Elgato Unveils ‘Eve’ HomeKit Supported Smart Home Sensors, Hub-Less Smart Bulb

Elgato has announced its brand new line of "Eve" connected home sensors at this year's IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, which will feature full integration with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform once iOS 8 launches.

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Elgato's line of "Eve" smart home sensors

The Eve brand features Bluetooth accessories that monitor air quality, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption, with all information syncing back to an iOS app. From the app, users can see an overview of the different aspects in their home along with suggestions and tips to better improve the environment.

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Elgato's $50 "Avea" smart lightbulb

The company also announced its own $50 Avea smart lightbulb, which allows for custom profiles, colors and alarms through an iOS app. Notably, the Avea does not require a hub like the Philips' line of Hue smart bulbs, and can utilize multiple bulbs to coordinate lighting patterns.

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Elgato's iOS app for its line of "Eve" smart home sensors

Elgato's Eve line of products are among the first to publicly support HomeKit, which was first announced at WWDC this past June. The platform allows home automation devices and their apps to work with Apple's first-party services like Siri and stock iOS apps using a single, secure protocol. A report from earlier this year claimed that Apple was developing its own smart home products to work with HomeKit for a release in the near future. Apple may also look to feature HomeKit integration in its highly-rumored iWatch wearable device, which is said to "make good use" of HomeKit.


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Microsoft’s New Cortana vs. Siri Ad Shows Off HTC One M8 for Windows, Mapping Features

Microsoft today launched a new commercial comparing its Cortana virtual assistant and the HTC One M8 for Windows to Siri and the iPhone 5s, showing a variety of hardware features and software integration that isn't possible with Apple's device.


The ad is titled "Siri vs. Cortana - Mirror Mirror" and depicts Cortana and Siri talking to each other about a number of features on the new HTC One M8 for Windows. Cortana demonstrates how it can work with a user's calendar and traffic to provide route and mapping information, while also showing off the HTC One M8's dual front-facing speakers. The commercial ends with Siri remarking that she only has one speaker and that she is "sitting on it," referring to the speaker placement on the iPhone.

The new ad follows a commercial released in July showing off Cortana's ability to perform contextually-aware tasks and poking fun at Siri's inability to do the same. Cortana was originally announced earlier this year as a part of Windows Phone 8.1, with Microsoft emphasizing the virtual assistant's ability to relate tasks to people and places. A Windows Phone manager also stated in June that Microsoft would like Cortana to be on other mobile platforms, perhaps hinting at an expansion of the assistant to iOS and Android.


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Elgato announces Eve home automation integrated with Apple’s HomeKit, Avea smart LED lights and Smart Power batteries

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Everything has pretty much stopped in North America for Labor Day (except for perv hackers), but IFA 2014 is ramping up in Germany and Elgato is using this event to debut a new lineup of smart accessories. The announcement encompasses three major new products: Eve, Avea, and Smart Power.

Elgato Eve is easily the most compelling new product in this lineup. Through the use of several sensors, Avea monitors your home’s “air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption.” These Bluetooth connected sensors report back to your iPhone or iPad via the Elgato Eve app. And here’s the best part, it will be fully compatible with Apple HomeKit…

Apple announced HomeKit for iOS 8 back in June during WWDC. The goal behind HomeKit is to centralize and simplify the management of home automation accessories. Once fully launched, HomeKit will allow iOS users to control a variety of devices (from different manufacturers) including locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, switches, and more from one app. Siri will even learn a few new tricks so you can control your home with voice commands.

Since we’ve heard whispers that Apple may be working on its own sensor-laden home automation products (as well as iPhone 6 getting some of the aforementioned sensors) and we’ve got just over a week to go until the iPhone 6 event, you have to wonder if Elgato is trying to get out in front of any possible competing products that Apple may announce.

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Pricing and availability information is not yet available for the Elgato Avea home automation solution.

Elgato is also taking on Philips Hue with the Avea smart LED light bulb. Unlike many of its competitors, iOS users can connect to it directly via Bluetooth, without the need for a bridge. Use the preset lighting configurations to set the mood and the wake-up feature (just like the Philips Wake-Up lights) to start your day without a blaring alarm. Avea bulbs are available now for $50 each.

Smart Power is a 6,000 mAh external power bank that can notify you when it’s time to juice up your iPhone or iPad and “even remind its owner to take it with them on a busy day.” It’s available now for $99.95.

Full press release follows:

Elgato at IFA 2014: Live smarter with app-powered accessories

Munich, September 1st - Elgato will be showcasing a new line of app-powered accessory products at IFA 2014. The new products will enable iPhone and iPad users to control and monitor their home, create the perfect lighting atmosphere and make sure they do not run out of extra power for their gadgets when they need it most. The upcoming product line, Elgato Eve allows users the capability to monitor conditions in the home. The intelligent LED bulb, Avea gives dynamic mood lighting at home, while the intelligent battery, Smart Power offers advanced self-monitoring capabilities to make sure it is always ready to refill iPhones and iPads.

See Eve, Avea, and Smart Power at Hall 15 Booth 222 at IFA Berlin 2014.

Elgato Eve – monitoring system for your home comfort

Elgato will be previewing its upcoming app-powered system for monitoring your home from your iPhone and iPad. The soon to be launched range of Eve sensors gathers data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption in your home, this data is then configured and displayed in Elgato’s Eve app. Users can gain insights that can help improve the comfort of their home, making their house a smarter place. Elgato Eve is the solution for a Smart Home. The Bluetooth Smart based Eve sensors will be previewed for the first time during IFA 2014.

Elgato Avea, dynamic mood lighting control system

Elgato today introduces Avea, a smart LED bulb which can be controlled directly using iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart technology. A single tap on one of the many enthralling lighting scenes in the accompanying app creates the perfect atmosphere for focused working, a romantic meal or relaxing after a hard day’s work. Setting up Avea is a breeze: Simply screw in the bulb then download and start the app from iTunes. Avea can be controlled directly using iPhone without a bridge.

Features

  • Dynamic mood lighting – controlled directly by iPhone or iPad
  • Seven dynamic scenes and colors for any situation
  • Wake-Up Light function for a soothing, natural start to the day
  • Works straight out of the box – easy installation with no bridge or gateway required
  • Bulbs available individually so no need to buy a starter pack
  • Energy efficient Bluetooth Smart technology
  • Screw base: E27/E26
  • LED bulb power rating: 7W
  • Brightness : 430 lumens
  • Bulb life: 25,000 hrs
  • Weight: 148 g

Smart Power – The intelligent portable power device that monitors itself

Elgato today introduces Smart Power, the first portable power solution that can take care of itself. Using advanced self-monitoring capabilities and energy efficient Bluetooth Smart technology, Elgato Smart Power sends a notification to the iPhone when it’s time to refill. It will even remind its owner to take it with them on a busy day. The Elgato Smart Power app shows exactly how the battery reserve is holding up. With Elgato Smart Power, users can finally rest assured that they won’t run out of power when they need it most.

Features

  •  High-end battery with a capacity of 6000 mAh and adaptive charging (up to 2,4A / 12W)
  •  Automatic PowerMinder notifications when it’s time to refill
  •  Optional calendar integration: get reminders to take Smart Power along on a busy day
  •  Charges an empty iPhone three times
  •  Automatic high power output for charging your iPad
  •  Input connection: embedded USB cable
  •  Output connection: USB
  •  Standards: Bluetooth 4.0 Smart
  •  What’s in the Box: Elgato Smart Power comes with an embedded USB cable
  •  Dimensions & Weight: 83 x 83 × 23 mm, 160 g

Apple HomeKit

Apple announced the new HomeKit technology will soon be available as part of iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad. HomeKit introduces a new way to control supported devices in your home using Siri. This means you could use your voice to turn on lights or adjust the thermostat. Elgato are set to announce and make available solutions based on Apple’s HomeKit technology once iOS 8 is available.

Pricing & Availability

Elgato Eve

Pricing and availability for the Eve product line will be announced soon. The Elgato app Eve is free and will be available in the App Store.

Elgato Avea

Avea costs USD $99.95/CDN $59.95/€39.95/GBP 39.95/AUD 59 and is available now from the Elgato online shop and select resellers. The Avea app is free and available in the App Store. Devices must meet the following requirements: iPhone 4S or later, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad mini or iPad 3 (3rd generation or later) all running iOS 7.1 (or later).

Elgato Smart Power

Elgato Smart Power is available for USD $99.95/CDN $109.95/EUR 89.95€/GBP £79.95/AUD $139. The Elgato Smart Power app is free and is available in the App Store.  Devices must meet the following requirements: iPhone 4S or later, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad mini or iPad 3 (3rd generation or later) all running iOS 7.1 (or later).

About Elgato

Elgato creates app-powered lifestyle accessories that entertain and enlighten. We combine elegant software with innovative hardware, designed and developed by Elgato engineering and product teams in Germany and California. Our market-leading EyeTV line has won numerous awards since its launch in 2002. Elgato Gaming revolutionizes content creation for the connected generation on YouTube and Twitch. Elgato products are available at major retailers in more than eighty countries. Elgato is privately held with headquarters in Munich, Germany.


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Nearly Complete iPhone 6 Assembled From Parts Compared to iPhone 5s in New Video

Last week, a video from Feld & Volk depicted a nearly complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that was assembled from various iPhone 6 parts, giving us a clear picture of what the finished device might look like ahead of its September 9 debut.

A second video has surfaced from Russian YouTube channel Rozetked (via 9to5Mac), depicting another near-complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next to an iPhone 5s. Like the iPhone 6 from Feld & Volk, the iPhone 6 depicted in the video appears to have been assembled from various iPhone parts, showing off a space gray rear shell with both a black and white front plate.


In the video, the iPhone 6 is displayed next to the iPhone 5s at several different angles, showing off all of the design differences between the two phones. Aside from the iPhone 6's larger size, it is also noticeably thinner with iPad-style design elements including pill-shaped volume buttons and rounded corners.

Also shown is the device's rounded True Tone dual-LED flash, protruding camera ring, thick antenna bands, embedded Apple logo, and relocated power button, along with internal elements like the logic board.

Apple is expected to introduce both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 devices at a September 9 media event. While rumors have suggested the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be available to ship shortly after its debut, it is less clear whether the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will also ship during the month of September or at a later date due to production issues.

The September 9 event is also expected to feature the introduction of Apple's first wearable device and it may also include the debut of Apple's rumored mobile payment service.


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Apple HR chief Denise Young-Smith emails employees about diversity & inclusion

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Apple’s Vice President of Global Human Resources Denise Young-Smith emailed all Apple employees last week regarding diversity and inclusion. The email continues Apple’s recent string of events to promote diversity within the company. In midAugust, Apple released diversity data and held events on campus to promote inclusion. Young-Smith was promoted to head of all Apple HR earlier this year, and she received additional attention last month when she was added to Apple’s official executive biographies web page. The full email, via a source, is below:

Team,

Tim has kicked off an ongoing conversation about inclusion and diversity at Apple. No matter what our role is or where we sit, this is important and meaningful to all of us, to our customers, and to those who are considering a career at Apple.

The “In Your Voice” feedback we’ve received has been nothing less than what we’d expect: authentic, impassioned, and broadly representative of our diversity of thought and perspectives from around the world. And we’re grateful for it.

Many of you shared stories about how Apple’s culture of inclusion changed the course of your life, whether personally or professionally: “I was over 55 when I was hired. My hiring manager looked beyond my age and hair color and saw me for what I am: an energetic, hard-working individual up for the Apple challenge. Thank you.” “I am rewarded for being and thinking differently. My point of view is appreciated in this environment, whereas in previous experiences and environments, my point of view seemed to be something others had to deal with.”

A few of you compared Apple to the United Nations, describing your daily routine of hearing many languages spoken around you at work and benefitting from global viewpoints.

You told us where Apple could be doing better. You said that your teams and your managers could do more to be inclusive. This often manifests itself in subtle ways — from the words we choose, to how we hire, to how we engage one another and develop others. We all bring with us a life experience that makes us unique, yet colors how we view others and the world around us. We can all benefit from enhanced awareness of how our actions affect others.

Some of you shared that you don’t feel as connected as you would like to your teams or to initiatives that feel removed from your location. You also want to hear from and connect with the many amazing role models in our organization. These are areas we can greatly improve upon and we will. We must.

We believe to our core that inclusion inspires our very best innovations. As one of you put it, “Diversity is essential to making sure our products are great for all humanity. When our teams are diverse, we make noticeably better products for the world.”

Along with that, we know that we need to demonstrate an active commitment to inclusion in our day-to-day work to fully leverage the richness of our diversity.

We’re going to continue this conversation and others that further the dialogue on innovation, inclusion, and of course, why we are all here: to make an impact and do our very best work. Together.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas as we move forward.

Denise


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In-depth, high-quality hands-on video of iPhone 6 assembled from leaked parts

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We now have our best look yet at the iPhone 6 until Apple officially launches the device on September 9th. Russia-based YouTuber Rozetked has put together what appears to be a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (hands on footage of the 5.5-inch model went online this morning) with several of the leaked components that we’ve seen all over the web the last several months. The comparison shows both black and white front plates, along with a space gray rear shell. The video compares the design to the existing iPhone 5s and gives a very close look at the overall design aesthetic. You can find the video along with some more still photos below:

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