Home Automation

Lucis Nubryte review

NuBryte's combo of features doesn't add up to much<p><b>The Good</b> The NuBryte Touchpoint combines smart lighting controls with a camera that'll watch your place when you're gone and a responsive touchscreen.<p><b>The Bad</b> NuBryte's touchscreen, camera, and microphone are all underutilized. You can't control any …

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Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector review

Roost makes a home in a flooded leak-detector market<p><b>The Good</b> The Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector boasts killer design, reliable performance, and a reasonable price.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Roost isn't waterproof, and it doesn't include a probe range extender like some competitors. I'd also like to …

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Harmony Hub on sale for $69.99 at Best Buy & Amazon ($60 off)

If you are looking to add voice control for your TV and media console to your smart home setup then the Harmony Smart Control with the Harmony Hub is …

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Elgato Stream Deck Smart Home Control Panel (video)

Elgato has designed a new piece of hardware which has been specifically created to provide a quick way of controlling your home entertainment centre, …

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Build a safer smart home: 4 tips to sidestep hacking

Today, smart homes are all the rage, especially from a security standpoint. Many people believe that by installing digital locks, security cameras …

Smart Homes

Sense review

Sense knows how much electricity you're using<p><b>The Good</b> It's easy to view your home's energy consumption using the $299 Sense Home Energy Monitor's Android or iPhone app.<p><b>The Bad</b> You need an electrician to install Sense and it doesn't work with any smart home platforms. Sense detects devices on its …

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9 Best iPhone Apps to Control HomeKit Devices

Once you start down the smart home path, you quickly realize that it’s a never-ending journey. Not only are there always more devices out there …

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Sense tracks your home's energy usage for you

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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Plug-In Dimmer review

This Alexa-ready smart plug doesn't need a hub to dim your desk lamp<p><b>The Good</b> The Decora plug-in dimmer is easy to use, and it works well with Alexa to let you dim your lamps up and down using voice commands. The My Leviton app is well-designed, with plenty of controls for automating your lights or …

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Our favorite smart lock works with Alexa and Siri, and it’s on sale on Amazon

Only one time in history has the August Smart Lock (2nd Gen) been on sale for a lower price than it is right now, and that sale lasted for exactly …

Amazon

iPhone Users with Smart Home Devices Ranked 'Most Satisfied'

A recent survey of smartphone owners has revealed that while Apple and Samsung are essentially neck-and-neck in terms of customer satisfaction, …

Smart Homes

Online Quotation Tool Provides Smart Home, VR, Home Theater Estimates

Andrew Lucas London's online quotation tool allows homeowners to scope out their smart home or home theater project and receive instant VR diagrams …

Virtual Reality

Sengled Element system offers app-controlled dimmable & tunable LED lighting (Review)

<b>In which I try out a smart lighting system in my dumb home.</b><p>Incandescent light bulbs had long and fairly unchallenged run as the standard for …

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QNAP Starts Cooperation with FIBARO, Providing a Feature-packed Hub for Smart Home Systems

<b>Taipei, Taiwan, March 23, 2017</b> - QNAP® Systems, Inc. and FIBARO®, one of the fastest-growing companies in the smart home sector and producer of the …

Internet of Things

Huawei announces collaboration with Honeywell to develop smart building offerings

At CeBIT 2017, the world's largest ICT exhibition, Huawei announced that it is collaborating with Honeywell to bring to market smart building …

Internet of Things

Newegg's dropped $20 off the third-generation Nest thermostat

Newegg has a deal that offers a smarter way to turn down the heat as we move from winter to spring. The online retailer is selling the …

Smart Homes

Customizing Home Automation Devices With Third-Party Tools

By Erin Vaughan<p>What does the ideal smart home look like? A cup of steaming hot joe prepared for you by robots — without having to mumble at a barista …

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Smart Lights Are a Bright Idea, With Alexa and Siri

On movie night, you could peel yourself off the couch to turn off the lights. You could also churn your own butter for the popcorn.<p>In 2017, I just say, “Alexa, turn off the lights in the living room.”<p>OK, it’s a first-world solution to a first-world problem. But take it from a guy who tests a lot of …

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Save on your energy bills with an Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat (18 percent off)

Getting a comfortable home temperature is all about getting the right thermostat to meet your needs. While some people are content with a generic …

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PureSwitch Wireless Smart Plug review

If you’re a seeker of new and innovative accessories to control your smart home, read on fellow venturer! The PureSwitch smart plug, made by …

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which works best with Philips Hue

Making the lights dim when you proclaim "It's movie time" to everyone in your house is kinda awesome.<p>There are a lot of fantastic things you can do …

Amazon Echo

How Micro Linear Actuators Are Advancing Home Automation Technology

Home automation has come a long way in just the last few years. Amazon Alexa, Google Home, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Vivint Home are just some …

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Insteon Provides Entry Point to Building a Smart Home

<i>Pros: Easy to setup, low cost, entry-level product, extensive product line, compatibility with other devices, dual-band connection, Wi-Fi mesh</i> …

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Designing power-efficient and secure home automation systems

Implementing a home automation system is no longer an intimidating job thanks to the emergence of programmable SoCs and highly integrated MCUs.

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Let there be cheap light: $1 LED bulbs and $6.99 dimmable LEDs

From Home Deals: LED lightbulbs are more efficient than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, and if you find the right deal, they are cheaper as well. We've found the best deals on LED lights.<p>We thought that the Nanoleaf Bloom was a nifty idea, but too expensive when it first came out at $40. But for …

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Friedland Wireless Door Bells & Door Chimes

• • Wireless Alarms<br>• • Wireless Alarm Accessories<br>• • Universal Remote Controls<br>• • miGuard Wireless Alarms<br>• • Batteries<p>• Wired Alarms<br>• • Wired Accessory Bundles<br>• • …

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Remote control keyfob transmitters for garage door operators

<b><br>Manufacturers<br>Name</b><p><b>Replacement remote control transmitters to suit<br>most makes of garage door & gate operator</b><p><b>Select the the manufacturer of your original</b> …

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Locks & Access

<b>Tips for buyers</b><p>Not sure about installing a new lock yourself? Consider buying your smart lock, and other smart home devices, as part of a …

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The best smart lights for your home

How to install and make the most of smart lighting<p>Let there be light<p>Smart lights are a natural starting point for setting up a smart home, especially …

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Building a Better Mouse Trap – The Z-Wave Dome Mouser

The Dome Home Automation DMMZ1 Mouse Trap is a rodent electric trap with Z-Wave technology built-in. It kills mice, rats and other rodents quickly, …

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