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Ring ups its security with array of new smart home devices announced at CES

After getting started with a camera-equipped doorbell that allowed you to remotely keep tabs on your front door, smart home company Ring is expanding further into home security.  New for this year’s CES are a pair of cameras, the Stick Up Cam and the Stick Up Cam Elite. The new …

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The smart kitchen needs to be modular or you risk your oven becoming redundant

Smart home technology – and we’re specifically thinking here about white goods – has a problem that no one seems to be talking about. For many years we’ve been hearing keynote speeches at CES about how all of our kitchen devices are going to be able to talk to each …

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Samsung’s new Family Hub is the smart chef you didn’t know you needed

The Samsung Family Hub 3.0 refrigerator is even smarter than the previous model, packing in Bixby smarts and powerful AKG audio to make your time in and out of the kitchen more enjoyable. Aside from the massive display, it might look like just a regular fridge, but this new model …

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The smart home tech of CES 2018: from heated toilets to connected fridges

One of the ranges that surprised us as to how much we actually wanted it was the connected range from American luxury bathroom brand Kohler called Kohler Konnect. The range includes a voice-controlled shower that can remember a number of presets of heat, music, lights and more, so you can …

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Smart lock maker August widens the reach of its Amazon Key alternative

One of the big talking points of home security in 2017 was around the Amazon Key service, the one that allowed its delivery drivers to access your home while you were out.  And while the response was definitely mixed, that hasn’t stopped others from trying their hand at this service. …

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ZLINK converts your Amazon Echo into a smart home hub

You could summarize CES 2018 pretty simply: “That tech thing you own? Now you can talk to it with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.” Voice-activated functionality through these two popular platforms is dominating the discussion in Las Vegas.  But while Amazon is showing off what Alexa can do for your …

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Amazon Echo Button set to get more games and expanded capabilities in 2018

Amazon’s voice-orientated Amazon Echo line-up makes it the perfect gadget for quiz-show style applications, something the company capitalized upon with the release of its Amazon Echo Buttons. The connected push-to-play pucks add a tangible element to interacting with an Alexa device, and at CES 2018 the company revealed that it’s …

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Kohler has created a smart bathroom range that you’ll actually want

So far CES 2018 has been awash with products that are touting voice assistant integration, and when we first heard that there was a smart bathroom range coming from American luxury bathroom manufacturer Kohler we were initially thought it was going to be some pretty unnecessary integration. But we we …

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It’s all about the screen: Facebook’s Echo Show rival has a possible name and price

Facebook is entering the world of hardware manufacture with an Amazon Echo Show rival called Portal. That’s if anonymous sources close to the project are to be believed. Speaking to Cheddar, sources claimed that Facebook Portal will be a chat device with a screen so that users can stay connected …

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