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The future of smart speakers

Smart speaker adoption is expected to continue its rapid growth in the coming years, with Business Insider tipping in the US alone, the number of installed devices will quadruple by 2024. In Australia, the arrival of smart speakers might have lagged a little behind, but new statistics show local adoption is no less enthusiastic with…

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What’s old is smart and new again

Smart Implant transforms almost any appliance into smart home compatible Do you have a favourite vintage record player you’d love to integrate into your smart home? What about that older air conditioner you’d rather not replace but would love to see get smart? That’s all now possible courtesy of a new product that is about…

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Let’s talk smart home apps

In the smart home we often talk about the actions, appliances and installation that come together to create a seamless smart home living. But what about the user interface, aka the app, that controls that experience? How simple is that app to use, and how readily does it respond to the user’s needs within the…

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Back to school in the smart home

Right about now hundreds of thousands of Australian households are preparing to head back to school. Whether you have tiny tots readying to enter school for the first time to savvy teens heading back to high school, the back to school routine places different demands on the average family household. If you’re looking to simplify,…

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The weird and the wonderful smart home gadgets of CES 2019

Each year the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offers a glimpse into the world’s future technology with the smart home a prime area of focus. This year’s CES was no different, with a wealth of new smart appliances, hubs, fixtures and fittings unveiled between January 8 and 11. From shoes cleaners to app-controlled artworks…

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Fear of leaving on – It’s a real thing

Think you’re the only one sitting in traffic wondering whether you left the iron, oven or hair straightener on? Think again. Because according to a 2014 survey in the UK, “fear of leaving on” is a very real thing and it’s a lot more common that you think. Here’s an insight into the statistics of…

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Smart home trends we’ll see in 2019

In January this year LG Electronics US marketing vice-president David VanderWaal told those assembled at the Consumer Electronics Show, 2018 would be “the tipping point for the smart home and, more importantly, for the smart connected lifestyle”. As we round out the year his forecast appears to have been correct. Now, Australian households have on average…

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What is Google Home Hub?

With Santa set to make his way down the chimney in just a few short weeks time, a hot-ticket item on many people’s wish list will be Google’s latest offering – Home Hub. This new take on the smart speaker offers a screen that also doubles a digital photo frame for all your favourite photographs,…

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Smart home news October 2018

As we enter the final leg of 2018, it’s a race to the finish in the smart home world, with a host of manufacturers all revealing some shiny new products just in time to round out the year. From wearables that interact with smart homes to Facebook’s big reveal and 5G connectivity, here’s the latest…

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Facebook smart speakers all quiet…for now

As Facebook faces questioning regarding its privacy settings, rumours have emerged the recent publicity may delay any launch of its planned smart home technology. Last year the internet was awash with news the social media giant was primed to release a 15-inch touchscreen smart speaker, with experts then tipping the launch date would be the…