Michigan auto supplier teams up with smart home software developer

Jim Harger for mlive: Gentex is using Yonomi software to launch HomeLink Connect, an new home automation app that pairs with the vehicle and allows drivers to operate home automation devices from the vehicle's center console display or rearview mirror controls.

This Robot Can Mix Drinks in Your Hotel Room

Michael Belfiore for Bloomberg: Makr Shakr's robotic arms pull cocktail ingredients selected via touchscreen or app from a network of bottles above the bar.

How to set up and monitor your smart home

Dirk Paessler for ITProPortal: A thermometer that can be operated via smartphone does not make a smart home on its own.

Roomba to Rule the Smart Home

Elizabeth Woyke for MIT Technology Review: iRobot CEO Colin Angle says mapping data generated by the company's robotic cleaners will finally make our homes intelligent.

Honda Will Unveil 4 New Robots at This Year's CES

Shelby Rogers for Interesting Engineering: Each robot has its own functions, and all of them have names reminiscent of Star Wars droids.

Analyst report endorses Apple's approach of in-store demos of smart home tech

Ben Lovejoy for 9to5Mac: The note suggests that Apple is on the right track with its in-store demo stations, where customers can experience for themselves what it's like to have a HomeKit controlled connected home.

MIVATEK TO CREATE JAPAN'S FIRST ALL-WIFI CONNECTED PROTECTION SYSTEM

Sha Maison Development Will Become "Self-Monitored, Smart Community"; System Will Increase Security, Safety, & Health of Residents in 700-Unit Housing Community

Recycled Mercedes Batteries Could Power Your House

Andrew Chesterton for The Motor Report: Mercedes-Benz is considering using old car batteries to power your house. The plan would see the German manufacturer rolling out a second-life program for its lithium-ion batteries to combat rival Tesla's Powerwall.

First Los Angeles Zero Net Energy Multifamily Affordable Housing Development Uses Solar Power

ProudGreen Building: "This project demonstrates how affordability and environmental sustainability can be achieved with effective coordination and a great team."

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency

John Fitzgerald Weaver for Electrek: The smart window lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight. When the shift to opaque occurs, the solar prototype begins electricity production.

SIA Launches Autonomous Security Robots Working Group

The group will bring together members of the security industry, end users, technology experts and other interested parties to promote best practices regarding the use of robots in security

With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots

Oregon State University via Science Daily: "The point here with something like a self-adjusting shoe is it no longer resembles a robot -- that's kind of the direction of ubiquity we're imagining."

What We Can Learn From the Second Life of Google Glass

Thomas Hornigold for Singularity Hub: The difference here was the specific audience: workers in factories who need hands-free computing because they need to use their hands at the same time.

Robot companions are just what the doctor ordered

Abrar Al-Heeti for CNet: "We've done tests before with a screen or even the robot on a screen, and nobody cared," Deblieck said. "But from the moment the Zora solution came in, you saw people starting to move."

Smart home integration is about to become a necessity for carmakers

Gadgets Now: "Extending smart home voice control into the connected vehicle is part of an ongoing integration that will pull together home and vehicle personalization,"

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