Wi-Fi-connected doorbell DoorBot shrinks down, adds new features

When CNET last wrote about DoorBot, Bot Home Automation was pitching its Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell/security camera combo device on crowd-funding site Christie Street. Having achieved its $250,000 goal, DoorBot is now almost ready to ship to its initial round of backers.

The company was on-hand at the PepCom event in New York City with a DoorBot demo (hence our video above). Since we first heard about the product, a few things have changed in regard to its specs and pricing. Its core function, letting you see who's at your door through a mobile app, remains intact.

Some of its biggest updates come by way of the hardware in the final production units, compared with what BOT showed during fundraising. A more efficient design gives it 33 percent size reduction overall, according to BOT and an accompanying diagram. You can also hardwire the DoorBot directly to your doorbell wiring now, and BOT has replaced the standard battery compartment with a USB rechargeable internal battery. The company says it has also added a security screw to the design, which should allay fears that the device might be tempting to steal, and a level on the mounting hardware, to simplify installation.


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Display Development Introduces New 4K Models and Partners with Stewart Filmscreen at CEDIA

Display Development, originator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, will introduce two new 4K projection systems during the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colorado. The Reference ONE 4K and Digital Film 10 demonstrated in partnership with Stewart Filmscreen.

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Honeywell voice-activated thermostat has its say

Honeywell has been playing catch-up in the smart thermostat game of late. Their $249 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is extremely capable, but came on the heels of the $249 Nest Learning Thermostat; a slightly panicked response to a surprise competitor.

But today’s announcement from Honeywell serves as a reminder that an industry rival can be a good thing -- it tends to speed up innovation and it makes us consumers feel like we’re being courted. Not too shabby.

I’m talking about the newly announced $349 Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control.

And if you think it looks a lot like the $249 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat I recently reviewed, you would be right. It is essentially the same: you will still be able to control your heating and cooling remotely using Honeywell's Total Connect Comfort app for Android and iOS, you can still change the background color to suit your mood or wall color, and it will still learn your habits over time. But the $349 model comes with a pretty major update: cloud-based voice-recognition tech.

To activate voice control on this thermostat, you simply say, "Hello, thermostat." You can be anywhere in your house -- provided it's no more than 25 feet away -- and the far-field voice-control tech takes care of the rest. It claims to cancel out any background noise so it's ready to listen intently for your commands. Honeywell also says that this model will add more commands to enhance your level of interactivity over time -- I'm pretty excited to test that functionality.

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HomeSeer Releases World's Smallest Full Function Z-Wave Home Automation Controller

HomeSeer unveils its new HomeTroller Zee™ Z-Wave home automation controller next week at the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver. The new controller is an ultra-small, ultra-powerful gateway device that works with the latest wireless Z-Wave products and offers remote home control via most popular smart phones and tablets for only $199.95 with no monthly fees.

Z-Wave Himalayan Expedition by Kwikset Update - Longest-distance Demonstration of Home Automation Ever Recorded is Under Way

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Lowell Manufacturing Offers New LRS Series Desktop Rack Stands

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Delta Standard Power Supplies Catalog (August 2013) is Now Available

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