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GreenIQ's Smart Garden Hub irrigation controller gains IFTTT support

Israeli startup GreenIQ ups the garden-automation ante with an IFTTT channel for its cloud-connected sprinkler controller.

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A plug-and-play gardening system, the Smart Mini Farm lets apartment dwellers grow their own veggies

Click & Grow says its new indoor farming solution can grow enough fresh produce for an entire family.

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WaterGenius promises a free tool to help California fight the drought

This online resource recommends ways you can reduce your household water consumption, calculates how much money you'll save by following its guidance.

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Google plans to have your home run Android with Project Brillo and Weave

The company's Project Brillo will be based on Android and even let smart appliances recognize your voice.

Mr. Everything

Meet Mr. Everything: a power bank, Bluetooth speaker, and flashlight all rolled into one

Its builder claims this multi-faceted emergency-preparedness power center can even jumpstart your car battery.

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iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

The next version of iOS and an overhauled Apple TV could put HomeKit over the finish line.

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Tesla takes 38,000 Powerwall home battery reservations in 1 week

CEO Elon Musk calls consumer demand “staggering,” but expects utilities and business to be the biggest customers.

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The Fitly SmartPlate may not be quite as dumb as other smart tableware

Using optical recognition and weight sensors, the Fitly SmartPlate promises to tell you exactly how much protein, carbs and fat you're eating in every meal. But will it really work?

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Tesla Powerwall is a big rechargeable home battery with benefits

The $3000-and-up battery pack can cut down energy costs or take you off the grid completely.

Wake Alarm

This alarm clock showers you with targeted beams of light and sound

Soak in the highly focused light and sounds of Wakē first thing in the morning and save your relationship.

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Thread and ZigBee tech will start playing nice to simplify smart home control

The companies will make ZigBee's application layer work with Thread low-power mesh networks

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Need a portable pet door? There’s a Kickstarter campaign for that

The Balcony Pets Apartment Pet Door is a modular door that renters can fold up and take with them as they switch homes.

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The Coolbox is a toolbox for the 21st century

This toolbox sounds like a DIYer’s dream, with enough room for a battery, two USB charge ports, Bluetooth speakers, LED lighting, a removable whiteboard, tablet stands, and more.