Smarthome

Amazon Echo Flex

Amazon Echo Flex

Amazon’s value-priced, compact Echo device plugs into any outlet, adding Alexa voice assistant capability unobtrusively to any room. It provides smart home control, weather, traffic, and other information, and has a built-in USB port for powering other devices or attaching a 3rd-party motion sensor or smart nightlight.

Smart Home, c. 1950

Smart Home, c. 1950

Take a trip back to the 1950s, when appliance company Westinghouse shared their vision for the “all electric” house of the future. While some of the user interfaces are incredibly dated, there are some ideas here that would find their way to homes in the 21st century – and yet others we’d still love to see.

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mui Wood Touch Panel

mui Wood Touch Panel

Among the many countless TVs, smartphones, and accessories at CES 2019, Japan’s mui turned up with something different. Their smarthome interface appears to be a simple piece of wood, but it conceals LEDs and a touch panel to display useful information and control devices.

The REALLY Smart Home

The REALLY Smart Home

There are plenty of gadgets out there that automate electronics in your home or office. But David Neevel devised a roomful of truly practical smart home gizmos, which can open and close doors, feed him candy, toss him a beer, and even treat his hangover.

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