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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 »

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 »

Save water, save the world, with Amphiro b1 smart shower

There has been a lot of focus on reducing energy usage and conserving. New and efficient smart LED bulbs have grown in popularity due to their low costs and longevity. However, there is more to a home’s total resource consumption than just lamps and lighting. You can tell by looking at the water and electricity/gas more »

Nest’s first national commercial stars a grumpy old man

Ever had an older relative who just doesn’t get today’s new technology? Are you that older relative yourself? Either way, you can probably relate to Nest’s new commercial, its first national one, which began airing in the last week. The ad stars Richard Herd, who played George Costanza’s boss Mr. Wilhelm on the later seasons more »

Bulbs aren’t needed with futuristic Aerelight desk lamp

LED light bulbs are quickly gaining traction with consumers for their cost-effectiveness and low-energy usage. It’s likely that prices will continue to drop as companies battle each other in a market expected to multiply over the next few years. But as Cree fills a void by a departing Samsung, what’s a manufacturer to do to more »

BeON smart bulb lights homes, deters burglars

A lot of media attention is paid to high-profile cyber crimes such as stolen identities, hacking, and stolen credit cards. Although such incidents may be big, they’re still not quite as prolific as basic break-ins and theft. These happen all the time nationwide, but you’re only going to hear about local incidents. The key to more »

Cree steps up as Philips splits, Samsung call it quits on LEDs

Cree has always been a household name for me, as all of my best EDC (every day carry) flashlights have Cree bulbs in them. They’re bright, reliable, and affordable – the trifecta for those who don’t want to blow half a paycheck on a quality flashlight. But soon enough you can equip your entire home more »

Samsung pulls the switch on its LED lamp business

Samsung has been in a rough patch lately, as profits from its mobile business sales have been shrinking. Although they’ve been selling more smartphones overall, margins have been whittled away by steady marketing costs and falling sales prices. Just recently the company has announced its plan to discontinue making LED lights, an indicator that the more »

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 »