Ask the CNET Smart Home editors: What smart home tech would you want in your own home?
November 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Big names like Apple, Google, and Amazon are making moves to push the smart home into the mainstream, and a steady march of would-be startups hope to deliver the next big breakthrough device. With gadgets like the Nest Cam and Amazon Echo getting pitched as must-have holiday tech gifts, it's about as tempting a time…

Review: Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat with Apple HomeKit support
November 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Apple’s HomeKit is slowly making steps to become more relevant. After a small number of products started to hit the market in early summer, we’re finally beginning to see even more (and actually useful) devices with Siri support. Along with the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug and Elgato Eve Weather outdoor sensor, I’ve previously taken a look…

Meet the DIY chip that could power the smart home of the future
November 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

The Creator i40 is dubbed the "Ultimate IoT-in-a-box dev kit" and offers a complete hardware and software solution for developers and hobbyists to create their own smart home apps. Ultimately it's intended for prototyping IoT products, but with the added benefit of a cloud system already in place to use and experiment with. The main…

Could Smart Appliances Be Putting Your Home At Risk?
November 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

Making your home a more connected and smarter place may actually be opening you up to a wide range of security risks. A study by Kaspersky Lab has found that a large number of ‘smart home’ devices currently on the market can be compromised by hackers, often allowing them complete and total access to appliances such…

ComEd sweetens the pot with GE smart appliances for biggest energy savers
November 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

Can a smart home change your behavior? The energy companies certainly hope so. The data deluge resulting from the increase of sensors in our homes is giving service providers the leverage to incentivize consumer behavior, and it could ultimately save everyone some cash. Commonwealth Edison Company, or ComEd, the largest electric utility in Illinois, recently challenged…

Brewie is a countertop brewery that even novices can use
November 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

In the future, at-home beer brewing will be a set-it-and-forget-it cinch, and not the convoluted mess we have always known it to be. That’s the feeling one gets from looking at Brewie, the latest in a series of countertop appliances designed to automate the process of beer crafting. The Hungarian startup behind it claims Brewie…

The Microbot Push Turns Your Dumb Appliances Into Smart Ones
November 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm

While smart appliances are on the rise, most of us don't want to throw out all our old, dumb appliances to buy new ones. Thankfully, we don't have to. Naran, a startup from South Korea, is working on a new product called the "Microbot Push," which is a set of Bluetooth-connected devices that allows for…

Shipments of residential Internet of Things devices expected to total more than $330B, 2015-2025
November 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm

A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market opportunity for residential Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including forecasts for shipments, installed base, and revenue, segmented by region and device type, through 2025. Through devices such as smart thermostats that allow users to remotely control household temperatures or LED lights that can be switched…

F-Secure's Sense anti-virus hardware protects every device in your home, from PCs to TVs
November 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

F-Secure is taking an unconventional approach to virus protection with a hardware box that covers every device in your house. For $199, the F-Secure Sense connects to any wireless router and creates its own secure network. It then analyzes the traffic coming to or from any device on that network, finding and blocking potential threats.