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 »
By the time we make it to adulthood, power outlets are so ubiquitous that we hardly give them a thought. That is, until, babies. You know, there is an entire industry of outlet plugs fully supported by new, freaked-out, or new & freaked-out parents. The look is always the same when the conversation turns to more »
If you haven’t caught up to the wireless LED light craze, you’re seriously missing out. It’s one of those things that ends up being much more useful than expected, once in practice. Whether you want to save energy by remotely controlling lights, or to create a lived-in appearance at home while away, wireless is the more »
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 »
With all the latest TV and home theater electronics releasing lately, you might have been thinking about a possible upgrade. One of the great benefits that comes with upgrading is the opportunity to adjust or completely change the layout of a room. A bigger television may require more open wall space. A receiver and full more »
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 »
Wireless charging is awesome. Imagine not having to carry a charger with you everywhere you go (or not having to search your home for one). Now here comes technology that proposes to integrate wireless charging into your desk, bedside table, counters… you name it.
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?
If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »
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 »
orget smartwatches. If you want to feel savvy and upgrade with tech, home automation is the way to go. What used to be a complex and involving process has been made affordable and accessible by the best companies out there. One of the top manufacturers of home automation and control technology, INSTEON, has announced its latest app version will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices starting next month.
Whether you’re jealous and/or intrigued by all these ‘smart’ gadgets and appliances hitting the market, it doesn’t mean that what you own now is no good. With the right equipment, you too can smarten up your home. How easy, you ask? Well, if you can plug stuff into a wall socket and operate a smartphone more »