Amazon Alexa’s speech protected by the First Amendment

February 24, 2017

A motion to dismiss a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a suspected murderer has been filed by Amazon. Amazon argues that both its users’ requests to Alexa and the response the company produces are protected under the First Amendment. The company says it should only have to turn this data over if law enforcement meets a high burden of proof. The criminal case involves a man…


Making the swap to LED lights

February 6, 2017

Unfortunately, LED lights have been swept up into the whole ‘smart home’ mess, with app-controlled dimming and hue adjustments, making them both costlier and more complex than they need to be. So for most they’ve always been filed away alongside things like ZigBee, SmartThings, and AllJoyn. But what about the simple LED light bulb, the one that just plugs into the place of ye olde incandescents and does only one…


Tridonic expands into North America to serve smart IoT solutions

Tridonic, a global provider of smart and efficient lighting solutions, is opening a new office in Highland, New York to serve the North American market with smart solutions also for IoT applications. The company headquartered in Dornbirn, Austria is bringing new products designed specifically for North America onto the market, including its high-quality solid-state lighting (SSL) modules, electronic LED Drivers and controls. Tridonic will also be launching its new digital…

January 25, 2017

The world’s first smart hair brush at CES 2017

January 6, 2017

Kérastase, a worldwide leader in professional luxury hair care, in partnership with Withings, a leader in the connected health revolution, has announced the Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings — the world’s first-ever smart hairbrush. Developed in collaboration with L’Oréal’s Research and Innovation Technology Incubator, the brush features Withings’ advanced sensors and seamless product design along with L’Oréal’s patent-pending signal analysis algorithms to score the quality of hair and monitor the…


Amazon Echo Alexa on the witness stand?

January 5, 2017

Investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub, authorities want to expand the probe to include a new kind of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect’s Amazon Echo smart speaker. Amazon said it objects to “overbroad” requests as a matter of practice, but prosecutors insist their idea is rooted in a legal precedent that’s “as old as Methuselah.” The issue emerged in…


BeautyTech @ CES 2017 showcase highlights

January 4, 2017

The BeautyTech @ CES 2017 showcase will convene the industry’s biggest names and the most cutting-edge tech innovations to reveal remarkable advancements in the field of beauty–transforming consumer’s results from basic to extraordinary. Below are just some of the highlights to be showcased this year: Apira Science’s iDerma The iDerma Facial Beautification System is the first in a family of patented, hands-free, full face coverage devices designed to treat a variety…


CES 2017: TrackR unveils two new form factors

January 4, 2017

TrackR pixel and TrackR wallet 2.0 make up the new TrackR product portfolio, making personal item management faster and more affordable than ever. TrackR, a leader in personal item management innovations has unveiled two new products ahead of CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new portfolio includes a smaller and lighter form factor and a wallet-thin credit card sized form factor. The products unveiled today are: TrackR pixel, which…


Lenovo late to the home assistant party

January 4, 2017

Becoming the latest firm to enter the market for voice-activated devices, Chinese tech giant Lenovo has announced it is launching a smart home assistant powered by Amazon’s Alexa. The Smart Assistant, to go on sale for $129, will compete with Amazon’s Echo speakers using the artificial intelligence developed by Amazon. Lenovo made the announcement ahead of the opening of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, which features a dizzying array of tech…


Family home robot for pre-order in Taiwan

December 23, 2016

Zenbo will begin selling limited quantities of the home robot Zenbo in Taiwan starting January 1st at two prices, for NT$19,900 (32G) and NT$24,900 (128G), respectively. This is called the Mandarin edition and the home robot takes on the multi-faceted role of helper, entertainer and companion. Zenbo, made its introductions, to the media in Taipei this week and delivered a performance where 10 Zenbo robots sang a seasonal song and…


Zuckerberg developing ‘Jarvis’ smart home AI

December 20, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed the details of his ambitious year-long project to build his own ‘Home AI’. Dubbed Jarvis, the system is basically an advanced Smart Home, letting you give voice and text commands to any device in the house. The Facebook CEO is a little late in the reveal — he initially said he’d demo the system in September — but the result is a fascinating look at exactly…