Ed OswaldFreelance contributor, TechHive

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Lumir

Lumir's LED lamp is powered by a tea candle, not batteries

Inspired by his travels through developing countries, CEO and founder Jay Park created a light that uses the heat generated by a tea candle to illuminate the area surrounding it.

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Ecomo's solar-powered water filter identifies contaminants and makes specific filter recommendations

Ecomo's smart water filter fits on faucets, mugs, or bottles. It analyzes the water for contaminants and then recommends which type of filter you should use to purify it.

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Now you can monitor and control Neato's Botvac robot vacuum with your smart watch

With a firmware update and an app for your Apple Watch or Android Wear device, you'll be able to manage the Botvac from your wrist.

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Wink turns on local control for connected light switches, bulbs

Some smart homes turn dumb if you lose your Internet connection. This update enables Wink to control devices directly.

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Rachio launches its second-generation smart sprinkler controller

The new product boasts some design improvements, but not a lot in the way of new features.

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Fluance's latest Bluetooth speaker sports a pair of ginormous woofers

The $500 Fi70 includes 8-inch woofers, 5-inch midranges, and 1-inch tweeters and is powered by a 280-watt amp.

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Baseball fans win concessions in online blackout settlement, cord cutters don't

Sports fans can rejoice that their favorite out of town team won't be blacked out any more, but only if you're a cable or satellite TV subscriber.

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Brinks Home Security Array smart deadbolt recharges its battery with solar power

The new lock connects directly to your Wi-Fi router, eliminating the need for a hub or bridge.

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Sony's new smart light does just about anything you can possibly think of

The company squeezed about every feature you'd ever need into a light fixture, including control of your HVAC system, television, a full fledged intercom, and a Micro SD slot.

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Amazon might release a palm-sized version of its Echo speaker

Cashing in on Echo's surprising success, the Wall Street Journal claims Amazon is ready to bring Alexa to an even wider audience with a cheaper and smaller device.

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Sengled partners with JBL, Nuance on new multifunction smart bulbs

Two bulbs are set to release: one in partnership with JBL that includes a 13 watt speaker, and the other with built-in voice activation and control thanks to Nuance.

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Kevo Convert makes your dumb locks smart on the cheap

Instead of replacing the entire locking mechanism, Kevo Convert fits on the interior portion of your deadbolt and is easy to install.

LG Smart Security

LG's Smart Security camera includes ADT monitoring, smart hub capabilities

Monitoring is available through ADT's new Canopy service for $20 per month, although the security camera functions without it.

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ADT to extend its professional security-monitoring service to third-party hardware

The security provider says it plans to offer its services for a variety of devices including wearables and connected home platforms like Samsung's SmartThings and Wink Hubs.

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Insteon adds Sonos compatibility to its connected-home systems

Hubs and compoents from Insteon will soon be able to control Sonos multi-room audio systems.