IoT

  • Review: Google Home Hub

    For many years we've been sold on devices with digital displays for the kitchen bench, but it's safe to say your still living with a dumb kitchen. Google's Home Hub is a connected device that features a 7" touchscreen display. That display can provide you with visual information, while...
  • Review: iRobot Braava 380t cleans and mops your floors

    While most of you are familiar with iRobot's Roomba product range, you may not be away of their range of Mopping home robots. The Bravava 380t for example, is a robot that you can put to work to clean your hard surfaces, like tile, hardwood, vinyl and laminate. While the company and...
  • Review: Gogogate 2 Ultimate Garage Kit

    We've all probably driven away from our house, only to turn around and check if we'd left the garage door open. Imagine if you could leverage IoT to check your garage door from anywhere, well that's exactly what the Gogogate 2 Ultimate Garage Kit offers. In an era where...
  • Home Automation giant Crestron, launch Alexa skill in Australia

    Crestron is one of the  the global leaders in home automation and they’ve now announced those of us in Australia, with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can access a new Crestron skill. Crestron panels and more recently smart phone controllers have served us well over the years, but now with Alexa...
  • Review: Nest Protect turns the humble smoke detector into an IoT device with IFTTT support

    Its important to protect the home you and your family live and even more so if you own your own home. Nest Protect offers a smart, connected way to monitor your environment from your phone. If there is an incident like a fire, or unsafe level of carbon monoxide,...
  • Free software update turns Nest Cam IQ into a Google Home

    Aussie customers can now use Google Assistant with their Nest Cam IQ, as part of a new integration. With no additional hardware required, the Nest Cam IQ will double-up as your very own Google Home – the first product of its kind to have the Google Assistant built-in. The free software update is...
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ on sale for US$35

    Raspberry Pi is a fantastic low-cost hardware platform that enables hackers and developers to create IoT solutions. Just over two years ago, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B was released. Now comes the Model B+ with extra features like upgraded processor, power-over-ethernet, 802.11AC and Bluetooth 4.2 to name a few. The first...
  • Review: Sony LF-S50G, the 360 degree speaker with Google Assistant

    It used to be that homes started their entry into IoT by way of a connected lightbulb, but that’s changing. In 2018, the arrival of connected smart speakers with voice assistants are now for many, the first device and it ends up being the primary interface to control the...
  • 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...