IoT

  • 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...
  • 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...