7 surprising smart home gadgets you haven’t seen before

Big brands like Google, Amazon and Philips Hue are renowned for their smart home innovations, but hundreds of smaller competitors are pushing boundaries, too. Sure, you probably won’t see the next big breakthrough in robotics or voice assistance coming from a 10-person team. But the most important innovations in our time often come in the form of increased energy efficiency, security and privacy — and smaller teams are expanding boundaries in those areas every year.

These are seven of the most interesting but difficult-to-categorize smart home accessories on the market right now. Whether you want to step up your home automation and smart home technology game or you’re looking to find a great gift for the tech lover in your life, you’re sure to find a unique smart home gadget on this list.

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How do you dress for the Pentagon? Most people hoping to secure a contract to send satellites into space would put on a suit. But Ben Lamm is not a fan of the expected. So on a visit to Washington, D.C., the night before his big meeting with Air Force generals, he was at a restaurant deliberating two important style questions: Which jean jacket would he wear? And which swanky scarf? 

His dinner date that night knew the Pentagon well. It was Susan Penfield, a longtime executive VP at consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton, which does a lot of work with the federal government (as well as with Lamm). “I don’t know if it will fly at the Pentagon,” she told him — but if he insisted on a scarf, she

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Karis Teetan ‘couldn’t believe’ he was being replaced on smart sprinter Computer Patch | HK Racing

Karis Teetan is no stranger to being tipped off top-line sprinters after strong performances – think Mr Stunning and Hot King Prawn – but even he admits “he couldn’t believe” he was being replaced aboard Computer Patch for next week’s Group One Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m).

Teetan has finished a close second in consecutive outings on the Tony Cruz-trained four-year-old but Computer Patch will instead be ridden by incoming superstar Christophe Soumillon next Sunday.

“I couldn’t believe that I was taken off him, I think I’ve done pretty well on him and last time I thought he got beaten by a better horse on the day,” said Teetan, who defends his crown in the International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley on December 9.

“Anyway, that’s Hong Kong racing, I understand if connections wanted a change and I’ll just move forward. It’s happened to me many times before and I hope

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CCTV, smart classroom gadgets stolen from government school in Puducherry

The D-Nagar police on Wednesday registered a case against unidentified persons for stealing a monitor, CCTV, DVR and projector from the Government Primary School, Indira Nagar in Gorimedu.

The culprits managed to enter the school by breaking a grill at the rear. the backside grill. The stolen gadgets were kept inside the Smart Room Class and chamber of the school headmistress.

The police registered a case under section 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint filed by the school’s headmistress, Jeeva Krishna Prasad.

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Bike computer company launches new smart watch to track triathlons

Wahoo, the company best known for its bike computers and smart trainers, has finally launched its own watch.



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The new Wahoo Element Rival puts it squarely up against competitors including Garmin, though it is specifically focused on tracking triathlon and races in particular.

It does so using what Wahoo calls its “touchless transition” technology which enables the watch to automatically detect when an athlete has moved between swimming, cycling and running and track them accordingly.

It costs £349.99, putting it at the upper end of many activity trackers but roughly in line with other watches that offer similar triathlon features. It is available now.

That – as well as tracking triathlons more generally – was the “pain point” from which the idea to launch a watch emerged, Wahoo’s chief executive Chip Hawkins told The Independent.

In practise, it means that once the watch is paired

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7 unexpected smart home gadgets worth considering

Big brands like Google, Amazon and Philips Hue are renowned for their smart home innovations, but hundreds of smaller competitors are pushing boundaries, too. Sure, you probably won’t see the next big breakthrough in robotics or voice assistance coming from a 10-person team. But the most important innovations in our time often come in the form of increased energy efficiency, security and privacy. If you care about smart lawn care, smart gardening or a smart security system — anything beyond color-changing lightbulbs — these cool smart home devices might be for you.

These are seven of the most interesting but difficult-to-categorize smart home accessories on the market right now. Whether you want to step up your home automation and smart home technology game or you’re looking to find a great gift for the tech lover in your life, you’re sure to find a unique smart home gadget on this

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Vivint Smart Home to Participate in RBC Capital Markets Global Technology, Internet, Media & Telecommunications Investor Conference

Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (NYSE: VVNT), a leading security and smart home company, today announced that it will present and host meetings with investors at the RBC Capital Markets Global Technology, Internet, Media, & Telecommunications Conference. Details of the presentation are as follows:

RBC Capital Markets Global Technology, Internet, Media, & Telecommunications Conference

Date:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Time:

4:40 p.m. Eastern Time

The presentation (fireside chat format) will be available via live audio webcast and archived on Vivint’s investor relations website at http://investors.vivint.com/.

About the Company

Vivint is a leading smart home company in North America. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24/7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves approximately 1.7 million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information,

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Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: a slightly smarter clock radio

There is no shortage of devices that you can stick on your bedside table to use as a voice-controlled alarm clock. You can, of course, just use your phone, but you can also put a small smart speaker, such as Amazon’s Echo Dot, Google’s Nest Mini, or Apple’s new HomePod mini there and bark commands at it to set an alarm, tell you the weather, or snooze for ten minutes. If you want something more fully featured, devices like the Echo Show 5, Lenovo Smart Clock, or Google’s Nest Hub have full-color touchscreen displays that can play video, show camera feeds, or be used as a digital picture frame.

Lenovo’s latest entrant in this space, the $49.95 Smart Clock Essential, sits somewhere in between all of that. It’s a voice-controlled, Google Assistant smart speaker with a simple, black-and-white segmented LED display. It displays the current time, weather conditions, day, and

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Smart Leaders Like Elon Musk Embrace the Rule of Low Expectations. Here’s Why It Works, and When to Use It

I live in a suburb outside New York City, but I spend a fair amount of time in rural New Hampshire.

My wife’s parents live there, and we love visiting. It’s a beautiful place, lots of opportunity to experience nature and awe.

But, there’s one one practical problem: internet connectivity. 

It’s so rural that it’s hard to get really reliable, fast, consistent broadband. That makes it difficult for people like me to stay up there for long periods of time, since nearly 100 percent of my work requires a fast internet connection.

I’ve explored lots of stopgap solutions, and of course, I’m not alone in this quandry. A study in 2018 found about one quarter of Americans who live in rural areas can’t get reliable high-speed Internet.

That’s why I’ve been watching with high personal interest as Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite Internet service begins to roll out. I’m on the

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PS5 Doesn’t Support Folders, But Its Game Library Has Small Yet Smart Tweaks

The PlayStation 5 features an overhauled user interface that both introduces new features and also tweaks existing ones to make them a little more intuitive. Although it unfortunately does not include folder support for organizing your games, one UI improvement is the reworked game library, which has been cleaned up to make it easier to navigate.

When tabbing over to the game library, you’ll now notice a drop-down menu available on the left of the screen. Using this, you can change visibility options to show either PS3, PS4, or PS5 games. (PS3 games are playable through PlayStation Now.) Additionally, you can now also filter by source, so you can see the games you acquired through a PlayStation Store purchase, PlayStation Plus, or PlayStation Now.

Tabbing over to the Installed section will show you all your ready-to-play games and, at a glance, you’ll be able to tell where they are installed

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