IoT

  • Cortana gets biggest shot in the arm with IFTTT integration

    In the world of voice assistants in the home, Cortana is a very distant 4th place to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, but they’ve just announced compatibility with home automation service IFTTT. This is a really big deal and may finally get you talking to your...
  • Ring’s got some serious updates for their security devices

    Ring are famous for their smart doorbell but actually have a much broader range of home security products. That range has just received an update, as unveiled at CES 2018. The whole security ecosystem now includes several new security devices. Among the new products are 2 new indoor/outdoor security...
  • Harman Kardon Invoke is Cortana’s poor cousin to the Echo

    Voice-activated speakers for your home seem to be the latest hardware craze after the success of Amazon’s Echo. The latest comes from speaker manufacturer Haman Kardon and is called ‘Invoke’. Its the first Cortana-enabled hardware outside Microsoft. As you’d expect from a premium speaker manufacturer, the Invoke offers premium 360...
  • Buddy releases ‘Ohm’ platform, IoT to put companies in front of the data they need

    Budd­­­y Platform Limited is an Australian technology company that’s received funding from pop-star Lady Gaga. Today the company announced a new low cost solution for businesses to monitor their consumption of electricity, gas, water, steam and solar power generation, called Buddy Ohm. The new product helps accurately measure the...
  • D-Link’s new security camera, Omna 180 Cam HD, is HomeKit-enabled

    D-Link have announced their latest connected device, the new Omna 180 Cam HD. This is the first in its Omna family of Apple HomeKit-enabled devices which will actually sell through Apple’s online store. The camera will also be sold in Apple’s Australian retail stores later this month. The Omna 180...
  • How-to: Home Automation for under $4,000

    Home automation is something that sounds amazingly appealing, like a chance to live in a futuristic world where your home takes care of itself and you get to relax. Unfortunately there’s no one stop shop for connected devices that makes this dream a reality. Fortunately there is a way of...
  • You’ve seen it on The Block, now you buy Telstra’s Smart Home IoT solution

    Our lives are getting smarter and more connected than ever, so it makes sense we do the same with our home. While there’s a plethora of after-market piece meal solutions for making your home smart, Telstra are now offering an end-to-end solution. Available online and in select stores from...
  • IoT Solutions Congress should be interesting this week

    The internet was sick this week, with massive DDOS attacks launched against DYN DNS. For those not familiar with DNS, its the service that resolves those ugly IP addresses to memorable, advertisable website addresses that you type into your browser. Think of it like an index at the library...
  • Review: Ring Video Doorbell keeping Aussie homes safe

    The Ring Video Doorbell first came to my attention through their advertisements on a number of US-based podcasts I listen to. Shortly after I first heard about Ring, I headed to their website and at the time was disappointed this IoT device wasn’t available in Australia. Now that’s all changed...