We’ve all been there. You’re occupied taking care of business around the cave, maybe cooking dinner or just lying in bed (or, ahem…on the toilet) when suddenly someone is at the door. Is it a neighbor? A package delivery? A solicitor? You don’t want to stop your activities to go check but you don’t want to turn away a potential important visitor either. The SkyBell HD is the solution to this first-world problem. Continue reading
If you are looking into building a network of smart home devices, you have probably heard of Z-Wave and ZigBee. They are wireless protocols that were designed with home automation in mind. They share some qualities, such as low-power and high reliability, that are essential for smart home applications. However, they have some important differences that I will explain shortly. Hopefully, I can help you start to piece together this home automation puzzle so that you can choose the products that will best fit your needs. Continue reading
The problem with many of today’s smart bulbs is that they’re really not that smart. My home already has light switches. I walk into a room and flip the switch. I walk out and flip it again. It’s pretty easy. Moving the switch to my smartphone doesn’t really make my life any easier. Any smart bulb that I want to buy is going to have to bring a little more to the table and that’s what Stack would like to do. Continue reading
The Wiser Air is a smart thermostat that can talk to your smart meter. It will allow energy customers to more effectively manage their energy usage to save as much money as possible. It will also allow energy providers to better anticipate demand and more easily offer incentives for reducing usage during periods of high demand. That’s the plan anyway. Continue reading
There is a lot of misinformation out there about the c-wire and how smart thermostats power themselves. There is also a lot of incomplete information. I have done the research and compiled everything you need to know and filtered out all the garbage. Continue reading
Sevenhugs has created HugOne to monitor sleep for the entire family. There are dozens of apps and gadgets dedicated solely to monitoring your sleep. But, HugOne from Sevenhugs is the world’s first family smart home sleep system.
The HugOne is designed to improve rhythm and quality of sleep. Its aim is to keep the entire family’s sleep cycles in sync. This will minimize both children’s and parents’ chance of being deprived of much-needed rest. Hopefully, the end result is a happier home.
So, you’re looking to join the craze and buy a smart thermostat? The Emerson Sensi WiFi thermostat is a sensible option that has a lot going for it. Continue reading
The recent explosion of connected products has made its way into the kitchen. Some of these gadgets are pretty cool and have a bright future. Others, not so much. I have scoured the web and found 10 products that I think enhance our kitchen experience and make our lives easier. Continue reading
Do you like luxury? Of course you do, and so do the folks at Big Ass Solutions (yes, that is the actual company name). The Haiku L Series ceiling fan is the newest fan in their Haiku line of ceiling fans for homes. It is an industry leader in noise level, efficiency, and style. It is also the first ceiling fan with built-in WiFi connectivity which effectively makes it the first smart ceiling fan. Let’s dig a little deeper and see if this smart ceiling fan lives up to all the hype. Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen step right up because the 21st century is coming to your in-home bar. Order your cocktail from your phone then get ready to drink. Place your glass under the spout and press the button. The Somabar robotic bartender will mix and pour your drink within 5 seconds with no tip needed. Continue reading