Home automation solution ties together existing products like Hue, Nest
Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the staff at Electronista and MacNN take a look at a few crowdfunding requests to offer up a project that we find interesting to our readers. It's important that this isn't taken as an endorsement of the project, but rather a neat find that we think people could have an interest in. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, the ones we talk about come with risk, even if the project reaches its funding threshold. With that word of warning out of the way to encourage smart investing, this time we'll be talking about a home automation solution, the Airfy Beacon.
Plug-in dongle detects PayPal app on smartphones, alerts merchant
PayPal has introduced a new dongle for mobile transactions that allows for hands-free payments in stores. The PayPal Beacon, designed to be plugged in at retail environments, uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to communicate with smartphones running the PayPal mobile app, with customers able to allow payments to continue by confirming with store employees, rather than pressing anything on their smartphone.
Griffin Beacon now talks to Android tablet, phone
Griffin filled a gap in Android home theater control by releasing Beacon for Android. The combination of the device and Dijit's app gives the same Bluetooth-to-IR remote control support as from the iOS version of half a year ago. It's optimized both for smartphones and tablets and takes advantage of the extra space on a tablet to show the program listing, detailed show info, and the remote all at once.