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WeberHaus Builds Houses With HomeKit

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WeberhausGerman pre-fabricated house builder WeberHuas announces it will start adding HomeKit in smart homes, allowing customers to control "everything in their home" via iDevice or Siri.

As a result, HomeKit and the Home app can be used instead of the WeberHaus home control system, WeberLogic 2.0 and the MyControl app from BootUp, with an iPad or Apple TV acting as home hub. WeberHaus does not detail the products found in its buildings, but it says customers can adjust underfloor heating systems, blinds and lighting through iDevice. One can also HomeKit-compatible radiator valves, light bulbs and sensors.

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QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor Launches

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QardioArmQardio expands its partnership with Apple as it announces the availability of the QardioArm smart blood pressure monitor in Apple Stores across the world.

Boldly described as a "blood pressure monitor you will actually love," the QardioArm pairs with iOS and Android devices (and respective companion Qardio app) to help users check on their blood pressure. It is the first medical device available via Apple Health, and allows users to easily share medical data with health professionals.

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Google and Levi's Team Up in Smart Jacket

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Google and Levi's extend the idea of wearable electronics to actual clothing as the two companies present the first product from Google's Project Jacquard-- the smart Commuter Trucker jacket.

Project JacquardPresented at the SXSW festival, the jacket has a conductive fabric turning the left sleeve into a smartphone controller. As a result one can manipulate core smartphone functions, such as answer the phone, read texts, control maps or play music, by touching and swiping the sleeve. It all sounds very similar to a smartwatch, only arguably less obtrusive and more stylish.

A companion app allows users to set "abilities"-- such as a double-tap for music or a swipe up to tell the time. A small rechargeable tag clipped inside the sleeve powers the fabric-based touchpad, with battery life currently clocking at around 2 days on a single charge.

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The Lofree Keyboard for Macs

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Lofree keyboardThe Lofree is an unusual Mac-focused keyboard-- a modern mechanical number inspired by the typewriters of the past, it is wireless, backlit and features circular keycaps.

The keyboard has a Mac layout and carries Gateron Blue switches. It can be used in both wireless or wired modes, and is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. The layout is tenkeyless, and one can switch between use with up to 3 devices at once at the flick of a switch.

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How to Turn a Smartphone Into a Bike Rearview Mirror

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A startup named Smart Bike claims to have a rearview mirror solution for bicycles with the Hexagon-- a camera and companion app combo users pair with a handlebar-mounted smartphone.

Hexagon cameraThe Hexagon attaches to the bike seat post, with a quick-release system allowing one to easily remove it for charging and the prevention fo theft. It also features red LED clusters acting as turn automatic turn and braking signals thanks to an accelerometer and gyroscope, and users get manual lighting control via handlebar ring.

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