which is a nice touch), but smartphone and tablet control is much more interesting: Android and iOS apps let you adjust settings via the web, and you can create personalised shortcut presets.</p> <p>It uses your smartphone&rsquo;s GPS to detect when you&rsquo;re leaving or coming home, too, and this geofencing means you won&rsquo;t even have to touch your phone to have the system turn off (saving you money) or turning on when you leave work to ensure the house is toasty by the time you&rsquo;re back.</p> <p>The app will also walk you through installation step-by-step, so there&rsquo;s no need to call in a qualified professional.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Lyric app means you never have to touch the actual thermostat" alt="Honeywell’s Lyric smart thermostat knows exactly when you&#039;re heading home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lyric-app.jpg?1402509205" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="A glow lets you know when the Lyric is changing temperature" alt="Honeywell’s Lyric smart thermostat knows exactly when you&#039;re heading home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lyric-thermostat-side.jpg?1402509205" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And can I buy one now?</strong><br />The Lyric is already available through professional installers, but Honeywell is introducing it to retail in August this year, meaning you&rsquo;ll be able to buy and install your own. It&rsquo;ll be priced at US$279 (&pound;170) in the States, with a UK price to be confirmed; when it hits these shores you can guarantee it&#39;ll work differently, as most British homes use radiators rather than &#39;forced air&#39; systems (ie, air conditioning). Still, it looks pretty hot to us. Or is that cool?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tado/tado-cooling-makes-your-air-conditioning-smart/news">Tado Cooling makes your air conditioning smart</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">WARM UP WITH MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong><br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/spu8KZvWxGw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Honeywell Lyric takes on Nest thermostat </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Connected home Hot Stuff Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:21:51 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438923 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Homey’s voice-controlled home automation, new Mortal Kombat teased, and Leap Motion’s major upcoming update http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-homey-s-voice-controlled-home-automation-new-mortal-kombat-teased-and-leap-motio <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the essential overnight tech news collected in one handy digest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Homey" alt="Homey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/homey.jpg?1401345181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Homey offers stylish voice-controlled home automation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Introduced via a Kickstarter campaign yesterday, Homey is an Internet-powered wireless hub that controls all manner of gadgets and appliances in your home&mdash;and it&rsquo;s controlled by your voice. The white sphere is marked by a glowing multi-colored light, and it features eight different wireless modules inside, letting it connect to devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, ZigBee, Z-Wave, 433.92 MHz, nrf24l01+, and even Infrared.</p> <p>What can it do? If you ask it to play a movie, it can close your blinds, dim the lights, kill the music, and find the requested media on TV. It can also tell you the weather when you leave, and then scale down the heat, power down lights and devices, and lock your doors.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="401" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/athom/homey-the-living-room-talk-to-your-home/widget/video.html" width="534"></iframe></p> <p>Of course, you&rsquo;ll need a slew of devices to utilize all of this great functionality together, but it&rsquo;s possible. There&rsquo;s also a smartphone app for interacting with the Homie from afar, such as asking it to pre-heat your oven while at the market.</p> <p>The Homey is expected to ship between March and June 2015, and the crowdfunding campaign is already well on its way to being funded rather soon, with more than &euro;70,000 pledged against a goal of &euro;100,000 after just one day. Early bird pricing tiers are filling up quick, with &euro;229 currently the lowest available price for snagging one next year. The planned retail price is &euro;399.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/athom/homey-the-living-room-talk-to-your-home">Kickstarter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alyt-siri-your-smarthome/news">ALYT is Siri for your smart home</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Mortal Kombat to be revealed soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mortal Kombat co-creator and NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon has been teasing a mysterious countdown on <a href="https://twitter.com/noobde">Twitter</a> for weeks, but today, Game Informer received posters featuring a broken spine, the classic series dragon logo, and the words, &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s Next?&rdquo; Boon then updated his account to feature the same black-and-white logo and text.</p> <p>Likely scenario? The 10th Mortal Kombat game will probably be revealed very soon, almost certainly at the E3 gaming convention in two weeks. NetherRealm developed the excellent Mortal Kombat reboot in 2011 before moving onto last year&rsquo;s great DC Comics fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us. Expect the new Mortal Kombat to be on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for sure, but don&rsquo;t be surprised if it ends up on last-gen platforms as well.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/05/28/the-mortal-kombat-x-posters-are-real.aspx">Game Informer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mortal-kombat/review">Mortal Kombat review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mortal Kombat" alt="Mortal Kombat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mortalkombat10.jpg?1401345181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Major Leap Motion controller update enters beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Leap Motion controller is an interesting bit of tech, allowing you to play games and control apps on your computer using only your fingers, but it still lacks enough killer software support to propel it to mainstream success. An impressive new functionality upgrade may turn the tide in that respect, however.</p> <p>Leap Motion (the company) just revealed a major V2 update that&rsquo;s entered beta testing, which allows the existing device to track individual joints and bones, thus better inferring your movements even when part of your hand isn&rsquo;t visible. Just check out the video above to see how impressive the interactions could be&mdash;assuming it actually works that well in practice.</p> <p>The update will also improve the device&rsquo;s resistance to ambient infrared light, letting it perform better in certain lighting conditions. Additional features will be implemented as bugs are squashed before V2 hits consumers, which could be a matter of months still. But for anyone second-guessing a Leap Motion purchase, this may prove a reassuring sign of things to come.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.leapmotion.com/blog/leap-motion-v2-tracking-now-in-public-developer-beta/">Leap Motion</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/the-leap-motion-controller-is-about-to-get-a-whole-lot-1582297222">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leap-motion/leap-motion/review">Leap Motion: one year on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zXghYjh6Gro" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple bought Beats, but HP can still use the brand </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Certainly, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">the biggest news of the last 24 hours</a> was Apple&rsquo;s announcement that it had acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music collectively for a deal eventually worth US$3 billion, but an odd wrinkle has emerged: HP still has the rights to build Beats Audio technology into its devices for some time to come.</p> <p>According to CNET, HP can still develop new products with the Beats branding and tech through the end of 2014, and sell those products through all of 2015. Surely Apple will find a way to use its new toy before next year concludes, so it&rsquo;ll be interesting to see these competitors sharing what should be a defining feature for Beats&rsquo; new buyer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/the-beats-go-on-at-hp-at-least-until-2015/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/beats-drdre/beats-luke-wood-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature">Luke Wood from Beats: &quot;We want to raise the sound quality bar&quot;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP + Beats Audio" alt="HP + Beats Audio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hp-beats.jpg?1401345181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-homey-s-voice-controlled-home-automation-new-mortal-kombat-teased-and-leap-motio#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Connected home Console games Crowdfunding HP Leap Motion Thu, 29 May 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438081 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: LG posts G3 specs early, Apple’s iPhone home automation plans, and Metro Redux headed to new consoles http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-lg-posts-g3-specs-early-apple-s-iphone-home-automation-plans-and-metro-redux-hea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up with all of the latest tech news with a single article </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3" alt="LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3.jpg?1401181799" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 specs accidentally posted by company ahead of events </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re slated to see (and presumably try out) LG&rsquo;s new G3 smartphone within mere hours, following months of rumours and purported leaks&mdash;but it appears that LG Netherlands accidentally jumped the gun last night by spilling the official specs.</p> <p>Android Authority caught the listing before it was pulled, and it seems that the G3 will feature the previously confirmed 5.5in screen running at 2K (2560x1440) resolution, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 3000mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel back camera. It also includes laser-guided image stability&mdash;an exciting new function&mdash;and a Quick Circle feature designed for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/fully-charged-lg-s-quickcircle-case-window-g3-win-star-wars-episode-vii-role-and-see-batman-arkha">the new cover LG unveiled</a> last week.</p> <p>The RAM, processor, and storage figures are all a bit lower than most recently rumored, which has us wondering if regional configurations will vary&mdash;it&rsquo;s possible that we&rsquo;ll hear about a slightly more robust model when the official event starts up in a short while. Stay tuned for much more on the LG G3 as the day unfolds.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidauthority.com/lg-g3-specs-features-leak-385740/">Android Authority</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/26/5752630/lg-netherlands-posts-full-specs-and-photos-of-the-g3-flagship">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Next big iPhone feature? Easy home automation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple is rumoured to make a big splash at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week&mdash;with everything from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-reportedly-gaining-split-screen-multitasking-ios-8/news">split-screen iPad multitasking</a> to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-sony-ditches-oled-tvs-more-4k-lcds-dr-dre-rumored-new-apple-exec-and-half-life-2">introducing Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine</a> as new executives via the expected Beats Electronics acquisition&mdash;but here&rsquo;s one more significant bit of news we&rsquo;ll reportedly hear about.</p> <p>If the Financial Times&rsquo; sources are to be believed, Apple will put a large focus on home automation via the iPhone, adding a center of sorts to iOS that&rsquo;ll allow you to control various devices in your home via your smartphone. The report suggests that entering your home, for example, can automatically turn on the lights thanks to your device&rsquo;s proximity.</p> <p>Marketing-wise, the plans are reportedly similar to the &ldquo;Made for iPhone&rdquo; branding Apple uses for approved peripherals, but with a new logo and name. In typical Apple fashion, everything under the label is expected to work rather easily, and privacy will also be a big selling point. Are you ready to have your iPhone talk to your refrigerator? Apple might be betting on it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1bef71b8-e433-11e3-a73a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz32sU5G1S4">The Financial Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech-mobile-payments-and-internet-things-why-bluetooth-41-genuinely-exciting-honestly-it/fe">Wearable tech, mobile payments and the Internet of Things: why Bluetooth 4.1 is genuinely exciting (honestly, it is)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 5c" alt="iPhone 5c" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone5c.jpg?1401181799" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metro Redux upgrades shooter series for new consoles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Post-nuclear shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light were well received by gamers and press alike&mdash;we gave Last Light four stars just a year ago&mdash;but never huge sellers or especially visible to mainstream players.</p> <p>Deep Silver and developer 4A Games hope to broaden the series&rsquo; horizons this summer with the release of Metro Redux, a remastered collection of both games (plus downloadable add-on content) newly delivered to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, along with PC, Linux, and Steam OS.</p> <p>Not only does Metro Redux overhaul both games with enhanced visuals, but it&rsquo;ll also now let you experience each game (set in Russian transit tunnels) in one of two very distinct ways: the slower-paced &ldquo;Survival&rdquo; mode similar to Metro 2033, or the more weapon-centric &ldquo;Spartan&rdquo; mode that&rsquo;s similar to what was seen in sequel Last Light. The physical package will be sold for &pound;34.99, otherwise each individual game can be downloaded for &pound;15.99 apiece.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://enterthemetro.com/uk/news/game_information_uk/return_to_post_apocalyptic_moscow/">Metro Redux</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/metro-last-light/review">Metro: Last Light review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CDDgtkd4krU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-lg-posts-g3-specs-early-apple-s-iphone-home-automation-plans-and-metro-redux-hea#comments Android Apple Connected home Console games G3 iPhone & iPad LG Smartphones Tue, 27 May 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437909 at http://www.stuff.tv ALYT is Siri for your smart home http://www.stuff.tv/alyt-siri-your-smarthome/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This curvy little box will protect your house and let you know that everything&#039;s fine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="449" title="Curvy black box" alt="ALYT is Siri for your smarthome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alyt-hot-stuff.jpg?1401190927" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What is this and how do I pronounce it?</strong><br />ALYT, (or alight), is a smart hub for your house which will let you control everything from security cameras to your lightbulbs, and everything in between.</p> <p>It's a portal into the Internet of Things, and you'l be able to access it all through your Android or iOS device,, monitoring your home while you're out and about.</p> <p><strong>Why's it different?</strong><br />For starters, ALYT can understand you and talks back to you, just like Siri. You can give it conversational commands like "lock the door", or ask it if you'll need a jumper today. Just think of it as a personal butler.</p> <p>It's also got a built-in SIM slot, so even if your Wi-Fi goes down, it'll carry on monitoring your home and alerting you on your smartphone or tablet when you're away. If you dismiss regular alerts such as your dog setting off the motion detector, then it'll alert you less often, unless something new crops up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Won't I have to buy a bunch of gear to get my existing stuff connected?</strong><br />You'll have to fork out for a few smart plugs for devices that you want to remotely access and turn off, yes, and you'll need a smart thermostat like NEST if you want to keep on top of your energy bills.</p> <p>But with the savings you could make by reducing unnecessary wastage, we think it'll all be worth it.</p> <p><img class="cke_iframe" src="/sites/all/libraries/ckeditor/images/spacer.gif" data-cke-realelement="%3Ciframe%20allowfullscreen%3D%22%22%20frameborder%3D%220%22%20height%3D%22281%22%20mozallowfullscreen%3D%22%22%20src%3D%22%2F%2Fplayer.vimeo.com%2Fvideo%2F92727404%3Fbyline%3D0%26amp%3Bportrait%3D0%22%20webkitallowfullscreen%3D%22%22%20width%3D%22500%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E" data-cke-real-node-type="1" alt="IFrame" title="IFrame" align="" data-cke-real-element-type="iframe" data-cke-resizable="true" /></p> <p><strong>I hope it doesn't go HAL on me</strong><br />Hopefully not. If you're willing to take the risk then you can head on over to <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/alyt-it-s-like-siri-for-your-home-but-better" href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/alyt-it-s-like-siri-for-your-home-but-better" target="_blank">indiegogo </a>where you can pick one up for US$150.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><img class="cke_iframe" src="/sites/all/libraries/ckeditor/images/spacer.gif" data-cke-realelement="%3Ciframe%20frameborder%3D%220%22%20height%3D%22180%22%20src%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fpages.haymarket.com%2Fstuff_signup%2Fenews_embed%22%20style%3D%22overflow%3Ahidden%22%20width%3D%22300%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E" data-cke-real-node-type="1" alt="IFrame" title="IFrame" align="" data-cke-real-element-type="iframe" data-cke-resizable="true" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ALYT is Siri for your smarthome" alt="ALYT is Siri for your smarthome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alyt1.jpg?1401190927" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/alyt-siri-your-smarthome/news#comments Connected home Hot Stuff Thu, 22 May 2014 14:57:39 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1437646 at http://www.stuff.tv aclock alarm clock is a Pebble for your bedside table http://www.stuff.tv/aclock-alarm-clock-pebble-your-bedside-table/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dump your smartphone in the drawer and let this connected alarm clock rouse you from your slumber </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="aclock" alt="aclock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/aclock-01.jpg?1399431098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I have a smartphone; why would I want an alarm clock?</strong><br />Ever been woken up by a smartphone notification? Even if you&#39;ve remembered to switch it to silent, smartphones are a minefield for the insomniac; blearily check your texts in the middle of the night and before you know it you&#39;ve spent 20 minutes staring at a glowing rectangle. The <a href="http://www.aclock.co/" target="_blank">aclock</a> will, its creators promise, help you get a good night&#39;s sleep.</p> <p><strong>Fair enough. So what does this aclock do that an alarm clock doesn&#39;t?</strong><br />It&#39;s simple, for starters &ndash; no fiddly little buttons covering its surface, just a simple backlit E Ink display, and interchangeable faces.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So, if there are no buttons, how do I control it? </strong><br />The aclock uses gesture controls &ndash; you can double tap to snooze, and shake to silence the alarm.</p> <p><strong>Yes, but how do I set the alarm in the first place? </strong><br />Using an app, of course! You can set alarm times on your Android device or iPhone, change your alarm sound, and customise gesture controls for the clock. You can set alarms at different times on different days, too &ndash; just like your phone&#39;s alarm &ndash; and even vary your snooze time throughout the week. Because you deserve that half-hour lie-in on Wednesday, damnit.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="aclock" alt="aclock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aclock-03.jpg?1399431098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So I do need my smartphone, then. </strong><br />Yes, but only to set your alarms &ndash; the aclock syncs up with your phone over Bluetooth, so you can pop your handset away in a drawer to charge and let the aclock get on with the business of waking you. The aclock will also flag up notifications including upcoming meetings and weather info &ndash; but only after your alarm&#39;s gone off.</p> <p><strong>Sounds good &ndash;&nbsp;how much does it cost? </strong><br />The aclock is currently seeking crowdfunding cash&nbsp;&ndash; it&#39;s <a href="http://www.aclock.co/" target="_blank">currently available</a> for US$50 on an early bird deal for the black or white polycarbonate version, while an aluminium model in black or silver can be had for US$70. There&#39;s also a limited edition black nickel plated variant available for US$160. With 23 days left, aclock&#39;s raised over US$20,000 of its US$35,000 target, so it&#39;s looking likely that it&#39;ll make it into production.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-ww9000-touchscreen-equipped-smartphone-powered-washing-machine/news" target="_blank">Samsung WW9000 is a touchscreen-equipped, smartphone-powered washing machine</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="aclock" alt="aclock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aclock-02.jpg?1399431098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/aclock-alarm-clock-pebble-your-bedside-table/news#comments Connected home Hot Stuff Tue, 06 May 2014 11:41:30 +0000 Stephen Graves 1436652 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These dirt-cheap dongles will give your TV new streaming smarts. But which would we buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And in the purple corner..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, life - it giveth and it taketh away. While it&#39;s never been easier to add online services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer to your TV, it&#39;s never been harder to decide how to do it.</p> <p>Smart TV? Network-connected Blu-ray player or home cinema system? Games console? Apple TV, Now TV, Roku 1, 2 or 3...</p> <p>All will work, and all will do a great job in most situations. But for our money the new Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick strike the best balance between cost, content and ease of use.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much to choose between the two sticks here, and given that they&#39;ll be stuck round the back of your TV it doesn&#39;t really matter much what they look like anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>But for what it&#39;s worth, the Chromecast is short with a bulbous back end, the Roku a little longer and slimmer. The Roku is proudly purple, the Chromecast casual in black.</p> <p>Both plug into your telly via HDMI, and both also have a microUSB socket at the other end from which they draw their power. For this task you can either use the bundled wall plug or hook them straight up to a USB socket on your TV.</p> <p>But crucially, the Roku comes with a dedicated remote, whereas the Chromecast can only be operated via smartphone app. And as the remote doesn&rsquo;t need line of sight, it&#39;s no less flexible to operate than an app either. It&#39;s well built, the buttons work with a satisfying click and using it is often more simple than switching on your phone, navigating to an app etc etc. And if you really must have an app, Roku has one of those too.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature">Netflix: &quot;There really isn&#39;t a case for different versions of a film&quot;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;re not really buying them for their looks" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Roku&#039;s remote is a bonus" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Remote_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Both devices plug into an HDMI port..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_3_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="...and both are powered by microUSB" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CONTENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A media streamer is only ever as good as the media it has to stream. Obviously. And here the Roku Streaming Stick has an advantage.</p> <p>You&#39;ll find more than 500 apps on the Roku store, including the aforementioned BBC iPlayer and Netflix, Sky Store and Now TV, 4oD, Demand 5, Spotify, TuneIn, and YouTube. There are hundreds more specialist channels, catering for every interest. Personally we&#39;re quite partial to Visitation, a live stream of services from the Our Lady of the Visitation chuch in Cincinnatti, Ohio. We kid you not. Well OK, we&#39;ve never really watched it. But it does exist.</p> <p>We have watched the excellent Sky Now TV though: splash out &pound;6.99 on a month&#39;s Entertainment Pass, immerse yourself in <em>Game Of Thrones </em>and <em>The Walking Dead</em> and you&#39;ll be glad you had it.</p> <p>Adding apps is a piece of cake and new services join the line-up regularly. Hopefully we&#39;ll see ITV Player soon, so we can get our fix of <em>Loose Women</em>.</p> <p>Rather than have its own apps, Chromecast relies on iOS or Android apps with a &#39;Cast&#39; button. Netflix has one, as has iPlayer, but not much else; hopefully more will arrive soon. You do of course also get YouTube, and there&#39;s an excellent selection of films to buy on Google Play Movies.</p> <p>Streaming your own content is also easier on Roku than on Chromecast. On Google&#39;s device you&#39;ll need to use the Plex service - which is fine, but a little fiddly - whereas on the Streaming Stick you have access to the Roku Media Player app, among others. It&#39;s slick to use and will play just about anything.</p> <p>Ultimately, there&#39;s only one winner in this category. While both devices have the big two of Netflix and iPlayer, the fact that the Roku has so many more channels overall gives it a clear lead over its rival.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review">Roku 1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Casting, 1-2-3" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC iPlayer now has a Cast button" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc_0.JPG?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="There are many, many channels available on Roku" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_homescreen_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix: a winner on any device" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Casting from a compatible app to Google Chromecast works quickly enough, and given the right content it looks great too.</p> <p>Netflix&rsquo;s Super HD streams will delight you with their 1080p, high-bitrate, Dolby Digital+ surround loveliness, and if you purchase a HD flick from Google Play Movies they&#39;ll look great too. BBC iPlayer maxes out at 720p and a YouTube clip will only ever be as good as the quality it&#39;s transmitted in, but that&#39;s the same for the Roku too.</p> <p>To our eyes, the Roku&#39;s picture is a tad softer than that of the Chromecast, but not enough to make a huge difference. Navigation is snappy, particularly if using the remote, and you can also Cast to the Streaming Stick from some apps, including Netflix, if it takes your fancy. Like the Chromecast it&#39;s compatible with Super HD and Dolby Digital+ and ultimately there&#39;s nothing much between them in this round.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news">Sky&#39;s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recording and more</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebbles not included" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-stones_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="House Of Cards = ace" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At &pound;30 for the Chromecast and &pound;50 for the Streaming Stick, these devices are both absolute bargains. If you&#39;ve yet to bring your viewing setup kicking and screaming into the 2010s, either will do a great job.&nbsp;</p> <p>But this test is all about picking a winner, and for our money it&#39;s got to be the Roku Streaming Stick. It&#39;s slick, simple and stuffed with content; team it with Netflix and you&#39;ll never leave the house again.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is... the Roku Streaming Stick!" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_7.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature#comments Chromecast Connected home Geek accessories Google iPlayer Netflix Roku Streaming Streaming Stick Fri, 02 May 2014 13:29:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436510 at http://www.stuff.tv