CES 2016: 8 interesting HomeKit accessories

HomeKit compatible connected home accessories are being introduced across CES 2016 with the following offering something new or interesting.

What is HomeKit?

In case you missed it, HomeKit can be understood as kind of an Apple approved hardware platform developers can use to create iOS compatible smart home solutions that integrate easily and securely with Apple’s iOS.

Apple has created frameworks for various devices, but roll out of these has been relatively slow. CES 2016 saw a range of new HomeKit accessories appear, some of which offer new twists.

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The dying technologies of 2016

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die.

— Ecclesiastes 3:1

For many technologies, the time to die will be 2016.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be people still using the deceased technologies. After all, at least one company is still using an Apple IIe for accounting.

But these dying technologies are so far gone they’re not going to matter to most users and companies. For example, while Windows XP is still used by a handful of businesses and by 11% of users, according to NetMarketShare’s count, no one thinks of XP except as a slowly dying, zombie operating system. And, considering how insecure Windows XP is these days, many of those XP PCs probably really are malware zombies.

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Lenovo, Google partner on Project Tango smartphone

Lenovo is partnering with Google to develop a new smartphone that could change the way people see and understand the physical world around them.

The smartphone, which is being developed as part of Google’s Project Tango, is packed with sensors to identify and understand motion, gestures, location and objects in real and virtual worlds.

The smartphone — which has no name yet — will have a screen size under 6.5 inches, and be priced under $500. It will be available in summer this year, Lenovo said at a press conference at CES on Thursday. 

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Google-Lenovo phablet in Project-Tango weirdness; puzzles CES attendees

Lenovo and Google preview their AR smartphone—it’s the first product of Motorola’s Project Tango doo-hicky. The two companies seem to love this augmented-reality technology, but they’re frankly doing a terrible job of persuading us we want it.

But hey, you can use it to play games, get directions, and measure things. Which is wonderful I’m sure.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers struggle to get it. Yes, Project Tango needs better demos—so how about playing hopscotch with a pebble on Mars?..

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Lenovo-Google smartphone tryst tries Project-Tango AR phablet

Google and Lenovo plan an AR smartphone—the first product of the ex-Motorola Project Tango research. These two companies are gung-ho about this augmented-reality technology, but they’re doing a terrible job of explaining why we should care.

Apparently, you can use it to play games, get directions, and measure things. Umm, that’s nice.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers try harder to explain. Project Tango needs better demos—how about playing hopscotch with a pebble on Mars?..

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[Developing story: Updated 6:49 am and 10:42 am PST with more comment]

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New Google & Lenovo smartphones to do Project-Tango-style augmented reality

Google and Lenovo plan AR smartphones, using the ex-Motorola Project Tango technology. Yes, the two companies are terribly excited about this augmented-reality tech, but they don’t seem to be doing a great job of explaining why we should care.

Apparently, you can use it to play games, get directions, and measure things. Umm, that’s nice.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers try harder to explain. Project Tango needs better demos—how about playing hopscotch with a pebble on Mars?..

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[Developing story: Updated 6:49 am PST with more comment]

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Google / Lenovo plan odd AR smartphones: It takes 2 to Project Tango

Lenovo and Google are planning AR smartphones, using the ex-Motorola Project Tango technology. Yes, the companies are really ever-so excited about the augmented-reality tech, but they have a ways to go for some of us to be sold on the idea.

Apparently, you can use it to play games, get directions, and measure things. Umm, that’s nice.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get a bit Luddite-y. Project Tango needs better demos—how about playing hopscotch with a pebble on Mars?..

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Upgrade, downgrade

Flashback to the mid-1990s, when this big electricity generation and distribution organization is still using green-screen terminals and a 32-bit VAX minicomputer for a key system, according to a pilot fish there.”Users would navigate through the te…

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How Obama’s edict will resurrect smart guns

For two decades, smart gun technology has advanced in fits and starts as wary investors kept purse strings tight and gun rights proponents at times fought its uptake.

President Barack Obama’s impassioned speech this week on gun control, however, could give the smart gun industry a boost; he called for smart gun R&D funding and opened up the U.S. government as a potential market for its adoption.

Obama directed the Defense Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology.

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