Your WiFi Doubles as Home Security Tech with Hex

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

Home security systems can be expensive, complicated combinations of DIY sensors and hubs, or all of the above. Worse, the sensors are prone to false alarms, especially motion detectors. What if your home security system worked by deciphering how bodies, yours or others’, interacted with invisible waves already moving through your house? I’m talking about interpreting how your WiFi signals bounce off people and objects. If that sounds too far-fetched, it isn’t. Hex Home is redefining home security by doing just that. The system uses your existing WiFi waves to detect motion in your home. Hex is fully customizable, allowing you to configure sensitivity so your furry friends or curtains moving in the wind don’t trigger the alarm. You can even set automated times for the alarm to arm or disarm.

Make a Smart Doorbell That Tells You Who's Knocking

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

Not many of us can afford a butler to greet people who knock on the door and announce their visit to us. Even smart doorbells can be out of reach sometimes. However, if you’ve got a bit of DIY skills at your disposal, maybe you can make your own smart doorbell. Even better, with the help of Maker Ryder Damen, you can program it to recognize who’s at the door and tell you their name. Damen’s already “perfected” the project, and gives you a shopping list and the source code to make it work.

Make a Smart Doorbell That Tells You Who’s Knocking

Jay Z Makes Huge Investment in Smart Home Tech

· Jeff Butts · Link

Jay Z Makes Huge Investment in Smart Home Tech

Rapper, songwriter, businessman Jay-Z has reportedly made a huge investment in smart home tech recently. Through Marcy Venture Partners, Jay-Z sent $110 million into Wyze Labs’ coffers. That brings the smart home device maker’s total funding to date to $146 million. The smart home tech company, founded in 2017 by Amazon veterans, has more than 300 employees. The work Wyze is doing with AI and camera technology will definitely. benefit from the extra cash.

“We are doubling down and investing heavily to build world-class artificial intelligence into our camera products,” Wyze co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Dave Crosby told GeekWire in a recent piece. “Just in the last year, our AI team has built person detection, vehicle detection, package detection and pet detection into our cameras. “Right now we have AI features in the works that we truly think will be game-changing for any camera, let alone one that costs less than $36.”

Add Wi-Fi Logging to Your IKEA Air Quality Sensor

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

If you want to keep an eye on the air quality in your home, you can’t go wrong with the IKEA VINDRIKTNING air quality sensor. It only costs $12, and uses colored LEDs to tell you the relative air quality in your home. Maker Sören Beye has extended the capability of the sensor even further, enabling Wi-Fi logging of the data. All you need, in addition to the air quality sensor, is an ESP8266 microcontroller, a couple short jumper wires, a soldering iron, and a long PH0 screwdriver. Oh, you don’t even have to program it yourself, because Beye provides that along with full instructions on Github. It’s a fair bit less expensive, and more fun, than just buying something like the Airthings Wave Mini.Arduin

Add Wi-Fi Logging to Your IKEA Air Quality Sensor

Smart Home Cameras, Baby Monitors Affected by Software Bug

· Andrew Orr · Link

Smart baby monitor

A flaw in the ThroughTek “Kalay” network affects millions of IoT devices including smart baby monitors, DVRs, smart cameras, and other products.

this latest vulnerability allows attackers to communicate with devices remotely. As a result, further attacks could include actions that would allow an adversary to remotely control affected devices and could potentially lead to remote code execution.

Due to how the Kalay protocol is integrated by original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) and resellers before devices reach consumers, Mandiant is unable to determine a complete list of products and companies affected by the discovered vulnerability.

Smart Matter and Thread – TMO Daily Observations 2021-08-16

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Andrew Orr and Jeff Butts join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a smart home delay, and what options you have today if you are setting up something new.