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Art meets smarts and efficient LEDs with Notti light

Although LED lighting is becoming more mainstream, we aren’t quite at the point of having a large variety of options. This is especially so, if you’re looking for something more than a standard bulb that screws in a lamp socket. Don’t get me wrong; those smartbulbs are pretty fantastic, especially the multi-color ones. The problem more »

Ambi Climate saves energy, makes AC units efficient, smart

When it comes to saving, doing more doesn’t always generate the best results. At least when it’s the only action chosen. Quite often, less means more. Don’t believe me? Lets say you wanted to save up 5% more annually in an emergency fund. It’s very likely that trimming from overall spending will be easier than trying to get that 5% raise from your boss.

TechnologyTell Review: Belkin WeMo LED Starter Set

There are a lot of products coming out with a wireless feature for remote operation. Everything from sprinkler systems, AC units, thermostats, and fans can now come with an app for iOS and Android. More products are soon to follow – such is the nature of the Internet of Things. While some of these wireless-enabled more »

Control lighting, privacy, temperature with TiltMyBlinds

Many of current home automation products involve the control of light. Some are wireless-enabled switches, while others are LED bulbs with Bluetooth built right in. But of the ones you could get and install today, none of them really manage any natural light in the home. That’s where TiltMyBlinds comes in. Most homes have the more »

Stack Alba light bulbs are smarter than smart

By now, we’re pretty familiar with smart bulbs and how they work. LED-powered bulbs – such as Lumen, LIFX, and Philips Hue – are wireless-enabled, use less energy, and sometimes can shift to any color of choice. But the real fun feature is being able to control them through mobile devices. Open the app, and more »

LG’s new curved OLED HDTV becomes first TV to achieve UL GREENGUARD Certification

UL Environment reports that it performed rigorous tests against the GREENGUARD Certification standard in its Marietta, Ga., laboratory, to confirm low emissions from the LG 55EC9300.

Eve automatically irrigates outdoor lawns, saves water

“Gold is the new green” could be California’s new state motto, considering the current, terrible drought conditions. As I look into my backyard, I see a patchwork of gold, brown, and green areas. In Sacramento, to aid water conservation, we get two watering days per week for a few hours each of those days. It’s more »

Sous vide like a pro with new WiFi enabled Nomiku

Cooking meals sous vide has gained much attention over the past couple of years. With all the episodes of Chopped and Iron Chef America I watch daily, I see this technique employed at least a few times a week. Why is it so popular? It’s all about time and control. The use of an immersion more »

Up your style with eco-friendly Get Together boombox

Consumers have quite the choice of speakers and audio systems to choose from. While the vast majority of them consist of plastic, silicone, and some metal, there are some that take a completely different approach to design. If your cozy living space is a little more laid back and a little less tech-modern, you certainly more »

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electroVine hides ugly cords with lush green ivy

I saw this the other day and thought it was a silly idea. An extension cord disguised as ivy vine? How cute. But as my day progressed, I couldn’t help but notice cords all around the house. Just to be clear, I’m the type that keeps cables wrapped, bundled, and hidden (when possible). But sometimes more »

Emberlight provides wireless smarts to regular bulbs

There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and more »

BrightSwitch automatically shuts lights off, saves energy at home

If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »