Light Bulbs. They are really hot right now. Who would have thought? As 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs are set to disappear from store shelves in 2014 due to the incandescent bulb ban, the transition to more energy efficient forms of lighting is upon us and products abound. Unfortunately, it also opens up a 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 »
If you’ve dabbled in DIY home automation, you may have amassed quite a collection of lights from the Phillips Hue, locks from Yale, maybe an Insteon thermostat or two. And with all this technology comes a thousand different apps and settings to keep track of, none of which speak the same language. Revolv seeks to more »
In suburban Chicago, the Carnevil haunted house is using home automation technology from Elan Home Systems to enhance the fear. Elan’s g! automation system precisely controls LED lights, music, sound effects, surveillance cams, speakers and subwoofers in the 15,000-square-foot area to freak visitors out. Control interfaces using Elan’s g! Mobile app are provided on numerous iPads more »
When’s the last time you really sat down and thought about the plumbing in your home? Chances are good that it was the last time something went wrong, right? Or maybe when you were remodeling or renovating your home. Other than that, you just sort of accept that it works and that this is the more »
From our sister site, Dealerscope, comes news of a new Wi-Fi controlled LED lighting solution called LIFX, which recently became one of Kickstarter’s fastest and best-funded projects: Light bulbs haven’t changed much in the 175 years since their invention, but that hasn’t been for lack of trying. From LEDs to CFLs, innovators have tried to 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 »
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 »