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Sonoff RF Bridge 433 · arendst/Sonoff-Tasmota Wiki
Provide ESP8266 based itead Sonoff with Web, MQTT and OTA firmware using Arduino IDE or PlatformIO - arendst/Sonoff-Tasmota
1 hour ago by mcpride
Sam Jadallah to join Apple as its new leader on smart home devices • CNBC
Christina Farr:
<p>Jadallah previously ran a start-up called Otto, which made a $700 lock that was backed by the venture firm Greylock. He also spent more than a decade at Microsoft, and had a stint in venture capital at the firm Mohr Davidow.

Otto suspended its operations four months after launching its beautifully-designed Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled luxury lock. In interviews, Jadallah hinted at having found a buyer, which pulled out at the last minute.

About 70% of the early team behind Otto were actually poached from Apple's ranks, Jadallah has previously said. The lock was compared favorably by reviewers to the "Apple of smart locks." It's not clear whether Jadallah will bring these early employees with him, or will have a fresh mandate to hire. There are currently about half-a-dozen job openings in Apple's home division.

But Apple also competes against rivals like Alphabet and Amazon, both of which have had a head start on moving into the home.</p>

As was discussed on the latest Talk Show podcast by John Gruber and Rich Mogull, it makes no sense for Apple to offer an Apple TV, HomePod, integration to home devices via HomeKit, and yet not have something comparable to Eero or the Google Home router. Maybe Jadallah will see that too.
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2 days ago by charlesarthur
Your smart light can tell Amazon and Google when you go to bed • Bloomberg
Matt Day:
<p>For several years, Amazon and Google have collected data every time someone used a smart speaker to turn on a light or lock a door. Now they’re asking smart-home gadget makers such as Logitech and Hunter Fan Co. to send a continuous stream of information.

In other words, after you connect a light fixture to Alexa, Amazon wants to know every time the light is turned on or off, regardless of whether you asked Alexa to toggle the switch. Televisions must report the channel they’re set to. Smart locks must keep the company apprised whether or not the front door bolt is engaged.

This information may seem mundane compared with smartphone geolocation software that follows you around or the trove of personal data Facebook Inc. vacuums up based on your activity. But even gadgets as simple as light bulbs could enable tech companies to fill in blanks about their customers and use the data for marketing purposes. Having already amassed a digital record of activity in public spaces, critics say, tech companies are now bent on establishing a beachhead in the home.

“You can learn the behaviors of a household based on their patterns,” says Brad Russell, who tracks smart home products for researcher Parks Associates Inc. “One of the most foundational things is occupancy. There’s a lot they could do with that.”

Some device makers are pushing back, saying automatic device updates don’t give users enough control over what data they share, or how it can be used. Public guidelines published by Amazon and Google don’t appear to set limits on what the companies can do with the information they glean about how people use appliances.

Amazon and Google say they collect the data to make it easier for people to manage their home electronics…

…When smart speakers first hit the market, using them to command another device worked like this. After receiving the command “Alexa, turn on the light,” the software would ask the light bulb maker’s servers for the current status of the bulb. After a reply came back confirming the switch was off, Alexa would instruct the light to turn on.

Now, in a push that accelerated last year, Amazon and Google are recommending—and, in some cases, requiring—that smart home makers tweak their code to reverse that relationship. Instead, the light bulb must report in to the hub with its status at all times.</p>

That could quickly get messy if your home has lots of devices, and it feels eminently hackable.
google  amazon  smarthome  data 
6 days ago by charlesarthur
Manifest of Smart Home Developer: 15 principles / Habr
Today I’d like to speak about Smart homes and IoT devices. But it is no ordinary article. You won’t find description of hardware, links to manufacturers, batches of code or repositories. Today...
smarthome  hardware  software  design  bestpractice 
12 days ago by gilberto5757
tado° Slimme Thermostaat - Maak je verwarming slim!
De tado° Slimme Thermostaat zorgt voor een comfortabel & gezond klimaat, terwijl je energieverbruik aanzienlijk wordt verlaagd. Probeer het zonder risico!
13 days ago by mavdhe
Lutron Smart Bridge vs. Smart Bridge Pro | 2019 JCA
A good overview of the differences between the Lutron Bridge (That I already have) and the Pro version of the bridge. Doesn't seem like it'd be worth the upgrade now (at least not until or unless I get a security or AV system it's compatible with or we want to put in some automated shades), but it would have been nice to know this when I was originally shopping!
lutron  smartbridge  pro  comparison  smarthome  lights 
15 days ago by Brandonshire
The problem with throwing away a smart device • Hackster Blog
Alasdair Allan:
<p>Last week a <a href="">teardown of the LiFX Mini white </a>was published on the Limited Results site, and it shows that this smart lightbulb is anything but smart.

In a very short space of time the teardown established that if you’ve connected the bulb to your Wi-Fi network then your network password will be stored in plain text on the bulb, and can be easily recovered just by downloading the firmware and inspecting it using a hex editor.
In other words, throwing this lightbulb in the trash is effectively the same as taping a note to your front door with your wireless SSID and password written on it. This probably isn’t something you should be comfortable doing.

Worse yet both the root certificate and RSA private key for the bulb are also present in the firmware in plain text, and the devices is completely open—no secure boot, no flash encryption, and with the debug interface fully enabled.

It turns out that this particular LiFX bulb is built around an Espressif ESP32 which, as we know, has a sprawling and fairly mature open source ecosystem. But that also means that the security implemented by LiFX for the bulb was inexplicably poor. Because while the recovery of the password and keys was aided by the mature state of the development environment, the ESP32 also supports both secure boot and flash encryption, and the later would have provided “at-rest” data encryption, and stopped the this sort of attack dead in its tracks.</p>
smarthome  hacking  security 
15 days ago by charlesarthur
Lowe’s is killing off and bricking its Iris smart home products at the end of March • TechCrunch
Greg Kumparak:
<p>If you’ve got any gear from Lowe’s Iris line of smart home products, it’s time to start looking for alternatives.

Lowe’s has announced that the line is toast, with plans to flip the switch on “the platform and related services” at the end of March. In other words: much of this once smart connected gear is about to get bricked.

On the upside, Lowe’s is committing to refund customers for “eligible, connected Iris devices” — with the caveat that you’ve got to go through its redemption portal. “PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CONNECTED IRIS DEVICES BACK TO A LOWE’S STORE,” they note repeatedly. They don’t want it either.

Refunds will be issued in the form of a prepaid Visa card. They also note that some — but definitely not all — Iris-compatible devices work with alternatives like Samsung’s SmartThings platform.</p>

So anyway, don't throw them away.
lowe  smarthome 
15 days ago by charlesarthur

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