Z Wave Vs ZigBee: Which Is Better For Your Smart Home?

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.Read More

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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Sevenhugs Hugone Is A Sleep Tracker For The Whole Family

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.
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