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Exploring The Benefits Of Apple’s HomeKit Smart Home Platform

Apple launched its home automation platform in 2014, offering promise to deliver simplicity to the once complex Smart Home control. While the company failed to gain much leeway for the first two years, it has worked diligently to add more partners over the past year. However, there is a bit of catching up to do to reach the same number of partners as Amazon has for its Echo platform.


Amazon Echo, With Speech Recognition Capabilities

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Google Home Now Supports Honeywell And Belkin WeMo Smart Gadgets

Google Home has a bit of catching up to do to reach Amazon Echo’s functionality level. However, Google is striving to add new third-party integrations as fast as possible, with the recent additions being Honeywell and Belkin WeMo.

Google Home customers can now control their Belkin WeMo and Honeywell Smart devices through Assistant on their Google Home voice-automation speaker. Belkin’s Smart product line up includes bulbs, switches and cameras. The Amazon Echo integration with WeMo was announced in 2015, beginning with the WeMo Light Switch.


Google Home Smart Speaker

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Mattel’s Aristotle Is Preparing To Take On The Famous Amazon Echo

Alexa voice services are utilized in a wide range of Smart products and devices. With this said, language recognition tools are lacking in that they are not suitable for use in children. The main reason for this is because children’s speech is much different than adults, making it more difficult for the technology to detect the child’s voice command and respond appropriately.


Mattel Aristotle Smart Wi-Fi Speaker

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A Planned European Expansion Will Boost Nest’s Smart Home Growth

Nest, a leading provider of Smart Home products, announced this week a retail expansion to four European countries, including Austria, Spain, Germany and Italy. Nest products are already being utilized in 190 countries, but they were only sold in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium. The expansion could potentially increase the company’s awareness in the European Smart Home market.


Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

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Brinks Prepares For The Launch Of Its Smart Lock – Brinks Array

Brinks, Inc., a leading provider of security services, has been working on its solar Smart Lock, Brinks Array for the past year. The Amazon Echo integration will allow homeowners to activate the lock from Amazon Echo. However, the integration is similar to that of the August Smart Lock, where control is limited to manual manipulation.


Brinks Array Smart Lock

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Merkury Innovations Unveils Affordable Smart Home Devices For Every Budget

Merkury Innovations, a provider of low-cost electronics and accessories, unveiled its new Geeni line of Smart Home devices at CES 2017. The Geeni line consists of a Smart camera, plugs, bulbs and power solution, all of which can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet, with the Geeni cloud-based app and an Internet connection. The app is embedded with a variety of features such as smart scenes, robust sharing and grouping.


Merkury Innovations Geenie Line Smart Home Products

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Everything You Need To Know About The Apple HomeKit

Apple released its HomeKit software platform in 2014, since then it has grown in popularity significantly. Apple’s intention was to create a platform that would allow users to manage their home automation devices with ease. HomeKit integrates with a long list of connected gadgets, including door locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, thermostats, lighting fixtures, shades, appliances, doorbells and security cameras.


Apple HomeKit

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Move Over Amazon, Because Google’s “Chirp” May Launch Sometime This Year

Amazon’s Echo is a very popular device that has been reviewed by over 36,000 consumers on the retail giant’s website. With a 4.4 star rating, the Echo has definitely blown it out of the water. Well, the Amazon Echo will need to prepare for some competition, because rumor has it, Google plans to create a device that will be very similar to the Echo. The device’s code-name “Chirp” will most likely be designed to complement Google’s maps, search engine, and service oriented applications.

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Of course, consumers will need to sit idle to see what Google has in store with this IoT enabled device. Google is definitely hoping to see success with “Chirp”, as Amazon has with the Echo. By the end of this year, consumers may be able to initiate voice-activated searches and connect to and manage their third-party Smart devices, using this highly innovative device. Is this Google’s attempt to tie consumers directly into their services or just an attempt to boost revenue?

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