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Sensor-packed Butterfleye camera wants to be the eyes into your home

This smart surveillance camera monitors your home, using video analytics and sensors to decide when to record and when to turn itself off.

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Samsung to acquire SmartThings, the open connected home platform

By bringing SmartThings under the wing of its Open Innovation Center, Samsung is admitting that to succeed in the smart home space, you can't count on customers to buy all their products from one company.

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Peq is yet another smart home platform, with possible Best Buy backing

Pronounced "peek," the latest smart hub looks slick and is cheap up-front, but it requires a monthly subscription.

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Wireless security cam Blink goes from sleep to recording in less than a second

Blink was born to help sell its proprietary silicon chips. What it's ended up producing, though, is a flexible and inexpensive security camera with a unique set of features.

Energy harvested from body, environment could power wearables, IOT devices

Energy harvesting technologies will work for really low-power wearables, not power-hungry smartwatches.

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Meet Sproutling, the smart baby monitor that learns your kid's sleeping patterns

Think of it as a Nest Learning Thermostat for your baby. It sees her when she's sleeping, and predicts when she'll awake.

Is your Dropcam live feed being watched by someone else?

Two researchers will show at Defcon how a Dropcam could turn into a Trojan horse

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Revolv's connected home hub gets even smarter with an Android app and Nest support

Now open to Android and iOS users, Revolv's new apps let you add geofencing to your Nest thermostat.

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Iota offers no-fee GPS tracking, thanks to long-range RF and your neighbors' Wi-Fi

Versatile Iota has a longer range than Bluetooth, a pay-once business model, and a decent handful of use cases. But it relies on having enough customers to blanket your town with coverage.

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Syfy, Philips team up to put Sharknado in a new light

If you've got a Philips Hue connected home lighting system, download the Syfy Sync app for iOS, and your lights will sync up with the action during next week's debut of Sharknado 2 on the cable channel.

Piper combines security and home automation in one package

Not only can Piper's wide-angle lens see everywhere in your room, it's also a Z-Wave hub, letting you control compatible accessories from a single app.

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Insteon's Cortana integration will let Windows Phone users talk to their house

Siri isn't the only personal assistant that can turn on the lights for you. Cortana integration is coming to the Insteon smart-home ecosystem.

Samsung, ARM, and Nest launch Thread, a low-power network for the smart home

Products based on the networking specification are due next year

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Wi-Fi sprinkler controller Skydrop uses weather data to know when to water

If it's recently rained, or it's just not very hot, Skydrop can skip a day of watering to conserve resources and money.

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Edyn keeps tabs on your garden and even waters your plants

This smart gardening system sends data from your soil to the cloud, which decides when and how much to water your plants. Yep, it's a 21st-century rain cloud.