IKEA will officially reveal its first Sonos-powered speakers next month

IKEA will reveal the first of its Sonos connected smart speakers at an exhibit in Milan next month. This isn't the first we've seen or heard of the speaker, and we knew IKEA had plans to start selling it in the US and Europe this August. An unveiling...

August’s new battery-powered smart doorbell has a 1440p camera

After smart home security company August was acquired by Assa Abloy (smartlock outfit Yale's parent company) back in 2017, many assumed the business would disappear in a consolidation of the smart lock market. But now, over a year since the August br...

Congress to Google: How’d you ‘forget’ about the Nest Secure’s mic?

A week after news broke that Google's Nest Secure system has a microphone no one knew about, Congress is seeking answers from CEO Sundar Pichai. The company's Nest Guard -- a small hub that communicates with other sensors in the Nest Secure system --...

The ‘Smartians’ actuators turn all your products into smart-products!

The struggle with getting out of bed just to turn the light-switch off is real. We’ve strived hard to make things infinitely easier, but some tactile experiences haven’t changed. Switching a lamp on, turning a volume knob up or down, or opening the curtains… they all require manual work for people who don’t have butlers or smart-homes. Born out of necessity (or sheer laziness and genius combined), the Smartians actuators by Frolic Studio help turn these physical experiences into digital ones. The tiny actuators come with a base, a smart hub, and a wide variety of attachments that can perform actions like pulling, pushing, twisting, rotating, releasing, etc. Use your ingenuity and a combination of these attachments to turn regular, tactile experiences around your house into smart ones. The Smartians can turn lights on or off, rotate the dial on the thermostat, put the kettle on, or even water your plants (this one’s pure genius, and a personal favorite!). You can communicate with individual actuators using the app (this works especially well for calibrated controls like a volume knob) or set up the Smartians to run using IFTTT or voice commands so you can instantly open your blinds by just simply telling Google Home or Alexa to do so!

The Smartians are currently a functioning proof-of-concept (which works well for me, because I’d never get out of bed otherwise) with plans to roll out in the future, because the guys at Frolic Studio believe that old products shouldn’t be thrown out because they aren’t IoT connected… a reason that’s definitely much nobler than my appeal to humanity’s need to be lazy!

Designer: Frolic Studio

Smartians-4

smartians_actuators_1

smartians_actuators_2

smartians_actuators_3

smartians_actuators_4

smartians_actuators_5

smartians_actuators_6

smartians_actuators_8

smartians_actuators_9

smartians_actuators_11

smartians_actuators_12

smartians_actuators_13

Vobot Is an Alexa-enabled Smart Alarm Clock

Face it. It’s hard to be an alarm clock. Nobody likes them. But if you had to be an alarm clock, you might be Vobot, which may just be the first alarm clock people don’t completely hate.

Integrated with Alexa, Vobot lets you access Amazon’s voice assistant’s many useful capabilities. It works with voice, gesture, and touch controls so you can set alarms, play music, check the weather, listen to the news, and more with just a flick of the wrist.

It’ll even help you get to sleep by playing white noise, hypnotic music, or nature sounds at night, and wake you up peacefully with music you can set.

Check out the Vobot smart alarm clock in the Technabob Shop today, where it’s just $44.99 – a 23% savings off the original price.

Add a Splash of Color to Any Room with the MoodX Wireless Lamp

Lighting is a great way to set the mood of a room, and MoodX Wireless Color Light does a great job with this. This wireless ambient light will light up as soon as you give it three shakes, and you can choose from more than 16 million different colors.

Get creative with selfies by adding some colorful flair, or use it to set a romantic mood for a candlelit dinner. Bathe your room in calming hues before bed, or wake up to vibrant colors that will start your day on a bright note. Plus, the light requires no cords to work – it runs for up to 40 hours on a charge of its built in rechargeable battery.

So drop by the Technabob Shop today and light up your space with the MoodX Wireless Color Light for only $34.99 (USD).

This Smart Light Bulb Adds a Splash of Color to Any Space

Bring your indoor space to life with the Illumi Color PAR30 Spot Smart Light Bulb. This RGB LED light bulb can enhance any room, thanks to a wide range of color and brightness settings that are totally customizable from the companion app.

Each bulb offers a bright, directional beam with a 900 lumen output (equivalent to a 65-watt incandescent spotlight bulb). The bulbs communicate with your phone via Bluetooth, and are expected to last up to 20 years. They’re also five times more energy efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs, so you’ll be saving energy and money. Now that’s a win-win.

Bring your home alive with color, courtesy of the Color PAR30 Spot Smart Light Bulb. It’s yours for just $42.99 in the Technabob Shop.