Smart Home: Trends and Ideas of 2022 There is no doubt our homes are getting smarter each year. But slow evolution still did not show that killer feature for a smart home. Let’s not go far: in many households, vacuum robots are completely standalone units, not even controlled by phones! In 2022, though, trends are already seen that may change the situation for the better. That is, for the smarter.
Robots: Not Only Vacuums
While cleaning floors remained the number one priority for home robots this decade, this year two new robots may arrive to change your perception of what robots can do at home. The most expected one is Astro by Amazon, a small robot that works basically as a moving smart display with a camera. The greatest thing is that Astro is programmable and compatible with various ecosystems which allow for using Astro as, say, a security robot.
Another one that pushes the borders is the Always Home camera by Ring (indeed, also by Amazon). This drone can be taught to fly around your property to control what’s going on with its cameras. Integration with other Ring products...
Jan, 18 2022
How to Listen to Apple Music on Speakers by Google Let’s imagine a situation where you live in two ecosystems at the same time. Your smart home is by Google, controlled by Nest speakers, but your computers and phones are by Apple, so your music streaming service is Apple Music, not YouTube Music. Great as it is, can it be used on Nest without extra tricks? Yes, it can, and here is how to activate it.
Since recently, Apple Music is officially supported by Google smart speakers. To set it up, you will need a speaker connected to your home Wi-Fi and an iPhone/iPad in the same network, with Google Home app installed. And, of course, an active Apple Music subscription. The algorithm is the following:
Run Google Home app on iPhone and login if not yet
Press the “+” button in the top left corner
From the dropdown menu, choose “Music”
At the bottom of the screen, under “More music services”, select Apple Music
Allow Google access Apple Music when prompted to
After this, in your Google Home app, Apple Music will show in the list of your music services. If you want to set it...
Jan, 14 2022
Samsung Created Smart Home Controller A smart home dashboard made by Samsung sounds like a great idea for Google or Apple. It is called SmartThing and it is a perfect controller for the smart home. Home Hub from Samsung has to be in the center of the house to control all the devices in the smart home. You don’t need to buy the smart fridge for $4,000 to use the controller.
This software already has a pre-installed Bixby voice assistant that listens to your commands and sends them to the devices you need. The touch screen tablet is 8.4 inches with AI will help you to take the smart house under control. The Home Hub has two speakers and microphones to listen to your voice. Although it was not officially revealed, according to the images Samsung has shared this device runs Android.
According to Samsung, the new software will connect all the products inside the SmartThings system that you have in the house. Samsung plans to provide integration with door locks and lights in the future. SmartThings hub will be included inside its multiple smart appliances. The...
Jan, 12 2022
Google Smart Speakers Affected by Sonos Victory Now you need to adjust the volume on each speaker manually. After Sonos won the case and the US International Trade Commission, owners of Google smart speakers faced more changes. From now on, device users have to forget about the group volume controller. Instead, they need to adjust the volume of each speaker separately and by hand. There is no group volume controller anymore.
Before Sonos won the case, users were able to navigate the volume of the speaker using the volume rocker on their phones. However, the option disappeared after the legal ruling. Once the rules came out on the patent decision, Google assured that there are no non-infringing designs proved by the International Trade Commission. Meanwhile, Sonos confirmed that Google has to remove some features it provided for the speaker. Although many users were aware of the situation, nobody expected the decision to come to life so quickly. Google has only 60 days to follow the ITC decision.
The most fragile turned out to be the audio feature of the multi-room that allowed Google’s users to sync their speakers during...
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