Connected home http://www.stuff.tv/connected-home/news en-GB CES 2015: Stuff interviews George Yianni, creator of the Philips Hue lightbulb http://www.stuff.tv/hue/ces-2015/ces-2015-stuff-interviews-george-yianni-creator-philips-hue-lightbulb/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We chew the fat with the man who&#039;s just invented &#039;light soundtracks&#039; for movies </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="CES 2015: Stuff interviews George Yianni, creator of the Philips Hue lightbulb" alt="CES 2015: Stuff interviews George Yianni, creator of the Philips Hue lightbulb" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-hue.jpg?1421122953" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During the past week, Stuff has been running interviews on the International News Stage at CES 2015, the biggest and craziest technology show in the world.</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/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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 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</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Works-With-Nest_0.jpg?1420723794" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>All this week, Stuff is running interviews on the International News Stage at CES 2015, the biggest and craziest technology show in the world.</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/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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 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http://www.stuff.tv/nest/ces-2015/ces-2015-stuff-interviews-lionel-paillet-general-manager-europe-nest/feature#comments CES 2015 Connected home Nest Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:29:55 +0000 Marc McLaren 1457053 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Misfit Bolt lightbulb will shine every colour under the sun http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-misfit-bolt-lightbulb-will-shine-every-colour-under-sun/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turn your bedroom blue, your living room lilac or your kitchen khaki, thanks to Misfit&#039;s new smart bulb </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 Misfit Bolt" alt="CES 2015: Misfit Bolt lightbulb will shine every colour under the sun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Bolt.jpg?1421657556" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smart lighting just got smarter, cheaper and simpler thanks to the Misfit Bolt.</p> <p>The Bolt, announced at CES today,&nbsp;sees the wearable tech company moving firmly into the smart home market.&nbsp;And at first glance it looks like it&#39;ll fit in nicely.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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>For starters, it&#39;ll be available for&nbsp;just US$50. While the rival Philips Hue Bulbs can be bought for the not-much-more-expensive price of &pound;50, they also require a hub, bringing the overall package price up to about &pound;80. The Bolt, however, will work as a standalone product with no other kit needed other than a smartphone or tablet to control it.</p> <p>Like other smart bulbs it can display millions of colours, and it&#39;s also able to &quot;create beautiful lightscapes from premade scenes or scenes based on photos [you] choose.&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-swarovski-shine-fitness-tracker-never-needs-charging/news">CES 2015: Swarovski Shine fitness tracker never needs charging</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>If you&#39;ve already bought into Misfit&#39;s wearable ecosystem, the Bolt can be connected to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/misfit-shine-teams-beddit-more-accurate-sleep-tracking-service/news">Beddit</a> sleep monitors and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/misfit-flash-brings-neon-colours-fitness-and-sleep-tracking-your-wrist-50/news">Flash</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/misfit-shine-teams-beddit-more-accurate-sleep-tracking-service/news">Shine</a> trackers to wake you with a sunrise simulation.</p> <p>The Bolt is made from a glass dome and uses a proprietary light-diffusion coating, giving it a wide-angle light dispersion and aluminium for the body, which doubles as a heat sink.&nbsp;Its default colour is white, which Misfit says is bright enough for everyday use.&nbsp;</p> <p>You&#39;ll be able to control it via the Misfit Home app for iOS and Android, or via&nbsp;Logitech&#39;s Harmony Home remote and app.</p> <p>The Misfit Bolt is available to pre-order now from <a href="http://misfit.com/">Misfit.com</a> for US$50.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015">All the latest news from CES 2015</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> http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-misfit-bolt-lightbulb-will-shine-every-colour-under-sun/news#comments CES 2015 Connected home Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:15:01 +0000 Max Langridge 1456867 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: LG’s HomeChat will be chattier with Nest thermostats and cars http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2015/ces-2015-lg-s-homechat-will-become-more-chatty-nest-thermostats-and-cars/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speaking to your home with the LG G Watch R doesn’t sound so silly now </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="567" height="425" title="CES 2015: LG’s HomeChat will become more chatty with Nest thermostats and cars" alt="CES 2015: LG’s HomeChat will become more chatty with Nest thermostats and cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20HomeChat%20CES%202015.jpg?1420508458" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-8eda794c-bb59-f497-a5a8-09d4ac52d8c3">We called it - the Internet of Things is going to be big. Apparently, LG thinks so too.</p> <p dir="ltr">LG Chief Technology Officer Dr. Skott Ahn kicked off the press conference with the company&rsquo;s plans for IOT. Specifically, what its existing HomeChat system can do for you.</p> <p dir="ltr">HomeChat, which was unveiled last year, introduced a communication platform for LG&rsquo;s smartphones to communicate with its home appliances. Think controlling the fridge and laundry with your smartphones.</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-8eda794c-bb5a-75a9-2f39-7e7a1521923a">IOT is more than just connected homes - LG is also eyeing the automotive industry to evolve its HomeChat platform. The company is actively developing Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technologies, and likewise, HomeChat will be the protocol through which it&rsquo;ll connect smart devices together.</p> <p dir="ltr">The big picture for LG is its partnership with AllSeen Alliance and being heavily onvolved in oneM2M, a global standard for IOT that connects devices seamlessly through the cloud. This essentially means LG&rsquo;s webOS TVs, Android smartphones, Android Wear smartwatches and all forms of devices will have a single platform to communicate.</p> <p dir="ltr">The long story short? You might be able to remotely start the microwave oven and have a hot meal ready by the time you&rsquo;re home. It&rsquo;s a concept, but at least it&rsquo;s making the 2015 from Back to the Future more real than before.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015">CES 2015 news - live from Las Vegas!</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="567" height="425" title="CES 2015: LG’s HomeChat will become more chatty with Nest thermostats and cars" alt="CES 2015: LG’s HomeChat will become more chatty with Nest thermostats and cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20AllSeen%20Alliance%20CES%202015.jpg?1420508458" /> </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/lg/ces-2015/ces-2015-lg-s-homechat-will-become-more-chatty-nest-thermostats-and-cars/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2015/ces-2015-lg-s-homechat-will-become-more-chatty-nest-thermostats-and-cars/news#comments CES 2015 Connected home LG Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:31:55 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1456738 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Nest gets compatible with lots more gadgets http://www.stuff.tv/nest/ces-2015/ces-2015-nest-gets-compatible-lots-more-gadgets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washing machines, smart locks and sleep monitors are among the new items that work with Google’s Internet of Things gear </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="CES 2015: Nest gets compatible with lots more gadgets" alt="CES 2015: Nest gets compatible with lots more gadgets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Works-With-Nest.jpg?1420508333" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nest, the Google-owned company that makes the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke and CO2 detector, has revealed a raft of newly-compatible gadgets and products.</p> <p>Nest is showing off its new connections at CES 2015, which officially starts tomorrow, but has revealed a few of them ahead of time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news">Now you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat with Google voice commands</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"> A more thoroughly connected home </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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wheres-catch-future-keyless-entry/news">August Smart Lock</a>, for instance, will be compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat. When you use August to unlock your door the thermostat can be set to automatically warm or cool your home. And when you go out and lock your door, the Nest can automatically be set to &ldquo;Away&rdquo; mode, saving you energy. Another smart lock, the Kwikset Kevo, is also compatible, but it knows who is home and their preferred temperatures too.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the Chargepoint electric car charger. Your Nest thermostat can let it know when energy is in high demand, meaning you won&rsquo;t charge your car at the most expensive times.</p> <p>Ooma&rsquo;s VOIP phone service will talk to Nest to learn your and your family&rsquo;s normal movements, so if something unexpected happens &ndash; your child not coming home from school on time, for instance &ndash; you can have an alert sent to your phone.</p> <p>Whirlpool washing machines and tumble dryers are also compatible with the Nest Thermostat. It&rsquo;ll let them know when you&rsquo;re home and have them automatically switch to quiet mode.</p> <p>The Withings Sleep System knows when you&rsquo;ve dozed off, and will then inform the Nest Thermostat to adjust the temperature to something more comfortable for sleeping. It&rsquo;ll also tell it when you&rsquo;ve woken up, so it can turn the heating up or on.</p> <p>Finally, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stufftv-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-home-gadgets-year/feature">Philips&rsquo; Hue</a> smart lighting system is getting compatibility with the Nest Protect, so that they can be made to flash on and off when it senses that something is wrong.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://nest.com/blog/2015/01/05/what-works-with-nest-at-CES/" target="_blank">Nest</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="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> http://www.stuff.tv/nest/ces-2015/ces-2015-nest-gets-compatible-lots-more-gadgets/news#comments CES 2015 Connected home Nest Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:55:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1456692 at http://www.stuff.tv Now you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat with Google voice commands http://www.stuff.tv/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, Google Now can begin heating or cooling your place during your commute 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="1200" height="900" title="Google Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest-google-now.jpg?1418717631" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the weekend, some intrepid Android users discovered that Google integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies">about to go live</a>. Today, it&rsquo;s officially&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">up and running</a>.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a&nbsp;<a href="https://workswithnest.google.com">Google Works With Nest setup process</a>&nbsp;that you&rsquo;ll need to complete, which finds you authorizing access on both sides of the partnership. Even though Google owns Nest now, the latter is trying to stay somewhat autonomous and not spook users worried about data access overreach from its massive overlord.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve invested in a Nest, you might as well take advantage of these beneficial new features. There&#39;s little sense in resisting a smart thermometer getting smarter, after all.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">Nest</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/nest-google-now-temperature-control/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nest-gets-closer-world-or-least-home-domination/news">Nest gets closer to world (or at least home) domination with improved compatibility</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="600" title="Google Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-google-integration.jpg?1418717631" /> </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/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news#comments Android Connected home Google iOS Nest Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:22:56 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455446 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony is crowdfunding the Qrio smart lock in Japan http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-crowdfunding-qrio-smart-lock-japan/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Never thought we’d write that headline, but the new Sony has interesting tactics </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="Sony Qrio smart lock" alt="Sony Qrio smart lock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-qrio-smartlock.jpg?1418436227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Does a company with nearly &pound;42 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year really need to have any part in a crowdfunding campaign? That&rsquo;s not our call to make, but it certainly is a surprise from Sony.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s currently listed on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake, and has already blown past its goal of 1,500,000 yen (just &pound;8,000). Sony tells the Wall Street Journal that it&rsquo;s more interested in gauging consumer demand than raising money - obviously - before it goes ahead with manufacturing. The Qrio will be officially launched later this month, with the retail price expected to be 15,000 yen (&pound;80).</p> <p>And as Engadget points out, this isn&rsquo;t Sony&rsquo;s first dalliance with something called Qrio. The company planned a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QRIO">humanoid robot with the same name</a> about a decade back, as a successor to the Aibo robot dog, but it was canceled before release. We&rsquo;re guessing the new Qrio will prove a lot more useful than the old one would have. Just a hunch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2014/12/12/sony-taps-crowdfunding-wisdom-on-smart-lock/">The Wall Street Journal</a>, <a href="https://www.makuake.com/project/qrio-smart-lock/">Makuake</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/12/sony-smart-lock/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news">Sony planning fewer smartphones and TVs after falling sales</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/1BrDpIz8ihU" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-crowdfunding-qrio-smart-lock-japan/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-crowdfunding-qrio-smart-lock-japan/news#comments Connected home Crowdfunding Sony Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:56:30 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455230 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire TV Stick http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here boy! Amazon throws a streaming TV stick into the Christmas mix. Now fetch! </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="2000" height="2000" title="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FireTVStick-Remote-Portrait.jpg?1417568301" /> </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/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is getting serious about TV. Its drama series Transparent, starring Arrested Development&#39;s Jeffrey Tambor, is wowing critics and now the etail giant is going stick-to-stick against Google and Roku with a cut-down, cut-price Fire TV streamer.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Currently US only, $39 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap, well made and easy to use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good audio and video quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun one-button casual gaming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great deal for Prime members </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slower than its big brother </div> <div class="field-item even"> No voice search </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fewer apps than rivals </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review 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"> Design and setup </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>Aesthetically speaking, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. Without the fun air pillows to pop. Remarkably, it&#39;s probably less interesting to look at than an actual stick, which at least might be a bit knobbly or have an interesting insect crawling along it.</p> <p>But that doesn&#39;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port at the back of your telly. One word of advice for future stick engineers - putting the micro-USB power socket on a thin edge of the stick means you can&#39;t put another HDMI in an adjoining port. Sticking it on the end or one of the thick faces would be more practical. Amazon does include an HDMI extender, gratis, but we can&#39;t help thinking it would be unnecessary if the Stick was designed a bit more thoughtfully in the first place.&nbsp;</p> <p>Set-up is unbelievably easy. The Fire TV Stick automatically finds and pairs with its Bluetooth remote, then you tap in your Wi-Fi details, including 5GHz networks (unlike Chromecast) for more reliable low-range streaming. A perky video tutorial then talks you through its navigation and operation.&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="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="3264" height="2448" title="While the full-size Amazon Fire TV box had an industrial designer wave her hands over it, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. But without the air pillows to pop. It&#039;s basically a geometric black turd. Remarkably, it is even less interesting than an actual stick, which at least offers the possibility of an interesting insect crawling up it. But that doesn&#039;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port " alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8701.JPG?1417568301" /> </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"> Interface and features </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&#39;s a shame that Amazon doesn&#39;t ship the Fire TV Stick with the same voice control remote as the Fire TV. Being able to simply hold down the microphone button and say what you want - in almost any accent and even in a noisy room - makes the rest of the Fire TV&#39;s interface virtually irrelevant. You can <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Replacement-Amazon-Fire-Voice-Remote/dp/B00KQEH3FK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417045851&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=fire+tv+remote">buy one separately</a>, currently for &pound;25, but it feels like a missed opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least the home screen operation is fast and intuitive. Categories and menu items are on a vertical column on the left, populating out with recent and recommended items to the right. The Fire TV Stick feels just as fast as its big brother for browsing but maybe a couple of seconds slower to start playing videos. That sluggishness is even more noticeable when it comes to games, which can take five or ten seconds extra to load.</p> <p>That&#39;s hardly a surprise. The Fire TV Stick has a dual-core ARM chip and 1GB of memory, compared to the Fire TV&#39;s quad-core silicon with 2GB of RAM. Both gadgets have 8GB of storage, which is enough for a handful of apps and games. The Fire TV Stick works as a seamless second screen with Fire tablets (and the Fire Phone, if either of you out there with one are reading this), and you can fling other services such as YouTube and Spotify from iOS or Android phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>All the most popular apps are present and correct. Amazon Instant Video is the easiest and quickest to use of course, but Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and WatchESPN work OK. HBO GO is promised for next year (at least in the US), just in time for its promised unbundling from cable subscriptions (both Roku and Chromecast already offer the app Stateside).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Reviews of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick</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="3264" height="2448" title="The Fire TV Stick remote is less classy than the Fire TV&#039;s - and lacks the voice search button" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8702.JPG?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire TV Stick tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Video output</strong>: 1080p or 720p at up to 60fps</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>:&nbsp;Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9</p> <p><strong>Memory</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi, HDMI; Bluetooth 3 for remote</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 85 x 25 x 11.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 25g</p> </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"> 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"> Video, games and sound </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 great news is that video (up to 1080p, 60fps) looks every bit as good on the Fire TV Stick as it does on the Fire TV. Colours are great, detail is crisp and there are no nasty artefacts. It doesn&#39;t handle navigating through video quite as well, though. Tap the fast forward or rewind button for a 10-second shift and the screen hiccups slightly, unlike the Fire TV&#39;s silky smooth transitions. Scrubbing at high speed forward or back also feels laggy.&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing worth noting is Amazon&#39;s smart handling of Wi-Fi interruptions and general internet slowdowns. The video signal degrades very gracefully, pixellating the image without interrupting the stream until the last possible moment. If your connection is prone to problems, this is one of the best systems we&#39;ve seen to cope with it.</p> <p>The Stick can&#39;t play H.263 or MPEG videos (unlike the Fire TV) although it does offer Flac and Vorbis audio playback that its older sibling does not. Home cinema fans will be pleased to hear that Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 channel passthrough are on board. There&#39;s no optical audio out (again, unlike the Fire TV).&nbsp;</p> <p>As long as you&#39;re not expecting the Fire TV Stick to replace a real console for games, you won&#39;t be disappointed. Casual games are slower to load than on the Fire TV but play without glitches, including the latest 3D puzzlers such as Disney&#39;s Smash It! Amazon gives you some coins to buy a few games without actually spending any money - you might even find them enough to keep you busy between Netflix binges.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Why you should care about Spotify Connect</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="1612" height="922" title="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" alt="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AmazonFireTVHomeScreen.jpg?1417568301" /> </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"> Amazon Fire TV Stick 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>Amazon did the right thing in releasing a super-portable streaming stick. The Fire TV Stick is small enough to take on holiday with you or to lend to a mate, and looks very respectable when stacked up against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google&#39;s Chromecast</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku&#39;s Streaming Stick</a>. While it doesn&#39;t offer quite as many apps, it&#39;s got all the basic, popular streaming services stacked up, with the bonus of a selection of high quality casual games to dip into.</p> <p>The problem really comes with the Fire TV Stick&#39;s core audience - people who already pay for Amazon Prime and want to get the most from it. Given that you&#39;re paying &pound;79 or $99 a year for the service, saving a little on a cut-down streaming device doesn&#39;t add up. The standard Fire TV box comes with a revolutionary voice control remote, beautifully smooth video and pretty fast gaming - the Fire TV Stick really only has its price and size going for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Fire TV Stick is a solid performer at a very cheap price, then, but if you&#39;re a streaming veteran there&#39;s probably not enough reason to up sticks and switch to this.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/connected-home/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Connected Home Gadgets in the World right now</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="2000" height="2000" title="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" alt="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FireTVStick-Remote-Landscape.jpg?1417568301" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Compact and competent, but if you&#39;re spending all that money on Prime anyway, go for the full fat Fire TV</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <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"> Amazon Fire TV Stick review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review#comments Amazon Connected home Fire TV Fire TV Stick Home Cinema Streaming Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:38:16 +0000 Mark Harris 1454027 at http://www.stuff.tv Onecue can control everything but the kitchen sink http://www.stuff.tv/onecue-can-control-everything-kitchen-sink/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just so long as you don&#039;t mind waving at an empty room, that is... </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 Onecue sensor unit" alt="Onecue can control everything but the kitchen sink" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/onecue_device_text.jpg?1416971404" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of losing the remote control behind the sofa? Then you need a universal remote. Keep losing that too? Ah, then take a look at the Onecue.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Users can set-up their wireless system via an iOS or Android app and customise a range of settings. One example Onecue gives is that the television, set-top box and stereo can be turned on simultaneously with one single wave.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Onecue is developed by eyeSight, an Israeli technology company that focuses solely on Machine Vision and gesture controlled technology. It provides touch-free interfaces to the likes of Lenovo, Philips and Toshiba.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every device in our homes, from the TV to the games console to the thermostat, has its own control system and remotes, cables or apps for operation, resulting in lots of clutter and fragmentation,&rdquo; said Gideon Shmuel, CEO of eyeSight.</p> <p>&ldquo;To solve this problem, we developed Onecue, a control centre to bring together all of these devices through a natural, easy-to-use interface that leverages our years of experience in gesture recognition technology to let you experience your home through your fingertips.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Onecue is available to pre-order now from <a href="http://www.theonecue.com/">theonecue.co.uk </a>for an introductory price of US$130. The projected retail price will be US$200.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-2013-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature">Stuff&#39;s Christmas Gift Guide 2014 - 225 present ideas and counting</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/_1QnnRn47r0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onecue_control_Nest.jpg?1416971404" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onecue_Media_control.jpg?1416971404" /> </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/onecue-can-control-everything-kitchen-sink/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/onecue-can-control-everything-kitchen-sink/feature#comments Connected home Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:29:11 +0000 Max Langridge 1453914 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel CEO: Edison PC will be the size of a coat button by 2016 http://www.stuff.tv/edison/intel-ceo-edison-pc-will-be-size-coat-button-2016/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your nano PC is about to get really, really embarrassed </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="567" height="425" title="Intel Edison now, slightly bigger than an SD card" alt="Intel Edison now, slightly bigger than an SD card" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Intel%20Edison%2001.jpg?1415000377" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/sd-card-your-pocket-no-its-intels-tiny-edison-pc/news">Intel Edison</a>, the low cost computer that&#39;s not much bigger than an SD card, is getting a nip and tuck in 2015. &nbsp;</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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>Speaking ahead of Intel&#39;s Make It Wearable challenge in San Francisco, with finalists including <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nixie-tiny-camera-drone-launches-your-wrist/news">Edison-powered camera drones</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature">modular smartwatches</a> and haptic necklaces, Krzanich says that building smaller and smaller computers to fit into fashionable form factors isn&#39;t difficult. It&#39;s coming up with the ideas.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re asking ourselves - should we make some iconic devices where we push the technology and show people where this could go?</p> <p>I&#39;m not sure that in this space [wearable tech] that one device will be the end to all.&nbsp;I&#39;m not sure you can make a device that is great for going out for a run or swim or bike ride that&#39;s also great for your daily social activity, Facebook or Twitter, as well as something that&#39;s a fashion statement. I&#39;m not sure that will happen. But I do believe there will be some significant breakthroughs.&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nixie-tiny-camera-drone-launches-your-wrist/news">Nixie - a tiny camera drone that launches off your wrist&nbsp;</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="Nixie, running on the current 2014 Edison " alt="Nixie, running on the current 2014 Edison " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nixie-copter.jpg?1415000377" /> </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="500" height="375" title="Edison powered modular smarwatch Blocks" alt="Edison powered modular smarwatch Blocks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blocks-smartwatch.jpg?1415000377" /> </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>One breakthrough that wearables sorely need is improvements to battery life and Intel is doing its bit. Krzanich hints at new Intel chips next year, a &quot;very simple one&quot; at the beginning of 2015 and a &quot;more advanced one in the second half of the year&quot; which will only activate the digital components and computing power when low power sensors are triggered.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;You can have an analogue part that&#39;s always listening and always sensing, that&#39;s very low power. Then if it sees something, whatever your sensor is monitoring, then this turns the digital side on. We have certain products coming out next year that really take this idea of putting the chip to sleep. And that impacts battery life quite a bit. A lot of battery is spent either sitting there waiting, in an idle state, or constantly pinging to see if you&#39;re doing anything. And we think we can go the other way around.&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature">Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build wristwear for every occasion&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>There&#39;s no word yet on how long such a wearable device could last but Krzanich says that smartwatches that don&#39;t last one working day are a problem and points to the Basis Peak which lasts a couple of days on one charge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Intel also has plans for the Basis fitness and sleep tracker now that it owns the company. It&#39;s good news for fashion companies looking to get into wearables as Intel is effectively killing the line in favour of opening up the tech to its partners.&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;We don&#39;t think of the company and the brand as a product we need to build on,&quot; he says. &quot;We really think of it as a platform. So if Fossil wants to build a watch that has sleep tracking, step counting and heart monitoring we will just simply say &ndash; here it is. Here&#39;s all the stuff you need to go do that, now build that into what you really want. You&#39;ll see other sensors coming into this as well.&quot;</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-mica-01_0.jpg?1415000377" /> </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/edison/intel-ceo-edison-pc-will-be-size-coat-button-2016/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/edison/intel-ceo-edison-pc-will-be-size-coat-button-2016/news#comments Connected home Edison Intel Wearable tech Mon, 03 Nov 2014 02:27:40 +0000 Sophie Charara 1452051 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google exploring Android app trials, Apple TV may be HomeKit home base, and free new-gen upgrade for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-exploring-android-app-trials-apple-tv-may-be-homekit-home-base-and-free <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has the quick-hit tech news you need to know </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="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-play-store-app.jpg?1412929615" /> </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"> Bite-sized Android app trials incoming? </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 Play recently <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro">extended its return window</a> for purchased apps, but if you&rsquo;re still worried about getting burned on a bad app or game, there may be hope on the horizon. The Information reports that Google is looking into allowing trial downloads of Android apps.</p> <p>Furthermore, the indication is that you won&rsquo;t have to download the full-sized app, but rather a small, cut-down portion that saves on your data usage and more quickly gets you to what you want to see and play. When such a plan will be implemented remains unknown, however.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Google-Considers-New-App-Trial-Technology-For-Android">The Information</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/08/google-trial-apps/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro">Fully Charged: Microsoft wants to put Xbox games in your browser, now you have two hours to return Android apps, and an NES-themed 3DS XL incoming</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"> Apple TV may be the center of your connected home </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>With Apple introducing the HomeKit framework for connected home devices, the Apple TV may become a lot more useful in the near future. A note on the latest Apple TV software beta notes added HomeKit support, says AppleInsider, and a developer has lent some insight into how that&rsquo;ll work.</p> <p>Supposedly, the Apple TV will work as a hub for your connected home devices and help you access your setup while away from home. Of course, the Apple TV hardware itself is a bit dated at this point, with the current model launching at the start of 2013, so we have to imagine that Apple will refresh the box if it really has big plans in mind.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/10/07/latest-apple-tv-update-enables-remote-access-relay-for-homekit-connected-accessories">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-can-control-apple-tv-plus-tim-cook-hints-other-uses/news">Apple Watch can control Apple TV, plus Tim Cook hints at other uses</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="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-appletv.png?1412929615" /> </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"> Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has free new-gen upgrade </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>If you&rsquo;re thinking about buying <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 next month, but concerned that you&rsquo;ll have a new-gen console in the near future, worry not: if you buy a digital last-gen copy, you&rsquo;ll be able to upgrade on the equivalent new console.</p> <p>So if you buy on Xbox 360, you can get the Xbox One download by the end of March 2015, and the same goes for PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 digital releases. It&rsquo;s the same deal Activision <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-free-new-gen-upgrade-destiny-apple-increasing-icloud-security-alerts-and-netflix">offered with <em>Destiny</em></a>, and it should ease the minds of anyone who wants to stay in the game this autumn without immediately shelling out for a brand new console.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.callofduty.com/advancedwarfare/free-upgrade">Call of Duty</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sQ6p0qXFdDE" 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/android/fully-charged-google-exploring-android-app-trials-apple-tv-may-be-homekit-home-base-and-free#comments Android Apple Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Connected home Console games Google Thu, 09 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449752 at http://www.stuff.tv SAM Labs wants to make the Internet of Things as user-friendly as Lego http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sam-labs-wants-make-internet-things-user-friendly-lego/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connecting your life is child&#039;s play with this modular Internet of Things 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="SAM Labs modules" alt="SAM Labs modules" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sam-labs-01.jpg?1412042058" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The everyday objects in our lives are being connected together in an Internet of Things &ndash; and it&#39;s growing at an unprecedented rate.</p> <p>10 billion devices are connected to the internet today, and it&#39;s set to grow to 50 billion by 2020. But with the number of connected devices in our lives skyrocketing, there&#39;s a risk that we may lose control of how our technology interacts with the Internet of Things &ndash; and how the data generated is used.</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/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>Those tools are SAM Labs&#39; SAMs &ndash; or Sensor Actor Modules. As the name suggests, they&#39;re a system of modules that wirelessly connect to each other and the internet; Sensors gather data from the world around them, and Actors act on that data. &quot;You can stick them anywhere and can control them from a distance with your phone &ndash; from another country, if you&#39;re connected to the internet,&quot; explains Horn.</p> <p>Keeping things simple is the name of the game; so the SAMs are programmed through a drag-and-drop interface. &quot;It&#39;s something that&#39;s called flow-based programming,&quot; says Horn. &quot;Basically you drag icons next to each other, and the code flows from one to the other logically &ndash; it automatically generates, and shows you what you&#39;re building by dragging and dropping. So the coder slowly understands what action is controlling which icon, and how the code fits together.&quot;</p> <p>The coding interface includes simple icons for Facebook, Twitter and e-mail &ndash; so you could, for example, use the SAM units to create a smart fridge that tweets every time you open it.&nbsp;&quot;Imagine a cycle jacket that signals to the driver behind you where you&#39;re turning traffic,&quot; says Horn. &quot;Or a box in your shoe that tells you where to walk if you need directions. You can build systems to give you a push indication on your phone when someone enters your house; what lights are on, what the temperature is, what your energy consumption is. It can be done very easily by anyone; there&#39;s no need to be an engineer or a software developer; all that&#39;s needed is to have an idea, and you can configure the Sam really easily.&quot;</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/vVK6m9S9DWY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="SAM Labs app" alt="SAM Labs app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sam-labs-02.jpg?1412042058" /> </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>SAM Labs is part of the <a href="https://www.microsoftventures.com/accelerators" target="_blank">Microsoft Ventures Accelerator</a> program, designed to give start-ups a helping hand with mentoring and networking. &quot;You&#39;re around a lot of other start-ups,&quot; says Horn. &quot;You share the same issues, you share the same fears and you communicate about all kinds of things that you wish you&#39;d known. You get to meet mentors, take an argument apart, see what the base assumptions are.&quot;</p> <p>Sam Labs has launched on crowdfunding site <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1842650056/sam-the-ultimate-internet-connected-electronics-ki" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>; prices for a fully-functional kit start at &pound;45 for an Early Bird pledge. That nets you the basic SAM Explore kit, with three modules and the app, while real enthusiasts can pledge &pound;230 for the SAM Pro kit, with 12 modules.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fove/hands-fove-vr-headset-has-its-eyes-you/news" target="_blank">Hands-on with Fove, the VR headset that has its eyes on you</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/mgyC7Y8Sch0" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sam-labs-wants-make-internet-things-user-friendly-lego/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sam-labs-wants-make-internet-things-user-friendly-lego/news#comments Connected home Microsoft Ventures Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:05:03 +0000 Stephen Graves 1448846 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch can control Apple TV, plus Tim Cook hints at other uses http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-can-control-apple-tv-plus-tim-cook-hints-other-uses/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smartwatch that’s attached to you may be the whole home remote attached to you as well </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="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-photo.JPG?1411528156" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke extensively with Bloomberg Businessweek for its latest issue, and now the full interview is on the web - with a few choice bits on the Apple Watch included.</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/apple/apple-watch-can-control-apple-tv-plus-tim-cook-hints-other-uses/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-can-control-apple-tv-plus-tim-cook-hints-other-uses/news#comments Apple Connected home Smartwatches Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:42:49 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448387 at http://www.stuff.tv Nest gets closer to world (or at least home) domination with improved compatibility http://www.stuff.tv/nest-gets-closer-world-or-least-home-domination/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new bunch of home automation services and Dropcam are now compatible with the Google-owned company’s products </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="567" height="425" title="Nest Protect: now compatible with a load more home automation tech" alt="Nest Protect: now compatible with a load more home automation tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest-red-light.jpg?1410329800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest has just added a new crop of products to its compatibility list &ndash; and in the process moved one step closer to world domination. Or domination of your home, at least.</p> <p>The Google-owned company announced that it is now compatible with some of the most popular home automation services around. Products from Crestron, Control4, Universal Remote Control and Remote Technologies Incorporated will work with Nest&rsquo;s equipment, and that means professional installers can start incorporating it into their businesses.</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>Nest also announced that Dropcam, the cloud-based video-streaming camera (recently <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">acquired by Nest</a>), is now compatible with the Nest Protect alarm and Nest Learning Thermostat. If you have one or more Dropcams installed in your home and the Nest Protect goes off, they&rsquo;ll automatically record and save a clip of the incident that you&rsquo;ll be able to view from anywhere in the world. Likewise, if you set your Learning Thermostat&rsquo;s status to &ldquo;Away&rdquo;, all the Dropcams in your home will automatically switch to motion detection mode, so you&rsquo;ll be sent an alert if someone &ndash; or some<em>thing</em> &ndash; is plodding around inside.</p> <p>Nest was bought by Google last year for US$555m (&pound;345m), and looks to be a vanguard in the company&rsquo;s attempts to become a central player in home automation and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">Internet of Things</a>. Some people see easier home automation as A Good Thing, while others believe scary old Google is using Nest as a Trojan Horse to monitor us inside our houses, collecting yet more info on our habits. We live in interesting times, that&rsquo;s for sure.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://nest.com/press/leading-home-automation-systems-join-works-with-nest-program/" target="_blank">Nest</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nest-protect-how-tony-fadell-made-fire-alarm-smart-safe-and-sexy/feature">Nest Protect: how the iPod&rsquo;s inventor made the fire alarm smart, safe and sexy</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 Nest-owned Dropcam is now fully compatible with Nest&#039;s products" alt="The Nest-owned Dropcam is now fully compatible with Nest&#039;s products" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dropcam_0.jpg?1410329800" /> </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/nest-gets-closer-world-or-least-home-domination/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Connected home Nest Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:18:18 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447095 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Stylish new Asus MeMO Pad 7 shown, Temple Run VR revealed, and the Samsung Gear S Swarovski crystal strap http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/fully-charged-stylish-new-asus-memo-pad-7-shown-temple-run-vr-revealed-and-samsung-gea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a heavy slate of Samsung news this morning, but it’s IFA week - Samsung is everywhere </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="Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C)" alt="Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-memo-pad7.png?1409825989" /> </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"> Asus shows stylish new MeMO Pad 7 </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>Tucked away in its IFA announcements slate today (which included <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">the ZenWatch</a> and a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news">pair of intriguing laptops</a>) was news that Asus has another MeMO Pad 7 tablet on the horizon. While it can be easy to confuse the names of the various Asus tablets, you won&rsquo;t have trouble telling the ME572C apart from its brethren upon sight.</p> <p>See, the 7in Android tablet is designed to look much like a clutch bag, with a lightly textured finish in colors like Champagne Gold, Burgundy Red, and&hellip; Gentle Black. Despite the soft touch on the design, it sounds pretty capable, with an Intel Atom 64-bit quad-core processor and a Full HD IPS display running at 323ppi.</p> <p>And like its visual inspiration, it should be rather svelte, coming in at just 8.3mm thick and 269g. The MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C) is due out in Q4 from John Lewis for &pound;179.99.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://press.asus.com/PressReleases/p/ASUS-ZenWatch-Announced-at-IFA-2014#.VAeiAFa1WCY">Asus</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">Asus shows off haul of fresh Android tablets</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"> Temple Run coming to Gear VR </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><em>Temple Run</em> is one of the absolute biggest mobile games of all time, generating more than 170 million downloads across versions and platforms, and it can get fairly frantic as you&rsquo;re swiping to dodge hazards at high speeds.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll be a lot crazier in first-person, which is what&rsquo;s coming in <em>Temple Run VR</em> for Samsung&rsquo;s newly-announced Gear VR headset. It very much looks like the same general game albeit in brain-melting, immersive 3D, and we imagine spotting that snow beast could provide some rather startling moments indeed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://kotaku.com/first-person-temple-run-makes-samsungs-vr-headset-terri-1630103313">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-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="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="750" title="Temple Run VR" alt="Temple Run VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/temple-run-vr.jpg?1409825989" /> </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"> Gear S gets Swarovski crystal strap </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>If you&rsquo;re not only interested in owning a standalone, 3G-enabled smartwatch, but also one that glistens with visible opulence, then Samsung has you covered. Thanks to its ongoing partnership with Swarovski, a crystal-lined strap will be sold for the upcoming Gear S wearable.</p> <p>The strap is made using a new Swarovski product called Crystal Fine Mesh, which intertwines the crystals within the metal. It&rsquo;s &ldquo;one of the most exclusive products in the Swarovski assortment,&rdquo; says Samsung&rsquo;s press release, and it&rsquo;ll be available in October online and at Samsung stores. No word yet on the surely-extravagant price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/09/02/Swarovski-Extends-34;Swarovski-for-Samsung34;-Collection-with-the-New-Samsung-Gear-S-1">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news">Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch</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="Samsung Gear S Swarovski crystal strap" alt="Samsung Gear S Swarovski crystal strap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-swarovski.png?1409825989" /> </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"> Samsung plots Knight Rider tribute in smart home commercial </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>In an effort to spotlight its ultra-modern connected home technology, Samsung enlisted the talents of&hellip; David Hasselhoff and KITT the talking car from &lsquo;80s television series, <em>Knight Rider</em>? Indeed. As the Hoff keeps trying to shill for Samsung, his former on-screen companion takes offense to the much newer, sleeker tech. It might not say a lot about the product, but it certainly makes a fun impression.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TribrhyYr-0">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/02/samsung-smart-home-kitt-hasselhoff/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-buys-smartthings-boost-its-connected-home-potential/news">Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential</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/TribrhyYr-0" 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/asus/ifa-2014/fully-charged-stylish-new-asus-memo-pad-7-shown-temple-run-vr-revealed-and-samsung-gea#comments Asus Connected home Gaming Gear VR IFA 2014 Samsung Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446524 at http://www.stuff.tv