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Amazon’s Game-Friendly ‘Echo Buttons’ Available For Pre-Order

When Amazon introduced their new Alexa devices just a few months back, they announced their Echo Buttons which were due to launch shortly. Today, the company started offering pre-orders for $20 which includes a pack of two buttons. Units aren't expected to ship until December 19th, but getting in this early means that you should have the buttons arrive in time for Christmas. These buttons run off AAA batteries (included) and can be used to play games like Beat the Intro (music guessing) or Fourth Down Trivia (sports trivia). Support is included for all existing Echo devices to date. Once...

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Kickstarter Suspends Autonomous SmartDesk 3 Campaign After Raising $76K

It has only been 72 hours since Autonomous launched their newest Kickstarter campaign, this time for the launch of their SmartDesk 3. Beyond the traditional sit/stand desk concept, the company integrated a touchscreen interface into the top of the SmartDesk 3 which utilizes its artificial intelligence to interact with its user. With a retail price of $600, this desk all that cheap although it is considered affordable in the smart furniture market. For the first 100 backers, you could score $150 off retail or $100 off retail if you decide to back later on. In the initial 72 hour...

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The Autonomous SmartDesk 3 ‘Kickstarter’ Campaign Has Gone Live

When ergonomic furniture became all the rage in the office scene, many consumer budgets couldn't support these high-end chairs or sit/stand desks. To combat this problem, a startup called Autonomous entered the market with their affordable line of ergonomic sit/stand desks, chairs, and stools. In the past, we reviewed the company's ErgoChair which has been a top seller since launching around this time last year. Autonomous has officially launched their newest Kickstarter campaign as of this morning despite having their previous campaign shut down after raising $615K. The latest crowdfunding attempt is to raise money for their new SmartDesk 3 which is...

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‘August’ Smart Locks Acquired By Traditional Lock Company ‘Yale’

Since everyday household items are being redefined through the ‘smart home' age, the competition has become fierce. One market that has seen a great deal of innovation from the startup world is household locks which are quickly transitioning to smart locks. In the past, we have reviewed models like the Kevo from Kwikset, and there are dozens of other competing models on the market. For a traditional lock company like Yale, the transition to smart technology isn't as easy as acquiring someone who has already mastered it. Today, Yale's parent company, Assa Abloy announced their acquisition of August Home brand which currently sells...

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Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 Offers FHD All-Weather Surveillance Without Wires

Smart home has become a big industry as of recent years with more consumers adapting to the use of smart light bulbs, home surveillance and connected household products. In the past, we have received Netgear's Arlo Q and found their security cameras can stack up to their rival Nest's offering while offering better longterm value. Earlier today Netgear announced their new Arlo Pro 2. This new product offers the same portability and robust design as their original Arlo Pro line. This allows it to be used both indoors or outdoors either wirelessly or via an optional power cable which unlocks advanced...

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All The Major Hardware Announcements From Google’s Keynote Event

Earlier today, Google held a press event showcasing their newest hardware products in front of media from around the world. The keynote was held in an Apple-like fashion giving insight on what the company is doing behind the scenes, providing interest statistics about their users and ultimately showing off new hardware devices. Here are the major hardware announcements that Google made during today's event: Google Home Mini Initially leaked yesterday by Walmart, the Home Mini is the little brother to their original Google Home device. With a smaller form-factor and more affordable price, the concept rivals that of Amazon's...

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