Home Automation

How to Build a Smart Home Entertainment System That’ll Rock Your World

fStop Images - Twins/Getty Images; realtor.comWith all the interconnected, smarter-than-smart home features available today, it makes sense that our …

Wi-Fi

New 'Wemo Bridge' Will Bring HomeKit Support to Belkin's Wemo Line This Fall

Belkin today announced that its Wemo line of smart home devices will support HomeKit starting this fall with the launch of a new HomeKit-enabled Wemo Bridge.<p>The Wemo Bridge, which will connect to any home Wi-Fi router via an Ethernet cable, will allow current Wemo Smart Plugs and Light Switches to …

Domestic Technology

Apple’s Rumored Smart Speaker Might Not Be An Echo Killer–Or Even A Smart Speaker

If Apple is diving into the category Amazon created, it may be less about taking on the Echo and more about building out its HomeKit connected-home vision.<p>There are plenty of reasons to take rumors of a new Apple “smart speaker” seriously. Such a product would not only answer a clear desire among …

Automation

These tips will stop your kids from messing with your smart home gadgets

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.</i><p>In the age of smart home technology, childproofing goes …

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Income Disposal: Today’s best deals: Philips Hue lighting, a Vacation box set, and more

<i>Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts,</i> The A.V. Club <i>and Gizmodo Media Group may get a small share of the sale.</i> <i>Click here</i> <i>to learn more.</i><p><i>You’ll find a selection of the day’s best deals below, but for more, be sure to visit Kinja …

Shopping

Olive & Dove RemoBell review

You can find better buzzers for the same price<p><b>The Good</b> Olive & Dove's $199 RemoBell is powered by easy-to-find AA batteries, which makes installation simple and wire-free.<p><b>The Bad</b> It doesn't have live video streaming or any third-party smart home partners.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The RemoBell by Olive & Dove …

Domestic Technology

Make your TV look like this for $15

It’s pretty crazy that a single strip of tiny little LED lights can have such a profound impact on the TV watching experience. But it’s true — HDTV …

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Olive & Dove RemoCam review

This HD security camera doubles as a TV remote<p><b>The Good</b> Olive & Dove's $199 RemoCam gives you flexibility with both local and cloud storage options.<p><b>The Bad</b> While I successfully turned on a TV with the RemoCam's infrared remote function, the feature is outdated. RemoCam doesn't work with any smart …

Smart Homes

Verizon’s SmartHub packs 4G LTE and support for smart home devices

Why it matters to you<p>Have trouble getting Verizon 4G LTE in your house? The carrier's new SmartHub router might be able to help.<p>Verizon wants to …

Domestic Technology

The Alexa-enabled Ecobee4 thermostat was just released and it’s already on sale on Amazon

The Ecobee3 has long been our favorite smart thermostat for several reasons. The Alexa integration is obviously key, and we love the fact that it …

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IKEA’s low-cost smart lights get Alexa, Google, and Siri voice support

Bulbs start at just $12, while a full Wi-Fi enabled kit goes for $80.<p>IKEA recently released its own line of Wi-Fi enabled smart lighting called …

Domestic Technology

Best Smart Thermostat: The 6 thermostats to save you money

<b>A smart thermostat is the one smart home device in which everyone should invest. It’s a brilliant way to ensure your heating needs are more</b> …

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Ikea's cheap smart lighting will be Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa compatible

Ikea's low-cost TRÅDFRI smart lights first announced in Europe last year, will soon get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and …

Domestic Technology

Homes Will Get Darker as Smart Lights Screw In

On the eighth day, IKEA said let there be darkness; and there were Trådfri light bulbs. Sweden’s popular purveyor of tiny meatballs and flat-pack …

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Review: Netgear Arlo Pro Smart Home Security System

Looking for an easy-to-use home security solution that works wirelessly both indoors and outdoors? Netgear's <b>Arlo Pro</b> (starting at $249.99) meets those requirements and offers loads of other features that make it worth a closer look.<p>Master your iPhone in one minute a day:<p>Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip …

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If your smart home products don't talk to each other, this service could help

One of the big problems with the emerging Internet of Things is many of the products can't talk to one another.<p>A San Francisco startup thinks makers, tinkerers and software programmers can help solve the issue.<p>On Wednesday, IFTTT is planning on opening up its platform, which acts as a kind of …

Automation

Apple’s HomeKit Dilemma: Building A Great Smart-Home Hub Is A Huge Challenge

A central connection point could make HomeKit more appealing to more people–but not without trade-offs.<p>If you’re planning to build a smart home around Apple’s HomeKit platform, be prepared for higher prices, more clutter, and fewer choices than other platforms.<p>That’s because unlike competitors such …

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Zmodo Torch Pro

MSRP <br>$199.00<p><b>Pros</b><p>Easy to install. Mutli-colored light. Sharp 720p video. Good audio quality.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Bulky bulb may not fit some light enclosures. Does not …

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Verizon announces the LTE-equipped SmartHub to manage smart home devices

Verizon will put LTE in just about anything. Watches? Check. Cars? Check. Smart home hub? Check, as of tomorrow, May 25th. The SmartHub is a …

Smart Homes

Green Deals: Lutron 2-pack Maestro Occupancy Sensor Switches $30, more

Home Depot is running a one-day sale on Lutron products, with a notable deal on a two-pack of Maestro Single Pole Occupancy Motion Sensor Switches for <b>$29.94 shipped</b>. That’s a $10 savings off the regular price, down $6 from Amazon and the best offer currently available. Over 1,100 reviewers have …

Gear & Gadgets

Portable AC unit from Frigidaire keeps you frigid in the hottest months

Why it matters to you<p>When it comes to air conditioners, window units don't rate as the most fashionable, and increasingly stylish portable offerings …

Gear & Gadgets

You can now control these IKEA lights with your voice

Smart light of my life<p>IKEA has revolutionised easy home design, furniture names and meatballs – and they’ve now turned their eyes to tech-friendly …

Domestic Technology

These bike handlebars have built-in lights, navigation, and an alarm system

<b>Drop in a Wink Bar and add a host of smart features to your bike.</b><p>With the transportation trend leaning toward cleaner options, e-bikes and electric …

Sustainability

The Future of Technology

From lightbulbs to thermostats and from doorbells to refrigerators, household electronics are getting smarter. Tech manufacturers are adding wi-fi …

Automation

Converting a Fridge into a Curing Chamber - Part 1 - Controlling Temperature

Although it's a common topic of discussion on the sausage making forum, I've never got around to writing about converting my fridge into an …

Domestic Technology

HomeKit light bulbs to start from $12 as Ikea announces smart lighting compatibility

The ability to use Siri and a single app to control your smart home technology makes HomeKit compatibility almost a must these days, but so far that has not come cheap – as both Zac and myself discovered. Smart bulbs from the market leader Philips mostly cost $30 per bulb for white and $50 for …

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8 Tech Gadgets Under $250 That Will Make Your Life Easier

Forget about self-driving cars for a moment -- can one of these affordable gadgets make an impact on your daily life now?<p>If we aren’t already there, we’re quickly approaching the type of future we used to see in science fiction T.V. shows. Dreams like video-enabled smartwatches and facial …

Home

Motion activated under-bed LED lighting is the latest craze on Amazon

Fads come and go on Amazon, but sometimes you come across a craze that really is worth the hype. It might not seem like it, but under-bed lighting is …

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Ikea's Tradfri smart bulbs to support Alexa, Google and Apple HomeKit this summer

The Swedish home furnishing retailer is planning to jump in with all three major voice platforms for its smart lighting system later this year.<p>Ikea's "Tradfri" line of smart lighting starter kits had us intrigued when we tested the system out recently, but a lack of integrations with popular smart …

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Alexa can control your dumb AC unit using Ambi's smart hub

Some of you may recall that back in October 2014, Hong Kong startup Ambi Labs unveiled its Ambi Climate as a gateway between your smartphone and your dumb air conditioner at home. But it isn't just about replacing your infrared remote control; what makes Ambi Climate unique is its machine learning …

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