Free software upgrades Harmony products with smart home control

Free? Upgrade? You heard correctly, but only Logitech Harmony owners will gain this benefit. The company has just announced that a few of its most popular hub-compatible products are getting a boost with smart home control capabilities.


Want a smarter, more powerful smarthome? Go for Oomi.

These days, it seems that every company has already thrown their hat into the smarthome, IoT/IoE ring. If you want wireless lights or wireless sockets or home alarm/monitoring systems, there’s plenty enough choice to go around. But that in itself ends up being a problem. If you’re like me, then you have at least half more »

A Look at the Rise of Smart Home Technology

Time travel, flying cars, smart homes – these sound like topics out of a 1960’s science fiction book. While the first two may not be possible, the latter is coming to fruition in major ways. Over the past decade, technologically advanced houses, or smart homes, have gone from a futuristic idea to reality. Smart Homes more »

Research shows Nest saves 10 to 15 percent on energy bills

Long before Nest was ever conceived and born, people worldwide have had simple, functioning thermostats. For decades these devices served well enough to control the heating and cooling of homes and buildings. Eventually, as technology grew and continued to permeate all aspects of modern lives, thermostats went digital and then smart. When it comes to more »


More smarthome lawsuits: Allure Energy vs. Honeywell

Innovation and production of gadgets and technology for the home has been steadily marching forward. If you consider my experience at CES 2015 like a temperature-taking thermometer, then the connected smart home is poised to heat up like summertime asphalt. Even the home LED lighting market has gotten so aggressive, leading Samsung to call it more »

Dyson announces latest dual-use humidifier and fan

With summer on its way out, we might finally get the chance for some cooler, wetter weather. Fingers crossed, since California has been suffering a pretty serious drought for some time. Notice that I don’t even mention having seasons – we don’t have much of that here either. We’ve better odds at being gifted some 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.

Savant App delivers entirely new level of home automation

If you haven’t had the chance to experiment and play with some wireless-enabled home equipment, you’re seriously missing out. Not only do the latest wireless lights, thermostats, fans, humidifiers (and more) save energy, the user control is both fun and convenient. Wireless connectivity with all these different devices makes it possible to stay on top more »

Keep homes healthy with WeMo enabled Smart Humidifier

Personally, I like my air as I do deadpan comedic humor – cold and dry. I remember the first time I ever visited the East coast as a kid. That first, fresh breath of summer air outside the airplane felt like I was gulping down a soggy sink sponge. It was a bit of a more »

Get home automation hands-on with Insteon at RadioShack

With the increasing number of home automation options, it can be a little difficult to visualize how and where one might use them. Not only that, similar products from different brands can have certain features to fit some needs better than others. We like to test-drive cars before we buy and test-fit clothes before we wear, so why not also test home automation technology?

My battle with Nest: The poster child of the smart home revolution exposes its biggest problem

Even after 29 days, Nest still can’t figure me out.

Monolyth improves AC units with control, energy savings

With the growing concerns about human’s environmental impact, many people are understanding that less can mean more. Less waste, less consumption, and less harvesting of finite resources means a better situation for every living thing on the planet. Even if you don’t believe that human activity has been contributing to climate change (although you should), more »