There are plenty of "smart" gadgets on the market, but one device is aiming to stand out from the rest by allowing users to control all their smart-home devices using their voice.
Ivee Sleek, a Wi-Fi voice-activated assistant for the home, can answer questions and obey commands. It can also control other Internet-connected devices such as the Nest and Belkin WeMo products, said Jonathon Nostrant, ivee's CEO and founder.
The newly unveiled Apple Watch could be a step up for the company's hardware, but there may be a few pieces missing from Apple's announcement of its first foray into wearable devices.
There was "not enough focus on battery life on either the phones or the Apple Watch. Battery is so key," said Christina Warren, senior technology analyst at Mashable of the tech giant's event where the watch was introduced.
It's widely expected that Apple will unveil bigger-screen iPhones at its much-anticipated event Tuesday, but phones aren't what consumers are most looking forward to, according to one tech expert.
"Without a doubt, people are expecting a wearable device," said Jeremy Rosenberg, head of digital at Allison+Partners. "Whether it's a watch, or some other wrist-worn device, a large format device, call it a phablet or something else, seems to be a foregone conclusion from all the leaks that are circulating. But a wearable is what people will be watching for most," Rosenberg added.
Technology is now making its way into the kitchen with gadgets that can make cooking fun and easy.
The Belkin WeMo Crock-Pot, for about $130, works like other WeMo devices by letting the user adjust its settings from anywhere using their iOS or Android device and the WeMo app, said Andrea Smith, executive producer of the website livingindigitaltimes.com.
"It's really about bringing connectivity into the kitchen by letting users control cooking temperatures and check meal times from the app," she said.
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Google Wallet may not be as popular as the company hoped, but a similar new mobile payment system from Apple could help usher in a fresh era for shoppers at the register with smartphones.
Apple is expected to unveil a mobile payment system for its iPhone 6 when the tech giant holds a press event on Sept. 9.
"Apple has done a remarkable job through it's marketing and product development to make many similar innovations mainstream. Speech recognition wasn't invented by Apple, but with Siri, and how the feature was marketed, you definitely saw how the technology's association with Apple contributed to it's acceptance the world over," noted Kevin Nabipour, senior vice president of content strategies at Allison+Partners.
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The new, upsized iPhone 6 is likely to usher in a new era for Apple this fall, giving the tech giant the boost it's been needing, according to one expert.
"It'll be a game changer, since this will be the biggest design departure in years," said Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal.
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Bigger screens are an especially important update to Apple's iPhone lineup, both in the United States and in Asia, where there's a strong market for so-called "phablets."
"Phablets are crazy popular in Asia, where people use them as phones and tablet substitutes. Now Apple will have an offering for those markets, and the iPads have shown that iOS works fine at larger sizes," Pachal said.
Apple has patented new flexible display capabilities that could change the game for mobile devices, computers and even TVs, but it could take some time before consumers can get their hands on that technology.
"There are constantly new patents, and some come to market sooner than others ... It could be several years before this makes its way into mainstream," said Jeremy Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of digital at Allison+Partners.
Wearable tech seems to be the trend these days so it comes as no surprise that another high-tech device is aimed at helping new parents track their infant's health and daily activity.
Sproutling is a wearable ankle band baby monitor that focuses on more than just data. It uses a smart sensor to detect heart rate, body temperature, motion and position. It then communicates with the mobile app via Bluetooth to let the user know if the baby is sound asleep or if there are any complications, said Mathew Spolin, co-founder and CTO of the company that created the device.