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19. Juli 2017

Bluetooth LE Standard Gains Mesh Networking for Improved Smart Home Connectivity

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced that its Bluetooth technology has been updated with support for mesh networking, designed to create large-scale device networks by connecting multiple Bluetooth devices to one another.

Bluetooth calls these „many-to-many“ connections, which can support just a handful of devices or up to thousands. In a home setting, the mesh feature will be useful for connecting smart home devices to one another to establish a network that spans an entire house, with no areas that are out of range.

Mesh networks are an improvement over single-point connections because a Bluetooth signal can be transmitted from device [...]

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18. Juli 2017

Philips Sonicare Debuts New iPhone-Connected Smart Toothbrush With Inductive Charging Cup

One year after launching its first Bluetooth-enabled smart toothbrush with the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum device, Philips this week announced the all-new Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonic toothbrush. The toothbrush packs in the usual array of features found in other smart toothbrushes, including brush coaching and smartphone connectivity, as well as including a revamped brush head system and inductive charging through an included glass cup.

Like its previous toothbrush, Philips‘ DiamondClean device includes a variety of sensors that guide users through customized brushing routines, provides real-time feedback through the connected iPhone and Android app, and keeps [...]

 
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4. Juli 2017

Samsung is Developing a Smart Speaker Using ‚Bixby‘ Virtual Assistant

Samsung is developing a voice-activated smart speaker to rival the likes of the Amazon Echo and Apple’s forthcoming HomePod, according to a report published on Tuesday.

The project, internally codenamed „Vega“, will be based on Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant, but many of the speaker’s features and specifications have yet to be decided, according to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. Development is said to have been going on for more than a year but has reportedly been hampered by delays to Bixby itself.

Apple’s HomePod, set for release this December. The company’s Siri rival was first announced in March ahead [...]

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30. Juni 2017

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Brilliant Control for Your Smart Home Devices

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Brilliant to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Brilliant Control, which is a touchscreen-equipped smart lighting solution that’s able to control your lights and all of your other smart home products.

The Brilliant Control, available in a range of colors to match any decor, is designed to replace one of the light switch panels in your home. On-screen touch sliders can be used to turn connected lights on and off, or dim them. Brilliant Control is also able to interface with other smart home products using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so that same touchscreen can be used to control everything from your Nest [...]

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