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 »
Managing and monitoring the energy usage of the devices in your home usually involves either having individual , or buying into complicated whole-home systems like TED 5000, which I’ll admit I don’t even understand completely (and I’m a junky for this sort of thing). Energy Aware has just announced a new intelligent energy management system more »
The weird thing about the crossover between home electronics and energy is that we really mean two entirely different things when we say “clean power.” On the one hand, we could be talking about sustainable sources of energy that don’t negatively impact the environment. On the other hand, we could be talking about the consistency more »
Comcast and other telecoms have been aggressively expanding their businesses, moving into home control solutions that cover the basic like heat and HVAC, along with security cameras and motion sensors. Thanks to a new trademark application, it looks like Comcast may be rebranding those sorts of services, the basics of which are now offered as more »
The Z-Wave Alliance, co-sponsored by Kwikset, Vivint, and others are going way outside the box for their next Home Automation demo. A nearly month-long mountain climbing exhibition outside the box. They are sending Mariusz Malkowski to the peak of the 6th highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu, to control his home in New Jersey. In case you’re more »
I think I may have lied to you guys. When I reviewed the SurgeX XR115 Surge Eliminator/Power Conditioner, I said it might have to be my last SurgeX review. Not that I have a problem with the company’s products, mind you; in fact, it’s probably the only surge protection manufacturer that I genuinely trust anymore. But more »
Via EarthTechling comes word of Valta, which at first glance looks like just another smart power outlet. So called smart power plugs seem to be receiving more attempted kickstarts than a malfunctioning motorcycle competition lately. Normally I would have just cruised right by the announcement of this one, too, save for one defining feature: Valta’s monitoring system more »
The one major complaint I’ve always made about DIY home automation solutions is that they’re a disjointed, non-integrated affair, with a mishmash of different apps that often have trouble communicating with one another. It looks like one new startup is seriously bucking that trend, though, and I originally intended to write, “and they need your more »
SurgeX is kicking off InfoComm 2013 with the introduction of a new 1U (that’s one rack unit) surge eliminator/power conditioner/power sequencer dubbed, appropriately enough, the SEQ-1U. Following on the success of the company’s simply named SEQ, the SEQ-1U delivers all of the same zero-let-through surge elimination in a slimmer package, with protection for up to 6,000 more »
Whether you believe that global warming is a serious (or surmountable) problem or not, there is no denying that we need to cut down on our energy consumption. It’s easy to get caught up in the belief that is too big a problem to solve at the individual level. But it is actually the small, more »