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Ecobee Updates SmartSensor with Better Range and Occupancy Detection

Ecobee Updates SmartSensor with Better Range and Occupancy Detection

Ecobee has announced their newly redesigned SmartSensor. They have improved both the occupancy detection, as well as their range. They can now be placed up to 60ft away from the thermostat and still give accurate readings of the temperature, and occupancy. Battery life has also been improved to last up to 5 years. These sensors were my favorite “features” of the Ecobee, when deciding between the Nest and Ecobee. At the time, Ecobee was including a SmartSensor with their thermostat,…

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Philips Hue parent Signify launches light based WiFi capable of 250Mbps

Philips Hue parent Signify launches light based WiFi capable of 250Mbps

Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, the company responsible for the Philips Hue lineup of smart lights, has announced another iteration of their LiFi systems, called Trulifi. If none of those words meant anything to you, that’s not surprising. LiFi is essentially like WiFi, a protocol for transmitting data wirelessly. However Instead of using radio signals (Bluetooth, 4G/5G, LTE etc, all use radio signals), LiFi uses light waves to transmit the data. According to Signify, “Trulifi uses light waves to…

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Amazon Announces Smaller Echo Show 5

Amazon Announces Smaller Echo Show 5

Amazon has continued to expand their smart speaker lineup today by announcing the new Echo Show 5. As the name suggests, this will be a smaller version of the popular Echo Show. To a certain extent, this will also replace the Echo Spot, although that is also still on sale. The new Echo Show 5 has a 5.5″ display that boasts all the same functionality as its larger sibling, and even has some additional tidbits. Firstly, for those concerned with…

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Alexa Guard Now Live on all U.S. Echo Devices

Alexa Guard Now Live on all U.S. Echo Devices

Your Echo devices can now act as a make-shift home security system. They can detect breaking windows, fire alarms, and even control your connected lights to make it appear that you’re home. The feature was announced last year but is now finally available to all Echo devices in the United States.