New Smart Home Products and New Home Automation Features for July 13, 2018

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There are new smart home products coming out on the market all the time, and this video gives you all the latest new home automation products in 2018. We also run through all of the latest smart home updates for this week in 2018.

In this edition, I run through a couple of updates for some of our favorite products here on Automate Your Life. First up is Samsung SmartThings with an update to the firmware on your hub and many of your smart home devices. The update touches on devices that connect to your SmartThings Hub, including Sylvania smart bulbs.

Next up is the fact that Wyzecam is about to have Alexa integration. We all know the low cost of these great smart home cameras, but we didn’t know that this kind of integration was on the way. This is great news.

Razer and Philips Hue have been working together on integrating their products. If you download the Razer Synapse software from Razer themselves ( you can go ahead and synchronize your Philips Hue smart color bulbs to your gaming experience on your PC. This works on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

The Sonos IPO taught us a few things about their speakers. The Sonos One and Sonos Beam products both have Alexa integration on them, but through the filing, we now know that Amazon could pull that Amazon Alexa integration with “limited notice”. This leaves owners and future owners of Sonos One and Sonos Beam products vulnerable to a spat between the companies.

Storyball is a new smart children’s toy with a campaign on Kickstarter. This smart toy will take your child through adventures and stories, but won’t include any screen time. Here’s a URL to Storyball:

Velux and Netatmo have partnered to produce a series of smart home products that help you manage the temperature and humidity in your home. There are smart home shutters, windows, and more, and there’s integration with Apple Homekit right off the bat.

Ecomo is another Kickstarter product that is like automating your health. The reason I say that is because Ecomo is a water bottle that tests the water quality, and filters the water if it’s needed. All of this with a twist of the base of the bottle. Here’s the URL to Ecomo:

LynQ is a device that’s a bit of a different take on locating people. LynQ uses low power radio communication, along with algorithms to locate other LynQ devices or to help you locate a meetup. What’s great about this technology is that it doesn’t require any subscription ever.

Nissan produced a set of smart self-parking chairs. Here’s the link to the Engadget story about them:

An incredibly scary story has come out in a report in the New York Times that states that domesitc abuse is occurring through the use of smart home technology and home automation products. This is a terrible news story, and I can’t believe that we’re talking about this with the relatively low penetration of home automation products in the market.

Domestic Abuse Resources:

A list of domestic abuse hotlines across the world –

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224

If you need any recommendations for home automation products, here’s my Amazon Influencer Shop. Yes, I make money if you buy a product from Amazon through this link, but I’ve only included products I personally recommend. It’s a curated list of high-quality smart home products.

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