Aqara works on a Zigbee outlet

We have been able to see on the homekitnews website a small video where you see a working Aqara smart outlet, so it looks like it will soon be available for the European market.

As you may know, Aqara recently presented an interesting list of Zigbee 3.0 devices that renews the range of products it has, but it seems that it hasn’t presented everything it had ready.

Aqara outlet

In the video we can see how they test the outlet using Xiaomi’s App, Mi Home, so it would be confirmed, as with all other devices, that it is fully compatible with Xiaomi’s ecosystem.

There is not much information about the new Aqara outlet, but we think it will work with Zigbee 3.0 to match the latest range of products presented by the brand, so it would need a gateway to work.

In addition, it can be seen in a moment of the video that the outlet seems to control the consumption of it, although it goes out totally to 0W since it has nothing connected, but, when showing it, it indicates us that if it will be able to read it.

The little information you have from this smart outlet is almost only what we can deduce from the 10 seconds of the video and the connectivity that we assume will be similar to the last devices presented.

However, the data of this new smart plug could vary, since Xiaomi has a version both WiFi and Zigbee plug and many are the manufacturers who have opted for WiFi as connectivity, but, we believe that Aqara is more focused on launching the collection of products with Zigbee 3.0 protocol.

We will be watching the information that may come out about this new device to expand the confirmed data on this and other possible Aqara devices.

Sonos premium wireless headphone

Sonos would be working on some premium wireless headphones that could be offered for sale for about $300.

Sonos could expand its business by launching premium wireless headsets. The indiscretion comes from Bloomberg which shows how the company could decide to focus on this market segment after having proposed for years almost exclusively audio speakers. There are no details about these new products. However, the source shows that Sonos headphones will certainly be characterized to support the use of voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant.

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The project is still at the beginning and therefore it is not clear when they could be officially launched. Surely over the next few months will come out more information on these new features. On the part of Sonos, however, it’s a logical choice. The company, in fact, is trying to expand its presence in the audio market and the choice to focus on products such as headphones is certainly a logical and correct choice.

However, Sonos will have to be careful. There are already some premium headphone manufacturers on the market that offer integration with voice assistants as well as other sophisticated technical solutions. Sonos headsets will have to compete with popular products such as Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless, Bowers & Wilkins PX, Bose QC35, Sony WH1000XM3 and Beats Solo3 Wireless. Sonos will therefore need to create a product that stands out and offers users the highest level of sound quality as well as unique features.

Of course, this quality will also be reflected in the final price. The source reports that Sonos’ future premium wireless headphones may cost more than $300. Niche products, therefore, and only for true lovers of quality music.

All that remains, then, is to wait and find out what Sonos has in store for its most loyal customers.

BEOSOUND SHAPE: THE LOUDSPEAKER AS A WORK OF ART ON THE WALL

Only professionals can recognize this speaker. The new BeoSound Shape from Bang & Olufsen looks more like a work of art on the wall. It’s a wireless speaker system.

BeoSound Shape is a modular loudspeaker system consisting of hexagonal tiles that can be attached to the wall in any number and pattern.

BeoSound Shape will also provide resonance damping functions to reduce reverberation in large rooms.

BEOSOUND SHAPE

BeoSound Shape consists of several tiles, each containing a loudspeaker, amplifier or acoustic damper. At least six tiles are combined to form a whole. Not only can the arrangement of BeoSound Shape be customized, the speaker system also offers a wide range of colors and fabrics.

Bang & Olufsen also wants to offer a tool to design tile patterns online.

The BeoSound Core connection hub, hidden behind one of the hexagonal tiles, allows wireless streaming via AirPlay, Chromecast or Bluetooth. As usual with Bang & Olufsen, the tiles also have a multi-room function. Different music tracks can be played in different rooms or one track can be played in the entire home.

BeoSound Shape is available from August 2017. Of course, the price depends on the size and the fabric selection. Depending on the individual selection, the price for a standard setup is expected to be around 4,000 euros.

Dyson smart air purifier – Pure Cool Link Test

A smart air purifier, this is Dyson’s latest addition: the Pure Cool Link. The air we breathe is not very healthy. Surrounded by polluting particles, we got used to it. So Dyson developed something to break these bad habits. Follow the guide, we have tested its effectiveness.

  • Brand: Dyson
  • Category: smart air purifier
  • Availability: Available
  • Price: 579 euros
  • Connection: WiFi
  • Compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Tested with: Alcatel One Touch Idol 3

Unboxing of the Pure Cool Link

An imposing product, an imposing box. The Pure Cool Link has the advantage of being light and, above all, practical. Indeed, it does not open from the top but from the front, which allows the purifier to be removed without having to lift it or get in the head with the whole thing. The product appears already assembled and equipped with a filter, which allows it to be functional from the moment it leaves the box.

pure cool link

Next to it, you will not be surprised to find the user manual, on which is written the product serial number and the WiFi code of the purifier, which you will need for the application.

Design and ergonomics

For its size, the Pure Cool Link is rather lightweight and can be easily installed in any corner of the room. With a neat and minimalist design, it consists of a cylinder, containing the air filter and the tower that distributes it throughout the room. Its refined style allows it to be installed in most interiors without any problems. In our country, at least, he was doing very well.

Lightweight, but strong. In any case, this is Dyson’s wish for this smart air purifier. If you are interested in its material, you should know that it is ABS, the same material used for motorcycle helmets. For example, Dyson claims to have dropped a Pure Cool Link in concrete stairs to prove its strength. We have not gone that far, and even if we doubt that the aircraft can withstand such a fall, it has already fallen a few times to the ground without any problem.

The practical side of this air purifier also lies in the fact that it is possible to remove the remote control. On top of it is a magnetic holder on which the remote control is placed. Last but not least: the Pure Cool Link comes in two models: one to be placed on a table and the tower. This is the one we tested for you.

Pure Link Application

Once your purifier is connected to the Pure Link application, available on iOS and Android, you can access details of your home’s air quality. The humidity level and even the temperature are indicated.

We must recognize that the application is particularly intuitive and easy to use. With a few finger movements, the user becomes able to program his Pure Cool Link to automatically turn it on at certain times of the day. And if you don’t know how to use it and you don’t like reading the manual (seriously, who likes to read the manuals?), you can always click on Product Guide.
A real virtual user guide, everything is detailed so that you can use the smart purifier without difficulty: purification modes, replacing the remote control battery or filter or how to clean the Dyson.

Using the Pure Cool Link

According to the application readings, the air is effectively purified and after a few hours (depending on the size of the room), the first differences in air quality can be noticed. It is difficult to judge its purity effectively without professional equipment. On the other hand, we can say that the odours of perspiration or food are well filtered (which is useful when your colleagues eat while working and do not open the window, we know about it).

In terms of use, the Pure Cool Link will be more or less noisy depending on the level at which you run it, but it remains generally relatively discreet and has a quieter night mode. Note, however, that with headphones on, the device hardly hears at all.

The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier is actually equipped with a 360° HEPA fiberglass filter. This technology removes 99.95% of allergens and air pollutants, however small they may be. The intelligent sensors in the device detect pollution peaks to adjust the purification level. And Dyson also allows you to cool your room in the summer with the fan mode.

In conclusion: the Pure Cool Link works well, the dedicated application is intuitive and has an elegant design, even if some people find it to be plastic. The main black spot remains its price, 499€ for the small model and 579€ for the tower. A little high compared to those practiced by the competition, which range from 100€ to 700€ depending on the models (less than 200€ for the Xiaomi air purifier). Not surprising considering that Dyson presents its Pure Cool Link as a quality product, but it is likely that this price prevents it from settling in the majority of homes.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4 et Mi Box 4c

Xiaomi today introduced two new TV Boxes in China, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and Xiaomi Mi Box 4c. These fourth-generation TV Boxes are the successors to the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 and Mi Box 3c launched in November 2016.

The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 has the same design as Xiaomi’s TV Boxes, in a square shape. The color for this version is uniformly white. It is 1.6 cm thick and weighs 145 grams. It has a 64-bit quad-core processor and a GPU, but we don’t have more details about the manufacturer of this processor yet.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4

Outside the processor, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, like the Mi Box 3, and has an AV port, an HDMI port and a USB port. The device supports 4K, HDR, Ultra HD content, as well as h.265 hardware decoding and Dolby + DTS audio. As for the OS, there is also little precision, except that it is likely that the MIUI home OS is at work.

As rumours have suggested, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 is equipped with an artificial intelligence technology that constantly monitors the user’s habits to recommend different types of content. AI technology also takes into account film reviews and comments to make recommendations.

Like the previous version, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 has an intelligent voice assistant that allows users to search by keywords, open applications, check the weather and calendar, etc.

In addition to the Xiaomi Mi Box 4, Xiaomi introduced a second TV Box, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4c, similar in terms of processor, but with only 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. To distinguish it, this Mi Box 4c is matt black.

The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 is sold in China for 349 Yuan, about 45 euros. The Mi Box 4c is sold for 249 Yuan, about 32 euros. These two new Xiaomi Box TVs are currently on pre-order until February 1, the date of their effective marketing in China. At the moment, we have no information on their availability in countries other than China.