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Konnected Security System Upgrades Your Old Wired Security System [Review]

By | Dec 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

From the beginning of my smart home automation journey in 2004, a personal goal of mine has always been to somehow integrate my aging hardwired alarm system into my smart home system. I’m guessing that Nate Clark of Konnected and I shared that vision,…

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How Smart Technology Is Bringing Bathrooms Into the Future

By | Nov 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm

In the last few years, smart technology has found a place in virtually every room of the home, right down to the locks on your doors. It may have taken a while, but it would seem bathrooms are the final piece of the smart…


Striking a Healthy Aesthetic Balance With Smart Home Tech

By | Sep 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Much has been written about the smart home technologies of tomorrow, and for those in the tech industry, it is easy to go overboard with the latest and greatest home automation devices. But a very real issue within the world of custom integration is…


DC IPO Expected to Hit June 26

By | Jun 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

The Vienna, VA based security IoT company’s IPO is expected to be available on Friday, June 26 after filing an S-1 form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on May 22, 2015. Specific terms and a valuation has not been set for…

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The Industry Trends Learned from CES 2016

By | Jan 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

If you had had the chance to walk through the show floor at CES last week, you would have seen the underlying theme was connected technology. While “Internet of Things” may not have been the catchphrase of the show, connected devices were debuting left…



What Do We Need for Mass Adoption of Smart Home Tech?

By | Nov 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Anybody who watches college basketball knows who Coach K is. He wrote a book about Duke’s 2001 National Championship journey, and in it he has a brilliant quote: “There are five fundamental points that can help make a team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring,…



LittleBits Partners With KORG on New Synth Kit Modules

By | Apr 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

In the Fall of 2013 littleBits launched their original Synth Kit, which opened the doors for hobbyists and musicians to easily explore the synthesizer instrument. Further, users could build their own custom sound machine, complete with signal generators, modifiers, modulators, and controllers. Following the…



Shark Tank and the Connected Home 2.0 [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

For the last few years we’ve been in the Connected Home 1.0 model, wherein your home monitors and reacts to problems. Nayeem Hussain, cofounder and co-CEO of Keen Home, is leading the charge into Connected Home 2.0, which is proactive instead of reactive. That…


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Evoz: A Baby Monitor for Today’s Connected Parents

By | Mar 3, 2015 at 7:00 am

We can all imagine what a connected home looks like, but some of us might have a harder time imagining what the innovative hardware embedded in such a home might be capable of. Except for Avishai Shoham, who built the Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor….

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Neo: Tracking Your Health in the Smart Kitchen

By | Feb 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm

It stands to reason that as the Internet of Things and the smart home trends continue to grow in popularity so too will new products spring up to fit into the market. SKE Labs today launched their Indiegogo campaign that seeks to fund an early…



Fear Not, This AI Personal Robot Means Humanity no Harm

By | Jan 14, 2015 at 7:00 am

At this point I’d be surprised if you didn’t know how Stephen Hawking feels about artificial intelligence – potentially, it’s life-threatening. But despite his warnings, the tech community is still seeing advancements and innovations in artificial intelligence sector inherent in companies like JIBO. Most…


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Guaranteed, CounterCrop Will Give you a ‘Green Thumb’

By | Jan 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

In early December I wrote an article about CounterCrop, a local San Diego company that launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their counter-top growing system. The product itself was interesting, but more so were the philosophies driving its creation and how quickly the team was…

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DADO Labs: Simplification is the Key to The Internet of Things

By | Jan 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

During the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, DADO Labs hosted an intimate event in Downtown Las Vegas to truly explain how The Internet of Things could be so very relevant to every consumer, and could exist in every household in America. Connected…

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Fridges and Forklifts are next in the Internet of Things

By | Dec 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often pointed as one of the biggest hits in the near future, and it really is something big tech companies are betting on. So, it should come as no surprise that somewhere in the next few years, all…


Internet of Things: What Enterprise Needs to Focus On

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, Industrial Internet, Second Industrial Revolution, Rise of the Machines – these are just some of the terms being used to describe what was known as M2M (Machine to Machine) communication until recently. If the names sound straight out…


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Google To Buy Nest For $3.2B, Validating Connected Home Movement

By | Jan 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Google today released an announcement that they will acquire Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion. Nest is a premier player in the connected home scene, thanks to their learning thermostats and intuitive smoke alarms. The Nest Learning Thermostat launched in 2011 and has since…


Key CES Takeaways To Help You and Your Business in 2014

By | Jan 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

This past week 150,000+ consumers, techies, executives, investors, manufacturers, buyers and other -ers descended on Las Vegas for CES. Tech Cocktail has had extensive coverage of CES including Off The Beaten Path favorites, Trends, and Takeaways so I wanted to do something a little different…