Building A Smart Home From Scratch

Over on Wareable, for the last 20 weeks I’ve been documenting my experience with building a smart home from scratch. I bought a run-down house and, when it was being renovated and decorated, I also took the opportunity to seamlessly install as much smart tech as possible, while at the same time future-proofing it for what’s still to come with the connected home.


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Kid-friendly smart watch tells them when to brush their teeth, so you don’t have to

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Getting a small child to brush their teeth can feel like hosting a nightly WWE wrestling match in your bathroom. But the new icon-based Octopus watch for kids ages 3 to 8 aims to help with this and other daily habits. 

The Octopus watch’s Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $ 231,000 in pledges — more than four times its $ 50,000 fundraising goal — which could indicate that at least a few parents are seeking help in the instilling-good-habits department. 

Actually the Octopus, designed by JOY, has three intended functions. It’s a watch, teaching kids to read time using both digital and analog faces. It’s a scheduler that parents can remote-program with pop-up icons to notify kids when it’s time for certain activities: basketball practice, bath time, feeding the cat. And it’s an assistant, providing tips, notes, and reminders for both kids and parents. Read more…

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When Smart Cities Fight Mother Nature

Anyone who has ever spent the night huddled on a rooftop surrounded by rising flood waters knows it’s terrifying. Alejandro Zelada, a survivor of massive floods in Buenos Aires in 2013, describes the experience. “It was like a wave, a tsunami, and all the furniture started to float”, said Zelada. “We only lost our belongings, but others lost their lives.”


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