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Stack Lighting BR30 Downlight Starter Kit: A Smarter Smart-Bulb

UPDATE: Stack has sold their light business and discontinued production of the Stack smart bulbs. However, industry leaders Philips Hue and LIFX both offer high-quality BR30 smart bulbs.

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.Read More

Wiser Air Thermostat Review: Promising Product but Likely Abandoned

UPDATE: It’s been over two years since the last Wiser Air app update. It appears development on this product has been stopped (read comments).

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.

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11 Best Smart Kitchen Gadgets

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 11 products that I think enhance your kitchen experience and can make your lives more convenient.Read More