The holiday season is here and smart home technology is huge this year. These connected products are new and exciting. They’re fun to use and even more fun to show off. Make sure your gift is the one they remember. Here’s a list of great smart home gift ideas no matter your price range! Continue reading
A video doorbell is more than just a doorbell. It’s a doorbell, a security system, and a doorman all in one. With a video doorbell, you can answer your door from anywhere. You can monitor your front door and yard from anywhere. A video doorbell gives you security and peace of mind at a fraction of the price of a more conventional security system. Continue reading
If you’ve looked into buying smart lights, you may have seen claims of their ability to improve health. They claim that the color temperature of the lights adjusts naturally to keep your body in its natural rhythm. Although it seems to make sense, I am immediately skeptical of claims like this. Is this a crafty marketing gimmick, or is it a real tangible benefit of smart lighting? It seems to me like a perfect situation for a deeper investigation. Continue reading
Heating and cooling costs make up 50% of the average household energy bill. A few smart home devices can help you take a big chunk out of that. Install the right devices, and you’ll end up with a greener home and a lower monthly energy bill. Next, I am going to tell you about four smart home products that can combine to reduce your monthly heating and cooling bill by about 34% and sometimes much more.
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 (click to see on Amazon) 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.