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Curb box

Curb home-energy intelligence system promises to help reduce your electric bill

This little box connects to your circuit-breaker panel and identifies energy hogs in your home.


trane comfortlink ii

Nexia Home Intelligence says its free service can predict heating-and-air system problems

HVAC monitoring and diagnostic service can help prevent small heating and cooling problems from becoming bigger, costlier ones.


Denon HEOS soundbar and subwoofer

Denon adds a sound-bar and subwoofer to its HEOS wireless multi-room audio lineup

New speakers from add a home-theater zone to HEOS networks.


D-Link DIR-895L

Broadcom announces new tri-band, MU-MIMO, 802.11ac router chipset

New silicon supports 160MHz-wide channels and other Wave 2 features, but it won’t show up in home routers for a while.

Behmor coffee roaster

Behmor’s building a smarter coffee roaster and brewer

The perfect cup of coffee might be just a profile, and several hundred dollars, away.



Ecoisme will monitor your home's electricity consumption to help you save money on your electric bill

This intelligent device will track the energy use of any device and give you tips on to use less electricity.


Halo WX disaster detector

Smart Labs heads to Indiegogo with Halo WX, a smarter smoke detector that can also warn of natural disasters

Whereas most smoke alarms only warn of fires, Halo WX can alert you to dangers such as floods, tornadoes, and even nuclear emergencies.


Samsung Artik 5

Samsung introduces Artik: An all-new Internet of Things development platform

Manufacuturer to offer a $100,000 prize to the developer who creates the best Artik-based product designed to reduce water consumption.



GasWatch propane tank scale alerts your mobile phone when you run low on fuel

This clever gadget safely lets you know how much propane is left, so you don’t get caught with a half-cooked meal.


neighborhood watch

Neighborhood Watch program to add wireless security cams to its wetware network

Strategically placed battery-powered cameras will provide real-time alerts to designated residents' smartphones.


Comcast van

Comcast races past Google Fiber with symmetrical 2Gbps Internet service

Atlanta gets dibs on Comcast’s 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service when it rolls out next month

Cinder Sensing Cooker

Cinder Sensing Cooker uses rocket science to prepare smarter meals

This smart precision appliance promises to never overcook or undercook your meats and vegetables.

Spark Electron

Spark Electron brings cheap cellular connectivity to the Internet of Things

This low-cost, cellular-connected development board is making a run on Kickstarter; should appeal to DIYers and small developers alike.

Origin Omega home theater PC

Origin Omega brings hardcore gaming credibility to the home theater PC

You can stuff up to three graphics cards inside Origin PC’s purpose-built Omega HTPC.

CSI on Hulu

Hulu inks exclusive agreement to stream CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Streaming deal gives Hulu Plus subscribers access to more than 300 CSI episodes.