According to a recent report by The Information, Google is peeping out smart thermostats via a program called EnergySense: The company has been running a trial of Internet-connected home thermostats to help consumers monitor and adjust their energy use, according to two people told about the project. The program has been referred to as EnergySense, more »
It’s crunch time now to get your special someone a gift for the holidays—and what better gift can you give than the gift of technology? In this holiday gift guide, we take you through every room of the house and offer ideas for high-tech gear and gadgets that will make your home that much more entertaining, fun, cozy, smart, green, cool, and convenient.
In the early part of the century, I helped launch a magazine called the Connected Guide to the Digital Home. Clunky title, I know. But at the time, there were so many other publications with the word ‘connected’ in the title that the publisher’s couldn’t get the rights to a good one. But back then, the market wasn’t quite there.
Ninja Blocks came out last year as a way to track all of your transmitting devices, be it Bluetooth, WiFi, or other major protocols throughout your house. By creating a map, and tracking the patterns of your movements and activities, and tying them to a fully customizable and programmable interface, the Ninja Blocks are able more »
Smart, connected thermostats are all the rage since the introduction of the Nest, but these easy-to-program, easy-to-use, easy-to-integrated HVAC controllers aren’t always the most affordable things in the world. Today only on Amazon, though, you can save 75% off of the retail price on a Trane TZEMT400BB3NX Z-Wave compatible smart thermostat, which boasts the following more »
EcoFactor Joins the iControl OpenHome™ Partner Program to Add Energy Data and Analytical Tools that Deliver True In-Home Energy Efficiency to the Masses It’s been an interesting month for advanced HVAC control and home automation. First, The Drivers Lab integrated what I feel to be the most advanced and interesting thermostat on the market, the more »
URC’s programmable remote controls have long been a favorite in the home theater space. From user programmable remotes in the Harmony vein to advanced one-room controllers designed for custom programming under the Complete Control heading, on to of course the company’s new-ish Total Control whole home control system, URC has a little something for every more »
Perhaps more so than any other automation brand, the Crestron name is practically synonymous with advanced touchscreen remote controls, although of course the company has extended its control ecosystem to mobile platforms since tablets and smartphones have taken over the touchscreen space. What you don’t necessarily think of when you think “Crestron,” though, is having more »
Homes with multiple zones of comfort control are becoming more and more of a thing these days. Maybe your house has heavy southern exposure on one side, but the other one is in shade, or like in my house, all the humidity and heat rises and sticks in the second floor, making the downstairs an more »
Well, I can’t say that crow is exactly one of my favorite delicacies, but there’s something a bit enjoyable about the dish I’m eating at the moment. You guys no doubt noticed that I’ve been awfully hard on The Nest for the past year or so, mostly due to Nest Labs’ attitude toward home automation more »
For those of us who read and write about home technology on the regular, home automation is kinda of taken for granted. Even if you don’t own an automated home yourself, chances are good that you’re at least familiar with most of the possibilities. But for many people out there (he says whilst pointing, you more »
Notice how you haven’t seen any of those “There’s an app for that” commercials in a while? You know why? Because there’s an app for everything now. Which is all well and fine until you just want to kick back, listen to some tunes, and perhaps browse a little social media, check your mail, or more »