Turn Christmas on with no-fuss smart tech
With the right, low-cost smart devices, you can light up your Christmas festivities, stay warm, and enjoy the holidays.Pick out the right smart kit (we'll point you in the right direction), and you can enjoy a Christmas that's genuinely enhanced by having some intelligent gadgets around the place – gadgets that make managing your lights, controlling indoor temperatures, and protecting your property very straightforward.
At CES this week, three new outdoor lights are being unveiled for Philips Hue: a path light, a spotlight, and a wall-mounted fixture with lights that shine up and down.
Outdoor Hue light fixtures, and there are already , ranging from a floodlight to different styles of wall lights. These new models offer more style options more than they expand the lineup into new areas.
The new options include:
- Econic pedestal light: a small path light, for $129.99
- Lily XL spotlight: a larger version of the existing Lily spotlight, for $139.99
- Appear wall fixture: a cylindrical fixture with color-changing lights on the top and bottom that emit a triangle of light in either direction, for $139.99
All three of the new options include Bluetooth, so you won’t need a Hue hub to use them. Signify, which makes Philips Hue, has beensince last year, making the lighting system easier to start using.
Light up your smart home with this Echo Dot and Philips Hue Bulb bundle
These days, it's so easy to transform your normal home into a smart one. But you can forget about clapping your lights on and off like they do in the movies. Right now, you can bundle a 3rd Generation Echo Dot with two Phillips Hue Smart Bulbs for a bargain price. © Provided by CNNAmazon is offering a huge sale on some of its Echo Dot bundles, including a perfect package to kick-start your smart home: an Echo Dot and Philips Hue White Smart Bulbs bundle for only $34.99. Whether you're a smart home rookie or you want to expand your voice command range to more rooms, this dot-and-bulb bundle is a great way to make your life easier.
Two other Hue updates are being announced today. The, which syncs your lights with what’s happening on your TV, is gaining voice control support through Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. That’s supposed to arrive this spring. The Hue app is also getting an update: it’ll now display the battery level of accessories, and — which gives you a way to group your lights within rooms — is coming out of beta and can now work with all lights and accessories.
Fitbit and Garmin are under federal investigation for alleged patent violations .
Remember the Philips Health Watch? Those patentsIn a statement, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) confirmed that its investigation into two of the most popular wearable companies was prompted by a complaint filed by the Philips company last month. The USITC said other wearable companies, including two based in China, were also under investigation.