New Type Of Smart Mirror Launches Called Daptly Display

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Daptly launched a new product for the smart home called Daptly Display. It was built for a specific consumer in mind—people frustrated with voice-only assistants and want visual cues. Enter the Daptly Display, a smart mirror that acts as a gesture-controlled interface. Amazon Alexa is built in, and the interface is for people who aren’t ready (or don’t want) a voice-only future. As well as acting like a fog-resistant mirror, you can use it as a photo frame, by uploading photos from your phone or choosing among Daptly’s 50,000 photo collection. It’s an interesting take on user interfaces, one that borrows from science fiction while harnessing existing technologies. Check out the promotional video below, and decide if you want to reserve a Display. The device will sell at US$799, but you can get US$200 off if you reserve soon.

Smart Deadbolt Makes More Sense Than Expected

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

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Dr. Mac was recently invited to review a smart deadbolt. He explained that he’s not a do-it-yourself type of guy, and probably didn’t have the tools or skills to install a deadbolt. He also questioned the need to ever unlock his door using an iPhone instead of a key. A Sense Smart deadbolt kit arrived a few days later; he installed it himself in under an hour.

Apple Updates HomeKit Automation Webpage

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple updated its HomeKit page with a fresh, new look. It includes a brief video that shows the power of HomeKit automation with iOS 10. Examples in the video include lights, window shades, coffee makers, door locks and thermostats. Apple also has several sections that give details of different areas of the Home app.

Kwikset Premis HomeKit-Compatible Smart Lock

· John F. Braun · Product News

Kwikset recently introduced Premis, the company’s first Apple HomeKit-compabitle touchscreen smart lock. John F. Braun received a demonstration of the new product from Marty Hoffmann, VP of Marketing, and here are the features he thinks you’ll like.

Cognitive Systems Announces Aura Home Monitoring System

· John F. Braun · Product News

Cognitive System recently announced a system that takes a unique approach to monitoring and securing your home. The Aura system uses radio frequencies to detect motion rather than the optical detection used in most systems.

See and Sleep Smarter with the Helia LED Bulb from Soraa

· John F. Braun · Product News

Soraa has announced their Helia LED bulb, which incorporates several lighting and communication innovations not found in other LED bulbs.  Todd Antes, Senior Vice President of Marketing, gave us an overview of the benefits of their bulb.

Apple and Worker Visas, HomeKit Falls Behind in the Smarthome Game - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-31

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Work Visas for the tech industry may be changing thanks to an executive order that’s said to be coming from the White House. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the draft order and the impact it could have on Apple and other Silicon Valley companies. They also have some thoughts on the rapidly changing smart home market and Apple’s apparent lagging position.

How Can We Tell if Our Love for Apple is Logical or Biased?

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple is our most favored company for perfectly good reasons. Or so we think. And yet there are people who despise the company. How can both attitudes be right?  The reason for this duality may depend on a particular kind of thinking called cognitive bias. John Martellaro explains. Or, at least, he thinks he’s explaining.

Dropcam Founder Greg Duffy Joining Apple Could be a Smart Home Boost

· Jeff Gamet · News

Dropcam founder Greg Duffy now works for Apple

Dropcam founder and Next executive Greg Duffy has a new gig at Apple, but no one is saying what he’s doing. Considering his inner drive to create cool new things, it’s a safe bet Apple brought him on board for a very interesting project, like the rumored Echo competitor.

Yoky Matsuoka Left Apple to Return to Nest

· Jeff Gamet · News

Yoky Matsuoka leaves Apple to return to Nest

Former Nest executive Yoky Matsuoka joined Apple in May 2016, and by December she was gone. Now we know why: she’s back at Nest helping create the company’s long-term smart home technology plans.

CES 2017 Wrap Up - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-09

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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With CES 2017 behind us, Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what stood out for them. They look at health and fitness, televisions, and more.

iDevices Introduces HomeKit Wall Switch, Wall Dimmer, Wall Outlet

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – iDevices introduced Wall Switch, Wall Dimmer, and Wall Outlet at CES. These Wi-Fi-enabled devices support Apple’s HomeKit, as well as Amazon Echo. They don’t need a hub, and company reps told me they meet all of Apple’s and Amazon’s security (and other) requirements. Folks looking to build a HomeKit-specific smarthome should take a good look at these devices.

iDevices Introduces HomeKit Wall Switch, Wall Dimmer, Wall Outlet

CES 2017 Smart Remotes, Mesh Networks, and More - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-04

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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CES 2017’s Unveiled event was last night and we saw loads of interesting new products. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet share some of the cool tech gear they found ranging from smart remotes for home entertainment systems to new wireless mesh network basestations.

CES 2017 Expectations and Predictions- TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-03

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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CES 2017 is kicking off, so today Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet talk about what they expect to be the big product categories at this year’s events. Be sure to follow along all week for The Mac Observer’s on-location coverage.

iOS 10: Inviting People to Control Your Home Accessories

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through how to allow someone to access the devices in our Home app. It’s fun! We live in a very strange future in which your friend across the country could turn your lights on and off to mess with you…but only if you know how to invite him in first.

Turn Your iPhone into an Amazon Echo with Astra

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot are pretty cool, but what if you don’t have one yet—or aren’t home to use yours? That’s where Astra comes in. It’s an iPhone app that links to your Amazon account so you talk talk to Alexa just as if you’re right in front of your own Echo. The app lets you do pretty much everything your Echo or Echo Dot can handle, except for music playback or reading audio books. You can also remotely control your Echo-aware smarthome devices with your voice, which is worth the app’s US$0.99 price tag all by itself. You can get Astra at Apple’s App Store.

Turn Your iPhone into an Amazon Echo with Astra