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What if your bathroom’s ventilation fan had Bluetooth speakers?

There is seemingly no limit on digital innovation for the home. I mean, you know that “dumb” ventilation fan in your bathroom? Well, that’s your father’s ventilation fan. The cool kidz are moving on to ventilation fans with Bluetooth speakers built-in.

Blink home monitor now taking pre-orders, shipping summer

If you were reading posts sometime around last summer, you might have caught our coverage on the Blink wireless HD home monitoring system. This particular Kickstarter project successfully overfunded, topping over a million dollars with only a $200k goal. That over 6800 backers to keep happy, and so far things appear to be chugging away steadily. more »

Unveiled at CES, Skylink PowerHub has smarts & wireless

To say that anything related to smarthome products and/or automation was big at CES 2015 is a gross understatement. Although there was a clustered area dedicated to such booths, you were able to find manufacturers in almost every hall. It made things a little difficult for those with a home-centric interest. This explosion of devices more »

Are drones the future of smart home security?

CES 2015 saw a huge turnout in digital imaging drones by companies such as Yuneec, Hexo +, and Hobbico. These drones are making waves in the film and virtual reality industries while ushering in a new age of home filmmaking. But these companies are seeing a new trend in market interest. “The market is wide open,” says more »

Acoustic Research adds refined outdoor audio at CES 2015

When it comes to roaming the vast expanses of carpet and concrete for CES 2015, there is almost no shortage of speakers. Like, seriously. Although it’s hard for me to say if there are more this year, compared to CES 2014, I can vouch for seeing an uptake in style and innovation. One theme I’ve more »

Energy saving for 2015 resolution? Flir has gadgets for you!

One of my favorite aspects of 2014 tech has been the ‘greener’ nature of products. LED bulbs are so much more efficient and last longer than the traditional kind. New home automation & connectivity allow for efficient use and scheduling of lights, fans, heaters, sprinklers, and more. The solar energy market is still growing, helping users more »

The iCamPRO FHD is set to impress at 2015 CES, Kickstarter

Home automation and monitoring is shaping up to be the big thing for 2015. Even though products have been hitting the consumer shelves for well over a year, innovation and design are starting to catch up and improve the most recent releases. When it comes to home security, the next big star just might be more »

DTS teases DTS:X, doesn’t say much more about it

Home audio buffs, there’s a new codec in town. But what it is ain’t exactly clear.

iPhone universal remote showcasing at CES 2015, shipping January

If you haven’t yet experienced the convenience of a universal remote, you’re totally missing out. Not only can one streamline actions and selections, but it seriously cuts down on coffee table clutter. And if you happen to be an iOS user with an older iPhone lying around, there’s a great way to repurpose that device more »

DAC the halls with Hi-Res music, with Meridian Explorer2

Your beloved laptop or PC may be your most powerful piece of tech, but if you have a set of high-end speakers or headphones it’s not doing you much good. Face it. Your computer sucks at driving the top-shelf audio you deserve to hear. But that’s ok, because you’re no worse off than most anyone more »

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TechnologyTell Review: LockState WiFi Electronic Deadbolt Lock

Among the variety of new home automation devices, locks are turning out to be quite popular. Why have physical keys when a mobile device can do the same thing? Remote locking and unlocking can be very convenient. But then why have a mobile device in your hand when a glowing pinpad works just as quickly, more »

Why aren’t all home outlets smart like the Brio?

By the time we make it to adulthood, power outlets are so ubiquitous that we hardly give them a thought. That is, until, babies. You know, there is an entire industry of outlet plugs fully supported by new, freaked-out, or new & freaked-out parents. The look is always the same when the conversation turns to more »