CES: Could the Focalcrest Mixtile Hub be the HomeKit bridge we've all been waiting for?

CES: Could the Focalcrest Mixtile Hub be the HomeKit bridge we've all been waiting for?

There have been a surprising number of vendors at CES 2017 showing off HomeKit compatible devices, but for those who have legacy home automation hardware running on ZigBee and Z-Wave systems the announcements have been of little interest since there's no way to control those older devices using iOS and Siri. A relatively unknown vendor, Focalcrest, has announced the Mixtile Hub, a device that claims to bridge HomeKit, ZigBee, and Z-Wave so that most home automation products can be controlled by the Home app.

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The Backerjack Podcast Episode 16: Cyclops cameras, talking trash, and smart homes vs. smartphones

The Backerjack Podcast Episode 16: Cyclops cameras, talking trash, and smart homes vs. smartphones

In sweet Episode 16 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steven Sande and Ross Rubin check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Flex Cam PIC, a whimsical and inexpensive still and video camera that wraps around objects and comes in a range of colors and silly characters. It has some similarities to Podo.
  • GeniCan, a clip-on to your garbage can or recycle bin that builds your shopping list by scanning the barcodes of products you’ve consumed. As we note, it has the same goals as SmartQsine... and more!
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