Welcome to the SmartHomeBeginner smart home News Roundup 2017 Wk 39. This week saw the Nvidia Shield TV gain smart home features, Wink Hub vulnerabilities, new August offerings, and more. Read on for the latest in smart home news and updates!
Table of Contents
- SmartHomeBeginner Recap
- Smart Home News Around the Web
- Nvidia's Shield TV is the latest home for Google Assistant
- As smart homes become smarter, tech companies rush to get in the door
- LG integrates Google Assistant in dozens of smart appliances
- Why UK homeowners are not adopting smart home technology
- August adds three devices to its growing smart home roster
In case you missed them, here are all of our awesome articles published this week:
- Security flaws found in Insteon and Wink smart home systems: What this means and what you can do
- 6 best smart speakers for 2017: Speakers for your smart home
- Ecobee4 vs Ecobee3: 5 compelling reasons to stick with Ecobee3
- 5 best smart sprinkler systems for greener lawns while conserving water - 2017
Smart Home News Around the Web
The Nvidia Shield TV is one of the top streaming devices available. There are tons of streaming apps for the Shield TV, plus it's a fabulous Plex client device, and retro gaming machine. One of its best features was integration with Google Home, plus standard voice search built into its remote and gamepad.
Now, the Shield TV benefits from Google Assistant. Therefore, you can utilize your home theatre as a massive 'Ok Google' smart speaker. Further, the Shield TV gets Samsung SmartThings integration. As such, the flagship set top box is a nifty connected device hub. With its bevy of entertainment and smart home features, the Nvidia Shield TV is a truly usefful device. You can even use it as a DVR and Plex server.
With advancements in smart home tech, companies continue to vie for a foothold in the space. Where once home automation was only feasible for a hefty price, there are plenty of affordable smart home devices to transform any home. [Read: What is a smart home and what can smart home automation do for you?]
Thus, tech vendors are increasingly focusing on the smart home sector. This includes both tech companies, as well as outlets. For instance, Apple debuted its HomeKit and released a partnership with Brookfield Residential to cobble together a smart home community. Meanwhile, outlets like Best Buy are increasingly concentrating on the smart home sector.
There's been a huge push to turn almost every conceivable gadget into a smart appliance. LG has integrated Google Assistant into loads of its smart appliances, from TVs which seems natural, to dryers, ovens, refrigerators, air purifiers, vacuums, and washing machines. The main goal is to create a fully connected home and provide more opportunities for automation. [Read: Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Whish is better for smart home control?]
Though smart homes and connected devices are incredibly popular, the UK has yet to see huge adoption. As Geeky Gadgets reports, security is the main reason why UK adults remain hesitant to opt for smart tech. Roughly 63% of UK residents allow that cyber crimespecifically related to smart home technology prevents them from creating a smart home. [Read: 5 best wireless outdoor security cameras 2017 - Wireless outdoor security cameras to monitor your home]
With the discovery of vulnerabilities in the likes of Wink’s Hub 2 and Insteon’s Hub, these concerns totally seem valid. Nevertheless, the smart tech industry continues to flourish. [Read: Samsung SmartThings vs Wink Hub - Which one is better for whom?]
Connected device company August debuted two new smart locks as well as a smart doorbell to its product array. There's the Smart Lock Pro, Smart Lock, and Doorbell Cam Pro. This follows Nest's foray deeper into the smart home space with its security offerings. It's clear that security is still one of the most popular smart home realms. Thankfully for consumers, with additional choices from vendors like August, it's even easier to find affordable solutions to upgrade to a smart home.
Did you find any interesting news stories or projects from around the smart home space? Share them with us in the comments section below!