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The complete guide to virtual reality – everything you need to get started

Until recently, virtual reality had been something of a fantasy for storytellers and technologists. As long ago as 1935, American science fiction writer Stanley G Weinbaum described something like virtual reality in a short story called Pygmalion’s Spectacles.<p><i>“But listen – a movie that gives one</i> …

Virtual Reality

Smart Home Ecosystems A-Z: Everything From Amazon to Z-Wave

Controlling Many Devices with One Solution<p>Sure, you can install lots of smart devices, outlets, dimmers, thermostats, lights, sensors, etc, from lots …

Turn Your Home into a Smart Home at the Cost Of An iPhone

Here are some ways you can transform your home into a smart home at the cost of an iPhone!<p>A combination of internet technology and smartphones has …

A few things I learned about virtual reality after spending way too much time in it

I’ve spent a lot of time in virtual reality. A whole lot. We’re in the middle of building a VR testing lab at the TechCrunch office, and I’m trying to iron out as many kinks as possible <i>before</i> said kinks end up costing me money. Between the Rift CV1 and the Vive, I’ve spent more time in a VR headset …

15 Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter in 2016

Redecorating your home might just be the most fun New Year’s resolution one can make. At Brit + Co, that means more than just a fresh coat of paint. We’re talking Jetsons-level tech gadgets to make your home smarter for 2016. This roundup of smart home gadgets and goodies has it all, from a smart …

Home Automation

Apple’s HomeKit at CES 2016: ceiling fans, door locks, switches, thermostats, & more

Apple’s HomeKit platform, which allows Siri-control of Wi-Fi connected home automation accessories, is one of the big areas of interest for accessory makers at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. With the event officially kicking off today, we’ve put together one place to find all of the …

Six Cool Gadgets From This Year’s CES

In its nearly 50 years of existence, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has debuted dozens of electronics products now ubiquitous in American homes, …

How to Make the Amazon Echo the Center of Your Smart Home

The Amazon Echo defies easy categorization. Amazon has placed the $180 gadget in its Home Automation Controllers category alongside remotes, security …

Smart Homes

Vivint brought the most comprehensive smart home kit to CES 2016

CES 2016 bombarded us with connected smart home devices like cameras, doorbells with video cameras, automated garage door openers and every other …

Home Automation

17 Tech Gadgets That Will Transform Your Home

Sleep Number It Bed<p>Who needs a sleep tracker when you have a bed that can tell you everything you could ever want to know about your sleeping habits? …

Why 2016 is going to have the best smart home gadgets

What's next in connected gadgets?<p>The connected home is the next real frontier in tech. Now that we have computers in our pockets and on our wrists …

Get started with the smart home

If you’ve clicked on this, you’re probably wondering what a smart home can do. In other words, if you’re already a pro, you’re in the wrong place.<p>A …

Tesla is launching new Powerwall home batteries in 2016

Tesla's Powerwall was a big success from the moment that Elon Musk launched it last year. In fact, the device is sold out until mid-2016, and may have already hit $1 billion in sales. It turns out there was a lot of pent-up demand -- if you have solar panels, the device's giant battery lets you run …

Tesla

Make your Wi-Fi more friendly to smart-home devices

Getting your smart-home set up and working smoothly can be frustrating and time-consuming. Use these Wi-Fi tips to ensure the process goes smoothly.<p>The idea of a smart home is beautiful. You come home from work and the door unlocks, the kitchen and living room lights turn on, your entertainment …

In the puzzle that is the Smart Home, this is the very first piece

We can’t remember the last time there was a tech topic that was so hot, but that so few people truly have a firm grasp on. You see “Internet of …

Elgato Eve Energy Smart Plug Supports Apple Homekit

Elgato has launched a new smart plug called the Eve Energy which has been designed to provide an easy way of transforming any appliance into a smart …

Automating each and every light in the CNET Smart Home

We've tested a number of different products and approaches to smart lighting. Now, it's time to go all-in.<p>Thus far, we've taken a piecemeal approach to building out the CNET Smart Home -- a thermostat here, a kids' room there, always taking small steps toward the whole-home connected …

5 smart home gadgets to create your home of the future

Any homeowner knows that a lot of free time goes into taking care of your house. But what if your house could take care of you? That's the dream of the "smart home," and while there's no true sci-fi intelligent homes that can do everything you need, we're getting closer.<p>Every day, an average 5.5 …

Home Automation

9 Crappy Internet of Things Devices at MWC 2016

The Internet of Things was pervasive in almost every presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, and walking the floor you could tell that almost everyone wanted at least one gadget in the area.<p>So we decided to list nine of the most terrible devices coming to a store near you (or …

Our Favorite Smart Home Gadgets From MWC 2016

From a smart tape measure to rolly robot, these are the best smart home gadgets we saw at MWC.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Get ready for Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

The world might eventually have to shift its reliance on Wi-Fi to Li-Fi, an alternative technology that scientists say can reach speeds of 1 Gbps in …

Samsung’s new TVs will have a slick universal remote that runs Tizen

Samsung recently unveiled plans to integrate its SmartThings connected home platform into all its SmartTVs in 2016. Now, it looks like it has built a remote to power your entire living room setup. Samsung's new Smart Control remote promises to let users control everything connected to their …

The 12 most innovative things we saw at CES 2016

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show isn’t officially over until the end of the day on Saturday but all of the big announcements are behind us at …

The Smartest Connected Home Products at CES 2016

Your house has the potential to become quite clever this year. Take a look at these 10 products that harness the power of smart home technology.<p>PCMag …

Best of CES 2016: the most impressive products from the show

If there’s one event which is guaranteed to signal the start of a new year in tech, it’s the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place this year between January 6th and January 9th in Las Vegas.<p>Spread across a sprawling 2.4 million square foot space, with more than 3,600 exhibitors and over …

Where was Google’s smart home at CES?

Introduced last spring, Weave is still hard to find<p>This time last year, products designed for Apple's smart home platform made their debut at CES. It was a small but pleasant showing: a series of power outlets, light bulb adapters, and door locks. Nothing fancy, but enough to show that the system …